All Posts By

Istituto Sangalli

Cardinals Correspondences and Digital Humanities

By Conferences

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.

Read More

Women and Theology in the Islamic World

By Conferences

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.

Read More

The ‘Sangalli Institute Award for the Religious History 2018’: the merit ranking

By Rankings

The merit ranking of the ‘Sangalli Institute Award for the Religious History 2018’ (two winners)

  1. Carlos Henrique Alves Cruz (primo premio)
  2. Marco Papasidero (secondo premio)
  3. Alberto Scigliano
  4. Dennj Solera
  5. Eleonora Cappuccilli
  6. Giuseppe Accardi
  7. Giuseppe Campagna – Ximena Isabel León Contrera – Francesca Lotti

The Committee has judged worth of serious attention all the applications. The selection was managed by asking a detailed referee to the members of the Committee specialist in every single scientific areas. Then, the Committee has fulfilled a second turn of selection, compiling the above quoted merit ranking, gathering together the essays which were comparable for quality and coherence.

Young Scholars Florence Fellowships 2019: the results

By Rankings

Here are the results of the ‘Young Scholars Florence Fellowships 2019’

15th January-30th June / 15th September-15th December 2019

Mariana García Palacios (Universidad de Buenos Aires – Argentina)


‘Children and Childhood within Religious Studies. An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Qom Children’s Religious Knowledge’


Olga Kusenko (Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Philosophy, Moscow – Federazione Russa)


‘Riflessioni sulle vie della cultura cristiana nel XX secolo. Il caso delle ricerche russe sul pensiero filosofico rinascimentale (Zabughin, Anan’in, Bibikhin)’


Julia Rombough (University of Toronto – Canada)


‘Sound and Air Quality in the Florentine Convents, XVIth-XVIIth Centuries’

The Scientific Direction of our Institute has appreciated and very positively valued all the applications received and, after a careful and in-depth assessment, has chosen the three above-mentioned winners, who are indicated in strictly alphabetical order, pointing out that the excluded candidates will be able to apply for the next call for fellowships.

Religions and worship buildings

By Pubblications

The publication is the result of a meeting held in October 2017 at Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, whose topic was Worship buildings and religions, from the Unification of Italy to nowadays. Academics from various research fields and chief of the local religious communities debated on the construction of synagogues and protestant temples in the nineteenth-century Italy, as well as on the present burning matter of building mosques in cities or smallest areas. History, law, sociology and architecture are here called to reflect upon Christian and other religious minorities worship buildings, taking into consideration the fundamental right of religious freedom, which is also freedom of worship, and the right to practise it in respectable buildings. This book is also published in the magazine ‘Il Giornale dell’Architettura.com’, with the patronage of the Metropolitan City of Florene and of the local Association of Architects.

Edited by: Michele Moramarco, Maurizio Sangalli

Religioni e luoghi di culto

Istituto Sangalli, Firenze 2018

Download pdf

Kant in Russia in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

By Conferences

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.

Read More

The Medici and Spain in the Early Modern Era

By Conferences

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.

Read More

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

By Conferences

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.

Read More

Young Scholars Florence Fellowships 2019: the call for applications

By Announcements

The Sangalli Institute is glad to announce to the international community of the young researchers (included the Italians) the publication of the call for applications to the ‘Young Scholars Florence Fellowships in Religious History and Religious Studies’: three residencial monthly fellowhips (worth 2.000,00 euros each) will be offered for 2019 to international young scholars of any nationality with an adequate qualification on religious topics, privileging interdisciplinary and interreligious perspectives. Download here the call for fellowship applications for more details.

Read More