Filippo Maria Sposini

FillipoFilippo is a Ph.D. student at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) at University of Toronto. His research focuses on the history of psychological and psychiatric disciplines in 19th century Europe and North America. He works within the broad framework of the «history of normality in the West», looking at the production of scientific theories and instruments that proposed to demarcate what was considered normal or pathological in a specific period and context. In particular, he is interested in how the emerging disciplines of statistics, moral psychology, and phrenology offered normative criteria for understanding and explaining mental alienation.

Filippo 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 a Headhunter for a Dutch multinational firm in Milan. His graduate studies at University of Toronto are funded by an Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) award.