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Jacopo Francesco Mascoli

Jacopo Francesco MascoliPhD Italian Studies

Email: Jacopo-Francesco dot Mascoli at warwick dot ac dot uk


I am currently an MPhil/PhD student in Italian Studies at the University of Warwick, fully funded by Chancellor’s International Scholarship, under the supervision of Prof. Jennifer Burns and Prof. Karl Schoonover.


The worldwide financial crash of 2007 led not only to the failure of many banks and financial institutions in Western countries but also brought about negative changes to the labour system, ushering in an era of precariousness, inequality and falling wages. By creating social insecurity, these developments also contributed to a growing distrust of politicians and governments, which is one of the hallmarks of the current political climate. In this context, Italy is particularly revealing as a case study because it was the only country in Europe to transition to a technocratic government that enacted sweeping reforms to the labour system in order to avoid economic collapse and in so doing generated particularly marked redundancies, precarity and inequality.

The project aims to investigate the features of the labour system in Italy, from the financial crisis of 2007 to the present day. The project looks at how the philosophical elaborations of Italian Neo-Workerists philosophers and contemporary Italian filmmakers not only provide a critique of the economic system but also re-imagine the experience of subjects in society, producing alternative visions of work and the economy. In this perspective, the project intends to go beyond the traditional use of the concept of 'impegno' (commitment), preferring Jacques Rancière's perspective, which considers philosophy and cinema as tools capable of producing alternative visions, through a reconfiguration of subjects and their relationship with society.

By following this approach, the project will combine Neo-Workerist elaborations of the contemporary system of labour with Italian cinema in order to 1) better understand the economic scenario in Italy since the financial crisis, and 2) outline potential solutions to the contemporary situation, seen in the alternative visions of society, labour, and the economy articulated by Italian post-millennial cinema and Italian philosophy, which could have important ramifications beyond the Italian context.

Research Interests

  • Continental and Political Philosophy
  • Labour & Society
  • Italian Cinema
  • Film Theory
  • Cultural Theory


Tutor for IT107 (W10 T2; T3) 2022/2023


  • Review of J. Rancière, Lo spettatore emancipato, Derive Approdi,
    Roma 2018, «Lessico di etica pubblica», 2 (2018), pp. 131-134.
  • Review of A. Badiou, Trump o del fascismo democratico, Meltemi, Roma 2018, «Lessico di etica pubblica», 1 (2018), pp. 151-155.

Scholarships and Awards

Warwick Chancellor’s International Scholarship, 2022
Scholarship, Summer School CeSPeC, “Sentire. La vita sensoriale dei corpi”, Cuneo, Italy, 07/09/2021-11/09/2021
Scholarship, “Democrazia, conflitto, istituzioni", Istituto Italiano di Studi Filosofici, Napoli, Italy, 16/06/2021 – 15/02/2022
Scholarship, Summer School CeSPeC, “Destini spirituali. Miti, religioni, pratiche dell’uomo contemporaneo”, Cuneo, Italy, 15/09/2020 - 19/09/2020
Scholarship, Summer School “Meristema”, Forio d'Ischia, Italy, 24/10/2019 – 27/10/2019
Global Thesis Scholarship (Visiting Student at the Faculty of Arts, Department of Italian Studies, Sorbonne University), funded by Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro", 30/09/2019-30/12/2019
Scholaship, Summer School “Pensare il futuro/pensare al futuro”, Bitonto, Italy, 03/09/2019-07/09/2019


MA Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro"
BA Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro"