About me

I'm a researcher working in interdisciplinary projects in Digital Classics (particularly Latin), Digital Scholarly Editing and Natural Language Processing. I've occasionally stepped out of my comfort zone to explore other fields of study, such as visual text analysis, digitisation (OCR and HTR) and stylometry.

I'm fluent in Italian, English and dialeto veronese, my native languages. I can hold a conversation in Spanish, and speak basic German, French and Modern Greek (Κυπριακά).

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), University College London | 2011-2018

Information Studies (Digital Humanities)

Master of Arts (MA), King's College London | 2010-2011

Digital Humanities

Bachelor of Arts (BA Honours), King's College London | 2006-2009

Classics

Experience

Visiting Scholar at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milano) | October-December 2017

Performed automatic text reuse detection analyses on the Summa Contra Gentiles of Thomas Aquinas.

Researcher at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Göttingen) | January 2015-September 2018

Contributor to the development of TRACER, an automatic text reuse detection engine for historical texts.

Research Associate at Universität Leipzig (Leipzig) | May 2013-December 2014

Coordinated a number of contracts for the digitisation of critical editions of classical texts.

Digital Library and Publications Assistant at Chatham House (London) | 2011-2013

Created some 15.000 catalogue records as part of the digitisation of the archive. Additionally, liaised with typesetters, printers, co-publishers, distributors, online booksellers and information services (Amazon, Nielsen BookData, etc.), and handled copyright and permission requests for the Institute's scholarly publications.

A full CV is available on request. You can also find me on Linkedin.

Research

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TRACER

2015-2018. Automatic text reuse detection engine for historical texts and languages, developed by the eTRAP Research Group.

Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings

Book chapters

Forthcoming

Cecchini, F. M., Franzini, G., Passarotti, M. 'Verba Bestiae: How Latin conquered Heavy Metal', Multilingual Metal: Sociocultural, Linguistic and Literary Perspectives on Heavy Metal Lyrics (Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture). Emerald Publishing Limited.

Edited journal issues and volumes

Forthcoming

Litta, E., Franzini, G., Passarotti, M., Marras, C. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Italian Association of Digital Humanities (AIUCD 2020), In Quaderni di Umanistica Digitale. University of Bologna. ISBN: 978-88-942535-4-2.

Invited reviews

User manual

Italian translations

Data-sets

Invited talks

Third-party funding

€4.000, Co-applicant | 2018

Grant awarded by the Associazione Internazionale di Professori di Italiano (AIPI) Scuola Dottorandi call to organise and run a Digital Humanities summer school.

€20.000, Co-applicant | 2018

Grant awarded by the Campuslabor Digitisation Startup Funding call of the University of Göttingen for a research project on automatic text reuse detection.

€20.000, Co-applicant | 2016

Grant awarded by the Campuslabor Digitisation Startup Funding call of the University of Göttingen for a research project on automatically identifying authorship in the family correspondence of the Grimm brothers.

Teaching

TRACER tutorials | University of Göttingen, 2015-2018

Seven tutorials on automatic text reuse detection with TRACER.

Teaching assistant | University College London, 2012-2013

Digital Humanities MA/MSc module on XML and XSLT.


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ABCDH Training Group

2018-present. Trainer for the ABCDH collaborative, which offers introductory and advanced training in Digital Humanities.

(Co-)organised events

Professional service


Reviewer for the annual Digital Humanities conference.

Reviewer for the annual AIUCD conference.

Freelance English editing

I'm occasionally able to provide English editing services. I have edited numerous academic papers, websites and miscellaneous documents (forms, statements, agreements). If you're writing in English and would like a native speaker to review your text, then I can help. Get in touch for details and availability.

Business travel

Upcoming: Wuppertal, DE

2019 Bari, IT  ·  Bologna, IT  ·  Verona, IT  ·  Utrecht, NL  ·  Leipzig, DE  ·  Miami, FL, USA  ·  Vienna, AT  ·  Torino, IT  ·  Udine, IT  ·  Poitiers, FR.
2018 Torino, IT  ·  Liège, BE  ·  Mexico City, MX  ·  Hannover, DE  ·  Weimar, DE  ·  Antwerp, BE  ·  Cologne, DE  ·  Bari, IT.
2017 Innsbruck, AT  ·  Milan, IT  ·  Verona, IT  ·  Trento, IT  ·  Montréal, CA  ·  London, UK  ·  Rome, IT.
2016 Antwerp, BE  ·  Vienna, AT  ·  Venice, IT  ·  Kraków, PL  ·  Cologne, DE  ·  Leipzig, DE  ·  Galway, IE.
2015 Leicester, UK  ·  Tartu, EE  ·  Berlin, DE.
2014 Norman, OK, USA  ·  Tbilisi, GE  ·  Lausanne, CH  ·  Lyon, FR.
2013 Padova, IT.

Last updated: 2019-12-08