Simona Micali studied Humanities and Italian Studies at the University of Pisa and at the Scuola Normale Superiore; after completing her PhD in Italian Literature at the University “Ca’ Foscari” in Venice, she thought Italian and Comparative Literature at the Universities of Bologna and Siena, and at Brown University (USA). Presently she is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Siena.
From 1997 to 2004 she was Treasurer of the “Associazione per gli Studi di Teoria e Storia Comparata della Letteratura” (Italian branch of ICLA); from 2001 to 2014 she was a member of the Executive Committee of “Synapsis – European School for Comparative Studies”. She is also on the Editorial Board of «Contemporanea. Rivista di studi sulla letteratura e sulla comunicazione» and faculty member of INCH – International Network for Comparative Humanities (https://inch.princeton.edu/).
She has published five books (“L’innamoramento”, Laterza 2001; “Miti e riti del moderno”, Le Monnier 2002; “Ascesa e declino dell’Uomo di lusso. Il romanzo dell’intellettuale nella Nuova Italia e i suoi modelli europei”, Le Monnier 2008; Towards a Posthuman Imagination in Literature and Media, Peter Lang 2019; Creature. La costruzione dell’immaginario postumano, Shake 2022) and several essays on modern and postmodern literature and film. Over the past years her research has focused extensively on speculative imagination, environmental humanities and posthumanist theory.
She is Rector’s Delegate for UNISI branch campuses.