«I am a scholar of scientific, humanistic, ludic and artistic aspects of imagination, imagery and creativity. My research field is fantasiology (or phantasiology). I have been working professionally for fifteen years on imagination, imagery and creativity. Being a fantasiologist is my full time job. I work with universities, schools, associations, training institutes, bookshops, libraries, prisons, museums....Among the tasks of the fantasiologist there is one that most stimulates me and, at the same time, torments me: that of making known that imagination and imagery are not activities related to the escape from reality (that is "reverie") but faculties with historical and scientific characteristics that must be studied if we want to understand these faculties and their way of becoming concrete in the reality in which we live. Unfortunately, many people improvise on these topics but you cannot talk about imagination, imagery and creativity only from opinion or personal experience or because you have read this or that book on the subject. There is an interdisciplinary study to deal with, technical information to untangle and that of imagination is a complex and contradictory study that begins in the fifth century BCE.» Massimo Gerardo Carrese (2021)

from the left: Massimo Gerardo Carrese (fantasiologist), Letizia Casuccio (General Manager of Coop Culture), Paolo Giulierini (Director of MANN, 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 newspapers to indicate, in 99% of searches, Massimo Gerardo Carrese's job.

What does a phantasiologist do?
Massimo Gerardo Carrese deals with phantasiology, a study that deepens the differences and scientific, humanistic, ludic and artistic aspects of imagination (possibilities), imagery (mental images) and creativity (techniques and originality) [here to learn more]. 

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 publishes works on phantasiology and invents phantasiologic 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 Anna Abraham 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, social workers, students, scholars, artists....They find that Massimo Gerardo Carrese's studies and researches base on provable, rational and concrete aspects.
Carrese always argues and clarifies the topics he refers to with bibliographic references (nb there's a history of imagination, imagery, creativity), field research, consulting activities, demonstrations... in turn subjected to check. Precisely because Carrese's studies, games and research can be documented, his activity is questionable with intelligence and never with prejudice.


Massimo Gerardo Carrese calls his field of study "fantasiology or phantasiology". Carrese analyzes the keywords of phantasiology (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 2,000 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.


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