Next Tuesday 9th April 2019, at the Sala storica ‘Dino Campana’ of the Biblioteca comunale delle Oblate in Florence, under the auspices of the Department for Libraries of the local Municipality, the launch of the book “Parole apte et convenienti”. La lingua della diplomazia fiorentina di metà Quattrocento, by Andrea Felici, edited by the Accademia della Crusca, will take place. Chaired by Giovanna Frosini, University for foreigners of Siena, the book will be presented by Antonio Corsaro, University of Urbino, and Jean-Jacques Marchand, Université de Lausanne. An important occasion to deepen the development of the Florentine vernacular as the language of the political-diplomatic relations. Download here for more details.
Next Tuesday 26th March 2019 our Institute will dedicate a one-day conference to the digital humanities applied to the correspondences of the cardinals of the Italian and European Renaissance: experiences and projects of digitization and creation of databases will be compared, in collaboration with the Medici Archive Project in Florence, with the financial support of the Cultural National Department, and under the auspices of the National Library and the State Archives in Florence. The idea of a new project will be launched by our Institute in order to improve the fruition and the knowledge of relevat documents for the Italian and European history, taking avantage of the modern IT methodologies. Download here the program for more details.
Next Friday 15th March, on the occasion of the month dedicated to women, from 6 pm, at our Institute will take place a round table on a very topical and little known issue: the role of women today in the interpretation of the Qur’an; the presence of women as imam; the real experience of muslim women theologians in the United States, South Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Izzeddin Elzir, imam of Florence; Letizia Tomassone, chief of the Waldensian Florentine Church and Margherita Picchi, researcher on the contemporary islamic thought will be chaired by Debora Spini, NYU Florence. Download here the program for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.