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 and English, my native languages. I can hold a conversation in Spanish, and speak basic German, French and Modern Greek (Κυπριακά).


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



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.




2015-2018. Automatic text reuse detection engine for historical texts and languages.


Journal articles

Conference proceedings

Book chapters

Forthcoming 2021

Cecchini, F. M., Franzini, G., Passarotti, M. 'Verba Bestiae: How Latin conquered Heavy Metal', In: Valijärvi, R. L., Doesburg, C., DiGioia, A. (eds.) Multilingual Metal: Sociocultural, Linguistic and Literary Perspectives on Heavy Metal Lyrics Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture). Emerald Publishing Limited. ISBN: 978-18-390994-9-6.

Edited journal issues and volumes

Invited reviews

User manual

Italian translations


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.


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


Board member of the Göttingen Dialog in Digital Humanities seminar series (2015-2016).

Programme and Scientific Committees


Reviewer for the annual Digital Humanities conference.

Reviewer for the annual AIUCD conference.

Reviewer for the biannual EADH 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

2020 Poitiers, FR.
2019 Wuppertal, DE  ·  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: 2020-09-14