Prof. Daria Bozzato
“The ‘osmotic interaction’ between instructors and students is the most powerful resource a professor has.”
Italian Studies Prof. Daria Bozzato joined Gettysburg College to share her passion for Italian language, literature, and culture within an academic community that engages education with interdisciplinary inquiry and critical spirit. She firmly believes her role is to be an intellectual facilitator, a cultural intermediary who has to inspire the future citizens of a diverse and respectful society.
“The ‘osmotic interaction’ between instructors and students is the most powerful resource a professor has,” said Bozzato.
Bozzato’s research intertwines literature, science, philosophy, and visual arts. Her scholarship investigates the Italian esoteric environment at the turn of the twentieth century, and specifically examines the influence of spiritualism, mediumistic practices, and the magic on Italian Futurist manifestos, art, and photography.
More recently, Bozzato has been working on how the biological psychiatric approach fostered the alienation and physical annulment of mentally ill individuals in Italy. This research is specifically geared toward the years prior to the approval of Italian Law 180/1978, also known as Basaglia law, which revolutionized mental health in Italy and regarded patients as people and not objects.