Federico Luisetti

Federico Luisetti

Federico Luisetti

Prof. Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Italian culture and society
Unterer Graben 21
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses
  • Critical Theory
  • Environmental Studies

2001: Doctorate (Ph.D.), Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature, Graduate Center, City University of New York

2000: Dottorato di ricerca (Ph.D.), Hermeneutics, Department of Philosophy,  Università degli Studi di Torino

1994: Laurea (B.A.), Aesthetics, Department of Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Torino

Professional Career

Since February 2018: Associate Professor of Italian Culture and Society,  School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St. Gallen  

July 2005-December 2017: Professor of Italian Studies, Comparative Literature, and Communication Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

July 2013-June 2017: Chair of the Department of Romance Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

June 2006: Adjunct Professor of Aesthetics, Program in Communication Studies, Università degli Studi di Torino

September 2002-August 2006: Research Fellow, Program in Communication Studies, Università degli Studi di Torino

Visiting Appointments

October 2017–August 2018: Visiting Fellow, Humanities Institute, University College Dublin 

June 2017: Visiting Fellow, Moore Institute for Research in Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland Galway 

May-August 2009: Visiting Professor of Italian Studies, School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

February-April 2007: Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow, School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University


Unruly Natures (2020-present)

“Unruly Natures” is an ongoing transdisciplinary collaborative research project on “Earth-Beings” initiated by Federico Luisetti and Flurina Gradin. The aim is to encounter socio-natural subjectivities, promote cross-disciplinary conversations, unsettle categories, and envision ecopolitical initiatives not aligned with neoliberal ecologies.

Link: https://unrulynatures.ch/ 


Selected invited talks, seminars, and conference presentations since 2015

"Earth Beings at the Commodity Frontiers", Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR), University of Amsterdam, February 25, 2022

“Stato di natura. Ecologie-mondo tra Giacomo Leopardi e Giuseppe Penone”, Italianistica.ch, October 6, 2021

“Earth Beings: an Ecopolitical paradigm?" Franklin University, September 10, 2021

“Earth Beings and the Neoliberal State of Nature”, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)/terrestres.org, Revue des Livres, des idées et des écologies, February 10, 2021

"Decolonizing nature", Epidemos Guest Seminar Series, The University of Edinburgh, November 11, 2020

“Earth Beings”, Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2020, ETH Zurich, November 7, 2020

“Pandemic Injustice”, Imagining the Post-Coronavirus World, AURO University, Surat, May 4, 2020

“Speculative Earth. On Geopower and Counternatures”, Centre for Culture and Ecology and the Department of Geography, Durham University, January 10, 2020 

“Energy Objects: Unsustainable Art and the Zero Waste Economy”, Aix-Marseille Université/LESA, November 28, 2019

“On Ecocolonialism and Speculative Crime Scenes”, ICI Berlin, November 18, 2019

"Pier Paolo Pasolini: Realism without History", Department of Romance and Latin American Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 5, 2019   

“Wasting the Crisis. Anthropocenic Extinctions and Neoliberal Circular Natures”, Beyond Recycling. Crossed Perspectives on the Management of Waste, Remains and Surplus, Genève, February 4, 2019 

“The Climate of Disaster. From the Environment to Counter-nature”, Anthroposcreams, HEAD – Genève, November 8, 2018

“Ecogovernmentality,” Master on Territory and the Environment, Università Roma Tre, Rome, October 5, 2018 

“Contronatura. Arte povera e geopotere,” Contre-cultures à l’italienne, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris, May 31, 2018 

"Earth Politics and the States of Nature of Late Capitalism,” UCD Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, February 7, 2018 

“Pasolini and Geopower,” Petrolio 25 anni dopo, Université Paris-Sorbonne, October 6, 2017

“Biopower/Geopower,” National University of Ireland Galway, June 12, 2017

“After the Leviathan. From Biopolitics to Political Animism,” The ?Politics of Life: Rethinking Resistance in the Biopolitical Economy, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University, March 2, 2017

“Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Political Animism,” Post-Humanism in the Anthropocene, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures Mellon Seminar, University of Virginia, December 2, 2016

“Antropoceno, animismo politico,” Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotà, September 7, 2016

"Reflections on Gaia and the Anthropocene,” Left Forum, John Jay College, May 20, 2016 

“Gaia: Goddess of the Anthropocene?” Anthropocene and the Humanities, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-Chapel Hill, April 29, 2016 

“Anomie/Animism: On the Decolonial State of Nature,” Du colonial au mondial : littératures et études littéraires nationales à l’épreuve, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, September 25, 2015

“Decoloniality, Modernity, and the Anthropological Perspective,” Netherlands Institute of Cultural Analysis,  Amsterdam, June 15, 2015

“The Anomie of the Earth,” Left Forum, John Jay College, May 30, 2015 

Additional Information



Authored and Edited Books and Monographic Journal Issues

Federico Luisetti, John Pickles, and Wilson Kaiser, eds., The Anomie of the Earth: Philosophy, Politics, and Autonomy in Europe and the Americas. Duke University Press, 2015

Federico Luisetti, Una vita. Pensiero selvaggio e filosofia dell’intensità. Mimesis, 2011

Federico Luisetti and Luca Somigli, eds., A Century of Futurism: 1909-2009; Annali d’Italianistica, vol. 27, 2009

Federico Luisetti, Estetica dell’immanenza. Saggi sulle parole, le immagini e le macchine. Aracne, 2008

Federico Luisetti and Giorgio Maragliano, eds., Dopo il museo.Trauben, 2006

Federico Luisetti, Plus Ultra. Enciclopedismo barocco e modernità. Trauben, 2001

Federico Luisetti and Giorgio Maragliano, eds., Museo, Rivista di Estetica n.s., n. 16, 2001