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Dr Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti
341 (feedback and advice hour by appointment)
UCL Italian
Foster Court
Greater London
Tel: 07492872611
  • Lecturer in Italian Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I received my laurea in 2001 from the University of Pisa, and my PhD in 2006 from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. As Research Fellow at the Fondazione Einaudi (Turin) and at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institut d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine (ENS/CNRS, Paris) and at the Foundation Centre of Contemporary Jewish Documentation (Milan), and as Scholar in Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Brandeis University) I developed a varied research experience in different sectors of Modern Jewish European history and in the study of the social and cultural relationships between majorities and minorities. I have also developed a thorough, multifaceted and balanced expertise in the history of nation and nationalism, as well as on the methodological issues raised by the analysis of the connections between religious, cultural and political history. I live and work in London and Pisa. 

Research Summary

1.  The Jewish community of Livorno. Born in relatively recent times, this community had a privileged status and benefited from a long list of exemptions and protections related to the development of the activities connected with the port, and knew an exponential demographic and economic growth throughout the XVII and XVIII century. My research focused on the passage from this system of “privilege in inequality” — typical of the ancien régime — to emancipation.

2. Italian Jewish cultural history. Emancipation and integration. For the PhD, I embarked on a reconstruction of the cultural history of the Italian Jewry between the unification of Italy and WWI, with a special attention to the broader context of Italian and European culture and to the evolution of the idea of ​​nation and history of nationalism. My aim was to connect the understanding of the transformation of the minority’s self-representation with the new interpretative paradigms of the Italian nation-building process that were being developed at the time.

3. The social and political integration of the Italian Jewish minority between the local and the national dimensions. Methodological issues.

4. History of the historiography of the Risorgimento. Michele Rosi's private journal (1901-1933). History of university.

5. History of antisemitism in Liberal Italy.

6. In the immediate future I intend to develop a new field of research, which deals with the history of  civil marriage and divorce in Italy from the 1860s to the 1970s. In particular, this project tackles the issue from two related thematical perspectives: the history of women’s emancipation and the relation between Church/es and State.

Teaching Summary

ITAL1117 WW1 as an Italian War
ITAL2116 Fascist Anti-Semitism
ITAL4926 Marriage and Divorce Italian Style (1861-1975)
ELCS6095 Debating Jewish Emancipation in Western Europe
ELCS1003 Topics in Jewish History
ITAL4040 Translation English to Italian
ELCS6027 Nationalism and Ethnicity (seminar groups)
ITALG010 Italy: a Difficult Modernity (MA)

Teaching assistant for the chair of Modern History (prof. A.M. Banti, Dr. V. Fiorino), Department of History, University of Pisa. The role involved tutoring students and participating in the examination committees for the courses on Modern/Contemporary History and Cultural History.

Taught a module (XVIII-XX centuries) of the course History of the Jewish People (Dr. A. Veronese) in the context of the Corso di laurea in Scienze per la Pace, University of Pisa.

Conferences and lectures in several Italian schools on the Day of Memory (27th January), established by Law 211/2000 to commemorate the Shoah and the Italian persecution of the Jews. 

14-DEC-2013 – 14-DEC-2014 Research Associate   Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University, United States
14-OCT-2013 – 13-DEC-2013 Scholar in Residence   Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University, United States
01-SEP-2011 – 28-FEB-2013 Post-doctoral research fellow   Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea, Italy
01-SEP-2011 – 29-FEB-2012 Post-doctoral research fellow   Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine (CNRS/ENS), France
JAN-2008 – JAN-2010 Assegnista di ricerca (Research fellow)   Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy
FEB-2007 – MAR-2010 Honorary Research Associate Department of History Royal Holloway College, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2006 – 30-SEP-2007 Research fellow   Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Italy
Academic Background
2017 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Academic studies in Higher Education University College London
2006 PhD Dottorato di Ricerca – History Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
2006 PhD Doctorat – History Universite Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I)
2001 Dip. Diploma – Historical Studies Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
2001 LAU Laurea – History Universita degli Studi di Pisa
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