Raffaella Scarpa teaches Medical and Clinical Linguistics at the University of Turin. She founded Remedia in 2014.
Beatrice Dema is a PhD Student in Italian Linguistics and Literature at the Department of Humanities of the University of Turin. Member of Remedia since 2014, her research fields are History of Medical Language (B. Dema, La lingua nella semeiotica e nella trattatistica psichiatrica a cavallo tra Ottocento e Novecento: la lezione di Morselli e Tanzi, in R. Scarpa, R. Piro (edited by), Capitoli della storia linguistica della medicina, Mimesis, 2019) and Clinical Linguistics, especially the language of psychiatric diseases such as psychosis, schizophrenia and eating disorders (B. Dema, L’epistolario di uno psicotico: proposta di analisi, in R. Scarpa, Le lingue della malattia, Mimesis, 2016, pp. 103-178).
Graduated in History of Italian Language (University of Turin) and in History of Contemporary Art (Academy of Fine Arts of Turin), she joined Remedia in 2014 while attending the “Autism and related disorders” course of the Yale Medical School, whose thesis was further developed in an essay about autism and language (Disturbi dello spettro autistico. Osservazioni linguistiche e spunti per un progetto di ricerca, in R. Scarpa, Le lingue della Malattia, Mimesis, 2016, pp. 179-211) and followed by a A Reasonable Compromise, Mimesis, 2016.
She has been active for the advocacy of rights of people with disabilities, psychiatric disorders and autism with many not-for-profit organizations.
She’s a regular contributor of the magazine «Arte» and her translations and writings have been published by Erickson, Mimesis, Ponte alle Grazie, Skira.
For Remedia her focus is on autism in its links with language and visual arts. Other areas of interest are doctor-patient communication and health-care policies.