Matteo Albertini is a Milan-based Balkanalysis.com correspondent, covering the Western Balkans and its relations with Italy. His varied research interests run from sociology, anthropology and semiotics to international relations, ethnicity and organized crime. Along with Balkanalysis.com Director Chris Deliso, he is also co-author of the important new study, The Vatican’s Challenges in the Balkans: Bolstering the Catholic Church in 2015 and Beyond.
Matteo’s specializations include the semiotics of nationalism in the former Yugoslavia, politics, religion and security in post-independence Kosovo, trans-Adriatic economic relations, and organized crime trends affecting Italy and the Balkans. He has spent extended periods of time in the Balkans, including six months in Serbia in 2010 and extended periods cooperating with Italian NGOs in Kosovo.
At present, Matteo lectures on Semiotics, Politics and Culture at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, where he recently supervised thesis research on Italian-Libyan relations. Aside from writing for Balkanalysis.com, Matteo has contributed to various academic publications in his native Italy, including a series for PECOB (Portal on Central-Eastern and Balkan Europe, in Bologna), Inchiesta Magazine (Bari), and Versus Magazine (Milan). He has presented his research at congresses of the International Association for Semiotic Studies and the Global Studies Association.
Along with his native Italian, Matteo is fluent in English, and also knows intermediate French and basic Serbo-Croatian. He holds a Ph.D in Semiotics from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (2011), as well as an MA in Semiotics (2007) and a BA in Communication Sciences (2003) from the same university.
Status: Matteo Albertini is currently available for speaking engagements and event participation.
All previous Balkanalysis.com Articles, Interviews and Briefings by Matteo Albertini
Serbia’s Upcoming Elections: Candidates, Platforms and Implications (April 30, 2012)
Italy’s New Government and the Western Balkans (November 25, 2011)
The Vatican’s Growing Prominence in Kosovo (April 14, 2011)
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