RSA Annual Meeting 2014: New York, March 27-29


Early Modern Dissent: Radicalisms, Libertinisms, and Heterodoxies in Europe

– three panels –



Chair: Federico Barbierato (University of Verona)

  • Xenia Von Tippelskirch (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), "Des apparences de perfection": French Mystics and the Phantasm of Madame Guyon in the Late Seventeenth Century
  • Ariel Hessayon (Goldsmiths, University of London), Early Modern English Radicalism and Its Connection with Mysticism and Esotericism

Respondent: Philip Soergel (University of Maryland, College Park)



Chair: Stefano Villani (University of Maryland, College Park)

  • Pasquale Terracciano (Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa), A Journey from Hell to Atheism
  • Andrea Lazzarini (Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa), The Heterodoxy of Francesco Pona
  • Federico Barbierato (University of Verona), Magic, Libertinism, and Forbidden Books in Early Seventeenth-Century Venice: The Case of Giovanni and Pietro Spiera
  • Lorenza Gianfrancesco (Royal Holloway, University of London), Exploring Dissent in Early Modern Naples: From Political Protest to Intellectual Heterodoxy 

Respondent: Nigel Smith (Princeton University)



Chair: Xenia Von Tippelskirch (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

  • Simone Maghenzani (University of Torino), "To the Italian brethren": Anglo-Swiss Propaganda and Religious Dissent in Italy during the Counter-Reformation
  • Stefano Villani (University of Maryland, College Park), Unintentional Dissent: Heterodox Behaviors and Religious Identity among British Converts in Early Modern Livorno
  • Chiara Petrolini (University of Verona), The Abbot Jean Dubois Olivier: A Gallican Martyr? 


Artefacts Culture and Identity

Istanbul 11-14 September 2013

International Society for Cultural Studies

EMODIR PANEL: Early Modern Religious Dissent: Objects, Material Culture and the Manifestation of Religious Dissent in Early Modern Europe.

Speakers: Federico Barbierato, Emese Balint, Chiara Petrolini. Chair: Alessandro Arcangeli. 


Der Pietismus und die Medien

"Schrift soll leserlich seyn." Der Pietismus und die Medien

IV. Internationaler Kongress für Pietismusforschung

Halle/Saale, 25. bis 29. August 2013

Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (c. 1500-c. 1850)

26-28 June, 2014 – Goldsmiths, London

The Reformation dramatically changed Europe’s religious and political landscapes within a few decades. The Protestant emphasis on translating the Scriptures into the vernacular and the developments of the printing press rapidly gave increased visibility to the most obscure parts of the Bible. Similarly, Spanish and Italian mystics promoted a spiritual regeneration of the Catholic Church during the Counter-Reformation. Prophecies, whether of biblical, ancient or popular origin, as well as their interpretations gradually began reaching a wider audience, sparking controversies throughout all levels of society across Europe. In recent years, new research has eroded the long standing historiographical consensus of an increasing secularisation accelerated by the Enlightenment, which allegedly cast away beliefs in prophecies and miracles as outmoded. The multiplication of case studies on millenarian movements suggests a radically different picture, yet many questions remain. How did prophecies evolve with the politico-religious conjunctions of their time? Who read them? How seriously were they taken?

This three-day, international conference will aim to answer these questions by bringing together scholars from around the world to reassess the importance of prophecies from the Reformation to the French Revolution and beyond. We therefore invite papers and panel proposals on prophecy in Europe and the Mediterranean world between approximately 1500 and 1800. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to: apocalyptic predictions, the Antichrist, millenarianism, irenicism, wonders and miracles, astrology and divination, ecumenical movements, religious utopias, mystical networks, enthusiasts and female mystics.‌



Proposals for 20-minute papers in English (maximum 300 words) are invited, and should be sent by 31 October 2013 to either of the conference organizers:

Dr Ariel Hessayon 

Dr Lionel Laborie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Department of History, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Keynote speakers: Prof. Irena Backus (Geneva); Prof. Nigel Smith (Princeton); Prof. Christopher Rowland (Oxford).

Other confirmed speakers include: Federico Barbierato, Jürgen Beyer, Vittoria Feola, David Finnegan, Crawford Gribben, Jacques Halbronn, Warren Johnston, Nick McDowell, Jo Spaans. 

L'uomo dei tre mondi. Storia di Samuel Pallache, ebreo marocchino nell'Europa del Seicento

 Venezia, Palazzo Marcanton Marcorà - 6 maggio 2013 - h.13

Presentazione de L'uomo dei tre mondi. Storia di Samuel Pallache, ebreo marocchino nell'Europa del Seicento di Mercedes Garcia-Arenal e Gerard Wiegers, Roma, Viella, 2013

Stefania Pastore ne discute con Adelisa Malena e Mario Infelise.



RSA Annual Meeting 2013, San Diego

Anonymous, Pseudonymous, and Clandestine Circulation of Heterodox Texts and Ideas

  • Federico Barbierato (University of Verona), Speaking, reading and writing, sometimes printing: Aspects of Venetian unbelief in the 17th and 18th century
  • Stefano Villani (University of Maryland), Gregorio Leti’s anonymous works
  • Chiara Petrolini, Between clandestinity and the government: the many identities of Paolo Sarpi
  • Chair: Fabrizio D'Avenia (University of Palermo)

RSA Program

RSA Annual Meeting 2012, Washington DC

Early modern religious dissents: conflicts and plurality in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe (two panels)


  • Alessandra M. Veronese (Università degli Studi di Pisa), Plurality and Conflicts in Renaissance Italian Jewish Communities 
  • Barbara Donati (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Between Inquisition and Grand Duchy: English Pirates and Merchants in Tuscany in the Seventeenth Century
  • Stefano Villani (University of Maryland), Religious Pluralism and the Danger of Tolerance: The Leghorn British Factory in the Seventeenth Century


  • Ariel Hessayon (Goldsmiths University of London), Religious Dissent and Mysticism: The Reception of Jacob Boehme’s Writings during the English Revolution
  • Federico Barbierato (Università degli Studi di Verona), Popular Atheism and the Inquisition in Venice in the Seventeenth Century
  • Alessandro Arcangeli (Università degli Studi di Verona), Girolamo Donzellini on Anger: Managing Emotions between Inquisition Trials

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