CODES Partners: Sapienza University of Rome

The Sapienza University of Rome is counted among the world’s oldest universities.

For years the university has been committed to cultural diversity leading to their engagement in the CODES Programme.

A brief history…

The history of Sapienza is closed tied to that of Italy.

Founded in 1303 by the Pope Boniface VIII, Sapienza became the university of the capital of Italy when the the unification of the country was completed in 1870.

In 1935, it was transferred to the Tiburtino neighbhood, at the heart of a new campus conceived by architect Marcello Piacentini, under Benito Mussolini.

International Sapienza

A large variety of disciplines are currently offered by their 63 departments and 11 faculties. The university aims to lead students in teaching and research that is not just interdisciplinary but also international.

8,000 foreign students are hosted each year and 2,900 others participate in international exchange programmes.

Sapienza and cultural diversity

Communication and media, migration and multicultural societies, citizen engagement and the nonprofit sector… all of this subjects are at the heart of  the research led by the CoRiS, the Department of Communication and Social Research, at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Sociology, and Communication at the university.

In addition, beyond their teaching, the CoRiS is remarkably committed to cultural diversity through its programmes for the integration of immigrants, in collaboration with local non-profit organisations. Finally, their partner with the  Carta di Roma Observatory, which focuses on the conception and design of a Code of Conduct for journalists regarding the treatment of immigration.

Sapienza and the CODES Programme

Gaia Peruzzi, researcher and professor at CoRiS, is the reference person for the CODES Programme in Italy. She teaches a variety of subjects related to Communication: Communication for Public Administration and Non-Profit Organisations, Research and Evaluation, Online Media and Journalism, Fashion and Style Analysis.

Additionally, she was until 2018 the director of a programme dedicated to Communication and to the Cultural Politics of non-profit organisations through the Communication Laboratory project of the FQTS, for managerial training for the Social Solidarity Economy.

Finally, her research concerns the confrontation between migration and social representations, culture, media, and the couple. Among her many publication, we can highlight the following:

  • Amori possibili. Le coppie miste nella provincia italiana (Franco Angelo, 2008)
  • Fondamenti di comunicazione sociale. Diritti, media, solidarietà (Carocci, 2011)
  • Immagini in movimento. Il cinema italiano sulle migrazioni (avec G. Gianturco ; Junior, 2015)
  • La comunicazione sociale. Manuale per le organizzazioni non profit (avec A. Volterrani ; Laterza, 2016)

Her perspective throughout these many experiences and efforts is clearly an asset to the CODES Programme, which is likely dedicated to and confronted with the question of cultural diversity in the organisation.

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