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Dr. Alessandro Grazi

Member of the academic staff, Department "Abendländische Religionsgeschichte"
Room: 03 305
Phone: +49 6131 39 394 21
Fax: +49 6131 39 304 21

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Personal Details:

Born in Cento, Italy, in 1979. Since October 2018 Research Associate, Leibniz Institute of European History. 2016-2018 Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Amsterdam. 2015-2015 Italian Lecturer, Center for Foreign Languages, Justus Liebig University Giessen. 2012 PhD in the Humanities, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, with a dissertation titled "Patria ed Affetti. Jewish Identity and Risorgimento Nationalism in the Oeuvres of Samuel Luzzatto, Isaac Reggio, and David Levi". 2007-2008 Visiting Graduate Student, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 2005-2007 Research Master in Literary Studies (Highest Honors), University of Amsterdam, with specialization in Modern Jewish Cultural History. 1998-2004 Laurea in Preservation of the Cultural Heritage (Highest Honors), with specialization in Hebrew Paleography and Codicology, University of Bologna. 2000-2001 Overseas Student and Teaching Assistant, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, USA.

Memberships:

European Association of Jewish Studies (EAJS)
American Association of Italian Studies (AIIS)
Italian Association for Jewish Studies (AISG)

Research Interests:

Modern Jewish Cultural History
Italian Jewish history and Culture
Jewish prayer books
Jewish printed books
Risorgimento
History of European Freemasonry
Hebrew Palaeography and Codicology

Selected Publications:

R. Dagnino – A. Grazi (eds.), Believers in the Nation - European religious minorities in the age of nationalism (1815-1914), Peeters, Leuven, 2017.
A. Grazi, "Diverging Jewish approaches to Italian nationalism and nation-building", in L.S. Lerner – J. Druker, eds., The New Italy and the Jews: From Massimo D'Azeglio to Primo Levi, Annali d’italianistica vol. 36 (2018)
A. grazi, "Freemasonry and Saint-Simonism as carriers of Enlightenment values in David Levi’s Weltanschauung", in Y. Harel – M. Perani, The Jews in Italy: Their Contribution to the Development and Diffusion of Jewish Heritage, Academic Studies Press, Brighton, MA, USA (forthcoming)
A. Grazi, "David Levi – A child of the Nineteenth Century", in Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History, 8 (2015)
M. Perani - A. Grazi, "La 'scuola' dei copisti ebrei pugliesi (Otranto?) del sec. XI. Nuove scoperte," in Materia Giudaica XI/1-2 (2006), pp. 13-41.

Research projects:

"Minhag Italia": Variations of Jewishness in the 19th Century reflected in Italian prayer books. A digital analysis

The aim of this project is a digital and conceptual analysis of nineteenth-century Italian prayer books, with the purpose of preserving and utilizing them as objects of historical inquiry.