Cristiana Facchini is Associate Professor at the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, School of Humanities and Cultural Heritage. She works at the Department of History, Culture, Civilizations, where she has been the coordinator of the MA Program in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
She has studied in Bologna and specialized in Oxford and Jerusalem. She earned her PhD in Jewish Studies at University of Turin. She pursued her research in Jerusalem, Paris, Cincinnati, Budapest, Berlin, and Erfurt.
She has been visiting Professor at the University of Bielefeld and Dorset Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies where she is Associate of the Sub-Faculty of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, in Oxford. She is Fellow at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt.
Cristiana Facchini has taught classes in History and Theories of Religions, History of Judaism and History of Western Christianity, Hebrew, and Modern History. Her scholarly research focuses on a wide range of topics such as history of Judaism, Early Modern religious history, Wissenschaft des Judentums, History of Christianity, Liberal Judaism, Secularization, History of Christian Antisemitism, History and Theories of Religions.
She is currently finalizing two books, I volti di Isaac. Isaac Cohen Cantarini (1644-1723), and Jews and Renaissance Culture (Ashgate Press within the Series “Classic Essays in Jewish History” (general editor Kenneth Stow). She is working on a book project by the title of Entangled Histories. Representations of Judaism and Christianity.
In the past years she has worked on five main areas of research: 1) at the Max Weber Kolleg on 'religious individualization'; 2) on historiography of religion, and history of scholarship. She is framing her recent findings into a cultural history of scholarship; 3) theories of religious toleration in the early modern and modern period, with a focus on Luigi Luzzatti; 4) Jewish interpretation of Jesus; 5) religion and space.
In the last years she published articles on Christian antisemitism and on Luigi Luzzatti, Italy's first Jewish prime minister in Liberal Italy. She is conducting a research on his theory of religious tolerance and his political engagement with the protection of religious minorities around nineteenth and early twentieth century Europe.
More recently she has increasingly developed an interest in "religion and technology", which implies some side-subfields of inquiry, one about Jesus and cinema, a topic che has taught in the last few years, and the other one about "religion and communication".
- (Book) I volti di Isaac. Isaac Cohen Cantarini (1644-1723) (tentative title, under contract, planned for 2018).
- (Book) Jews and Renaissance Culture, under contract with Ashgate/Routledge Press for the Series “Classic Essays in Jewish History” (general editor Kenneth Stow)
- Facchini C. (2017) The Making of Wissenschaft des Judentums in a Catholic Country. The Case of Italy, in Wissenschaft des Judentums in Europe: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives, eds. Christian Wiese, Mirjam Thulin, (Studia Judaica) De Gruyter, Berlin 2016/17 (delivered 2013)
Recent publications (since 2015)
Facchini C. (2018) Living in exile: Wissenschaft des Judentums and the Study of Religion in Italy (1890s-1930s), in Italian Jews in Context, eds. Francesca Bregoli, Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti, Guri Schwarz, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.
Facchini C. (2018) “’The immortal traveler’. How historiography changed Judaism”, (Monographic issue ed. by J. Ruepke: Creating religions by historiography), Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 28/1 (2018): 111-134
Facchini C. (2018), Il Gesù di Leon Modena. Per una storia materiale e urbana del Magen ve-herev di Leon Modena, ASE 35/1 (2018): 161-185
- Facchini C. (2017), "Entangled histories. A road map to religious individualization in early modern Judaism", in ASE 34/1 (2017): 145-174
- Facchini C. (2017) “Le Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde di Picart e Bernard (1723-1743)”, in S. Botta, M. Ferrara, A. Saggioro (a cura di) La storia delle religioni e la sfida dei pluralismi (“Quaderni di Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni”, 18) Brescia, Morcelliana, 2017, 428-439
- Facchini C. (2016) “Luigi Luzzatti e la teoria della tolleranza religiosa. Uso pubblico delle scienze delle religioni”, in ASE 33/1 (2016), 275-300
- Facchini C. (2016) Entangled Histories. A Road Map to Individualization in Early Modern Judaism Max Weber Kolleg, selected essays, Erfurt
- Facchini C. (2016) Narrating, visualizing, performing, and feeling a religion. On representations of Judaism collection of keynote lectures, IAHR, De Gruyter, Berlin
- Facchini C. (2016) Luigi Luzzatti and the Oriental Front: Jewish Agency and the Politics of Religious Toleration, eds. Marco Dogo and Tullia Catalan, The Jews and the Nation-States of Southeastern Europe from the 19th Century to the Great Depression: Combining Viewpoints on a Controversial Story, Cambridge Scholars
- Facchini C. (2016) “The city and the Ghetto” in Printed Matter. Centro Primo Levi Online Monthly, March 13 (2016) (reprinted from Quest 2011).
- Facchini C. (2016), Introduzione a La cultura ebraica e le donne, in Venezia, gli ebrei, l’Europa, catalogue of the exhibition on Venezia, gli ebrei, l’Europa, 1516-2016.
- Facchini (2015) (Co-edited monographic issue with T. Catalan) Portrait of Italian Jews (1800s-1930s), Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History 8 (2015)
- Facchini (2015) Six Authors in Search of a Narrative, in Portrait of Italian Jews (1800s-1930s), ed. Tullia Catalan and Cristiana Facchini, Quest 8 (2015), pp. I-XXV
- Facchini (2015) Judaism. An Inquiry into the Historical Discourse, in History and Religion: Narrating a Religious Past, eds. Bernd-Christian Otto, Susanne Rao, Joerg Ruepke, (Religionsgeschichtliche Versuche und Vorarbeiten 68) De Gruyter, Berlin 2015, pp. 371-392
- Facchini (2015) Il mito nelle opere di Emile Durkheim e Marcel Mauss, in Filosofie del mito, eds. Giovanni Leghissa, Enrico Manera, Carocci, Roma, 2015, pp. 45-51
- Facchini (2015) “Dall’eresia del liberalismo a quella del nazismo” ASE 32/1 (2015), pp. 267-281