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Domestic Devotions and Sculpture in the Renaissance Florentine Houses

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On Wednesday 23rd November 2022, at 5.30 pm, in the Institute headquarters, the launch of Alessandra Giannotti’s ‘Sculture in terracotta. Devozione nella casa fiorentina del Rinascimento’, Leo S. Olschki 2021, will take place. Carlo Sisi and Bruce Edelstein will discuss about the individual and familiar devotions in Renaissance Florence, in relations with their ‘objects’, specifically the terracotta sculptures; about their artistic and religious commission and about the attention with which the collectors during the following years have helped the preservation of those artistic objects. Download the program for more details.

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Religious Relations, Conflicts and Mobilities from Middle Ages to the Contemporary Era – Autumn Program

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Here we are with the autumn series of online launches entitled ‘Religious relations, conflicts and mobilities from Middle Ages to the Contemporary Era’, organized by our former scholarship owners Matteo Binasco, Laura Fenelli and Maria Chiara Rioli. During the months of November and December, the recent books by David Salomoni, Alessandro Santagata and Giovanna Fiume will be launched and discussed. Download here the program for more details.

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The religious freedom in Italy

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On Thursday 5th May 2022, we are among the patrons of a conference on the religious freedom which will take place in the Sala delle Conferenze of the Camera dei deputati in Rome. The conference, organized together with many others universities especially from Tuscany, will gathered leaders of religions and religious confessions, discussing together on a subject that our Institute has faced and deepened during the last years. Download here for more details.

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Religious Relations, Conflicts and Mobilities from Middle Ages to the Contemporary Era – Spring Program

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Matteo Binasco, Laura Fenelli and Maria Chiara Rioli, former scholarship owners of our Institute, will organize during the months of April and May 2022 a first series of online launches entitled ‘Religious relations, conflicts and mobilities from Middle Ages to the Contemporary Era’. The recent books by Paolo Cozzo, Lucia Ceci and Stefano Villani will be launched and discussed. Download here the program for more details.

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‘Baldassarre Turini between the Tuscany of the Medici and the Rome of Raphael. Politics, arts and religious reformation, 1513-1543’. International conference, Rome 28th-29th October 2021

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In collaboration with the Commitee for the celebration of the centenary of Raphael, the University for foreigners of Siena and the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, under the auspices of the Papal Committee for Historical Sciences, and on the initiative of the Diocese of Pescia, we will organize at Villa Lante al Gianicolo, next 28th and 29th October 2021, the international conference ‘Baldassarre Turini between the Tuscany of the Medici and the Rome of Raphael. Politics, arts and religious reformation, 1513-1543’, which will gather renowned scholars of history and history of arts. Download the program for more details.

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‘Religions and Citizenship’: I° course for school teachers, Florence 28th-29th August 2020

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We re-start our activities in presence with an intensive course addressed to secondary school teachers of the Tuscany Region, within the project ‘Training to know, knowing to live together. Religions and citizenship’. The course is organized by our Institute in collaboration with the Regional School Office of the Minister of Education and with the Union of the Islamic Communities in Italy, with the financial support of the Cassa di risparmio di Firenze Foundation and under the auspices of Regione Toscana, the Municipality of Florence and the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah in Ferrara, and it is recognized for the purpose of the continuing education. The school teachers will have the opportunity to discuss and debate with renowned university scholars, Christian theologians and Jewish and Islamic spiritual guides, getting also in touch with the participants to the course of the beginning of 2020 during an intercultural laboratory. The inauguration will be hosted by the Tuscany Region at Palazzo Cerretani, Piazza dell’Unità Italiana 1, in Florence, starting from 9.00 a.m. on Friday 28th August 2020. Download here the program for more details.

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Goethe and Islam

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On Friday 28th February 2020, at 6 pm, our Institute will host the launch of the book by Francesca Bocca-Aldaqre and Pietrangelo Buttafuoco ‘Sotto il suo passo nascono i fiori. Goethe e l’Islam’, edited by La nave di Teseo, Milan 2019. The Germanist Simona Manetti Ignesti and Milva Segato, of the Regional School Office in Tuscany, will discuss with the authors the elements detectable inside his letters and disseminated into the archives of the approaching of Johann Wolfgang Goethe towards the Eastern world and especially towards the Islamic Eastern world, but in a fruitful and vital connection with the Western philosophy and spirituality. It will also be the occasion to debate on what Islam is nowadays in Italy and in Europe. Download here for more details.

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Jewish Siena in the Early Modern Age

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On Thursday 27th February 2020, from 9 am, a conference dedicated to the Sienese Jewish life during the early modern history will take place in Siena. Divided between the local Statal Archives and the Sinagogue, the sessions of this international congress will focus on the Jewish archival collections; on economics, society, demography, laws and culture inside and outside the Sienese ghetto; on Jewish music and rites, in dialogue with the city context. Organized by the Statal Archives of Siena, the local Jewish Community, the Statal Department for the cultural heritage and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris, in collaboration, among the others, with our Institute, the conference will be an important occasion to deepen the knowledge of the Sienese and Tuscan Jewish history. Download here for more details.

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‘Religions and Citizenship’: I° course on the civil values for Islamic spiritual guides, Florence 25th January-29th February 2020

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The new course ‘Training to know, knowing to live together. Religions and citizenship’ is about to start: addressed to the Islamic spiritual guides in order to contribute to their formation at our constitutional values and at the history of the Italian civilization and culture, together with the knowledge of the basis and history of Judaism and Christianity, the course is organized by our Institute in collaboration with the Union of the Islamic Communities in Italy, with the financial support of the Cassa di risparmio di Firenze Foundation and under the auspices of Regione Toscana and the Municipality of Florence. The inauguration will be hosted by the Presidency of the Regional Council at the Sala del Gonfalone, Palazzo del Pegaso, in Florence, starting from 10.00 a.m. on Saturday 25th January 2020. During the inauguration Alessandro Vanoli, historian and writer, who has studied the relations among Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Mediterranean area, will give a lectio magistralis. Download here for more details.

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