The Nexa Center for Internet & Society announces 2021-2022 community

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Turin, November 29, 2021

On the eve of the 13th annual Nexa conference, to be held tomorrow at Politecnico di Torino on the 15th anniversary of the Center's formal establishment, the Nexa Center for Internet & Society at Politecnico di Torino (DAUIN) today announces the new members of the Nexa community for the 2021-2022 academic year.

This year the new members are: two Faculty Fellows, Giovanni Leghissa, associate professor at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the University of Turin, and Don Luca Peyron, presbyter of the Diocese of Turin, graduated in Law and licensed in Pastoral Theology; two Fellows, Giuseppe Futia, Senior Data Scientist at GraphAware Srl and alumnus of the Nexa Center, and Francesco Ruggiero, teacher, writer and alumnus of the Nexa Center.


The new members

Giovanni LeghissaGiovanni Leghissa - Faculty Fellow
Giovanni Leghissa (Trieste, 1964) is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the University of Turin. He is editor of “aut aut”, and director of the online philosophy magazine “Philosophy Kitchen”. He taught philosophy at the Universities of Vienna, Trieste, and at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe. Among his publications: Per la critica della ragione europea. Riflessioni sulla spiritualità illuminista (Mimesis, Milan 2019); (with G. Becchio) The Origins of Neoliberalism (Routledge, London 2016); Postumani per scelta. Verso un’ecosofia dei collettivi (Mimesis, Milan 2015); Neoliberalismo. Un’introduzione critica (Mimesis, Milan 2012); Incorporare l’antico. Filologia classica e invenzione della modernità (Mimesis, Milan 2007). He edited, with Enrico Manera, the volume Filosofie del mito nel Novecento (Carocci, Rome 2015). His investigations have as focal points: phenomenology, psychoanalysis, epistemology of economics, epistemology of the human sciences (with particular reference to anthropology, the history of religions, classical philology and biblical philology), relationship between religion and modernity, philosophy post-human, philosophy of technique, contemporary Jewish thought, intercultural philosophy, Postcolonial and Gender Studies.


Don Luca PeyronDon Luca Peyron - Faculty Fellow
Luca Peyron is a jurist and theologian. He directs the Pastorale Universitaria Regionale and founded and coordinates the Apostolato Digitale service, one of the first global services of the Catholic Church that deals with the relationship between digital and faith. Professor of Theology at the Università Cattolica and at the Istituto Universitario Salesiano di Torino, he holds a workshop on the spirituality of emerging technologies at the Università di Torino. His field of study and pastoral care is specifically the relationship between the digital, faith and society. He collaborates regularly with several journals and portals, most recently publishing “Incarnazione Digitale” (Elledici, 2019).


Giuseppe FutiaGiuseppe Futia - Fellow
Giuseppe Futia is currently Senior Data Scientist at GraphAware Srl. His R&D activity covers different topics, including Graph Representation Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Recommendation Systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer and Control Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) with the supervision of Prof. Juan Carlos De Martin. For several years, he was the assistant of Prof. De Martin within the Digital Revolution course at Politecnico. Before joining GraphAware, he has been Full Stack Developer at Synapta Srl. In his professional career, Giuseppe was also Communication Manager and Research Fellow of the Nexa Center for Internet & Society and a freelance journalist for La Stampa newspaper.


Francesco RuggieroFrancesco Ruggiero - Fellow
Francesco Ruggiero (1977) is the founder of the literary group sparajurij and is in the editorial board of the journal “Atti Impuri”. He is specialized in contemporary Italian literature. He is the author of literary reportages for the journal “Il Reportage” and co-author of the book Viaggiatori nel freddo. Come sopravvivere all’inverno russo con la letteratura (Travellers in the cold. How to survive to the Russian winter with literature), published in 2015. He was the Nexa Center's Communications Manager from 2016 to 2019.


Honoring the ethos of "networking" which is central to an Internet & Society center such as Nexa, the Nexa community is also complemented by other four Faculty Associates, who will actively collaborate with the Nexa Center community through an array of channels.

These relationships, as well as the countless engagements with alumni, partners, students, interns, and other colleagues, are fundamental to the Nexa Center’s work and identity, and serve to increase the capacity of the field. The Nexa Center is proud and grateful to the following returning community members who will retain affiliations at the Nexa Center in the coming year.


Returning as Faculty Fellows

Antonio Casilli, Alessandro Cogo, Enrico Donaggio, Massimo Durante, Marco Torchiano.

Returning as Fellows

Davide Allavena, Mauro Alovisio, Claudio Artusio, Eleonora Bassi, Lorenzo Benussi, Enrico Bertacchini, Carlo Blengino, Nicola Bottero, Lorenzo Canova, Fabio Chiusi, Marco Ciurcina, Deborah De Angelis, Giulio De Petra, Arturo Filastò, Giovanni B. Gallus, Raimondo Iemma, Guido Noto La Diega, Antonio Langiu, Stefano Leucci, Alessio Melandri, Lara Merla, Federico Morando, Fabio Nascimbeni, Monica A. Senor, Massimo Travostino, Giuseppe Vaciago.

Returning as Faculty Associates

Simone Arcagni, Giancarlo Frosio, Daniele Trinchero, Giorgio Ventre.

The Nexa Community is also formed by the Nexa Board of Trustees, who last July prematurely lost his colleague and friend Philippe Aigrain (here a memory of him).