About the Journal

Focus and Scope

«Governare la paura. Governing Fear. A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies» (Scientific Director: Maria Laura Lanzillo) is an international refereed open access journal that publishes research studies on the themes of fear, security and risk.

Articles are published in Italian, English and French and are subjected to the double-blind peer review system. The journal presents an interdisciplinary perspective and various methodological approaches; its interests range from the political, historical and philosophical reconstructions of the passion of fear as a producer of political order,as well as of a specific anthropology of the political subject, to the transformation of public, social policies,national and international, regarding the questions of security and risk. Much attention is paid also to iconography as well as to the literary and artistic representations of fear, to the way in which fear has been represented and how it represents itself, its social and political effects on different social contexts.

The journal aims at creating a space of dialogue for researchers and experts coming from different empirical and theoretical traditions and are involved in the study of the social and political processes determined by human passions. «Governare la paura» proposes as an intellectual forum with a double function: either to present the problematics connected to the administration of fear and to the assumed research methodologies,and to promote a constant re-organization and re-orientation of the research itself. The journal welcomes critical essays, historical and literary research that refer to various theoretical frames and empirical approaches.

Peer Review Process

Papers should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to francesco.cerrato@unibo.it (.doc or .docx format; .pdf files are not allowed). The proposed texts will be submitted to at least two experts of the issue discussed, for a double-blind evaluation. The evaluation will be based on the following criteria: topicality of the issue discussed; originality; formal clarity, consistency, updated knowledge of the existing literature, which meets international scientific standards for journals. According to the referees’ evaluations, the Editorial Board will decide whether the essay will be published or not. By submitting an article, the author implicitly accepts the double blind peer review process. The evaluations will be communicated (anonymously) to the authors. The Editorial Board will communicate the evaluations about three month after the essay has been delivered.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial 3.0 Unported License.
Licenza Creative Commons

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions without commercial purposes. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

Authors are welcome to post the final draft post-refereeing (postprint) on a personal website, a collaborative wiki, departmental website, social media websites, institutional repository or non-commercial subject-based repositories.

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.

Scientific Committees

Italian Scientific Committee

  • Riccardo Caporali, Università degli Studi di Bologna
  • Thomas Casadei, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
  • Roberto Cornelli, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
  • Tommaso Greco, Università degli Studi di Pisa
  • Costanza Margiotta, Università degli Studi di Padova
  • Michele Nani, Istituto di Storia dell'Europa Meditterranea - CNR
  • Damiano Palano, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milano
  • Alessandro Vescovi, Università degli Studi di Milano La Statale

International Scientific Committee

  • Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota (USA)
  • Jean-Christophe Goddard, Université de Toulouse II - Le Mirail (France)
  • Bruno Karsenti, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (France)
  • Annemarie Gethmann-Siefert, FernUniversität in Hagen (Deutschland)
  • Patrick Wolfe, La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia)


The Journal is indexed in the following databases:

The journal is recognized as scientific by the Italian academic research evaluation agency (ANVUR) for the Scientific Areas 10, 11, 12, 14.

Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.