from the left: Massimo Gerardo Carrese (fantasiologist), Letizia Casuccio (General Manager of Coop Culture), Paolo Giulierini (Director of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples),
Paolo Chiarolanza (Co-founder of SlideWorld and Director of the European Human Development Council)


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M. G. C. [Massimo Gerardo Carrese, ed.] has a typical expert and scholar name (thanks to the suffix -logo, of Greek origin), which concerns him directly. He defines himself as a phantasiologist, "scholar of stories and characteristics of imagination and imagery". It must be said that's a nice name. [...] Since the activity of the phantasiologist is related to the idea of game and, in particular, of the linguistic game, we can argue that the name and the activity represent a fun and intelligent glimmer in times of talkative and of often fatal actions. [...] 

From the online Treccani Encyclopedia, by the lexicographer Silverio Novelli

©2016 "Amare enigmi" - fantasiological postcard by Massimo Gerardo Carrese

"Fantasiologist (or phantasiologist)": is that a word invented by Massimo Gerardo Carrese? No. However, Massimo Gerardo Carrese conceived the professional figure of the phantasiologist: the scholar who analyzes and explores the scientific, humanistic, playful and artistic aspects of imagination, imagery and creativity.

A bit of history
Already in 1987 the word "phantasiologist" had appeared in an interview on the Italian review "Panorama": «[...] edited by Gianni Guadalupi, a 'phantasiologist', as he defines himself since he invented his specialization, that of modern discoverer of exotic journeys [...] How did your passion as a 'phantasiologist' begin? [...]."
A magnificent activity that of Guadalupi as a "modern discoverer of exotic journeys" but as subsequently understood by Carrese, the figure of "the phantasiologist" is linked to that of the scholar who analyzes the characteristics of imagination, imagery and creativity.

And today?
Today the word "fantasiologist" (many of the results are referred to the Italian word "fantasiologo") appears on Internet and in Italian newspapers to indicate, in 99% of searches, Massimo Gerardo Carrese's job.

What does a phantasiologist do?
Specifically, Massimo Gerardo Carrese deals with phantasiology, a study that deepens the differences and scientific, humanistic, ludic and artistic aspects of imagination, imagery and creativity as understood in various disciplines and in daily life. As a phantasiologist, he carries out consultancy activities for companies and promotes meetings, lessons and training courses for adults and children, in the social, university and school fields. He writes essays and invents phantasologic games (linguistic, mathematical, artistic and musical).

Who is a phantasiologist useful to?
The professional figure of the phantasiologist is useful to all. As practiced by Massimo Gerardo Carrese, it's a job oriented to the critical knowledge of imagination, imagery and creativity. Three faculties often debased to mental activities close to vagueness, abstractness, unreasonableness, childish circumstances or exclusive practices of artists and geniuses. Instead, there is much more than you might think. However unusual it may seem, imagination, imagery and creativity have been studied for a long time, from Plato to Bruno Munari, from Aristotle to Patricia Meyer Spacks and beyond.

How can you become a phantasiologist?
Let's face it: there is no school to achieve the title of phantasiologist. We become phantasiologists with independent learning but, like any other serious and responsible activity that has people as targets, Massimo Gerardo Carrese's job is also subject to verification. Who controls his work and how? Teachers of all levels, school managers, university professors, booksellers, librarians, parents, children, social workers, students, scholars, artists, employees, ordinary people....They find, in the practice of their activity and in their daily life, that Carrese's studies and researches base on provable, rational and concrete aspects.
 The phantasiologist Carrese always demonstrates the arguments he deals with: it is precisely this demonstration that is subjected to verification, as the results produced by his meetings and courses he realizes in the university, school and social fields, with adults and children.
Just because Carrese's studies, games and researches are verifiable, his activity is questionable with intelligence and never with prejudice.


Massimo Gerardo Carrese calls his field of study "fantasiology or phantasiology". In it he analyzes the keywords (perception, association, imagery, imagination, daydream, creativity, reality) around which his observations, games and researches are concretized.

Curiosity from Internet
On the Google Italy search engine, there are over 4,000 results corresponding to the "phantasiologist" item which specifically report to Massimo Gerardo Carrese's activity. The Italian word "fantasiologia" is connected mostly to his profession (more than 1500 results on the Google Italy search engine). Many of the foreign variants "phantasiologue" (French) and "fantasiologist" (English) refer to him, verifiable on Google engines in English, French, German....
However, the results (also foreign) obtained on Internet for the Italian word "fantasiologia" and "fantasiologo" are not always consistent with the author's studies and research.
To learn more: you can visit the "press review" archive (since 2006), a selection of news dedicated to the author.



some attestations (in no particular order) concerning the word "phantasiologist" in reference to Massimo Gerardo Carrese

“E tu che mestiere fai? Il fantasiologo […].” 

"La Repubblica" 13 marzo 2012, Laura Laurenzi

 "[...] the fantasiologist Massimo Gerardo Carrese"

"Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture-

“[…] Massimo Gerardo Carrese, un linguista che si definisce “fantasiologo”, un guru della parola e del vocabolario” 

"Corriere del Mezzogiorno" 30 giugno 2006, Franco Tontoli

"Un fantasiologo al MOON"

"Rai Basilicata - Potenza, 17 ottobre 2018 (servizio tgr)

"[...] È l'Alfabetario dei Luoghi del fantasiologo Massimo Gerardo Carrese che spiega come visitare un luogo seguendo le 26 lettere dell'alfabeto

"Il Mattino", 24 dicembre 2016

“[…] L'esperto in "fantasiologia" è Massimo Gerardo Carrese, studioso di storia e caratteri della fantasia, di linguistica generale e di giochi di parole; proprio in tal senso, egli si definisce un ‘fantasiologo’. […]”

"Il Mattino", 11 giugno 2011 Michela di Maina

“Incontrare un «fantasiologo» per rispondere alle domande «Cos'è la fantasia?”[…]

"Corriere del Mezzogiorno", 7 febbraio 2012

“Si autodefinisce un "fantasiologo", ovvero uno "studioso della fantasia" […]”

"La Sicilia" 6 maggio 2009 Salvo Cataldo

“[…] il fantasiologo Massimo Gerardo Carrese parla di fantasia, giochi enigmistici e letterari […]”

"La Repubblica", 21 dicembre 2012

“[...] il fantasiologo Massimo Gerardo Carrese curatore della mostra [...]”

"Artribune", 27 gennaio 2018

"Lui si definisce un fantasiologo, uno studioso di storie e caratteristiche della fantasia e dell'immaginazione. [...]" 

"Il Mattino" 16 febbraio 2017, Maria Beatrice Crisci

“[…] il fantasiologo Gerardo Massimo Carrese […] parteciperà all’incontro «Le meraviglie del gioco», dibattito sullo sviluppo creativo e fantasioso delle parole […]”

"Corriere del Mezzogiorno", 13 ottobre 2012

“[…] il ‘Convegno Nazionale sull’Immaginario Linguistico – Viaggio in Italia sulla Fantasia, da sud a nord’, ideato e curato dal fantasiologo Massimo Gerardo Carrese […]”

"Adnkronos/", 14 gennaio 2007

“[...] con il fantasiologo Massimo Gerardo Carrese giovedì 22 alla libreria [...]”

"Gazzetta di Napoli", 22 marzo 2018

“Il fantasiologo Carrese alla Biblioteca Nazionale Cinese”

"" 15 luglio 2008

“Il libro del fantasiologo Massimo Gerardo Carrese in Scozia”

"" 8 gennaio 2008

“[…] Fra le varie personalità omonime: - letterati e saggisti: Massimo Gerardo Carrese (fantasiologo e ludogrammatico) […]”

Voce Massimo, sito "Focus"

“Ad Anzio il fantasiologo Massimo Gerardo Carrese”

"L’Unico – Quotidiano web di Roma", 8 aprile 2009

“Il fantasiologo Massimo Carrese da oggi a Potenza per il progetto Memori”

"La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno", 15 ottobre 2018


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