Next Wednesday 6th December 2017, 5 pm, at the Biblioteca di Storia moderna e contemporanea in Rome, Lucia Ceci (Università di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’) and Sofia Boesch Gajano (Centro Europeo di Studi Agiografici, Rieti) will discuss the book of the winner of our Award for the religious history, 2015 edition, Alessandro Di Marco, ‘Lourdes: the miracles stories. Origin and development of a worldwide devotion’, Firenze University Press 2016. The launch will be chaired by Patrizia Rusciani, director of the same library. Download here the program for more details.
Next Friday 1st December 2017, at 5.30 pm, our Institute will celebrate the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution with a lecture of one of the most prominent Italian scholars of the Russian history: Giovanni Codevilla, already professor of Comparative Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Trieste, will speak about the Orthodox Church and the revolution. The lecture will be introduced and moderated by Mauro Moretti, professor of Contemporary History at the University for Foreigners of Siena. Download here the program for more details.
Our Institute is going to conclude the initiatives for the five hundredth anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation with an international conference, co-organized together with the University of Florence-SAGAS Department and the Medici Archive Project, and that will take place in Florence from the 23rd to the 25th of November 2017, with the participation of prominent Italian and foreign scholars. Download here the program for more details.
On the occasion of the 80th year of age of prof. Gino Benzoni, tenured professor of History of Historiography at the University ‘Ca’ Foscari’ of Venice and Director of the Institute for the history of the Venetian society and state at the Cini Foundation of the same city, our Institute will organize in Florence a half-a-day conference next Friday 3rd November at 3.30 pm: renowned foreign and Italian scholars will outline the topics of his researches from the Sixties till today, having investigated the history of Venice in its multiple aspects. Download here the program for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.