Historical Studies

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Criminal heroes. Justice and political communication in Naples in the eighteenth century

Throughout the early modern age (roughly 1550-1800), the Kingdom of Naples was at the center of a dense network of relationships between northern and southern Europe, western and eastern Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and beyond. The presence of merchants, consuls, diplomats, spies, and slaves favored the spread of fake news, legends, and cultural stereotypes. This lecture focuses on handwritten records and printed accounts of three famous trials, which took place in the 1760s. These trials were based on the invention of fake identities and imagined political enemies, in a particular way from fall 1763 to summer 1764, when a great famine and a subsequent contagion gravely hit the population. They turned into a meeting field, where the feelings of ordinary people could interact with the ones of the social elite, stimulating exchanges of ideas, whispers, gossip, inventions, and dissimulations…

Pasquale Palmieri

Silvana D’Alessio

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7/11/19-Royal societies, dynasties and power in modern Europe: the magazine “Cheiron”

Aula Imbucci

The two recent monographic books of the historical review “Cheiron” have focused attention on the theme of the court, as a material and immaterial place of power, where royal or noble dynasties intertwine their relationships, build and disseminate their images, strengthen and manage their own authorities. The volume “Politica charmante. Società di corte e figure femminili nelle età di transizione”, edited by Elena Riva, in the light of gender history, but going beyond this perspective, is dedicated to deepening the “authentically” political role played by women who carry out government functions. The cases presented highlight the importance and complexity of the networks led by female figures, with a clever use of kinship, friendships, public and private relationships. Still the court, but analyzed in the Bourbon eighteenth century, is the core of the research conducted in the volume “The Europe of decentralized courts. Palaces and Royal Sites: the Construction of the Political Image of the Bourbons of Italy and Spain “, edited by Giuseppe Cirillo. In eighteenth-century Europe, in the Bourbon experience of governing, there is a model of “decentralized court”, based on a network of palaces and real sites, functional to the consolidation of sovereignty through military and strategic control of the territory, extension of the physical and symbolic presence of the king, definition of ceremonials oriented to the manifestation of royalty.

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7/11/19-Religious in the King’s militias. Politics, religion and war in modern Europe

Ore 10.00
Aula Imbucci

This seminar is focused on the presentation of the book “Religiosi nelle milizie del re”, edited by Elisa Novi Chavarria, monographic issue of “Dimensioni e problemi della ricerca storica” (n. 1-2018). It proposes a historical and historiographical analysis of the relationship between religion and militia in the Modern Age, between the Reason of State and the Reason of the Church, between the objectives of public order of the civil authorities and the need for discipline of ecclesiastical institutions. The political choices are substantiated by ideologies that evoke the “just war” and legitimize the use of arms for the preservation of public order and the defense of the faith. Those ideologies justify violence in the perspective of Christian morality. The book essays analyze the role of religious men as theologians, but also as “soldiers of Christ”, directly involved in the war enterprises conducted for the embargo of heresy or the fight against infidels. The convergence on common objectives reveals the leading role of religious Orders, of individual Churchmen, of important Italian and foreign lineages in the elaboration of political, diplomatic and military strategies of Europe in the Early Modern Age, strongly dominated by the universalism of the Spanish Monarchy.

Maria Anna Noto
Università di Salerno

Aurelio Musi
Università di Salerno

Cinzia Cremonini
Università Cattolica di Milano

Elena Riva
Università Cattolica di Milano

Giuseppe Cirillo
Università della Campania “L. Vanvitelli”

Elisa Novi Chavarria
Università del Molise

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23-25/10/19-1820. Global Revolution.

1820-21 Global revolution
Seminary on the ongoing research
Salerno-Napoli, 23- 25 ottobre 2019

The proximity of the Bicentennial of the liberal revolutions of Cadiz and Naples (1820) and of the connected extension of the crisis to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, gives the opportunity for an initial assessment of ongoing research and historiographical perspectives related to this topic. It was a global crisis, which played a major role in the origins of the contemporary world. The new questions formulated by the political, institutional and cultural historiography open a profitable space for research innovation, which is the main objective of this open seminar.

Aula Imbucci, University of Salerno
14:00-18:00 First session

Aula Imbucci, University of Salerno
09:00-18:00 Second session

University of Naples Federico II
09:00-13:00 Conclusions

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24/10/19-The concept of public literature


Edificio D, Aula 4

Through the analysis of corpus of texts by Balzac, Maupassant and Zola, this conference discusses the notion of “public literature” from the critical point of view of gender studies and press studies.
Frequently used by 19th Century’s authors and critics, the metaphor of “literary prostitution” allows a representation of the writer dealing with the commercialization and democratisation of literary works.
The prostitute-writer, paid by the director of a given periodical, reaches new domains where he gains an absolute power and becomes a meta-poetic figure, the double of a writer hoping to reach to an increasingly bigger reading public.

Eléonore Reverzy*

Eléonore Reverzy
*Eléonore Reverzy is full professor of French Literature at Paris 3 – Sorbonne nouvelle.
Her main fields of research are 19th century’s French literature, with a particular focus on the novel, the relationship between literature and politics and the role of literature in social discourses.
Among her books we may remember: Mort d’Éros. La mésalliance dans le roman français du second XIXe siècle, SEDES, 1997 ; La Chair de l’idée. Poétique de l’allégorie dans Les Rougon-Macquart, Droz 2007; Portrait de l’artiste en fille de joie. La Littérature publique, CNRS, 2016.
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29/10/11-Italians in other Americas

Cilentan and southern emigrants in Venezuela, Colombia, Central America and the Caribbean

International conference of interdisciplinary studies

Ore 10.00-18.00
Aula Imbucci


The conference was born with the aim of reflecting on the issues concerning the migratory phenomenon that affected southhern Italy from the last twenty years of the XIXth century toward specific areas of Latin America.
The chosen theme will be analysed from a perspective both historical and literary in order to frame the phenomenon more widely, gaining the different interpretative bases that define it.


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07/05/19-A new edition of the ‘De re uxoria’ by Francesco Barbaro

Biblioteca Dipsum, Edificio D3, III piano

Prof. Claudio Griggio
Università di Udine

Prof. Sebastiano Martelli
Università degli Studi di Salerno


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23/03/19-The project concerning the sacred aspects of the Italian literature is now concluded

Biblioteca di Studi Letterari e Linguistici

Tiziana Piras
Università di Trieste

Rosa Giulio

The publication of the volume La Bibbia nella letteratura italiana. VI. Dalla Controriforma all’Età napoleonica, Brescia, Morcelliana, edited by me, has concluded the twenty year-long project about the sacred aspects of the Italian literature coordinated by Piero Gibellini. I joined in that research since its beginning with the study of the classical myth in the literature (6 volumes), investigating the connections between Montale’s poetry and the classical myth, and with the study of the sacred Scriptures (6 volumes), deepening the interpretation that Leopardi made of the Bible.


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27/03/19-Atlantic Revolutions

12:00-14:00, Sala CIRC

Prof.ssa. Andrea Cadelo
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana/Colombia

This research explores nation-building in Latin America with a focus on the interplay between race and environment. By tracing connections between national and geo-graphical narratives, it seeks to make a contribution towards a better understanding of the ways in which conceptualisations of geography in Latin America have informed and often overlapped with theories and practices of race. The four articles reach two interconnected conclusions. Firstly, they show the multiple links between cultural, environmental and biological racism, enlarging and deepening our understanding ofthe idea of race and the extent of its performative value for discourses on the nation. In postcolonial Latin America, this process was marked by hybrid intellectual traditions resulting from crossings of people and ideas within the region and with Europe. Secondly, they unearth the tensions between homogeneity and heterogeneity in LatinAmerican nation-building by honing in on narratives of mestizaje. The contributions tothis issue lie at the intersection of a number of elds: cultural and social history, intellectual history, politics and international relations, historical geography, travel writing and environmental history. They span a period from the middle of the nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, while covering a wide and diverse geographical and regional range including Honduras and Central America, Colombia, the Brazilian Amazon and Argentina.


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