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Dr. Francesco Buscemi

Dr. Francesco Buscemi

email: F.Buscemi@warwick.ac.uk

Room H3.06 - Department of History

Humanities Building - University Road University of Warwick | Coventry

CV4 7AL | UK

Office hours: Monday 3-5 p.m.

My main interests are in the study of eighteenth-century culture, French Revolution and nineteenth-century history. The first opportunity to challenge myself with these topics was on the occasion of the dissertation for my Laurea Triennale (Bachelor’s Degree equivalent), in which I investigated a series of miracles registered in Tuscany during the turmoil of Napoleon’s arrival in Italy in 1796. The significance of the catholic symbols evoked by insurgents was deciphered by looking back at the history of the same symbols along the eighteenth century.

Following the same path, on the occasion of my master européen (Master’s Degree equivalent), I decided to focus on the relations between republican culture and religious life in the Roman Republic (1798-1799). The results of this work led me to broaden the scope of research for my PhD project: a study of the characteristics of political trust and loyalty during the eighteenth century and the French Revolution. These characteristics are essential to understanding the revolutionary culture, for they involve one of the most divisive issues of that time: civic oath and the emotions it could provide. My thesis was aimed at clarifying how the experience of oaths shaped the relationship between citizens and power during the revolutionary decade (1789-1799) in France and in Italy, and how this relationship is empowered by narratives taken from religion, the culture of honour, and ideology. From a wider, transnational viewpoint, my primary goal was to provide a deeper look into this key topic of the historiography on the French Revolution.

While turning this thesis into a book, I am currently working on a new project on the characteristics of sacred and profane eloquence in the XVIIIth century.

PhD Thesis

«I swear». History of political loyalty from Enlightenment to Napoleon.

«Je jure». Histoire de la fidélité politique des Lumières à Napoléon

«Io giuro». Storia della fedeltà politica dai Lumi a Napoleone.


Supervisors: prof. D. Menozzi (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), prof. Pierre Serna (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

«70/70 cum laude»

Thesis awarded with the Paolo Prodi Dissertation Prize (link) (German Italian-Historical Institute/Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento)

Thesis jury: Pierre Serna (Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne ), Daniele Menozzi (Scuola Normale Superiore de Pise ), Gilles Bertrand (Université Grenoble-Alpes), Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis – Université Cote d’Azur), Anna Maria Rao (Università Federico II di Napoli), Alberto Mario Banti (Università di Pisa).

Academic profile

2017-2018 - Seminar Tutor in History (HI203 «The European World», HI323 «Historiography»), University of Warwick

2016-2017 - Visiting Associate Fellow and Ermenegildo Zegna Founder's Scholar, University of Warwick

2016 - PhD, History, Scuola Normale Superiore, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Institut d'Histoire de la Révolution Française / Institut d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine)

2016 - Master's degree, Digital Humanities, University of Venice, SAMSUNG Electronics Italia SpA scholarship

2010 - Excellence school degree in History, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

2009 - MA, History, « Master européen en Histoire politique et culturelle de l’Europe médiévale, moderne et contemporaine », joint programme between the University of Pisa and École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris

2007 - BA, History, Università di Pisa

2006 - Visiting student, Lyon, École Normale Supérieure - Lettres et Sciences Humaines (ENS-LSH)


Fellowships, qualifications, awards, memberships

2018: - Global History and Culture Centre, University of Warwick

- Qualification aux fonctions de maître de conférences en section 22 (CNU) [Qualification as Assistant Professor from the French National Council of the Universities]

2017: - Paolo Prodi award for best PhD dissertation from FBK Bruno Kessler Foundation/Italian-German Historical Institute, Trento

- Post-doc research fellowship, Radical Translations: Revolutionary Translation Practices in France and Italy 1789-1820, King’s College, London – (DECLINED)

2016/2017: Ermenegildo Zegna Founder’s Scholarship, post-doc fellowship - University of Warwick, Department of History

2015: Scholarship, Samsung Electronics Italia Spa, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia

2013: Short-term research fellowship, École Française de Rome - Palazzo Farnese

2012: Short-term research fellowship, École Française de Rome - Palazzo Farnese

2011: Leonardo da Vinci's Prize from Università Italo-Francese (research grant funded by the Italian and French Foreign Ministers)

October/December 2006: Lyon, Visiting student at the École Normale Supérieure - Lettres et Sciences Humaines (ENS-LSH).


Research interests

* Eighteenth-century culture and French Revolution;

* Napoleonic Age

* History of Emotions

* Catholic reactions to Enlightenment and French Revolution

* Church history

* History of reading

* Cultural history of the XIXth Century

* Nationalism and nation-building in the XIXth Century

* Italian Contemporary History

* Digital Humanities

Selected publications

  1. Serments de papier. La bureaucratisation de la fidélité révolutionnaire, dans H. Bismut, F. Taubert (dir.), La question du serment, Actes de Colloque, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung de l’Université de Vienne, Vienne, 2-3 novembre 2017 (in press)
  2. Cattolicesimo in democrazia. La propaganda religiosa nella Repubblica romana (1798-1799), dans I. Pavan, A. Mariuzzo, F. Mores, E. Mazzini (dir.), Il mestiere paziente, Pisa, ETS, 2017
  3. Les évêques et la reconquête religieuse de l’Italie. Liturgie, pastorale, politique (1814-1815), in C. Borello, P. Chopelin (ed.), Saintes Alliances? Religion et politique dans l’Europe de 1815, Rennes, PUR, 2017 [accepted, in press].
  4. Santi e miracoli controrivoluzionari, in T. Caliò, D. Menozzi, A. Menniti Ippolito, L’Italia e i Santi. Agiografie, riti e devozioni nella costruzione dell’identità nazionale, Roma, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Treccani, 2017
  5. L’età rivoluzionaria e napoleonica, in Storia del cristianesimo, IV, L’età contemporanea, a cura di G. Vian, Roma, Carocci, 2015, pp. 29-72.
  6. Il cardinale Oppizzoni di fronte ai giuramenti. Da Napoleone alla Restaurazione, in M. Tagliaferri (ed.), Il cardinale Carlo Oppizzoni da Napoleone all’Unità d’Italia, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2015, pp. 21-38.
  7.  Palmieri, Vincenzo, in «Dizionario biografico degli italiani», vol. 80, 2014
  8. Aretini e austro-russi alla riconquista dell’Italia centrale [with Massimo Cattaneo], in J.-F. Chauvard, D. Armando, M. Cattaneo, M. P. Di Donato (ed.), Atlante storico dell’Italia rivoluzionaria e napoleonica, sezione VIII, Roma, École Française de Rome, 2013, pp. 296-297.
  9. Coscrizione e insorgenze nella Toscana napoleonica, J.-F. Chauvard, D. Armando, M. Cattaneo, M. P. Di Donato (ed.), Atlante storico dell’Italia rivoluzionaria e napoleonica, sezione VIII, Roma, École Française de Rome, 2013, pp. 298-299.
  10. Politica e religione nel triennio repubblicano, in J.-F. Chauvard, D. Armando, M. Cattaneo, M. P. Di Donato (ed.), Atlante storico dell’Italia rivoluzionaria e napoleonica, sezione VII.2, Roma, École Française de Rome, 2013, p. 257 [Data collection and elaboration].
  11. Le riforme ecclesiastiche negli stati italiani di antico regime [with David Armando], in J.-F. Chauvard, D. Armando, M. Cattaneo, M. P. Di Donato (ed.), Atlante storico dell’Italia rivoluzionaria e napoleonica, sezione VIII, Roma, École Française de Rome, 2013, pp. 254-255.
  12.  Révolution /révolutions : l’Italie et la mémoire de 1789, in « La Révolution française », 4 | 2013, URL : http://lrf.revues.org/881
  13. .Book review of Alessandro Viti (ed.), Ascoltate degli esuli il canto. Un’antologia tematica della poesia risorgimentale, Cuneo, Nerosubianco, 2010, in «Italianistica», XLI, 1, 2012, pp. 223-225.
  14. Exposition review, Napoléon III et l’Italie. Naissance d’une nation (1848-1870), Musée de l’Armée, Paris, in «Il mestiere di storico. Annale SISSCO», IV-1, 2012, pp. 89-90.

Didactic works

• Section Arte e Territorio in Prospettive della Storia. Edizione Arancio and Prospettive della Storia. Edizione Blu, edited by A. Giardina, G. Sabbatucci, V. Vidotto, history handbook, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2017.

La circolazione delle idee, chapter in I mondi della storia, edited by A. Giardina, G. Sabbatucci, V. Vidotto, history handbook, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2014 [new edition in 2015], pp. 80-102.

Modelli di rivoluzione, chapter in I mondi della storia, edited by A. Giardina, G. Sabbatucci, V. Vidotto, history handbook, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2014 [new edition in 2015], pp. 326-346.

• 11 entries of the section Personaggi della storia in Nuovi profili storici, edited by A. Giardina, G. Sabbatucci, V. Vidotto, history handbook, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2014 [re-published in 2016 and in other Laterza’s history handbooks, such as: Lo spazio del tempo. Storia, Documenti, Storiografia; Storia più; Prospettive della storia; I mondi della storia]

• 10 entries of the section Storia-Società-Cittadinanza in Nuovi profili storici, edited by A. Giardina, G. Sabbatucci, V. Vidotto, history handbook, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2012 [re-published in 2016 and in other Laterza’s history handbooks, such as: Lo spazio del tempo. Storia, Documenti, Storiografia; Storia più; Prospettive della storia; I mondi della storia].


 

Outreach activities

* Historical consultant, digital adviser and writer for Giuseppe Laterza & Figli spa, publishing house based in Bari, Italy (education and scholastic branch) - 2007-2016.

* Garibaldi. Revisionismi ferragostani di un mito risorgimentale, in «Mundus», n. II, luglio-dicembre 2008.

* Nuovi palermitani, stessa santa, in «Italic», n. 8, dicembre 2011-gennaio 2012.

* Le lettere spiate di Mazzini, ilPost.it, 4 luglio 2013 http://www.ilpost.it/2013/07/04/lettere-giuseppe-mazzini-graham-regno-unito/

Teaching

Seminar Tutor in History:

- HI203 «The European World» - groups 6 (Thu 15-16). 8 (Tue 15-16), 9 (Thu 12-13), 10 (Thu 13-14), 13 (Thu 16-17)

- HI323 «Historiography» - groups 4 (Tue 13-14.30), 14 (Tue 16.00-17.30), 16 (Tue 17.30-19.00)

Students of «Hi323 Historiography»:

week 9 - History of Emotions

Please read:

  • Ute Frevert, ‘Piggy’s Shame’ in Learning How to Feel: Children’s Literature and Emotional Socialization, 1870-1970 (Oxford, 2014).
  • Lucien Febvre, ‘Sensibility and History’, in Peter Burke (ed.), A New Kind of History from the Writings of Febvre (London, 1973 [orig.1941]), pp. 12-26.
  • Lynn Hunt, ‘Torrents of Emotion’ in Inventing Human Rights (New York, 2006), pp. 35-69.
Students of «The European World HI203»:

Please check regularly the seminar groups web pages :