Federico Pianzola

Federico Pianzola
University of Groningen | RUG · Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG)

PhD
Assistant Professor in Computational Humanities @ University of Groningen, The Netherlands

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Introduction
My main research interest are Narrative Theory and Digital Humanities. I like to explore the interdisciplinary (non-)dialogue in narrative studies (n. analysis; n. inquiry; n. therapy; folk psychology; transmedia storytelling). I also work on the impact of digital technology on reading (digital social reading; VR) and on Contemporary Italian Literature, especially on Primo Levi.
Additional affiliations
December 2018 - present
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Position
  • Fellow
July 2017 - present
Sogang University
Position
  • Senior Researcher
April 2014 - December 2014
ICI Kulturlabor Berlin
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  • Affiliated Fellow
Education
March 2015 - June 2015
H-Farm
Field of study
  • Digital Economics and Entrepreneurship
January 2011 - March 2014
University of Florence
Field of study
  • Italian Literature
September 2007 - November 2009
University of Milan
Field of study
  • Communication Theory

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Publications (61)
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I am here proposing a strategy of consolidation for narrative studies. Disciplines and paradigms have their own specificities, and approaching narrative phenomena they implicitly shape them. To make explicit such processes of selection and contextualization is an act of intellectual honesty that can be done in three simple steps: (i) adopting a sys...
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Prominent among the social developments that the web 2.0 has facilitated is digital social reading (DSR): on many platforms there are functionalities for creating book reviews, 'inline' commenting on book texts, online story writing (often in the form of fanfiction), informal book discussions, book vlogs, and more. In this article we argue that DSR...
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The end of deep reading is a commonplace in public debates, whenever societies talk about youth, books, and the digital age. In contrast to this, we show for the first time and in detail, how intensively young readers write and comment literary texts at an unprecedented scale. We present several analyses of how fiction is transmitted through the so...
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Presence, flow, narrative absorption, immersion, transportation, and similar phenomena are studied in many different disciplines, mostly in relation to mediated experiences (books, film, VR, games). Moreover, since real, virtual, or fictional agents are often involved, concepts like identification and state empathy are often linked to engaging medi...
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It is 2021, the major social media have been around for more than a decade, increasingly being used for reading-related activities, like organizing one’s own bookshelf, discussing novels, and reading book reviews. Still, there is no publication that tried to organize the precious knowledge generated by research about digital social reading (DSR), w...
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This study aims to show how a museum exhibition designed to encourage visitors to take pictures can affect visitors’ behavior. We analyzed visitors’ engagement with the Yumi's Cell Special Exhibition (hereafter Yumi) held in South Korea, employing computer vision for the analysis of visitors’ Instagram pictures. Our research questions are: What typ...
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Prominent among the social developments that the web 2.0 has facilitated is digital social reading (DSR): on many platforms there are functionalities for creating book reviews, ‘inline’ commenting on book texts, online story writing (often in the form of fanfiction), informal book discussions, book vlogs, and more. In this article, we argue that DS...
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Background : This is a review and analysis of the questionnaires most used in empirical research on psychological phenomena labelled as “presence,” “flow,” and “narrative absorption,” mostly for experiences mediated by technology (printed books, screens for games and films, and virtual reality). Overlapping concepts have been formulated in differen...
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Presence, flow, narrative absorption, immersion, transportation, and similar subjective phenomena are studied in many different disciplines, mostly in relation to mediated experiences (books, film, VR, games). Moreover, since real, virtual, or fictional agents are often involved, concepts like identification and state empathy are often linked to en...
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Purpose The purpose of this article is to explore how participants with different motivations (educational or leisure), familiarity with the medium (newbies and active Twitter users), and participating instructions respond to a highly structured digital social reading (DSR) activity in terms of intensity of engagement and social interaction. Desig...
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The purpose of this study is to examine visitors’ Instagram posts through a combination of quantitative methods to cast light on museum experiences. To analyze a large quantity of Instagram data, we used computer vision and semantic analysis. The results of hashtag analysis showed that informative hashtags were the most prominent for all museums. I...
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Presence, flow, narrative absorption, immersion, transportation, and similar subjective phenomena are studied in many different disciplines, mostly in relation to mediated experiences (books, film, VR, games). Moreover, since real, virtual, or fictional agents are often involved, concepts like identification and state empathy are often linked to en...
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Background : This is a review and analysis of the questionnaires most used in empirical research on psychological phenomena labelled as “presence,” “flow,” and “narrative absorption,” mostly for experiences mediated by technology (printed books, screens for games and films, and virtual reality). Overlapping concepts have been formulated in differen...
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This paper presents the remediation of a nineteenth century Korean manuscript (the 1809 Uigwe) as an interactive digital experience using creative algorithms and gesture recognition developed by LG Electronics. The interactive media project we created using sound visualization invites visitors to jointly experience Joseon’s royal music and the manu...
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This is a review and analysis of the questionnaires most used in empirical research about psychological phenomena labelled as “presence,” “flow,” and “narrative absorption,” mostly for experiences mediated by technology (printed books, screens for games and films, and virtual reality). The items of each questionnaire are categorized based on their...
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We present a virtual reality app specifically designed for reading/listening to short stories and poems. Empirical studies with VR narrative experiences have proven that the process of embodied simulation enhanced by the VR medium increases users’ absorption and engagement. Accordingly, this solution can be effectively used to promote reading and i...
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We analyse stories in Harry Potter fan fiction published on Archive of Our Own (AO3), using concepts from cultural evolution. In particular, we focus on cumulative cultural evolution, that is, the idea that cultural systems improve with time, drawing on previous innovations. In this study we examine two features of cumulative culture: accumulation...
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We analyse stories in Harry Potter fan fiction published on Archive of Our Own (AO3), using concepts from cultural evolution. In particular, we focus on cumulative cultural evolution, that is, the idea that cultural systems improve with time, drawing on previous innovations. In this study we examine two features of cumulative culture: accumulation...
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**pre-print publicly available, message me if you want the published version** Reading fiction is beneficial for various social skills, although reading has become less and less popular with younger generations. This study investigated whether reading a chapter of a fictional story in virtual reality (VR) can make the reading experience more appea...
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The goal of this summer school is to explore the role of emotions in literature, namely with respect to the excess of pathos in different forms and times. Pathos has been a fundamental aspect of literature in every epoch. Great poetry has always foregrounded its ability to represent feelings, evoke intense and vivid moods, and elicit readers’ emoti...
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Negli ultimi cinque anni vi è stata un'attenzione crescente per le teorie della complessità da parte di narratologi. La recente summa della narratologia mondiale Emerging vectors of Narratology (Hansen et al. 2017) contiene due saggi dedicati a questo tema e due volumi collettivi sono in pubblicazione. Questo articolo presenta le motivazioni di tal...
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This paper focuses on Wattpad, a social reading platform on which people can add comments in the margins of books. Analysing these comments enables the comparison between specific parts of the text and the effects they have on readers. We outline a new research programme, discussing both theoretical and practical issues in the study of Wattpad: fro...
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Adam Lively, Federico Pianzola, and Romana Turina in conversation on earlier versions of each of their essays, “Closure, Observation and Coupling,” “The Proteus Principle,” and “Narrative Experiences of History and Complex Systems.”
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This paper argues for the adoption of systems theory as a key for the interdisciplinary integration of concepts and theories dealing with the study of narrative. The focus is on a possible solution for the correlation of discursive forms to cognitive, aesthetic, and social functions of narrative, in the context of biographical research. The role of...
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Vi sono racconti d'invenzione di Levi che anticipano la riflessione postumanista. Questi racconti riguardano il rapporto con la tecnologia, l’accettazione della diversità la critica al centrismo occidentale e temi femministi. In questo contributo mi soffermo soprattuto sulla perturbante convergenza fra uomo e creature artificiali, la quale ci induc...
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The narrative domain keeps evolving, its boundaries are moving and new structures appear thanks to linguistic and literary experimentations, deployment of new media, changes in cultural and cognitive affordances, etc. The contexts in which we use narrative are different from those of a century ago, the audience keeps evolving and so do the properti...
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Nelle raccolte Storie naturali, Vizio di forma e Lilít e altri racconti, così come anche nelle storie scritte negli ultimi anni di vita, è evidente l’intento di Levi di servirsi dei miti per dare forza alle proprie narrazioni: non solo ama giocare con i miti tradizionali, ne crea anche di alternativi, facendo convergere la tradizione greco-romana,...
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Scopo di questo progetto didattico e di ricerca è esaminare l’opera di Leone (1909-1944) e Natalia Ginzburg (1916-1991) alla luce dell’indissolubile intreccio fra attività intellettuale e creativa e impegno civile che caratterizza il loro contributo alla storia italiana ed europea del XX secolo. Muovendo dalla presentazione delle biografie e dei co...
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What kind of invention and fictionalization are we ready to accept from a Holocaust survivor?
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Si presentano alcune riflessioni sui fondamenti epistemologici della narra-tologia, mostrando come l'attività teorica sia da essi profondamente influenzata. Ter-minologie, definizioni, modelli, teorie non sono mai scelti e formulati in modo neu-trale, generano sempre delle conseguenze nell'applicazione, nello sviluppo di una di-sciplina e nella lor...
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Con il termine “antropopoiesi” si indica l'insieme dei diversi modi con cui l'uomo costruisce se stesso socialmente e culturalmente; questa categoria include tutte le procedure, tecniche e simboliche, che permettono all'uomo di modificare e migliorare la propria “natura”. Il fabbro di se stesso è colui in cui convergono questi due aspetti dell'univ...
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Partendo da uno studio del gioco "#imperfetti" – che ha coinvolto migliaia di utenti Twitter tra il 2014 e il 2015, generando decine di migliaia di tweet con verbi all'imperfetto – si riflette sugli usi dell'aspetto imperfettivo, anche in relazione ai concetti di narratività, finzionalità e letterarietà.
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This brief contribution is aimed at the elaboration of some critical questions often addressed within the contemporary debate in narrative theory. In particular, we regard the task of defining narrative as an important preliminary path to be followed in order to reflect on broader issues concerning the role of narrative studies, both within the hum...
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Chimiste et écrivain, Primo Levi aimait se définir comme un « centaure », condensant dans cette figure qui lui était chère toutes les contradictions inhérentes à sa propre situation et à la condition humaine en général. Le colloque international qui s'est déroulé à Chambéry les 25 et 26 mars 2015 a mis l’accent sur les différentes facettes de cet a...
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[bozza non definitiva] Vi sono dei racconti di finzione di Primo Levi che sorprendentemente presentano dei punti di contatto con alcune delle più innovative proposte scientifiche della seconda metà del XX secolo, cioè quelle che sono state successivamente definite “scienze della complessità”. Uno degli assunti fondamentali delle scienze della compl...
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Non ho pretese di esaustività nel trattare il tema delle letture di Primo Levi ma cedo sia interessante indicare alcune delle opere a cui l'immaginazione dell'autore si è rivolta, tracce di libri di cui non abbiamo prove certe che siano stati letti, o influenze a cui la critica ha finora dedicato poca attenzione.
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This is the revised transcript of a conversation between Darko Suvin [DS] and Federico Pianzola [FP]. The topics discussed are many and the focus keeps zooming back and forth from the historical context of humanities vs. resurgent fascism to formal remarks on literature, theatre, utopia, narrative, and other themes. Particular emphasis is given to...
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http://prezi.com/ipyo4oxmeebq/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy This is a presentation of the article "What Do We Need Theory For? A Pattern for Pluralism in Narrative Studies" with some comments on data visualization as a form of storytelling.
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Book review http://www.graat.fr/review_shen.htm
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updated version available for free here: https://goo.gl/H11AUW *** Primo Levi's moral traps: fiction, myth and complexity of creation. *** The subject of my dissertation are Primo Levi's fictional short stories. I am adopting a broad rhetorical perspective in order to explore the links between his fictional writings, autobiographical writings and...
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This is an introduction to the interviews redacted as a follow-up of the 2013 ENN conference. The discussions that originated at the conference were rich and thought-provoking and so the editors of this special section of «Enthymema» decided to continue the dialogue about the state of the art and the future of narratology.
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Innescare le "trappole morali": Primo Levi tra mito e fantascienza Ho l'onore di aprire la sezione intitolata "Intertestualita" ma mi trovo nella scomoda situazione di dover essere un anfitrione non molto ortodosso. Vi parlero, infatti, di come i miti, la fantascienza e i racconti popolari entrano nelle opere di Primo Levi, e utilizzare il concetto...
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This is a brief report of the first conference organized in Fribourg (CH) by the Réseau Romand de Narratologie (RRN). The title of the conference was Redefinitons of the Sequence in Postclassical Narratology.
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Below are the videos of the interview recorded the 21st May 2011 in Fribourg (CH), in occasion of the first RRN conference.Conversation with Meir Sternberg.Part 1 of 8 - Narratology: classical and postclassical studies. Part 2 of 8 - The development of an original theoretical framework. Part 3 of 8 - Sternberg and Genette: different ways for the sa...
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Eyal Segal argues for a functionalist approach to narrative studies. Commenting on his work on "narrative closure", he provides examples that show that the comprehension of texts’ endings is enriched by rhetorical analysis and inevitably misguided by mimetic approaches.
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In this interview Mary-Laure Ryan faces some problems that arise from her definition of «transmedia narrative». Can every semiotic system tell stories? How can we elaborate a definition of «narrative» which accounts both for cognitive and semantic aspects? How can we dispense with the syntactic level if we need a definition of «narrativity» that su...
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Parmi les nombreux sujets du débat contemporain à propos de la théorie narrative et de la narratologie, deux paradigmes fondamentaux ont récemment été mis en évidence : le paradigme mimétique ou référentiel, et le paradigme anti-mimétique ou constructiviste. Les différences et les tensions apparues entre les deux portent encore une fois sur la conc...
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This article presents some reflections on the concepts, terminology, and epistemological grounds of narrative theory. Our remarks are focused on the proposals advanced at the first RRN conference and they concern in particular two issues: the theoretical difference between classical and postclassical narratology and the paradigms of the contemporar...
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Servendosi di strumenti ricavati dalla linguistica dei corpora, Toolan propone una serie di principi e tecniche di analisi stilistica per individuare quegli elementi testuali che inducono il lettore a crearsi aspettative sull'avanzamento della narrazione. Particolare attenzione è riservata a uno di questi elementi: l'uso del discorso indiretto libe...
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Si recensisce Stefano Calabrese, La comunicazione narrativa. Dalla letteratura alla quotidianità, Bruno Mondadori, Milano, 2010.
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Nel presente articolo ho cercato di illustrare l'articolazione retorica del racconto San Giorgio in casa Brocchi. Sfruttando una metodologia introdotta da Francesco Orlando, ho individuato una serie di figure retoriche tramite cui Gadda riesce a costruire una trama simbolica che si intensifica e arricchisce lungo tutta la narrazione. L'efficacia de...
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La nozione di 'punto di vista’ è fondamentale per cogliere i valori e la visone del mondo comunicati da una narrazione, per comprendere le diverse soggettività che possono dialogare in una storia. Ogni narrazione fornisce un contesto propostivo adeguato per rendere efficace ma non invadente l'argomentazione implicita da cui è attraversata trasversa...
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Di seguito trovate i video di Conversazione con Francesco Orlando . Parte 1 di 6 Parte 2 di 6 Parte 3 di 6 Parte 4 di 6 Parte 5 di 6 Parte 6 di 6 Ici suivants les vidéos de Conversazione con Francesco Orlando (en italien). Partie 1 de 6 Partie 2 de 6 Partie 3 de 6 Partie 4 de 6 Partie 5 de 6 Partie 6 de 6 Далее вы найдет вид...
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Servendosi di strumenti ricavati dalla linguistica dei corpora, Toolan propone una serie di principi e tecniche di analisi stilistica per individuare quegli elementi testuali che inducono il lettore a crearsi aspettative sull'avanzamento della narrazione. Particolare attenzione è riservata a uno di questi elementi: l'uso del discorso indiretto libe...

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I've noticed that both terms are used in a very similar way and I'm led to think that preference is given to one rather than the other on the basis of scholarly tradition.

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Understanding how the social dimension of reading on digital platforms and social media influences our engagement with books and stories.
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Digitization is having a negative effect on the amount of time spent reading. Our hypothesis is that Virtual Reality can make reading more appealing, so we are developing a VR environment for reading "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". VR allows us to collect quantitative and qualitative data about the interaction with the text, enabling a comparison of differences in reading in Europe and South Korea. The outcome will be an innovative VR experience and evidence based results on reading.