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Danses macabres and Triumphs of Death at the end of the Middle Ages

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A classical ‘case study’ and the attribution of a fresco to a till now uncertain painter: Chiara Frugoni and Simone Facchinetti have very carefully investigated the history of the ‘Danse macabre’ of Clusone, in the province of Bergamo, combining the religious history and the art history. Together with the two authors, Sofia Boesch Gajano and Vincenzo Farinella will discuss the results of this research at out Institute, next Monday 30th October. Download here the program for more details.

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Worship Buildings and Religions in Italy

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Next Monday 16th October, from 9.30 am to 7 pm, in Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Sala Pistelli, in Florence, our Institute will organize, under the auspices of the Ordine degli Architetti of Florence and of the Città metropolitana, a one-day conference on ‘Worship Buildings and Religions in Italy. History, Law, Architecture, Society’: renowned constitutionalists, religion and architecture historians, architects and sociologists will illustrate itineraries, debates and practical realizations of synagogues, Christian Churches and mosques from the Unification of Italy to nowadays. At the end, at 5 pm, a round table with religious authorities and prominent scholars will discuss in order to ‘sketch’ Italy of today and of the future. Download here the program.

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Islam, a religion of love or hate?

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Next Thursday 28th of September at 6 pm, our Institute will host the first national launch of the book of the Syrian renowned scholar Ferial Mouhanna, Damascus University: a new and original study that, with precise reference to the Qu’ran sources, aims to debunk many stereotypes upon Islam and to frame the following ‘encrustations’ of the Sacred Text in their right ethnical and historical contexts. The author will discuss with prof. Paolo Branca, from Università cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, one of our most prominent scholar of Islam and oriental studies, coordinated by Maria Cristina Carratù, journalist at ‘la Repubblica’. Download here the program for more details.

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‘Reforming Religions in the Modern World’. Workshop for young researchers

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Here is the third edition of our workshop for young researchers, who will be gathered from 11th to 13th September 2017 in Florence discussing their topics together with renowned Italian and foreign scholars. With ‘Reforming Religions in the Modern World (XVIth-XVIIIth centuries)’, scientifically coordinated by Massimo Carlo Giannini and Maurizio Sangalli, starting from the Lutheran anniversary of this year, the aim of our Institute is to widen the attention also to the reforming initiatives among Judaism and Islam, together with the different ways of Christianity, encouraging interesting comparisons. This year, the workshop is financially supported also by the Italian Jewish Communities Union, the Waldensian Church of Florence and the Protestant Cultural Centre ‘Pietro Martire Vermigli’. Download here the program for more details.

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Young Scholars Florence Fellowships, 2017-18: the results

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Here are the results of the ‘Young Scholars Florence Fellowships, 2017-18 (fall semester)’

10th September 2017 – 28th February 2018

Babere Kerata Chacha (Laikipia University, Nyahururu, Kenya)

‘Pastors or bastards: ethnic conflicts and the mutating faces of religion in Kenya, 1990-2007’

Anna Clot-Garrell (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spagna)

‘Multi-faith spaces in Southern Europe’

Marianne Ritsema van Eck (University of Amsterdam, Olanda)

‘The Sacro Monte at San Vivaldo and the Franciscan Observant movement’

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Africa: among Religions and Human Rights

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We are going to close our first semester of activities with the fourth appointment of our series ‘Religions: local and global scenarios’: next Thursday 13th July 2017, in our headquarters in Piazza di San Firenze in Florence, prof. Tabona Shoko, from Zimbabwe University in Harare, who is in town with the project of the ‘Florence Short Term Fellowships’, financially supported by the Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Firenze, will talk about christianity, traditional African religions and human rights in his country, martyrized by the inter-ethnic conflicts as it was. Together with him, Mariella Abruzzo, from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Italy, a young scholar who has studied the women condition in Zimbabwe, both chaired by the journalist Michele Brancale. Download here the program for more details.

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Jewish Diasporas in the Early Modern World

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Third appointment with our series ‘Religions: local and global scenarios’: our Institute, in collaboration with the Jewish Community of Florence, next Tuesday 20th June 2017, at the Florentine Synagogue, will organize a lecture of prof. James W. Nelson Novoa, from the University of Ottawa, who is in town with the project of the ‘Florence Short Term Fellowships’, financially supported by the Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Firenze. Chaired by chief rabbi Joseph Levi, prof. Novoa will discuss about the Jewish Diaspora from Spain and Portugal in the early modern centuries. Download here the program for more details.

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The Dominicans between Middle Ages and today

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Next Wednesday June 14th, at 5 pm, in the Salone Multimediale of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, our Institute, in collaboration with the Provincia romana di santa Caterina da Siena and other Dominicans institutions, will organize the launch of the book of our vice-president Massimo Carlo Giannini ‘I domenicani’, il Mulino, Bononia 2016. Franco Cardini and Roberto Rusconi will discuss about the historical aspects of a fundamental religious order in the history of the Church. Download here the program for more details.

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The Church of Jorge Mario Bergoglio

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After ‘Italy and Religions’, here is the second appointment with our series ‘Religions: local and global scenarios’: next Thursday 25th May at 6 pm, in the San Firenze room of our Institute, prof. Roberto Di Stefano, from La Pampa University in Argentina, who is in town with the project of the ‘Florence Short Term Fellowships’, financially supported by the Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Firenze, will give a lecture on “Religion and Politics in Argentina: some particular aspects in the history of the Church of pope Bergoglio”, in a dialogue with the Director of Toscana Oggi Andrea Fagioli. Church and politics, immigration, Peronism will be some of the topics of the lecture, in order to better understand the context in which Jorge Mario Bergoglio spent most part of his life. Download here the program.

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