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- 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.
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.
|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|
|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|