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Curriculum - Prof.ssa Giovanna PINNA



Curriculum Vitae


Giovanna Pinna is associate professor of Aesthetics at the Università del Molise (Italy), where she has also been teaching German Literature since 2005. She studied philosophy at the Università di Pisa and obtained a PhD in Philosophy from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (1993). She was exchange doctoral student at the University of Munich (1984) and at the Hegel-Archiv of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (1986-1987), and Thyssen research fellow at the University of Munich (1987-1988). After a period as a high school teacher (1988-1994), she got a two-year post-doctoral scholarship at the Università Statale di Milano (1994-1996). From 1997 to 2001 she held a temporary position as lecturer of German studies at the Università della Calabria, where she was appointed as associate professor in 2002.

Qualified as full professor both in Aesthetics and in German Studies (2013)

Her main research interests centre around literary and philosophical aesthetics, with special reference to 18th-19th century German culture. She has published extensively on authors such as G.W.F. Hegel, F.W.J. Schelling, F. Schiller, F. Schlegel, K.W.F. Solger, L. Tieck.Over the last few years, she has developed a further strand of research focussing on philosophy of ageing .

In the fall term 2017 she was Research fellow at the Italian academy of advanced studies in America (Columbia University)

A commented edition of K.W.F. Solger’s Vorlesungen über Ästhetik has appeared i2017 in the series “Philosophische Bibliothek” published by Meiner Verlag, Hamburg. She is currently working on a monograph on Schiller’s theoretical work and on a book project on Hegel’s Aesthetics


Academic degrees and appointments


1983, June: Laurea (= M.A.) in Philosophy (110 e lode, highest grade), University of Pisa.

1984-1986: Doctoral scholarship, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa.

1985 April - July: Scuola Normale Superiore-DAAD exchange scholarship, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität München.

October 1986-July 1987: Scuola Normale Superiore-DAAD exchange scholarship, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Hegel-Archiv.

October 1987-September 1988: Thyssen-Stiftung research fellowship, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität München

1988-1994: High school teacher, History and philosophy (permanent position).

1993, February-April: CNR research scholarship, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Hegel-Archiv.

November 1993: PhD in Philosophy (70/70 e lode, highest grade), Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa.

1994-1996: Post-doc fellowship. Università statale, Milan.

1996-2002: Lecturer of German studies, Dept. of linguistics, University of Calabria.

2002-2005: Associate professor of German studies, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Calabria.

2005-2016: Associate professor of German studies, Dept. of Humanities, University of Molise.

2007-2008, Fall term: Visiting professor, Doctoral Program in Philosophy, University of Valencia.

2009, Spring term: Visiting professor, Department of foreignlanguages and literatures, University of Roma Tre.

2012-present: Board Member of the Doctoral program “Literature and Cultural Studies”, Universities of Bologna and L’Aquila.

2013-2014: Sabbatical research stay (as invited scholar), Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, together with my husband Michele Loporcaro, fellow.

2015, January-February: DAAD research scholarship, TU Berlin.

Since April 2016: Associate professor of Philosophical Aesthetics, Dept. of Humanities, University of Molise.

2017, Sept.-Dec.: Research fellowship. Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America



Honors and awards


2001    Scientific qualification (Idoneità) as Associate Professor of German Studies. University of Padova,

2013    National Scientific Qualification (ASN 2012) as Full Professor (Professore ordinario) of Aesthetics.

2013    National Scientific Qualification (ASN 2012) as Full Professor (Professore ordinario) of German Literature.




Società italiana d’estetica (SIE).

Associazione italiana di germanistica (AIG).

Deutsche Schillergesellschaft.


Society for German Idealism and Romanticism.