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Filippo is a Ph.D. student at the IHPST doing research on the history of normality in the West. He studied Psychology (BA and MA) at the University of Padua (Italy) and he spent a semester at Boston University (USA) studying philosophy of science. Before moving to Canada, he worked as a Health Promoter in several reception centers for asylum seekers in North-East Italy and as an Headhunter for a Dutch multinational firm. His graduate studies at University of Toronto are funded by an Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) award.

Right now, he is starting a project on the evolution of Toronto Lunatic Asylum’s certificates of insanity, examination forms, and asylum registers (c. 1841-1919). His research goal is to investigate the changing criteria applied by medical practitioners, public officers, and families for demarcating a condition of insanity in light of an implicit assumption of normality.


– Turchi GP & Sposini FM (2016). Al di là del normale e del patologico: Sulle possibilità normative tra medicina e psicologia. [Beyond Normality and Pathology: On the Normative Possibilities on Medicine and Psychology]. Napoli: Edises.

– Turchi GP, Sposini FM, Pasquale G & Romanelli M (2016). Operational and theoretical issues in mental health: Time for challenges? Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (JCPCP), 16(4), pp. 282-288.

– Turchi GP & Sposini FM (2016). Sulle possibilità normative in psicologia e psichiatria. [On the Normative Possibilities in Psychology and Psychiatry]. Rivista di Psicologia Clinica, 2/2016, pp. 24-40.

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Twitter: @fsposin


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