Giovedì, ore 12.00-13.00, Dipartimento SAGAS, Via S. Gallo 10, Firenze, primo piano.
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Giovanni Tarantino (PhD 2004, F.R.Hist.S.) is Research Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Florence, Chair of the COST Action People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement across the Mediterranean (1492-1923), and Co-Editor of the journals Cromohs: Cyber Review of Modern Historiography and Emotions: History, Culture, Society. He is a member of the Program ‘History in the Public Sphere’ (Joint Recruitment Committee). He specialises in Early Modern Intellectual History and History of Emotions. His publications include Republicanism, Sinophilia and Historical Writing: Thomas Gordon (c.1691–1750) and his History of England (2012); Lo scrittoio di Anthony Collins (1676–1729) (2007) and Martin Clifford (1624-1677): Deismo e tolleranza nell'Inghilterra della Restaurazione (2000). He has contributed to major discipline-defining projects including the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion (forthcoming in 2021); The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1640‒1714 (forthcoming in 2021); The Routledge History Handbook of Emotions (2019); Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500‒1900 (2019); A Cultural History of Emotions (2019); Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction (2017). He has recently co-edited (with Charles Zika) Feeling Exclusion: Religious Conflict, Exile and Emotions in Early Modern Europe (2019) and (with Paola von Wyss-Giacosa) Through Your Eyes: Debating Religious Alterities (16th-18th centuries) (2020). He was selected as Hans Kohn Member in the School of Historical Studies at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, a Resident Fellow of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg 'Dynamics in the History of Religions' at Ruhr University Bochum (twice), a Research Fellow of Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, for which he also served as National Research Development Manager.
2014: Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (ASN). The five-member assessment committee of the Italian National Scientific Qualification has unanimously judged my publications and research as eligible for appointment at the level of Associate Professor within the Italian University system
2005: Post graduate Certificate in librarianship (ICCU, Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le Informazioni Bibliografiche)
2004: PhD in the field of Early Modern History at Florence University (scholarship holder). Title of the Thesis: Lo scrittoio di Anthony Collins (1676-1729): 1. I libri e i tempi di un libero pensatore; 2. Edizione del catalogo manoscritto della biblioteca collinsiana (1720). PhD supervisor: Antonio Rotondò. Graduate program coordinators: Paul Ginsborg, Gabriele Turi
2003: London Institute of Historical Research Training Course: An Introduction to Visual Arts for Historians
2000: Masters in Journalism, Media and Communications completed with distinction in the Faculty of Political Science at Florence University
1999: MLitt (Laurea) with a mark of 110/110 cum laude in Early Modern History at Florence University, with a two-volume thesis on the History of toleration in Early Modern Europe. The thesis (Martin Clifford (1624-1677): Contributo alla storia della tolleranza in età moderna) received a special mention of merit from the Judging Committee for the “Giuseppe Lazzati” Prize (Milan, XI Cattedra dei non credenti, 2000)
Other Qualifications, Awards and Employment:
2019-2023: Chair of the COST Action CA18140 People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement across the Mediterranean (1492-1923)
2018: Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland
2018: Visiting Research Fellow of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamiken der Religionsgeschichte zwischen Asien und Europa” at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
2013-2016: National Research Development Manager for the Australian ResearchCentre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
2016: AEUIFAI Visiting Scholar at the EUI Department of History and Civilization
2014: Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London
2013: Elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
2013-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne
2012-2013: Research Associate of the Balzan Foundation (Carlo Ginzburg Project)
2010-2012, 2018- : Honorary Research Fellow of the School of Humanities at UWA (Perth, Australia)
2010-2011: Research Fellow of the KHK, Ruhr University Bochum
2009-2010: Research Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities at UWA
2008-2009: Hans Kohn Member of the School of Historical Studies at the IAS, Princeton NJ
2006-2008: Administrative Officer at the Monash University Prato Centre
2006-2008: Honorary Research Associate in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University, Melbourne
2006-2008: Non-Stipendiary Research Associate of the international research project MIUR-Interlink “European Culture and the Understanding of Otherness”, headed by Prof. G. Abbattista (University of Trieste)
2005-2006: Non-Stipendiary Research Associate of the national research project (PRIN) entitled “La cultura europea e il problema dell’alterità in età moderna”, headed by Professor G. Imbruglia (IUO, Naples)
2001-2004: Graduate Research Fellowship (PhD), University of Florence
2002: Beneficiary of a Bibliographical Society minor grant, London
2000-2001: Recipient of a research scholarship from Fondazione Luigi Firpo, Turin
1998: Erasmus scholarship holder at London University (Royal Holloway College)
For a full CV see here.
Religion was never a wholly private matter in the eighteenth century, and certainly did not cease to impinge on the lives of the vast majority of Europeans and Euro-Americans. But, at least for the educated, new ways of thinking about religion, documented and to a certain extent elicited by textual and visual representations of the variety of religious practices around the world, had a deep effect. As Lynn Hunt points out, “religion became one of the many categories of thought, like politics or society, rather than being the foundation of all other categories of thought”. What is more, it ultimately made it thinkable to unpack all the emotional implications thrown up by religion with regards to specific historical contexts and cultural tangles, such as, for instance, the anxieties intrinsic to practices of everyday dissimulation, or affective ties as precursors to paths of conversion or to practices of tolerance.
Giovanni Tarantino's main research interest is in the history of tolerance (and intolerance) towards religious minorities in the early modern era. There is a pronounced tendency among many scholars of the theory of religious tolerance to confine their attention to a small number of 'canonical' figures, generally John Locke, and perhaps also Pierre Bayle. These authors are treated as though they wrote entirely against the grain in a wilderness of intolerance and persecution. His study of 'marginal' authors like Martin Clifford (1624‒1677), Anthony Collins (1676‒1729) and Thomas Gordon (c.1691‒1750), whose works circulated widely, systematically dispels the heroic mythology of a few lone thinkers taking up the cause of religious tolerance and the understanding of otherness in the absence of any intellectual context.