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Kant in Russia in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

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Almost at the same time, on Thursday 13th December, at 4.30 pm, in Milan, at the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, don Stefano Caprio, Giovanni Codevilla and Renato Pettoello will present the book ‘Kant e l’ortodossia russa. Accademie ecclesiastiche e filosofia in Russia tra XVIII e XIX secolo’, by Vera Pozzi, the winner of our Award for the Religious History 2016. An outstanding contribution to the reconstruction of the reception of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant in the Empire of the Czars; to the relations among West and East;  to the role of the ecclesiastical academies in accepting some aspects of that philosophy and modifying some others, facing the reasons of the Orthodox religion. Cesare Alzati, Accademia Romena in Bucarest, will chair the book launch. Download here for more details.

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The Medici and Spain in the Early Modern Era

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On Thursday 13th December, at 5 pm, at the Institute, our Director Massimo Carlo Giannini and Francesco Martelli, Florence State Archives, will present the book ‘Los Medici y España. Príncipes, embajadores y agentes en la Edad Moderna’, by Paola Volpini. A new perspective on the history of the political-diplomatic relations, as well as the cultural exchanges between Tuscany and Spain in Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries: kings, princes, ministers and ambassadors exchange information and confront each other in the scenery of the relations among the Medici and the Hapsburgs during the early modern era. Maria Pia Paoli, Scuola Normale Superiore, will chair the book launch. Download here for more details.

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1938-1948: Racial Laws and Republican Constitution. From Discrimination to Rights

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Our Institute will organize an entire week dedicated to the two anniversaries of the Italian Racial Laws in 1938 and of the Italian Constitution in 1948. From November 22th to 28th 2018 the high schools of Florence and Siena, the university students and the young researchers, together with the citizenry, will be involved in conferences, teamworks, round tables and theathral shows. These initiatives are organized in collaboration with the Università per Stranieri di Siena, the Jews and Waldensian Communities of Florence, Rai Toscana, Cinema La Compagnia, and are financially supported by Regione Toscana. Download here the complete program and the posters of every single initiative.

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Experiences of monastic life between Occident and Orient

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On Friday 19th October 2018, at 5 pm, the Russian Orthodox Church of Florence will open its doors to our Institute for a guided tour and a conference, during which our fellow Daria Dubovka, from the renowned Russian university Higher School of Economics in Moscow, will interview the two monks Guidalberto Bormolini and Agostino Ziino on their spiritual and religious life, at the confluence of Western and Eastern monastic practices. The conference will be chaired by father Gheorghij Blatinskij, archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church. Download here the program for more details.

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‘Ethnical and Racial Discriminations and Religious Identities’. Workshop for young researchers

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Here is the fourth edition of our workshop for young researchers, who will be gathered from 24th to 26th October 2018 in Florence discussing their topics together with renowned Italian and foreign scholars. ‘Ethnical and Racial Discriminations and Religious Identities: Norms, Practices and Interactions, 1400-1850’: this is the subject, very delicate also for today’s life, of the workshop, which is financially supported by the Italian Jewish Communities Union, and under the auspices of the Waldensian Church of Florence and the Protestant Cultural Centre ‘Pietro Martire Vermigli’. Download here the program for more details.

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Qur’an and Psychoanalysis

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Next Thursday 20th September, 6 pm, at our Institute, Paolo Branca of the Università cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan and the imam of Florence Izzeddin Elzir will discuss about the last book of the psychoanalist and essayist Angelo Villa, ‘L’origine negata. La soggettività e il Corano’, Mimesis, Milan 2018. The psychoanalysis, probably the most important ‘invention’ of the bourgeois culture of the 20th century, will be confronted with the Sacred Text of Islam. Starting from the basis of the Qur’an, retracing its origins and interpretations, the author takes the reader to the Man, to his/her inner reality, through the ‘short circuits’ between subconscious and religions. Download here the program for more details.

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Pope Marcello II between West and East, in the middle of XVIth century

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Next Friday 22nd June 2018, in Montepulciano (Siena), a conference on the figure of pope Marcello II, from the local Cervini family, will take place. He was pope for few weeks in 1555, and the conference will focus on the Papacy in the middle of the XVIth century, during the first sessions of the Council of Trent, stressing especially his interest for the Western and Orthodox world. The conference will be held in collaboration with the local Biblioteca-Archivio ‘Piero Calamandrei’ and will take place inside the Palazzo del Capitano in Piazza Duomo. Download here the program for more details.

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China, Chinese and the Western World

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Next Tuesday 8th May 2018, at 11.45 am, Xie Mingguang, from Beijging Foreign Studies University and actual fellow at our Institute, will take a lecture about the relations among Jesuits such as Matteo Ricci and Nicolas Trigault and the world of the Chinese scholars, particularly regarding the translation, and therefore the interpretation, in Chinese language of the texts of the Western tradition, religious but not only, during the early modern era. The lecture will take place in Siena at the local University for foreigners, within the initiatives of the Doctorate in ‘Linguistica storica, Linguistica educativa e Italianistica’. Download here the program for more details.

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The Papal Curia between Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

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On Monday 16th April 2018, from 9.15 am, the Sangalli Institute will organize in Rome, in collaboration with the Pontificia Università Gregoriana and the review ‘Archivum Historiae Pontificiae’, the international conference “Ruling through Congregations. The Papal Curia between institutional practices and informal logics (XVIth-XVIIth centuries)”: how the congregations established by the popes after the Council of Trient to rule Catholicism were working? who were the cardinals chairing and composing them? which was the profile of the personnel involved? in which way the congregations were in contact with the ecclesiastical catholic institutions all over the world? Download here the program for more details.

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China and Jews, Jews in China

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Next Thursday 22nd February 2018, at 6 pm, our Institute will host a lecture of Prof. Mark Gamsa, Tel Aviv University, Israel, concerning the presence of the Jews communities in China in a long period perspective, since XIIth century till nowadays. Joseph Levi, former chief-rabbi of the Jews Community in Florence, will introduce and moderate. Download here for more details.

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