International Conference – University of Salerno 14-15 November 2023

Francesco Antonelli

Francesco Antonelli is a Professor of General Sociology in the Department of Political Science at “Roma Tre” University, where he also coordinates the bachelor’s degree programs in “Political Science” and “Politics, Cooperation, and Development.”

Within the Italian Sociological Association, he serves as the coordinator of the “Sociological Theories and Social Transformations” section and is the President of the Research Council. He directs the Horizon2020 project titled “PARTICIPATION: Analyzing and Preventing Extremism Via Participation” (Grant Agreement 962547).

Piero Avallone

Piero Avallone entered the Judiciary in 1989 after working as a civil servant in the field of Cultural Heritage.

He served as a Magistrate until 1992 when he took on the role of Deputy Prosecutor at the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Minors at the Naples Court. Since July 2004, he has been a judge at the Minors’ Court in Naples, and since 2018, he has served as the president of the Minors’ Court in Salerno.

He has participate as a speaker at numerous conferences and professional training courses.He was also a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Service Sciences at the University of Naples Federico II.

Piero Avallone is the author of several publications related to juvenile matters.

Laura Baldassarre

Laura Baldassarre has worked at UNICEF Italy since 1992 and is currently Head of Institutional Advocacy.

She participates in institutional working groups (such as the National Observatory on Childhood and the Inter-ministerial Committee on human rights), is the contact person for the Memorandums of Understanding with Institutions (such as the National Ombudsperson for Children and Adolescents, the National Guarantor of people deprived of personal freedom, the National Institute for the Analysis of Public Policies) and promotes coordination and collaboration activities with  associations and NG0s. He has participated in the work of international and European bodies, such as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Council of Europe.

Expert on human rights, particularly of children and adolescents, she contributed to the adoption of regulations and policies, promoting their implementation and monitoring, contributing to the drafting of Reports for the International Bodies.

In the last 10 years:

  • From 2020 to 2022, General Secretary of the Interministerial Committee for Human Rights
  • From 2016 to 2019, Councilor for the Person, School and Solidarity Community of Rome Capital
  • From 2013 to 2015, Coordinator of the Rights Area of the Authority for Children and Adolescents

Anna Rita Calabrò

Anna Rita Calabrò taught Sociology and Sociology of migrations at the University of Pavia where she supervised for many years the advanced course in “Gender, immigration, family models and integration strategies” and the Center for Interdepartmental Studies MeRGED (Migrations and Recognition , Gender, Diversity), she conceived and implemented the project “Diamo rifugio ai talenti” for the inclusion of refugee students at University of Pavia, she was one of the three managers of the University Strategic Plan “MIGRAT.ING (Toward an Interdisciplinary Governance model).

Her numerous publications are the result of research on: time, identity, youth culture, gender, migration. Her theoretical reflections concerned the concept of sociological ambivalence and its implications at an empirical level.

Antonia Cava

Antonia Cava is associate Professor of Sociology of cultural and communicative processes and Delegate for Communication of the Department of Cognitive Sciences, Psychological, Education and Cultural Studies of the University of Messina, where she teaches Cultural Industry and Media Studies, Sociology of communication and Theories and techniques of radio – television communication. 

Member of several national  and  international research groups,  her focus is on  Audience Studies.  She has been Manager of the Master  course “Expert  in  social action on minors  and mafia” of the University of Messina and she is currently in charge of a book series of the Interuniversity Centre for research on sociology of law, information and law institutions (Aracne    Editrice). She has taught, over the time, in courses of higher training, university master courses and Phd courses about topics such as communication and media. She has been Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy -Aristotle University of Thessaloníki (Greece) and at the Faculty of Education and the Department of French, Romanesque, Italian and Arabic Philology of the University of Murcia. She has taken part in congresses in Italy and abroad, and she has written over 70 publications for Italian (Mondadori, Mimesis, FrancoAngeli) and international (Springer, Peter Lang) publishers and for Italian and foreign peer-reviewed journals (among which Sociology of law, Media Education, Mediascapes Journal, Brain Science, Comunicación y Género).

Domenico Della Porta

Domenico Della Porta is Director of the Department of Prevention at ASL Salerno.  He has served as a professor of Social Statistics and Applied Hygiene to Social Services at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University Institute in Naples, a professor of Diseases and Occupational Hazards at the School of Specialization in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the Second University of Naples, and a professor of Occupational Medicine at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Salerno.

He has held the position of Corporate Health Director at the University Hospital “S. Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona” in Salerno, Director of the Prevention Department at the former ASL SA 2, Corporate Health Director at ASL SA 1 in Nocera Inferiore, Director of the Prevention Department at ASL SA 2 in Salerno, and Corporate Health Director at ASL SA 2 in Salerno. He is certified in Environmental Impact Assessment (VIA) by the ISPESL in Rome and is a member of the Non-Ionizing Radiation Study Commission, the Regional Technical Committee of the Campania Region in the Salerno section, and the scientific committee of the Cancer Registry of the Province of Salerno.He is an expert at the Higher Health Council under the Ministry of Health (Decree of 22.12.2010) in the field of workers’ health protection and promotion. He serves as the technical-scientific reference for occupational hygiene and safety in work environments for the regional health department of the Campania Region. He is also a consultant in Occupational Medicine for the Ministry of Justice and the General Secretariat of Defense and a member of the “Environment and Health” Technical Group at the Ministry of Health, representing the Campania Region.

As the Editor-in-Chief of the medical-scientific journal “Hyppocratica Civitas,” he has authored many scientific publications in the fields of social and preventive medicine, targeted job placement for people with disabilities, and hygiene and occupational medicine.


Angela Di Stasi

Angela Di Stasi is full Professor of European Union Law and International Law, University of Salerno (Department of Legal Sciences).

Professor of “Sustainable development in the Mediterranean Area: fundamental legal concepts” at the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Salerno. Jean Monnet Chair (European Commission) “Judicial Protection of Fundamental Rights in the European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice” (2017-2020). Rector’s Delegate of the University of Salerno for equal opportunities. Member of the CRUI Commission on Gender Issues and Member of the Working Group Governance CRUI. 

Founder and Director of the Observatory on European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (since 2012 -) Founder and Director of the review “Freedom, Security & Justice: European Legal Studies”, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, ANVUR list of Class A Journals (since 2017 -). Director of the Study and Research Series “Freedom, Security & Justice: European Legal Studies” (since 2018 -). Principal Investigator of the Project of National Interest (PRIN 2017) “International Migrations, State, Sovereignty and Human Rights: open legal issues” (2020-2024).  

Member of the Scientific and/or Editorial Boards of a lot of scientific Journals and Book Series. She is the author of more than one hundred and fourty publications on various topics of European Union Law and International Law.  Secretary General of the Italian Society of International and European Law (SIDI-ISIL).

Silvia Fornari

Silvia Fornari is an associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Philosophy, Social Sciences and Education at the University of Perugia, where she teaches sociology courses.

Her research activities focus on social relationships, gender differences, and gender-based violence. She also is the President of the Single Guarantee Committee for equal opportunities, the enhancement of workplace well-being, and against discrimination (C.U.G.) at the University of Perugia.

Silvia Fornari is promoter and coordinator of the “Sportello Antiviolenza Unipg” (Anti-Violence Desk at Unipg) and the Coordinator of the AIS Gender Studies. She has served as an honorary judge at the Minor’s Court in Umbria and is a tutor for minors in the Umbria region.

Simona Gaudi

Simona Gaudi is a molecular Biologist with a PhD in Biotechnology, and researcher in the Department of Environment and Health at the Italian National Institute of Health, Rome.

She has worked at the World Health Organization Laboratory at the University of California Davis (UCD), USA, focusing on recombinant vaccines. Upon returning to Europe, she engaged in cancer genetics research at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon. Since 1999, she has been a researcher at the Italian National Institute of Health, with her research centred on the functional genomics of non-communicable, multifactorial, and multigenic diseases, with a particular focus on the role of repetitive sequences and epigenetic aspects.

From 2016, at the Department of Environment and Health, she has been able to develop the study of genome-environment interactions, focusing on epigenetic modifications present in the genomes of women who experience violence. This research aims to identify potential molecular predictive pathways of the possible onset of complex and chronic diseases in order to implement therapeutic protocols for precision preventive medicine.

Nancy Lombard

Nancy Lombard is a Professor in Sociology and Social Policy.

Her research pushes theoretical boundaries providing an innovative contribution to the understandings of the global issues of gender and violence and has demonstrable impact. Her findings have led to policy change and investment in gender equality programmes across health, education and the voluntary sector.

Most recently she has completed work funded by the Scottish Government exploring women’s experiences of the criminal justice system when reporting domestic abuse and stalking. She is currently co-leading a large Horizon project across nine countries in Europe looking at Innovative Solutions to Eliminate Domestic Abuse.

Antonio Francesco Maturo

Antonio Francesco Maturo is a full Professor of General Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Business Law at the University of Bologna.

His research interests are basically linked to the Sociology of health. He started doing research on health organization, and later on, he worked on patients’ experience of chronic illness (mainly cancer). After that, he has dedicated several articles to the phenomenon of medicalization and also to digital sociology. For several years, he has been teaching Sociology of Medicine at Brown University, and this led him to analyze several aspects of the US health care system.

Sundari Anitha

Sundari Anitha is a Professor of Gender, Violence, and Work at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Her research interests lie in two areas: the problem of violence against women and girls (VAWG); and gender, race, and ethnicity in employment relations. She has published widely in both areas. Anitha Sundari previously managed a Women’s Aid refuge and is a trustee of Asha (a ‘by and for’ domestic abuse service for South Asian women) and of ATLEU, which provides legal advice and support to victims of labor exploitation and trafficking. She has been engaged in activism and policy-making to tackle VAWG for over two decades.

Sundari Anitha is an Associate Editor of Women’s Studies International Forum and serves on the editorial boards of Violence Against Women and the British Journal of Criminology. She was a member of the REF2021 Sociology sub panel.

Maria Zambrano

Maria Zambrano is a judge who joined the judiciary in 2007, completed her legal internship at the Naples Court.

She served as a civil and criminal judge at the Lagonegro Court from 2009 to 2013.
From 2013 to 2022, she held the position of Preliminary Investigation Judge at the Salerno Court.
Since February 1, 2022, she has been a Counselor at the Court of Appeals of Salerno – Criminal Section. Since 2021, she is President of the National Magistrates; Association – Salerno Section.