NYU-Roma Tre Permanent Global Seminar
Religious Diversity in Italian Urban History
The NYU-Roma Tre Permanent Global Seminar on Religious Diversity in Italian Urban History (RDIUH) is a global community of scholars from multiple academic institutions and disciplines devoted to the study and discussion of past and present religious diversity of Italian urban life. The Seminar was established by New York University and the Università degli Studi di Roma Tre in August 2022.
The aim of the Seminar is to explore how religious groups have impacted Italian urban spaces, how religious diversity has been regulated, experienced and perceived in urban spaces, how urban spaces conformed and reframed religious practices, in particular in places of worship, and how religious groups have assumed a role of cultural innovation in the migration and urbanization processes. The object is globally conceived and, as such, includes urban spaces both inside and outside Italy. The Seminar presents contributions from scholars focusing both on early modern, late modern and contemporary periods. The language of the Seminar is English.
The Seminar meets every three (3) months (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) to discuss original, unpublished and innovative research by notable or promising scholars. Each meetings lasts approximately 90 minutes. Prior to the meeting, the presenter circulates a draft of the paper in order for the members and guests to prepare their own remarks. During each meeting, the Chair introduces the event and then gives the stage to the presenter. After the presentation, a respondent, chosen by the presenter, shares their remarks. Follows an open discussion with the community of scholars.
How to become a member. The Seminar is closed to the general public but open to all scholars who wish to participate. In order to sustain the life of the Seminar, a list of members is created and updated every year. Members are expected to contribute to the life of the Seminar, attend regularly through the academic year, and are invited to suggest and share their remarks to the Chair and the Organizing Committee.
To become a member of the Seminar, a scholar should write to the Chair, Massimo Di Gioacchino (email@example.com) expressing their interest and qualifications in the Seminar’s area of study. Moreover, the Chair of the Seminar on suggestion of the Organizing Committee, may invite members from academic institutions to attend. Membership in the Seminar does not constitute any formal affiliation with the universities of NYU and Roma Tre.
Call for Papers. The calendar of the seminars is formed annually through a public call for papers. Among all the proposals, the Chair, with the support and suggestions of the Organizing Committee selects four (4) abstracts of papers to be presented in the following academic year. All papers should be the product of original and unpublished research.
Priority will be given to papers that constitute a draft of future publications and that present original findings and innovative methods in the study of religious urban history. By combining new and established tools of scholarly enquiry, the Seminar wishes to push forward in new innovative ways perspectives and methodologies tied to the field of study, proposing new scholarship and hopefully addressing new agendas for research.
Organizing Committee. At present times, the members of the Committee are (in alphabetical order): Massimo Di Gioacchino (Chair, New York University); Angelica Federici (Secretary, University of Roma Tre); Maria Chiara Giorda (University of Rome Tre); Brice Gruet (Université Paris Est Créteil); Nicholas Harney (Western University); Silvia Omenetto ( Sapienza University of Rome); Glauco Schettini (Yale University); Victoria Szabo (Duke University); Joseph Williams (University of Maryland) .
Further inquiries: For any inquiries please email Massimo Di Gioacchino (Chair) or Angelica Federici (Secretary) at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
CALL FOR PAPERS 2023 (available now! deadline: December 9, 2022)
CALENDAR OF THE SEMINAR (under construction)
MEMBERS OF THE SEMINAR (under construction)