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Curriculum vitae of Gennaro Carotenuto

Address Department of Humanistic Studies, 2, Corso Cavour, 62100 Macerata, Italy
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Academic Achievements
Dates 2012-2013 Academic Year
Position held Teaching fellow in Contemporary History,
Main activities Teaching
Employer Bocconi University, 25, Via Sarfatti, Milan, Italy
Dates March 2006 – present
Position held Research fellow in Contemporary History, Faculty of Communication
Main activities Research and Teaching
Employer University of Macerata, 2, Piaggia della Torre, 62100 Macerata, Italy
Dates March 2005 – March 2006
Position held Lecturer in Contemporary History, Postgraduate Institute of Teacher Training
Main activities Postgraduate Teaching
Employer University of Macerata, 2, Piaggia della Torre, 62100 Macerata, Italy
Dates March 2001 – March 2005
Position held Research associate in Contemporary History, Department of Historical Sciences
Main activities Reasearch and Teaching
Employer University of Macerata, 2, Piaggia della Torre, 62100 Macerata, Italy
Dates March 1999 – March 2001
Position held Post-doc researcher, Department of Historical Sciences
Main activities Reasearch and Teaching
Employer University of Macerata, 2, Piaggia della Torre, 62100 Macerata, Italy
Education and training
Dates November 1993 – November 1997
Qualification Ph.D. Contemporary History – cum laude (Distinction)
Dissertation title Italy and Spain between dictatorship and democracy (1939-1953)
Supervisor: Prof Ismael Saz Campos
Institution Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Valencia, Spain
Dates November 1985 – June 1992
Qualification B.A./M.A. History of International Relations – 110/110 (First Class Honours)
Dissertation title Great Britain and Revolutionary Cuba (1953-1959)
Supervisor: Prof Fabrizio Ghilardi
Institution Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, University of Pisa, Italy


Teaching experience
Undergraduate Teaching (University of Macerata)
2007-2011 History of parties and political movements, Faculty of Communication;
2006-2007 Contemporary History, Faculty of Communication;
1998-2010 Contemporary History (Tutorials), Faculty of Communication.
Postgraduate Teaching (Bocconi University, Milan)
2012-2013 History of new media
Postgraduate Teaching (University of Macerata)
2012-present World History, Faculty of Arts;
2011-present History of Contemporary Europe, Faculty of Arts;
2006-present History of Journalism and the new media, Faculty of Communication;
2004-2010 Geopolitics, Faculty of Communication;
2000-2008 Oral History, Faculty of Communication;
Third cycle Teaching (University of Macerata)
2008-2009 History of Latin America, Postgraduate “Master” in Participative Journalism;
2004-2009 Didactics of Contemporary History, Institute of Teacher Training (SSIS);
2004-2009 Sources of 20th Century History, Institute of Teacher Training, (SSIS);
2004-2009 Critical Approaches to Historical Sources, Institute of Teacher Training, (SSIS);
International Visiting Professor
2012 Institute for Advanced Studies for Latin America (IHEAL) of the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3 University);
2010 École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, France. Course taught: Research methodology for the study of the history of political violence in Latin America;
2009 Tozeur University, Tunisia. Course taught: The Contemporary History of Italy through the Medium of Cinema;
2007 University of Caracas, Venezuela, Ministry of Culture: “Palabras en Puerta”. Course taught: Oral History as historiography’s instrument to further liberation movements;
2001, 2002,
2003, 2004
Faculty of Humanities, Republic University of Montevideo, Uruguay. Postgraduate Course taught: Didactics of the Contemporary History of Italy;
2000 Santiago (Chile), ARCIS University, Bolivarian University, Latin American Institute for human rights and mental health (ILAS): Using oral history to study dictatorships in Latin America.
Academic Leadership and project management:
2013-present Scientific Coordinator of the Italian Centre for Research on Latin America;
2013-present Responsible of the Italian leg for the future project of the bi-national postgraduate degree in Latin-American Studies between the University of Macerata and the Sorbonne University;
2011-2012 Member of the Board of Directors, University of Macerata, Italy;
2007-present Member of the Board of Teachers for the Ph.D. in History, Politics, and Institutions of the Euro-Mediterranean Area, Department of Political Sciences, University of Macerata;
2008-2011 Coordinator and supervisor, Institute of Advanced Studies “Giacomo Leopardi”, UniMC;
2007-2009 Course Coordinator, Institute of Teacher Training, (SSIS); University of Macerata, Italy for 25 lecturer and approximately 120 postgraduate students;
2008-2009 Coordinator for the Postgraduate Master in Participative Journalism; University of Macerata. I was responsible for coordinating the work of 20 lecturers;
2007-2010 Founder and Director of the University of Macerata Radio;
2001-present Member of the editorial scientific board of the quarterly «Latinoamerica».
Affiliations:Member of the Latin-American Think tank “World Meeting of Intellectuals and Artists”
Member of SISSCO, “Italian association for the study of contemporary history”
Other professional activities:
Work experience as journalist 1997-present Editor, international politics, Weekly “Brecha”, Montevideo1998-present Commentator, Latin American politics, Italian Public Broadcast2004-present Commentator, Latin American politics, Swiss National Radio2005-present Columnist, Daily “La Jornada”, Mexico City1996 Intern, Daily “El País”, Madrid

1995-present blogger in Italian and Spanish.

Other relevant informations:
Mother tongue(s) Italian
Self-assessment Understanding Speaking Writing
European level (*) Listening Reading Interaction Production
English C1 Advanced C2 Proficient C1 Advanced C1 Advanced B2 Independent
Spanish C2 Proficient C2 Proficient C2 Proficient C2 Proficient C2 Proficient
French C1 Advanced C1 Advanced B2 Independent B2 Independent B1 Intermediate
Portuguese B1 Intermediate C1 Advanced B1 Intermediate B1 Intermediate B1 Intermediate
(*) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Research results: I will outline here the basic information of the four most important research projects of my career:
Title Latin American political and social movements. Media and popular answers to neoliberalism in Latin America
Dates 2005-2013 Fieldwork: 30 months
Project funded: 2007-present University of Macerata research funds2007 Italian Information system security2010 Erasmus program, teaching grant2012 University of Macerata, award for best young researcher and
grant for development of researches abroad
Purpose The purpose is to study the history of present of Latin America. Fieldwork in Argentina, and Uruguay (2005, 2007); Mexico (2006, 2009, 2011); Venezuela and Bolivia (2007, 2013); Central America (2010); Methodology consisted of archive, bibliographic research, interviewing and empirical qualitative research on the field throw participant observation into grassroots movement, political and journalistic environment. I developed a big network of contacts in every part of the region in academic, political (including three presidents in charge and a dozen of ministers and MPs), diplomatic, social and journalistic environment, being columnist or as invited expert in various medias from Mexico to Uruguay participating directly into the continental debate on integration; analysis of medias and political speeches.
Skills and results The project, especially for the dissemination of results, is still in progress. I acquired skills in the support of the historic research with multidisciplinary contribution and improving my knowledge, abilities and network in Latin America. One of the publications is a paper for the “Information system security” under the Italian PM, Romano Prodi, which uses my expertise on the socio-political transformations that affects Latin America over the last fifteen years. This detail helps to demonstrate the importance of this topic for the whole European Union.
Publications (2010) “Argentina: la legge sui media nel dibattito politico latinoamericano sull’informazione”, Latinoamerica e tutti i Sud del mondo, vol. 108; p. 64-67;(2008) “Pubblicità e razzismo in America latina”, Magnarelli, M. Verdenelli. Pubblicità e modernità. Percorsi interdisciplinari nel mondo pubblicitario. p. 145-154, Macerata: EUM;(2007) “Il nuovo volto dell’America latina”, Gnosis, vol. 4; p. 109-118;(2007) “Limes: il Sudamerica visto con gli occhi di Washington”, Latinoamerica e tutti i Sud del mondo, vol. 98-99; p. 215-218;(2007) “Il banco del Sur e l’integrazione latinoamericana”, Latinoamerica e tutti i Sud del mondo, vol. 101; p. 20-25;

(2007) “Il nuovo corso latinoamericano” Enciclopedia Treccani, Roma, Treccani, pp. 301-320;

(2006) “Il vento del cambiamento nell’America latina post-neoliberale”, Latinoamerica e tutti i Sud del mondo, vol. 94-95; p. 50-60;

Conferences April 2013 Caracas (Venezuela), “World Meeting of Intellectuals and Artists”, paper: The Latin American integration; methodological approach for a comparative study with European Union;March 2013 Venice (Italy), University of Venice; Lecture: The Latin American integration and the role of Hugo Chávez; April 2010 Venice (Italy), University of Venice; Lecture: Latin America Today: Political processes and Media Representations;April 2006 Roma (Italy), Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO); “World Meeting of Intellectuals and Artists”; paper: Information and misinformation about Latin America in the Italian press;
Title The crisis of traditional journalism and the alternative of participative journalism
Dates 2007-2010 Fieldwork 24 months
project funded 2007-present University of Macerata research funds
Purpose The aim of that project was to study in an historical perspective how the Internet is changing the power relationship between the mainstream journalism and civil society. Methodology consisted of archive, bibliographical and Internet research moving from a strong empirical experience being myself constantly from 1995 one of the most read Italian blogger.
Skills and results My studies on participative journalism have been repeatedly recognised as the most advanced and original project from a historiographical perspective that has been undertaken on the subject of online journalism. This is because they enabled the comparison between the latter and traditional journalism by establishing boundaries and common grounds also, but not exclusively, in relation to the emergence of social networks.
Moreover, I have continuously transferred the results of my studies to the readers of my blog on participative journalism. Additionally, I have designed, organised, and coordinated a Third cycle degree course on this subject. Its students then facilitated the transfer of the methodological knowledge they had so acquired to local government and the realm of social communication. Finally: I transfer the results of my research to the students of the M.A. in Communication of my University and, in the past academic year I was called to give a complete course of “History of New Media” from the Bocconi University of Milan, one of the most prestigious universities in Europe.
Publications (2009) Giornalismo partecipativo. Storia critica dell’informazione al tempo di Internet, Modena, Nuovi Mondi, pp. 351;(2011). “Il giornalismo partecipativo: la storia trentennale di un giornalismo fuori dai monopoli”. In: M. Morcellini, Neogiornalismo. Milano, Mondadori, pp. 197-206;(2011). “I media personali di comunicazione di massa”. In: L. Cian, Comunicazione liberata: altri modi di comunicare e partecipare. Milano, Brioschi, pp. 30-54;(2011). “La questione degli archivi di Wikileaks e la gestione di questi da parte dei mass media”. Latinoamerica e tutti i Sud del mondo, vol. 116, p. 98-101.
Conferences April 2010 Turin (Italy), Polytechnic University of Turin; 2060: what sources will we be using to study our current history? Paper: Widening the collection of newspapers and magazines in our libraries: moving beyond press cuttings;
Title The opposition to dictatorships in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay
Dates 1998-2005 Fieldwork 48 months
project funded 1999-2001 University of Macerata post-doc grant2001-2005 University of Macerata research grant
Purpose The “oral history”, ie the construction of historical sources through a type of interview configured as “life story”, borrowing some skills from anthropology, has become in recent decades as an essential tool especially for the study of the subaltern classes of the Latin American continent. The objective of this research was to reconstruct the experience of activists who opposed the military dictatorships in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, as a generational and regional experience.
Skills and results Methodology consisted of archive studies, bibliographic research, and interviewing using an extensive experience in the methodology of Oral history developed having been a student of one of the most important theorists of the discipline in the world, the British historian Ronald Fraser. My studies on the opposition to the dictatorships in the southern cone of Latin America have created an analytical backdrop in which the lived experiences of actors such as political activists, militants and repressed populations can be explored through comparative analysis. These studies were conducted predominantly in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, where I was able to perfect my expertise in oral history methodology by conducting over 250 in-depth interviews. As well as being presented at international conferences and published as long essays, the results of these efforts have been disseminated in the following ways: I shared the outcomes of my investigations with different NGOs and human rights groups, both in Latin America and Europe. In addition, I have 1) published dozens of journalistic articles aimed at raising awareness on human rights violations; and 2) transferred the knowledge I acquired through my research to approximately 120 postgraduate students, whom I have trained, over eight consecutive years, on sophisticated interviewing techniques based on historiographical methodology of oral history.
Publications (2013) “Alla Moneda con Salvador Allende”, Passato e Presente, vol. n.88, 2013, p. 131-152;(2012) Hijos. La storia orale dei figli di desaparecidos in Argentina, Cile, Uruguay, pp. 272; (2003) “11 settembre 30 anni dopo. Studio comparato delle reazioni delle masse latinoamericane al golpismo contro governi popolari: da Perón, ad Allende a Chávez”, Zapruder, vol. 2; p. 143-147;(2002), G. Carotenuto, X. Tocornal, “Derechos Humanos por Impunidad: un eufemismo funcional a la Transición”, Revista Ilas, vol. 1
Conferences Dec. 2012 Paris (France), Sorbonne University, “Séminaire central” CREDA (Centre for Research and Documentation on the Americas), Lecture: History of contemporary Latin America: Sources and Methods;July 2012 Vienna (Austria), University of Vienna; 54th ICA International Congress of Americanists, paper: The opposition to the dictatorships of the ‘70s as prodromal to the integration of Latin America;May 2008 Rome (Italy), Latin American Institute; Conference organised by the Basso Foundation “Information and disappeared people”, paper: Human rights violations and information: The Latin American case;May 2007 Cochabamba (Bolivia), World Meeting of Intellectuals and Artists, paper: Oral History as historiography’s instrument to further liberation movements;June 2004 Caracas (Venezuela), World Meeting of Intellectuals and Artists; paper: Using oral history and memory in the construction of collective lived experiences in Latin America;

March 2002 Montevideo (Uruguay), Republic University; lecture: Memory and dictatorships. Oral history and study of political activism in the Southern Cone;

Sept. 2001 Montevideo (Uruguay), Republic University, lecture for the inauguration of the course “Human rights and ethics”: Ethics of memory and the memory of ethics.

Title Italy and Spain between dictatorship and democracy (1939-1953); Ph.D. research;
Dates 1993-1997 Fieldwork 18 months
project funded: 1993 University of Bari, research bursary1994 Italian Foreign Minister, research bursary abroad1995 Italian Foreign Minister, research bursary abroad1996 San Marino University, research grant
Purpose Broaden the field of study of the international relations between Italy and Spain taking it until after the second world war. Researches realized in Italian, Spanish and British archives.
Skills and results In 2005 I published a book based on my investigations of Spanish-Italian relations from the Second World War to 1953. This monograph, which was accompanied by essays and papers presented at international conferences, can be found in the main European and North American libraries. My studies on World War II have substantially altered well-established convictions about the so-called ‘political wisdom’ of the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. In addition to this, I researched about Spanish-Italian relations until 1953, the year Spain re-aligned itself with the Western powers. I center my research on the relations between the two countries, and on how Alcide de Gasperi was aimed at preventing the international isolation of Spain and interested in protecting important national investments into the Spanish economy such as Fiat’s stakes in the car manufacturer SEAT.
Publications (2005) Franco e Mussolini, la guerra vista dal Mediterraneo. I destini diversi dei due dittatori. Milano, Sperling&Kupfer;(1999) “La carta spagnola. Mussolini e la Spagna durante la seconda guerra mondiale”, Spagna Contemporanea, vol. 15; p. 69-92;
Conferences Nov. 2007 Novi Ligure, (Italy) “Contemporary Spain” International Congress, paper: ¿Ilusión o desencanto? Mussolini and Spain’s absence from the Second World War;