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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


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.


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
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.