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Religious History

The research focuses on the simultaneous occurrence of several “extraordinary events” during the pontificates of Pius VII and Gregory XVI (1814-1846) in various parts of Catholic Europe.

As surprising as this may seem, the Church’s view of history and its transition to modernity in the Early Modern period is a subject that is still practically unexplored. This may be explained by an apparent bias towards the visual media such as painting and architecture, both in the past and in the scholarship today.

The current research project concerns 16th-century religious history in the Alps, at the frontier between the Habsburg Empire and the Venetian Republic. By studying models of preaching and teaching, it aims to sound the reaction of religious communities to the novelties brought by the Lutheran scission.

The research project addresses the issue of historical transition, i.e. looks at how "cultural" paradigms, which allow individuals and political communities to understand and master historical dynamics, dissolve and rebuild. "Culture" is precisely understood as the term-concept to represent different phenomena, ranging from intellectual elaborations to communication experiences, to spontaneous or disciplined constructions of elements of "education", to the development of management and control tools of the public space and institutional structures they are overseen by.

The time period considered is long-term, because it starts roughly from the phase of the "wars of Italy" (1494) and extends up to the perceptions of radical transformations that took place during the early ‘70s of the twentieth century.

Within the project on transition each researcher is working on their own specific project, which can be looked up in the "Transition projects" section alongside.

The laboratories held by ISIG-FBK researchers are open to students of the five-year inter-university degree course in "History sciences" run jointly by the Universities of Trento and Verona as part of academic year 2013-2014 following an agreement protocol signed by the Trento Faculty of Letters and Philosophy and the Italian-German Historical Institute (ISIG) of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK).