Virginia Zorzi

Research fellow, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Bergamo


I received a Ph.D. in Linguistic, Philological and Literary Sciences from the University of Padua in 2019.
My research can be situated within the areas of applied linguistics and discourse analysis, which I apply to English and Italian texts through a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. The language used in the public communication of technoscience is central to my research.

Concurrently, I work on conspiracy theory discourse, with a focus on health and medicine-related conspiracy theories.
I am participating in a project within the School of English at The University of Hong Kong to study the representation of people with intersex bodies in biomedical research articles.
In 2021 I participated in the realisation of the exhibition “Linguaggio, comunicazione e percezione della crisi climatica” (Language, communication and perception of the climate crisis) within the University of Turin.
My fellowship at the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures within the University of Bergamo involves an investigation of migrants’ experiences, with a focus on the translation of these experiences in the context of migration museums.
I am currently a member of the international editorial board of the academic journal SN Social Sciences.

Latest Publications:

Zorzi, V. (2022). Collective identities in the online self-representation of conspiracy theorists. In Demata, M., Zorzi, V., Zottola, A. (eds.) Conspiracy Theory Discourses, John Benjamins, 365-391.

Zorzi, V. (2022). Discourses of Public Health-Related Controversies: A Comparison between the Conspiracist Video Plandemic and the VIOXX Medical Scandal. Lingue e Linguaggi, 47, 115-143.

Zorzi, V. (2022) Political comedy and the challenges of public communication during the Covid-19 crisis: A corpus-assisted study of Last Week Tonight’s coverage of the pandemic. In Breeze, R. Kondo, K. Musolff, A., Vilar-Lluch S. (eds.) Pandemic and Crisis Discourse. Communicating COVID-19, Bloomsbuy, 167-184.

Zorzi, V. (2021) Challenging dominant perspectives on science. Scientific uncertainty and expertise in the discourse of popular online sources. Textus. English studies in Italy, 34 (2) 103-120.

Musacchio, M. T., & Zorzi, V. (2019). Scientific controversies and popular science in translation. Rewriting, transediting or transcreation? Lingue e Linguaggi, 29, 481–507.

Musacchio, M., Panizzon, R., Zhang, X., & Zorzi, V. (2016). A linguistically-driven methodology for detecting impending disasters and un-folding emergencies from social media messages. Proceedings of the 10th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, 23-28 May 2016, Portorož (Slovenia), (p. 26-33).