Camilla Pagani, chair of the CICA Scientific Committee, is a researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR).
She has a degree in Modern Languages and Literature, a PhD in Anglo-American Literature, and a degree in Psychology.
As the Head of the Project “The sense of diversity and its psychological implications”, she has mostly been involved in the following research areas: youth’s attitudes toward multiculturalism; the perception of threat in cross-cultural relations; the role of knowledge, fear, hate, anger, resentment, and envy in youths’ racist attitudes; empathy in cross- cultural relations; child- animal relationships with special reference to empathy and violence; the relation between animal abuse and interhuman violence in both their socially acceptable and unacceptable forms.
She is Head of the “Migrations and Education” Unit of the “Migration Project” of the “Dipartimento di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Patrimonio Culturale” of the National Research Council. She is a Fellow of the University of Denver.
She published papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals and chapters in national and international books, and co- authored a book with Francesco Robustelli on teachers’ attitudes toward immigrant pupils’ attending Italian schools in mainstream classes. She is “Expert Evaluator” of European projects for the European Commission.
She is a member of IAIE (International Association for Intercultural Education) and of ISAZ (International Society of Anthrozoology).
For some years she participated in the ISTC research project on education against violence (“Project for the Dissemination of the Seville Statement on Violence” – Head: F. Robustelli) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Municipality of Rome.
She organized international and national conferences and seminars on the themes of violence, cross-cultural relations, and child-animal relations and organized and held courses and seminars for principals, teachers, university and secondary school students, parents, and convicts.
She has recently published a book entitled ‘Complexity and Diversity’ (NovaScience Publishers).