PhD in Jewish Studies

Academic Year 2019-2020
Subject area Humanistic Studies
Cycle 35
Coordinator Prof. Saverio Campanini
Language Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 5 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline Jul 08, 2019 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Enrolment period From Aug 01, 2019 to Aug 26, 2019
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2019
Main Department
Department of Cultural Heritage - DBC
Mobility abroad
Yes (6 months)
Research topics

- Jewish history and culture from Biblical times to the present.
- Archaeological testimonies concerning Jewish presence in Israel and in the Italian diaspora.
- Jewish epigraphy from antiquity to the modern age, in particular in the Italian area.
- Hebrew palaeography, palaeo-Hebrew scripture, square script, epigraphical and papyrological evidence, masoretical codices, medieval script varieties, especially in Italy.
- Hebrew manuscripts and books, codicology and palaeography.
- Italy's role in the production and dissemination of Hebrew manuscripts and early Hebrew books.
- Linguistics and history of the Hebrew language from the origins to the present.
- History of Jewish thought, ideology and theology of pre-exilic Judaism, of the Second Tempie period, of the rabbinical age, of the late Middle Ages, to the modern and contemporary period. Jewish mysticism and esotericism, qabbalah from its origins in XII century in Provence and Catalonia to the modern period.
- The role of Italy in the dissemination of qabbalah in Europe.
- Social and economic history of the Jews in antiquity and the original characters of the Jewish presence in the Italian peninsula.
- Jewish art: mosaics, catacombs and their paintings, micrography, miniatures, ritual objects up to modern and contemporary Jewish art. Hebrew literature: biblical age, rabbinical literature, poetry and prophane literature, medieval and modern.
- Hebrew modern and Israeli literature. Jewish-Christian relationships: dialogue after two thousand years of persecution. The role of papacy and Italy.
- History of anti-semitism. The Shoah period. Philosophy and theology of the Shoah: the Jews after Auschwitz between memory and negationism. Jewish philosophy: ancient, medieval and modern.

Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Research and teaching. Management of cultura heritage.
Admission Board

Surname Name Institution Role e-mail
Campanini Saverio Università di Bologna member
Perani Mauro Università di Bologna member
Veronese Alessandra Università di Pisa member
Martone  Corrado Università di Torino substitute
Lelli Fabrizio Università del Salento substitute
Sirinian Anna Università di Bologna substitute
Learning outcomes
Linguistic skills: excellent skills in the major languages which are relevant for Jewish studies, especially Hebrew and Aramaic. Fostering the ability of organizing and finalizing the chosen research project extended to cognate fields. Ability to present orally and in writing objectives, methods and results of the chosen research project.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
Research in libraries and with the aid of information technologies, research trips and campaigns, international networking. Participation to conferences, congresses and workshops. Participation to courses and seminars on campus and at cooperating academic institutions abroad. Redaction of the PhD thesis.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
With the tuition of the supervisors, the candidates will have the opportunity to experiment new approaches to their subject. The teaching board plans the organization of seminars and conferences specifically directed to the candidates in order to test and enhance their attitude to reasearch. The participation to congresses and workshops in Italy and abroad is encouraged and supported by the supervisors and by the teaching board.
Internationalization features
Jewish Studies are by nature a strongly internationalizad research field. The teaching board of this PhD programme is composed largely of professors and researchers of foreign universitites, although some of them of Italian origins. The skills, required and to be acquired suring the PhD and the location of numerous sources and research facilities in libraries and research institutions locates abroad renders an openness to international research experience absolutely indispensable. The partnership with the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris (Sorbonne) and the firmly established cooperation between the coordinator and the members of the teaching board are a significant factor of the international scope of the learning and researching paths offered by the PhD programme.
Expected research results and products
PhD Thesis. Participation to congresses and workshops. Publication of articles on scientific journals and collective volumes.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
BOCCACCINI  GABRIELE  University of Michigan  Professore di Univ.Straniera 
BORI   Caterina   Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BUSI  GIULIO  Freie Universitaet Berlin  Professore di Univ.Straniera 
CAMPANINI   Saverio   Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario 
CECERE   Giuseppe   Università di Bologna Professore Associato 
DAINESE   Davide   Università di Bologna Ricercatore 
LACERENZA   Giancarlo   Università "L'Orientale" di Napoli Professore Ordinario
MANDALA'  GIUSEPPE  CSIC - Madrid  Ricercatore
MARTONE   Corrado   Università di Torino Professore Ordinario
OLSZOWY SCHLANGER  JUDITH  Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes  Professore di Univ.Straniera 
PERANI   Mauro   Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario 
SABBA   Fiammetta   Università di Bologna Professore Associato
SECCI   Raimondo   Università di Bologna Ricercatore
SIRINIAN   Anna   Università di Bologna Professore Associato 
SOFIA   Francesca   Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario 
VELTRI  Giuseppe  Universitaet Hamburg  Professore di Univ.Straniera 
VERONESE   Alessandra Maria   Università di Pisa Professore Associato