Virginia Zorzi

Non Tenure Track Assistant Professor

University of Turin - Department of Cultures, Politics and Society


Virginia Zorzi is a researcher (RTD-A) at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Turin.

She received a Ph.D in Linguistic, Philological and Literary Sciences from the University of Padua. Her research activity can be situated in the areas of applied linguistics and discourse analysis, and focuses on English and Italian texts through a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. The language used in the public communication of technoscience is central to her research.

She has also been working on conspiracy theory discourses, with a focus on health and medicine-related conspiracy theories.

As a research fellow at the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the University of Bergamo, she investigated migration discourses and in particular migrant narratives.

In 2021 she 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.

She participated in a research project for the School of English at the University of Hong Kong on the representation of people with intersex bodies in biomedical research articles.

Recent Publications

(2023) Zorzi, V., Neresini, F. and Cammozzo, A., Public communication of technoscience in the news: A cross-linguistic Multidimensional analysis of English and Italian newspapers, in “Discourse & Communication”, 17 (6), pp. 811-835.

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

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

(2022) Zorzi, V., 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., and Vilar-Lluch S. (Eds.), Pandemic and Crisis Discourse. Communicating COVID-19, Bloomsbuy, pp. 167-184.

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

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

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