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Claudia Portioli Doctor of aesthetic philosophy (University of Bologna), she carried out research on Georg Simmel’s philosophy of art and theory of knowledge in Germany and France. She is temporary lecturer at the University of Trento (Department of Sociology and Social Research). From 1999 to 2011 she collaborated with the philosophical Institute Banfi of Reggio Emilia. Among her publications: Portioli-Fitzi (eds.), Georg Simmel e l’estetica (Mimesis, 2006); “The World in a Skyscraper. Space, Function and Cultures”, in Erzen J. and Milani R. (eds.), Nature and the City, Parol, n. 22 (2013); “Venice”, “Florence”, “Rome” and “Alps”, in Müller H.P. - Reitz T. (eds.), Simmel-Handbuch (Suhrkamp, 2018); “La performance des objets chez Simmel. Architecture, artefacts et interaction”, in Revue des Sciences Sociales, n. 59 (2018).
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Gregor Fitzi is co-director of the Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism and Religious Diversity at University of Potsdam, Germany. After his PhD in Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, he was assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Among his recent publications are: The Challenge of Modernity. Simmel’s Sociological Theory, (Routledge 2018). (With Jürgen Mackert and Bryan Turner) Populism and the Crisis of Democracy, 3 vol. (Routledge 2018).