On Sunday 15th December 2019, at 4.30 pm, the AltreNote Choir of Rome, in collaboration with our Institute and the community of the Fathers of San Filippo Neri in Florence, will give a concert of sacred musics and songs inside the amazing baroque context of the church of San Firenze. Specialized in songs of the Christian and Jewish traditions, with an opening towards the traditions of the various continents, AltreNote will join our Institute, which aims, in doing so, to wish a Merry Christmas. Download here for more details.
On Friday 29th November 2019, at 5 pm, a new step of the launch of the book ‘Scrivo all’amico. Carteggio (1930-1963)’ will take place in the prestigious Palazzo delle Aquile in Palermo, the headquarters of the Municipality of the Sicilian city. Maurizio Sangalli, University for foreigners of Siena, and Giorgio Scichilone, University of Palermo, will discuss about the letters exchanged in the central decades of the Twentieth century between Giorgio La Pira, Mayor of Florence, and Giovanni Battista Montini, the future pope Paul VI. The critical work on the letters was edited by Maria Chiara Rioli and Giuseppe Emiliano Bonura, taking advantage of a scholarship of our Institute. The launch will be chaired by the Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando. Download here for more details.
Next Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th November 2019 the second appointment of the project ‘Removing obstacles. Fundamental Rights and Constitutions’ will take place. Conceived and organized by our Institute and financially supported by the Fondazione Marchi in Florence, under the auspices of the Società italiana per lo studio della storia contemporanea (Sissco) and in collaboration with the Fondazione Intercultura of Colle di Val d’Elsa, some tens of students coming from the high schools of Florence, Prato and Pescia will gather at the prestigious Convitto Nazionale Francesco Cicognini of Prato together with some other students coming from Denmark, France, Germany and Netherlands to hear and discuss with renowned university scholars on the fundamental principles of the Constitutions of their own country. This two days conference represents the conclusion of a path developed all along the present year: a relevant step was, in September and October, some artistic workshops, coordinated by Rodolfo Sacchettini and Francesca Sarteanesi, during which the students were able to create a web-series, shooted and assembled by Lele Marcojanni from Bononia, and that will be presented during the conference. Download here for more details.
On Thursday 14th November 2019, at 6 pm, an event on the fortieth anniversary of the Khomeini’s revolution in Iran will take place at the Sala multimediale of S. Maria Novella in Florence, in collaboration with the Department of education, university and research and the Department for the relations with the religious confessions of the Municipality of Florence. The journalist Luciana Borsatti, for many years correspondent from Teheran of the Ansa Agency, will interview Parisa Nazari, a woman of Iranian origins who lives in Italy and is very dynamic from a professional, cultural and artistic point of view. Through that extraordinary witness, we will be able to recall the nowadays life in Iran, the religious and political aspects, the society, the condition of young people and the women. At the end of the afternoon, a buffet with plates from the Middle East traditions prepared by the Istituto alberghiero Aurelio Saffi of Florence in collaboration with our Institute will be offered to the public. Download here for more details.
Here are the results of the ‘Young Scholars Florence Fellowships 2020’
15th January-30th June / 15th September-15th December 2020
Amy Birkan (Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Israele)
‘Inducing Acts in Rabbinic Law and Comparative Legal Theory’
Katherine Tycz (University of Cambridge, St Catharine’s College – Gran Bretagna)
‘Printed Prayers and Domestic Devotions in Renaissance Italy’
Lidia Luisa Zanetti Domingues (University of Oxford, St Cross College – Gran Bretagna)
‘The Place of God and the Place of the Commune: Changing Attitudes Towards the Death Penalty in the Italian City-States, ca. 1260-1360’
The Scientific Direction of our Institute has appreciated and very positively valued all the numerous applications received and, after a careful and in-depth assessment, has chosen the three above-mentioned winners, who are indicated in strictly alphabetical order. The non-selected candidates can obviously apply for the next fellowships call.
Summer 1968: two young Spanish boys come to Rome bringing with them a letter and a project to export. They are Francisco (Kiko) Argüello and Carmen Hernández. It officially starts the Neocatechumenical Way and after fifty years by its foundation, this book is one of the first historiographical researches. Comparing archive’s texts to unpublished works, the Neocatechumenical Way is intertwined with Church of Rome’s historical events from the end of the Second Vatican Council till nowadays. From the study of a minor reality, this work aims to shed light on more general matters: from the Second Vatican Council’s reception to the relationship amid episcopates; from the New Dutch Catechism to the entrance of lay and organized laity in the Church; from the liturgical revision to the “liturgical liberalism”.
A hindered way.
Firenze University Press, Firenze 2018
During the Early Modern era, Latin was the official language of the Church of Rome; however, analyzing bulls, decrees and edicts, Italian was preferred as a vehicular language. Even though Italian bishops and inquisitors used Italian to deliver papal bull and Conciliar decrees, they thwarted Luteran doctrin, which was in favor of the use of the vernacular languages for the Holy Scriptures and for liturgy, restricting the knowledge of the Misteries of the Faith just to the ones who were able to understand Latin. Upon which themes was it necessary to be understood? Were they loyal to the original ones or did they exploit margins of interpretation to curb the repressive stranglehold imposed by the papacy after the Council of Trent?
The Languages of the Church
Firenze University Press, Firenze 2018
Here is the call for application to a new interesting project of our Institute: we wish to propitiate the approach of the young scholars in Humanities to the knowledge and the use of the archives of the Holy See, through lectures and workshops held by renowned scholars who have attended them and deeply know them, and through guided tours to the Vatican Secret Archives, and to the Archives of the Congregation for the doctrine of the faith, Propaganda Fide, Fabbrica di San Pietro and the Vicariate. During the third week of the next month of January 2020, a selected group of researchers will be guided to the comprehension of the papal documents, together with the knowledge of the archives they are stored in. The deadline for the application is next 1° December 2019. For information and costs download here.
Next Wednesday 30th October 2019, at 5.30 pm, in our Institute, the launch of the catalogue of the XVIth century books of the library of the La Verna Franciscan convent in Tuscany will take place. The catalogue is edited by Chiara Razzolini and Chiara Cauzzi and it has been published by the editor Olschki of Florence. Chaired by f. Fortunato Iozzelli ofm, Carlo Ossola and Anna Scattigno will discuss on the historical, literary, philosophical and theological meanings of the XVIth century books used to read and study by the friars of one of the most important convents of the Franciscan order. Download here for more details.
Here is the fifth edition of our international workshop for young researchers, that will take place in Florence from the 2nd to the 4th of October 2019, and during which they will have the opportunity to discuss their scientific topics with renowned Italian and foreign scholars. ‘Entangled Knowledges: Education and Culture in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (XIIIth-XIXth c.)’: a long periodization for a conference which aims to compare the rabbinic and christian schools, together with the islamic madrassas, paying attention to the multiple ways of the transmission of knowledge, to their influences, to the numerous relations in general with the culture of the different people and religions. Also this year the workshop will be under the auspices of the Waldensian Church of Florence and the Protestant Cultural Center ‘Pietro Martire Vermigli’, and will be introduced by the On. Flavia Piccoli Nardelli, member of the Cultural Commission of the Italian Chamber of Deputees, and by Alessandro Martini, Counsellor to the religious confessions of the Municipality of Florence. Download here the program for more details.