The Department of Education, Languages, Interculture, Literatures and Psychology (identified with the acronym FORLILPSI) was established on 1 January 2019 with the aim of improving the overall efficiency of the departmental organization, resulting from the fusion of two humanistic departments: Education Science and Psychology (SCIFOPSI) and Languages, Literatures and Intercultural Studies (LILSI).
Approved by the respective Department Councils on June 6, 2018, the FORLILPSI cultural project accommodates and merges the scientific and educational experience of the two pre-existing departments. The Department of Education Science and Psychology (SCIFOPSI), established in January 2013 by Law number 240 of December 30, 2010 (with regard to the reorganization of the public university system in Italy), emerged as a new institutional reality, born of the merger between the Department of Education Science and Cultural and Educational Processes, and the Department of Psychology (italian version). The Department of Languages, Literature and Cross-cultural Studies (LILSI), also established in January 2013, was born as an evolution of the Department of Languages, Literature and Comparative Cultures (italian version), in turn a previous unification of the Department of Modern Philology and the Department of Romance Languages and Literature.
Thus, FORLILPSI is an interdisciplinary department that embraces research areas ranging from educational science and psychology to languages, philology and literature. The aim of the department is to conduct research and promote learning in the area of relationships between languages, cultures, minds, behaviors, and education through the investigation of texts and contexts and spatial and temporal dimensions.
Given its composition, as a result of the merger between Italian National University Council (CUN) Areas 10 (LILSI) and 11 (SCIFOPSI), the department also has a strong vocation towards internationalization in terms of research, didactics and the third mission, favoring activation, promotion and acquisition of "cultural agreements", development cooperation, international funding, and support of double degrees for students.
Integrated Didactics: Attention to integration between theoretical, empirical and practical perspectives of education, teaching and learning of language and literature also as a research area on the theme of the teacher’s role. Specific areas of focus concern profiles of 0-6 teachers and educators, preschool and elementary school teachers, teachers for students with special needs, and of teachers of disciplines with particular attention to didactic, linguistic and psychopedagogical disciplines in secondary schools.
Cross-culturality is intended as: a) A relational, construction dimension regarding the self, others, and gender from a social, historical, theoretical, and literary perspective, an interdisciplinary complex to interpret the phenomena of change that characterize our time; b) A design dimension for the creation of spaces where comparison and dialogue between different languages, literatures and cultures are possible, within a democratic and inclusive society attentive to giving value to the contributions of minorities.
Interdisciplinarity: Interdisciplinary collaboration among disciplines within the department and those of different scientific areas within the university, to foster in particular research relationships between pedagogical, psychological, linguistic, philological and literary sciences according to different theoretical, historical, methodological and operational approaches in a comparative key.
Promotion of well-being and education: This area of study and research transcends the boundaries of local context and adopts a global perspective to give value to existing differences. This approach enhances the understanding of connections between local and global realities, promotes the understanding of cultural, social-historical, psychological, pedagogical and linguistic factors that influence people's lives, orients professional declination, and develops skills and aptitudes aimed at change and collaboration.