Margaret Scarborough recently completed her PhD in Italian and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her dissertation examines the influence of philology on conceptions of selfhood in postwar Italy. At CIMA, she is excited to study midcentury approaches to gesture and human spontaneity in the thought of Italian author and designer Bruno Munari and British psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott.
Giulia Zompa is a final year Ph.D. Student in Contemporary Art History at the University of Milan (Italy). Her doctoral research focuses on the Italian artistic situation between the 1980s and 1990s taking into consideration, as a case study, what occurred at the exhibition level in the city of Milan.
Giulia completed her studies at the University of Florence and at the University of Milan, where she earned her BA and MA degrees cum laude. Her current interest in this new Italian art scene is related to her master’s degree thesis (defended in March 2020) entitled “Young Italian Art “in Milan (1984-1986). Her publications are devoted to those main research topics (Art of the 1980s and 1990s, history of exhibitions) but she is also truly interested in the neo-avantgardes of the 1960s and 1970s. She actively collaborates with the Department of Art History and Criticism at the University of Milan holding lectures and seminars. During the past years, Giulia has also collaborated with different galleries. Furthermore, from October 2021, she is the Founder and Director of Micro_Mosso, a cultural project that shares and promotes contemporary art with meetings and Education Lab.
As a fellow at CIMA, Giulia will focus on meaning and role of playfulness in Bruno Munari’s activity. Bruno Munari has dedicated a large part of his creative activity to the act of playing: from the creation of children’s games and ‘game-books’ to the development of educational workshops that put playing at the heart of a new method. Giulia will attempt to trace the evolution of Munari’s approach to the theme during his career, outlining the characteristics that demonstrate continuity and those that signal change. Moreover, she will study the possible cultural references that have fostered Munari’s interest in play and the progressive awareness of its potential social role.