Paolo Bonafede

Assistant professor

Department of Humanities

Via Tommaso Gar, 14 - 38122 Trento
tel. 0461 281704
paolo.bonafede[at]unitn [dot] it

Visiting researcher at ICP (2016), Paris

PhD (2015 - 2018): Cultures of Europe, XXXI° Cycle, University of Trento.

TFA teaching qualification courses for class A019 and Support (2012-2015)

Master's Degree: Philosophical Sciences, University of Bologna. (2009-2012)

Bachelor's Degree: Philosophy, University of Bologna (2006-2009)

Academic career and teaching activities

June 2023: National scientific qualification for the position of Associate Professor in Education.

September 2022: RTdA Researcher in M-PED01 at the Department of Humanities, University of Trento

Adjunct Professor in History of Education (M-PED 02) for University of Udine (2018-19; 2019-20; 2020-21)

Adjunct professor in Pedagogy of digital sociality (M-PED 01) for University of Trento (2019-20; 2020-21; 2021-22)

2019: Subject Tutor at the History of Pedagogy chair of Prof. Paolo Marangon in the courses of: History of Pedagogy, (LT and LM), University of Trento

Research interests

Philosophy of Education: foundation and critique as axes of philosophical research in education.

History of educational doctrines in the 19th and 20th centuries (Rosmini, personalism, problematicism).

Media Education: digital practices of adolescents.

AIED (Artificial Intelligence and Education)

Narrative Thinking and University Education

Philosophy for Children

Research work

PhD. Research on the educational theory of Antonio Rosmini (1797-1855), with incursions and comparisons made with authors of educational and philosophical thought, such as Augustine, Aporti, Necker de Saussure, Romagnosi, Lambruschini, Piaget, Vygotskji, Maritain, Ricœur, Morin.


  • 2021-ongoing: Research Project with CEMET on Adolescents' Media Practices.
  • 2023-ongoing: Member of the Erasmus + Chair Jean Monnet GrACE project.
  • 2022- 2023: Participation in the Erasmus + Chair Jean Monnet MoSE project - Enhancing European Citizenship. Towards a More Social Europe (2020 - 2023), under the direction of Prof. Michele Nicoletti.

Philosophy of Education.  

  • Problematism, personalism, phenomenology. Italian currents of pedagogical thought.
  • German (Eugen Fink) and French (Ricœur) phenomenology, complexity theory (Morin)


Media Education.

  • Human-Computer Interactions, human relations in the context of digital society
  • Self-narration and dialogue as a factor in the prevention and recomposition of educational conflicts (through media & ICT).
Memberships in societies and scientific committees
  • Secretary of the "Antonio Rosmini" Study and Research Centre, University of Trento (2020-current).  
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Scientific Journal Rosmini Studies (2015-current).
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Studium Educationis (2022-current)
  • Ordinary member of SIPED (Italian Society of Pedagogy) (2020-current)
  • Ordinary member of CIRSE (Italian Centre for Historical-Educational Research) (2020-current)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee CEMET (Centre for Research on Education, MEdia and Technology) of the University of Bologna (2021-current)
  • Member of the Centre de Recherche sur la Gestion Mentale (CRGM) of the Universitè Catholique de l'Ouest, France (2016-2018).
  • Member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PoESGB) (2018).
Awards and honours

National Award Franciacorta 2023, Sezione Pedagogia

Conferences and lectures
  • 4-6 October 2023, University of Salamanca

Speaker at XXXV Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Iberoamericana de Pedagogía Social (SIPS). Pedagogía Social en una sociedad digital e hiperconectada

  • 21-23 September, University of Salento

Invited Speaker at National Congress SIPEGES Ricerca Pedagogica e Bene Comune: Modelli Teorico-Metodologici e Public Engagement.

  • 6-8 September 2023, University of Barcelona

Speaker at Congreso Internacional de Filosofía de la Educación, “Filosofías para la universidad".

  • 14-15 June 2023 University of Trento

Organiser and speaker at Seminar Dieci anni di “Rosmini Studies”.

  • 21-22 March 2023, University of Malmö

Guest at Symposium “Pedagogical Tact”, organised by M. Korsgaard and F. Rovea.

  • 2-4 February 2023, University of Bologna

Speaker at National Congress of Società Italiana di Pedagogia SIPED. Sistemi educativi, orientamento, lavoro. Presentation entitled: Well-being and atmoshphere in education.

  • 26 november 2022, University of Trento

Organiser of the Centre's Young Researchers Workshop, promoted by the Rosmini Centre.

  • 25 november 2022, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio

Speaker at the UBIQ Conference. Ubiquity, presence, distance. Presentation entitled 'Pedagogical perspectives for a metaverse school'.

  • 4-5 november 2022, Chicago.

Speaker at SPSE (Society of Philosophical Study of Education, USA) Symposium. Presentation entitled: Self-Narration in the Platform Society. Pedagogical Issues of the Transformations of Self-Representation in Digital Contexts.

  • 3-4 november 2022, University of Trento

Organiser and speaker at Conference: Il sorriso nella prima infanzia. Indagini di filosofia e scienze umane. Presentation entitled: La dimensione animale alla base della pedagogia rosminiana nel sorriso del neonato.

  • 31 August - 6 September 2022 Catholic University of Milan

Participation in the ISCHE, International Standing Conference of History of Education, with a paper entitled Il Cono Pedagogico dell'Asilo d'Infanzia di Rovereto: Purposes, Means, and Rules of a Project

  • 26-29 May 2022 University of Messina

Participation in the 17th CIRSE National Congress "Passaggi di frontiera. La storia dell'educazione: confini, identità esplorazioni", with a paper entitled Fenomenologia del sorriso in Rosmini: frontiere di un gesto neonatale nella tarda modernità

  • 25 May 2022. University of Messina

Seminar Antonio Rosmini. Pedagogical thought and heritage in the 19th century.

  • 11 December 2021 University of Trento

Organisation of and participation in the Seminar-Laboratory Centro Rosmini, with lecture.

  • 23-24 September 2021. SIREM, Mattinata (Foggia)

Participation in the SIREM conference "Il post digitale. Society, culture and didactics" with a paper entitled Adolescents, new sociality and media practices: a research in the metropolitan city of Bologna.

  • 6-10 September 2021 University of Geneva - EERA

Participation in the EERA International Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2021, Education and Society: expectations, prescriptions, reconciliations, with paper entitled "Reading and Memory Shreds: Learning During (and Beyond) Pandemic" for NW13 (Philosophy of education).

  • 2-5 June 2021 Association "Per Scuola democratica" Il Mulino

Participation in the Second International Conference of Scuola Democratica "Reinventing Education", with a paper entitled "It's even more complicated! The influence of media practices in the development of adolescent's identity" for panel L.6. Beyond Formal Education? Young People and Alternative Non-Formal And Informal Learning Times and Places.

  • 28 May 2021 University of Verona

Participation in the CIRSE Seminar "Work in progress. Ricerche di giovani ricercatori nell'ambito storico pedagogico", with a paper entitled "La pedagogia dell'esistenza in Rosmini. La prima infanzia tra enigmi e nuove direzioni di ricerca".

  • 18 March 2021 University of Padua

Participation in the Seminar Debating with others and with oneself, with paper entitled "The propositional role of media and technologies in the inner debate".

  • 15-16 October 2020 University of Trento

Organisation and scientific responsibility for the Conference Rosmini e la pedagogia. Teorie, eredità, intersezioni, with a paper entitled "Interrogativi e prospettive per una ricerca rinnovata sulla teoresi educativa rosminiana a partire dalla Metodica".

  • 6-7 February 2020. University of Trento

Organisation and scientific responsibility for the 3rd Rosmini studies seminar for young researchers.

  • 22 November 2019. University of Bologna -CIRSE

Participation in the Seminar La ricerca storico-educativa nelle Scuole di Dottorato in Italia, with a paper entitled "L'altra pedagogia di Rosmini. Dilemmas, concealments, translations'.

  • 2-4 October 2019 University of Florence - Sangalli Institute

Participation in the International Conference Entangled Knowledges. Education and Culture in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (XIII-XIX C.), with a paper entitled 'Religious Education or Educational Religion? Theological references in the pedagogical axiology of Antonio Rosmini (1820-1850)'.

  • 11-15 September 2018 University of Turin

Participation in the 11th CeSPec Summer School Digital Lives. 2018 Turin, Cuneo Savigliano - Mondovì- Being human in the 21st century society.

  • 18 May 2018 RomaTre University - CIRSE

Participation in the Workshop La ricerca storico-educativa nelle Scuole di Dottorato in Italia. Un confronto a più voci, with a paper entitled "Per una Pedagogia della Persona: rivalutazioni della filosofia dell'educazione rosminiana".

  • 17 May 2018 University of Trento

Organisation and scientific responsibility for the Undergraduate & Graduated conference "Philosophy and Myth" for the Department of Humanities.

  • 12-13 October 2017 University of Trento

Participation in the International Conference La filosofia italiana. Traditions, novelties, interpretations, with a paper entitled "The concept of 'person' in Rosmini. Beyond pedagogical personalism'.

  • 6-8 October 2017 Queen's University, Belfast

Participation in the International Conference New Researchers in Philosophy of Education, organised by the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, with paper entitled 'Identity, margins and migrations in Fire at Sea'.

  • 17-19 May 2017, University of Trento

Participation in the Conference Rosmini and phenomenology, with a paper entitled "The concept of will between Rosmini and Ricoeur".