Church, State, Religion & Nation
Church, state, religion and nation are all expressions of identity, and sites for consensus and violent dissent. Current debates often deploy history as a resource in their argumentative frameworks. This theme explores these interconnected discourses.
The importance of studying early Christianity within the context of the pagan world, and indeed the contemporary Jewish world is clearly recognised now. Moreover, the study of the modern Church is inextricably linked to broader themes of identity, internationalism and political studies.
The important theme of ecumenism from the origins of Christianity to the modern day allows us to explore crucial and still relevant issues about the nature of religion and its relationship with politics.
The study of Italy as a nation, particularly inspired by the 150th anniversary of Italian unification, remains a fruitful area of research. This nationhood is bound up with images of the Italian past, back to the Roman period, and this symbolism has been hugely significant in shaping modern action, internally and with regard to neighbours around the Mediterranean.
Award-Holders since 2008
Cordelia Warr (Manchester): Representing and performing stigmata in medieval and Renaissance Italy
Joanne Allen (Warwick): Ritual and reform in Renaissance Italy: sacred space and church furniture before the Council of Trent
Joseph Hammond (St Andrews): Art and patronage of the Carmelite order
Catherine Fletcher (Royal Holloway/Birkbeck/Open): Our men in Rome: ambassadors and agents at the papal court, c. 1450–1550
Edward Payne (Courtauld): Violence and corporality in the art of Jusepe de Ribera
Rebecca Gill (Reading): Galeazzo Alessi and the Sacro Monte: architecture and pilgrimage in Cinquecento Italy
Paul Howard (Oxford): ‘Tu sei nimmico/der tale o dder tar re: ffàje la guerra’: Casus Belli — Giuseppe Gioachino waging war between tradition and experimentation
Stephen Cummins (Cambridge): Enmity and peace-making in the kingdom of Naples, c. 1550-1750
Alec Corio (Open): Historical Perceptions of Roman Catholicism and National Identity 1869-1919
Lucy Turner Voakes (EUI, Florence): The Risorgimento and English Liberal culture, 1850–1918
Claudia Baldoli (Newcastle): In search of the white international: the Catholic-Communist movement between the wars
Sofia Serenelli (Reading/UCL): The cult of the Duce and the ‘mountain of Rome’: Terminillo, collective memory and legacies of Fascism, 1934-2012
Emiliano Perra (Bristol): The Holocaust in Italian television
Mattia Toaldo (Roma 3; School of Advanced Studies, University of London): The Libyan-Italian post-colonial relationship under Qadhafi from 1969 to today
Selected Publications since 2008
Anne ALWIS (Rome Scholar 2001–2) with Ellen Swift: The role of late antique art in early Christian worship: a reconsideration of the iconography of the ‘starry sky’ in the ‘Mausoleum’ of Galla Placidia. Papers of the British School at Rome 78 (2010): 193–218.
Matthew DAL SANTO (Rome Award 2007–8) Debating the Saints’ Cults in the Age of Gregory the Great (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Simon MARTIN (Rome Fellow 2006–7) Sport Italia: the Italian Love Affair with Sport (I.B. Tauris, 2011).
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