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Nome e cognome: Giovanni Tarantino
Email: giovanni.tarantino@unimelb.edu.au
Sito Web: www.historyofemotions.org.au/
Indirizzo di lavoro:

ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE Melbourne)
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
The University of Melbourne (Arts West)
Parkville, VIC 3010

• Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (F.R.Hist.S.)
• Co-Editor of CROMOHS
• Member of the Editorial Board of the series Studi di Storia (EUT, Edizioni Universita' di Trieste)
I have referred proposals for: La Lettre Clandestine; Contributions for the History of Concepts; Papers of the British School at Rome; Cromohs

(old version: http://www.cromohs.unifi.it/eng/index.html)

Scuola Normale Superiore di PISA

Balzan Research Associate at the Scuola Normale of Pisa, School of Arts (2012-13)

Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800) at the University of Melbourne (2013-16)


• Republicanism, Sinophilia and Historical Writing: Thomas Gordon (c.1691-1750) and his History of England (Brepols Publishers, 2012) -- “Thomas Gordon-republican, deist, translator of Tacitus, and mildly pornographic anti-clerical-is among the most
versatile and interesting of the opposition journalists of 18th-century England. In presenting this edition of his unfinished history of England, Giovanni Tarantino has shown us this lively figure in yet another light and heightened our understanding of radical Whig culture” (J.G.A. Pocock, Emeritus Professor, Johns Hopkins University, book cover endorsement).
"In a long introduction, Dr Tarantino attempts, with much success, not only to place the work in context but also to offer what is perhaps the fullest extant intellectual biography of Gordon; he is to be particularly praised for trudging through so many of Gordon's minor publications and the responses to them, in the process uncovering several rewarding details." (Dmitri Levin, in: Intellectual History Review, 2014) 
http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503536842-1; www.britishmuseum.org/research/search_the_collection_database/term_details.aspx?bioId=123184.
• Lo scrittoio di Anthony Collins (1676-1729): i libri e i tempi di un libero pensatore (Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2007) -- “Meticulous and impressive book” (James Dybikowski,The Correspondence of Anthony Collins (1676–1729), Freethinker, Paris: Honoré Champion, 2011) , This book has been reviewed in: «Rassegna Mensile di Israel», LXIII, 2007; «Enlightenment and Dissent», 24, 2008; «Il Pensiero Politico», 40, 2007; «Revista española de Teología», 70, 2010; «Rivista Storica Italiana», 2011/1). See also "Bibliotheca Collinsiana, seu Catalogus Librorum Antonji Collins Armigeri ordine alphabetico digestus”, in Biblioteche Filosofiche Private in Età Moderna e Contemporanea (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa - Università degli Studi di Cagliari. See also:
http://picus.sns.it/index.php?page=Filosofo&id=97&lang=en (2009): http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/collins/
• Martin Clifford, 1624-1677. Deismo e tolleranza nell’Inghilterra della Restaurazione, «Studi e testi per la storia della tolleranza in Europa nei secoli XVI-XVIII», 3, Firenze, Olschki, 2000 (this book has been reviewed in: «Rivista Storica Italiana», 2001/3; «Il Sole 24ore», 4 Nov 2001 http://lgxserver.uniba.it/lei/rassegna/011105e.htm;  «Archivo teologico Granadino», 64, 2001; «Malacoda», 98, 2001; «Dutch Review of Church History/Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis», 82, 2002; «Journal of Ecclesiastical History», 53, 2002; «Archivio Storico Italiano», 597, 2003; «Seventeenth-Century News», 61, 2003; «Società e Storia», 2006)

• "The Mysteries of Popery Unveiled: Affective Language in John Coustos’ and Anthony Gavín’s Accounts of the Inquisition", in Susan Broomhall (ed.), Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650-1850 (Routledge, exp. by Feb 2015) [9,000 words]
"The uses of 'conformité' in Bernard and Picart’s Cérémonies", paper commisioned for publication in Jonathan Israel and Silvia Berti eds, The World's First General Encyclopedia of Religion (1723-1737)” (Brill, exp. in 2014) [11,184 words] (under editorial consideration)
 • “A 'Protestant' approach to colonization as envisaged in John Lockman's Protestant martyrology (1760)”, in Susan Broomhall and Sarah Finn eds, 'Violence and Emotions in Europe, 1400-1800' (Routledge, in preparation) [6,900 words]
“Collins's Cicero, Freethinker”, in Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain, 1650-1800, edited by Wayne Hudson, Diego Lucci, and Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth (Ashgate 2014), pp. 81-99
• “Martin Clifford and his Treatise of Humane Reason (1674): A Europe-Wide Debate”, in Philosophy and Religion in Enlightenment Britain: New Case Studies (Essays presented to M.A. Stewart), ed. by Ruth Savage (Oxford UP, 2012), pp. 9-28
• “Alternative Hierarchies: Manhood and Unbelief in Early Modern Europe, 1660-1750”, in Governing Masculinities: Regulating Selves and Others in the Early Modern Period, ed. by Susan Broomhall and Jac
queline Van Gent, Ashgate, 2011, pp. 209-225
• “The books and times of Anthony Collins, free-thinker, radical reader and Independent Whig”, in Varieties of Seventeenth- and Early Eighteenth-Century English Radicalism in Context, ed. by Ariel Hessayon and David Finnegan, Ashgate, 2011, pp. 221-240

• Entry “Deism” in Dizionario storico dell’Inquisizione, ed. by Adriano Prosperi (with the assistance of Vincenio Lavenia and John Tedeschi), Pisa, Edizioni Scuola Normale, 2010, 4 vols., I, pp. 452-454.
• Entries “Jacques de la Cloche“ & “Martin Clifford“ in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford UP 2004
http://www.oxforddnb.com/index/101005656/; http://www.oxforddnb.com/index/101015844/)
• “Libertà di coscienza, ‘aritmetica politica’ e interesse nazionale: le ragioni economiche della tolleranza nel regno di Giacomo II Stuart”, in Questioni di storia inglese tra ’5 e ’600, Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, 2003 [2nd edn 2006], pp. 223-240.

•  "Gli eccidi valdesi nella propaganda antigiacobita di Gilbert Burnet e John Lockman" (under editorial consideration)
• "Mapping Religion (and Emotions) in the Protestant Valleys of Piedmont" (under editorial consideration)
• "Carlo Ginzburg and the historian's craft: questions and remarks", «CROMOHS», 18 (2013), pp. 123-27
• "The Library of Gerard Nicholas Heerkens (1726–1801), Dutch physician, traveller, and Latin poet" «CROMOHS», 18 (2013), pp. 83-86
•  “Le Symbole d’un Laïque: il ‘catechismo repubblicano’ di Thomas Gordon”, «Rivista Storica Italiana», CXII, 2010/2, pp. 386-464.
• “Britain 1660-1714: Competing Historiographies”, in Recent Historiographical Trends of the British Studies (17th-18th centuries), eds Giovanni Tarantino and Mario Caricchio, «CROMOHS», 11-12 (2006-2007)
• “Jacques de la Cloche, A Stuart Pretender in the Seventeenth Century”, «Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu», 146 (2004), 425-41

•  “Shaking Enlightenment: The Early Modern Earthquake Controversy", «Agora: The Quarterly Journal of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria», 49/3 (2014) (thematic issue on Religion & Belief), 12-18

• "Our Words, and Theirs:" A conversation with Carlo Ginzburg on the historian's craft', «CROMOHS», 18 (2013)
• Through Your Eyes: The Reception of the Religious Other in Intercultural Exchange (17th-18th centuries)  (edited collection to appear in the Brill Series "Dynamics in the History of Religions")
• Recent Historiographical Trends of the British Studies (17th-18th centuries), eds Giovanni Tarantino and Mario Caricchio, «
CROMOHS», 11-12 (2006-2007)

• 'Early Modern Eastern and Western Emotional Responses to Fires', HTAV Annual Conference "Our Shared History", 24-25 July 2014
• 'Transgressing borders: emotional accounts of John Coustos’s trial for freemasonry in the Huguenot diaspora'. International Symposium 'Feeling Exclusion in Early Modern Europe', The University of Melbourne, 29-31 May 2014
• 'Cultural Firefighting Encounters in Mid-Tokugawa Japan'. CHE International Conference 'Fire Stories', The University of Melbourne, 4-6 December 2013
• 'Priestcraft exposed, and papist brought to grief: the emotional strategies of anticlerical satire in Hanoverian England'. CHE Brisbane Collaboratory 'Arts and Rhetorics of Emotion in Early Modern Europe', 25-27 November 2013
• 'Mapping Religion (and Emotions) in the Protestant Valleys of Piedmont, 1655-1689', CHE Adelaide, 25 October 2013
• 'The Shifting Boundaries of Tolerance in John Lockman's “book of martyrs” (1760), paper to be presented at the International Symposium 'Violence and Emotions in Europe, 1400-1800', CHE Perth, University of Western Australia, 2 October 2013
• 'Teaching Fear: Gilbert Burnet’s Account of Catholic Violence against Waldensians (1687)', paper presented at the ARC International Conference 'Sourcing Emotions in the Late Medieval and Early Modern World', CHE Perth, The University of WEstern Australia, 27-29 June 2013
• “The uses of ‘conformité/conformity’ in Bernard and Picart’s Cérémonies”, paper presented at the seminar “Comparing Religions in a Historical Perspective” convened by Carlo Ginzburg at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, 10-11 June 2013
• A Sinophile in Grub Street: Thomas Gordon on China and England, School of Historical and Philosophicl Studies at the University of Melbourne (Brown Bags Seminar Series), 16 May 2013
• InteR-Lab*s 2012, Rome, Lincei Academy/Balzan Foundation, 12-13 November 2012 (A public conversation with Carlo Ginzburg)
• Anticlericalism, “Republicanism” and Sinophilia in Walpolean England, Karl Jaspers Centre (“Asia and Europe Cluster of Excellence”), Heidelberg University, 26 May 2011 (http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/news-events/news/detail/m/today-jour-fixe-on-religion-and-the-state.html)
• The reception of the religious Other in intercultural exchange (Symposium introdution), Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ruhr University, Bochum, 10 March 2011
• Notes for a lexicon of anti-clericalism in Walpolean England, paper presented at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ruhr University, Bochum, 25 October 2010
• Anticlericalism and Satire in Thomas Gordon, a Religious Atheist in Walpolean England, paper presented at the Symposium on Romeijn de Hooghe convened by Jo Spaans, Henri Krop and Wiep van Bunge at the University of Utrecht and the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, 21-22 October 2010
• Shaky Enlightenment: Thomas Gordon’s challenge to eighteenth-century earthquake theories, paper presented at the ARC/Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, UWA, 25 March 2010
• Masculinity and Unbelief in Early Modern Europe 1660-1750, paper presented at the workshop Governing Masculinities: Regulating Selves and Others in the Early Modern Period, University of Western Australia, 11 December 2009
• Thomas Gordon (c.1690-1750) and his Republican Legacy, paper presented at the Early Modern Historians Workshop, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, 15 April 2009
• The desk of Anthony Collins (1676-1729): The books and times of a free thinker and independent Whig, paper presented at the international conference Rediscovering Radicalism in the British Isles and Ireland, c. 1550-c. 1700: movements of people, texts and ideas‚ organised by Ariel Hessayon and Philip Baker and held at Goldsmiths College, University of London, 21 June-23 June 2006
• Orientamenti recenti di storia della cultura inglese fra ´600 e ´700, University of Florence, History Department, 8 June 2006  (http://www.unifi.it/dpssge/CMpro-v-p-84.html)
• Risorse telematiche e ricerca storica: l’esperienza di Cromohs (1996-2005), paper presented at the workshop La storia in rete - Il ruolo delle riviste on-line nella comunicazione della ricerca storica, University of Bologna, 8 March 2005 
• Politiche migratorie e tolleranza religiosa in età moderna, paper presented to the Historical Demography students at the University of Florence (13 Nov 2004)
• Le ragioni economiche della tolleranza nel regno di Giacomo II Stuart, paper presented at the conference Questioni di storia inglese tra ’5 e ’600: politica e cultura in Inghilterra, Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, 11-12 April 2002

• Identità e tolleranza, determinismo morale e religione civile, libero pensiero e teismo, filosofia e superstizione: ineludibili nodi della modernità, ripercorsi negli studi recenti di Adam Sutcliffe, Pascal Taranto e Justin Champion, in «StoricaMente» (Dipartimento Discipline Storiche, Università di Bologna), 2005
• Review of Jonathan I. Israel, Radical Enlightenment. Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750, Oxford UP, 2001, in «Cromohs», 8, 2003

• Feeling Exclusion: Emotional Strategies and Burdens of Religious Discrimination and Displacement in Early Modern Europe. A Symposium of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions convened by Giovanni Tarantino and Charles Zika, to be held at Graduate House, University of Melbourne, 29-31 May 2014
 • The reception of the religious Other in intercultural exchange (17th-18th centuries): A comparative and historical investigation on the self-relativising dimension inherent in orientalising the religious and cultural other (Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ruhr University, Bochum, 10-11 March 2011
• Recent historiographical trends of the British Studies (17th-18th centuries), eds.
Giovanni Tarantino and Mario Caricchio, «Cromohs Seminars», University of Florence, 2006-2007


Area Ricerca
Area Geografica
- Asia;
- Nord America;
- Gran Bretagna;
- Italia;

Settore Specifico
- Storia sociale;
- Storia religiosa;
- Storia della storiografia;
- Storia delle idee;
- Storia politica;
- Storia culturale;
- Metodologia;

- XVI;


• 2014: Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (ASN). The five-member assessment  committee of the Italian National Scientific Qualification (ASN, Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) has unanimously judged my publications and research as eligible for appointment at the level of Associate Professor within the Italian University system.
• 2004: PhD in the field of Early Modern History at Florence University (scholarship holder).
Title of the Thesis: Lo scrittoio di Anthony Collins (1676-1729): 1. I libri e i tempi di un libero pensatore; 2. Edizione del catalogo manoscritto della biblioteca collinsiana (1720). PhD supervisors: Antonio Rotondò, Rolando Minuti. Graduate program coordinators: Paul Ginsborg, Gabriele Turi.
• 2000: Masters in Communication and Media Studies completed with distinction in the Faculty of Political Science at Florence University
• 1999: MLitt (Laurea) with a mark of 110/110 cum laude in Early Modern History at Florence University, with a two-volume thesis on the History of toleration in Early Modern Europe. The thesis (Martin Clifford (1624-1677): Contributo alla storia della tolleranza in età moderna) received a special mention of merit from the Judging Committee for the “Giuseppe Lazzati” Prize, headed by Prof. Giulio Giorello (Milan, XI Cattedra dei non credenti, 2000)

• 2014: Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London (School of Advanced Study)
• 2013: Elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

• 2010-2013: Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS) at UWA (http://www.mems.arts.uwa.edu.au/)
• 11/2009-03/2010: Research Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities at the University of Western Australia, Perth WA
• 09/2008-06/2009: Hans Kohn Member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ
• 2006-2008: Honorary Research Associate in the School of Historical Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
• 2005: Post graduate Certificate in librarianship (ICCU, Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le Informazioni Bibliografiche)
• 2003: London Institute of Historical Research Training Course: An Introduction to Visual Arts For Historians
• 2002: Beneficiary of a Bibliographical Society minor grant, London
• 2000-2001: Recipient of a research scholarship from the Fondazione Luigi Firpo - Centre for Research on Political Thought, Turin
• 1998: Erasmus scholarship holder at London University (Royal Holloway College)

-: Research Fellow in the Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne
(http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/research/research-projects/digging-out-some-emotional-roots-of-british-anti-catholicism.aspx ; http://emotions.arts.uwa.edu.au/wiki/items/show/181; http://emotions.arts.uwa.edu.au/wiki/items/show/172
2012-13: Research Associate of the Balzan Pricewinner Project “A Comparative Approach to Religions: A Historical Perspective, from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries” (Prof Carlo Ginzburg) at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
• 03/2010-03/2011: Research Fellow of the KHK “Dynamiken der Religionsgeschichte zwischen Asien und Europa”, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany
(www.khk.ceres.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/publications/; http://www.kaete-hamburger-kollegs.de/en/index.php)
• 2010: Invited contributor to the expert-meetings convened by J.W. Spaans and and W. van Bunge at the University of Utrecht ("Fault Line 1700: Early Enlightenment Conversations on Religion and the State")
• 2009 : Invited contributor to the ARC research project 'Mapping the Latin Enlightenment' headed by Professor Yasmin Haskell, Cassamarca Foundation Professor in Latin Humanism at the University of Western Australia

• 2009: Invited contributor to the workshop “Governing Masculinities: Regulating Selves and Others in the Early Modern Period”, co-ordinated by Susan Broomhall and Jacqueline Van Gent (UWA) and sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UWA
• 2006-2008: Member of the international research project Miur-Interlink “European culture and the understanding of otherness: historiography, politics and the sciences of man in the birth of the modern world (16th-19th centuries)”, co-ordinator Prof. Guido Abbattista (University of Trieste)
• 2005-2006: Member of the national research project (PRIN) entitled ‘La cultura europea e il problema dell’alterità in età moderna,’ headed by Professor Girolamo Imbruglia (IUO, Naples)
• 2002-2007: Member of the editorial staff of the on-line Bulletin of SISEM, the National Association of Italian Early Modern Historians (

• 2014: History and Tears, Masterclass, The Universiity of Nanjing, China, tbc 
2014: PhD Coursework Elective (with Grace Moore) on Affective Cartography, Emotions and the Environment, University of Melbourne, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
• 2014: Gradu
ate Course "The Historical Study of Emotions: concepts, challenges, case studies", IMT Lucca
• 2013: Graduate Course (with Stephanie Downes and Sarah Randles) on the History of Emotions (Images, Objects, Places) University of Melbourne, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

• 2006-2008: Administrative Officer (Planning and coordination of courses, conferences and events; Executive Administrative Support; Office Management) at the Monash University Prato Centre (
• 2005: Internship at the Agenzia Nazionale per lo Sviluppo dell’Autonomia Scolastica (ex INDIRE, Florence): planning an iconographic database for illustrated childrens notebooks (1861-1950)
• 2001-2005: Translator from English to Italian on behalf of the Publishers Olschki (Florence) and Donzelli (Rome):
Heiko A. OBERMAN, Il lungo quindicesimo secolo: un possibile profilo.
Prolegomena alla nascita della tolleranza, in: Henry Méchoulan, Richard H. Popkin, Giuseppe Ricuperati, Luisa Simonutti eds., La formazione storica della alterità, 3 voll. (Olschki, 2001), I, pp. 1-23
Peter DAVIDSON, L’idea di Nord, pp. VI-263 (Donzelli: 2005 - ISBN 88-7989-967-8)
Diarmuid JEFFREYS, Aspirina. L’incredibile storia della pillola più famosa del mondo, pp. X-314 (Donzelli: 2005 - ISBN 88-7989-923-6)
Bennett A. WEINBERG e Bonnie K. BEALER, Caffeina. Storia, cultura e scienza della sostanza più famosa del mondo, pp. XII-404 (Donzelli: 2002 - ISBN 88-7989-724-1); Iid., Tè, caffè e cioccolata: i mondi della caffeina tra storie e culture, pp. X-412 (Donzelli/Virgola: 2009 - ISBN 88-6036-394-7)
• 2000: Internship at the daily ilNuovo.it, Milan
IELTS 7,5 (2008); TOEFL iBT 107 (2008); Diplôme d’études en langue française, Institut Français de Florence (2008); Intensivkurs in Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Universität Passau (2009); Chinese Course, Confucius Institute at UWA (2010).

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Tesi Dottorato
Lo scrittoio di Anthony Collins (1676-1729). 1. I libri e i tempi di un libero pensatore / 2. Edizione del catalogo manoscritto della biblioteca collinsiana (1720)

Scheda Compilata
il 31/07/2014


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