Alessandra’s research focuses on rhetorical theory and criticism, public address, and political theory. She addresses rhetorical constructions of citizenship in domestic and international contexts, researching innovative conceptions of citizenship tied to deliberation and participation rather than nationality. Her recent work explores the idea of European Union citizenship as a model of post-national engagement, focusing on the legal debates for the inclusion of third country nationals as resident-citizens, analyzing this and other political debates through Giambattista Vico’s theory of ingenium and other theories connecting politics, rhetoric and imagination. Citizenship is also the subject of her special topics seminar ‘Practices of Citizenship,’ where students organize and host a symposium.
What will you build?
A digital map? A web exhibit? A course blog anthologized at the end of the semester? A collaboratively annotated critical edition of primary sources? Paintings or art prints digitized to support deep zoom? Or something else?