Research Stream

Giovanni Tarantino

Giovanni Tarantino 2.jpgDr Giovanni Tarantino FRHS is the Centre's Research Development Officer.  He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA in the Change Program of the Centre led by Professor David Lemmings, having completed a three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at The University of Melbourne in January 2016, and is Reviews Editor for CHE's Emotions: History, Culture, Society journal. He graduated Mlitt (Laurea) in History in 1999. He received his MA (Media and Communication) in 2001 and his PhD (Early Modern History) in 2004 from the University of Florence, Italy. As a doctoral candidate at the University of Florence he produced a full study of the highly influential free-thinker and book collector Anthony Collins (1676‒1729), who turned to Jewish literature's classic arguments against the analogical interpretation of Messianic prophecies. His research focus on Collins' Jewish sources and a new book project on the eighteenth-century Sinophile pamphleteer and classical scholar Thomas Gordon (d.1750) contributed to his election as Hans Kohn member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (20082009) and as a Resident Fellow of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg 'Dynamics in the History of Religions' at Ruhr University Bochum (20102011). In the meantime, The University of Western Australia welcomed him first as a Research Assistant Professor and later as a Honorary Fellow in the School of Humanities. In January 2012 he was awarded with a research fellowship from the Balzan Prizewinner Project 'A Comparative Approach to Religions: A Historical Perspective, from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries' led by Professor Carlo Ginzburg at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He is also engaged in broader historiographical activities, working as Co-Editor for the on-line academic journal Cromohs: Cyber Review of Modern Historiography.


His main research interest is in the history of tolerance (and intolerance) towards religious minorities in the early modern era. There is a pronounced tendency among many scholars of the theory of religious tolerance to confine their attention to a small number of 'canonical' figures, generally John Locke, and perhaps also Pierre Bayle. These authors are treated as though they wrote entirely against the grain in a wilderness of intolerance and persecution. His study of 'marginal' authors like Martin Clifford (16241677), Anthony Collins (16761729) and Thomas Gordon (c.16911750), whose works circulated widely, systematically dispels the heroic mythology of a few lone thinkers taking up the cause of religious tolerance and the understanding of otherness in the absence of any intellectual context.

Contact

giovanni.tarantino@uwa.edu.au


Personal Webpage

Research Projects

Digging out Some Emotional Roots of British Anti-Catholicism

Entangled Histories of Emotions in the Mediterranean World 

Publications 

Refereed Journal Articles

TARANTINO, G. 'Disaster, Emotions and Cultures: The Unexpected Wink of Shiba Kōkan (1738–1818)'. Commissioned paper for a thematic issue on the history of emotions of the Rivista Storica Italiana 128 (2016): 64266.

TARANTINO, G. 'Thomas Gordon's Letter on Earthquakes (1750)'. Notes and Queries 61.4 (2015): 375–78.

TARANTINO, G. 'Gli eccidi valdesi nella propaganda antigiacobita di Gilbert Burnet e John Lockman'. Bollettino Società Studi Valdesi 215 (2014): 73–102.

TARANTINO, G. 'Mapping Religion (and Emotions) in the Protestant Valleys of Piedmont'. ASDIWAL: Revue Genevoise d’Anthropologie et d’Histoire des Religions 9 (2014): 91–105.

TARANTINO, G. 'Carlo Ginzburg and the Historian's Craft: Questions and Remarks'. CROMOHS 18 (2013): 123–27.

Book Chapters

TARANTINO, G. ‘“Whether ’tis lawful for a man to beat his wife:’ Casuistical Exercises in Late-Stuart and Early-Hanoverian England,” in Carlo Ginzburg (ed.), A Historical Approach to Casuistry: Norms and Exceptions in a Comparative Perspective (Bloomsbury Publishing, exp. 2018).

TARANTINO, G. 'Religion and Spirituality'.  In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age (1600–1780), edited by Katie Barclay and Claire Walker (Bloomsbury Publishing, exp. 2018).

TARANTINO, G. 'Radical Writing'.  In The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1640–1714, edited by Nicholas McDowell and Henry Power. (Oxford UP, exp. 2018).

TARANTINO, G. 'Daniello Concina (1687–1756), martello di lassisti e benignisti, sulle ‘sciocchissime chimere’ degli spiriti forti'.  In Alessia Castagnino and Frédéric Ieva, Per una storia moderna e cosmopolita. Studi in onore dell’ottantesimo  anniversario di Giuseppe Ricuperati (Rome, Aracne, 2017).

TARANTINO, G. 'Identities on Fire: East Meets West on the Palette of Shiba Kōkan', invited chapter to appear in the collection On Fire, edited by Grace Moore (Punctum Books, forthcoming).

TARANTINO, G. 'From Labeling to Understanding: The Legacy of Bernard and Picart’s Religious Comparativism', to appear in Through Your Eyes Religions and Beliefs as Intercultural Mirror (16th-18th centuries), edited by Giovanni Tarantino and Paola von Wyss-Giacosa (contracted with Brill).

TARANTINO, G. 'Tolerance'.  In  Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction, edited by Susan Broomhall. (Routledge 2017), pp. 284–87

TARANTINO, G. 'Fotherby, Martin (c.1560–1620), Bishop of Salisbury'.  In Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy, edited by Marco Sgarbi. Dordrecht: Springer, 2015.

TARANTINO, G. 'A "Protestant" Approach to Colonization as Envisaged in John Lockman's Martyrology (1760)'. In Violence and Emotions in Early Modern Europe, edited by Susan Broomhall and Sarah Finn. London: Routledge, 2015.

TARANTINO, G. 'The Mysteries of Popery Unveiled: Affective Language in John Coustos’ and Anthony Gavín’s Accounts of the Inquisition'.  In Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650–1850, edited by Susan Broomhall. London: Routledge, 2015.

Edited Collections

Empires, Beliefs, Emotions: Cross-Cultural Affective Histories, edited by Giovanni Tarantino and Giuseppe Marcocci.  Special Issue, Cromohs 20 (20152016) 

Through Your Eyes: Religions and Beliefs as Intercultural Mirror (16th18th centuries), edited by Giovanni Tarantino and Paola von Wyss-Giacosa, with the collaboration of Giuseppe Marcocci (contracted to Brill)

Feeling Exclusion in Early Modern Europe, edited by Giovanni Tarantino and Charles Zika (contracted to Routledge)

Feelings Matter: Approaches to Emotions in Early Modern History, edited by Giovanni Tarantino and Lisa Beaven (in preparation)

'“Our Words, and Theirs: A Conversation with Carlo Ginzburg on the Historian’s Craft'. CROMOHS 18 (2013)

Awards

2016: AEUIFAI Visiting Scholar at the EUI Department of History and Civilization (Fiesole, Italy)

2014: Visiting Senior Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London

2013: Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Teaching

2017: Visiting Graduate Masterclass "Emotions and Race Labelling in Early Modern Europe", Johannesburg (South Africa), University of the Witwatersrand

2016: Graduate Masterclass 'The Historical Study of Emotions: Concepts, Challenges, Case Studies', European University Institute (Intellectual History Working Group)

2015: Honours (4th year) Elective (with Gordon Raeburn) on 'Sourcing Emotions: Texts, Concepts, Histories', The University of Melbourne, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

2014. Visiting Lecturer  (on Emotions, Early Modern Intercultural Encounters, Cartography and Memory), Nanjing University, China (816 November)

2014. PhD Elective (with Grace Moore) on 'Affective Cartography, Emotions and the Environment', The University of Melbourne, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

2014. Visiting Graduate Course on 'The Historical Study of Emotions: Concepts, Challenges, Case studies', IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy (1416 April)

2013. PhD Elective  (with Stephanie Downes and Sarah Randles) on 'The History of Emotions: Images, Objects, Places', The University of Melbourne, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

Conference Papers

'The Unintended Emotional Consequences of Othering: The Fictitious Prophesies of Jeremiah van Husen', BSECS 46th Annual Conference (St Hugh's College, Oxford, 5 January 2017)

'Race and Cultural Labelling in Early Modern Europe' (The University of Western Australia, History Group Meeting, 21 September 2016)

'Religion and the Senses in the Early Modern World' (KHK International Conference 'Religion and The Senses', Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 79 September 2016).

'Mme de Lambert’s Philosophy of Love through the Distorting Lens of its English Translator John Lockman (16981771)' (Second International Workshop on Translators as Historical Actors, European University Institute), 1719 June 2016).

'The Colours of Idolatry: Comparative Religion, Race Labelling, and Emotions in Some Early Modern Accounts of Africa' (Symposium 'Stepping Back from Religion: Renegotiating the Sacred and Profane in Early Modern Europe', European University Institute, 28 April 2016).

'Feeling White in Early Modern Europe', The University of Manchester (Print and Materiality in Early Modern World Seminar Series), 17 December 2015. 

'Of "Concinism" and Violent Language in Eighteenth-Century Italy: From the "teologia mamillare" Controversy to the Exposure of the "sciocchissime chimere" of Deists' (International Symposium 'Words of Violence in Early Modern Italy', Florence, Palazzo Rucellai, 11 December 2015).

'The Uses of the Other in the Early Modern English Catholic Community' (IAHR World Congress, Erfurt 2329 August 2015).

'Out of Africa: Notes on Two Competing and Emotionally Biased Early Modern Accounts of Africa' (ANZAMEMS Annual Conference, Brisbane 1418 July 2015).

'Centrality and Segregation Behind the Gordon Riots: Digging Out Some Emotional Roots of British Anti-Catholicism' (Annual Conference of the International Society for Research on Emotion, Geneva 810 July 2015).

'I Feel. Therefore I Am'. Opening speech to the CHE international conference 'Feelings Matter. Exploring the Cultural and Historical Dynamics of Emotion in Early Modern Europe' (Rome, 30 March 2015).

'Priestcraft Unwigged in Early Modern London' (RSA Annual Meeting, Berlin 26 March 2015).

'Am I Fit to Die?: The Casuistical Lectures of Samuel Pike and Samuel Hayward (1755)'. Balzan International Symposium 'Norms and Exceptions: A Comparative Approach to Casuistry' convened by Carlo Ginzburg at the Istituto di Studi Umanistici e Sociali (SUM) in Florence (1113 December 2014).

Invited discussant at the 2014 edition of IinteR-La+b, the interdisciplinary international workshop co-promoted by the Balzan Foundation and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (Rome, Lincei Academy, 1819 November 2014.

'Early Modern Eastern and Western Emotional Responses to Fires', HTAV Annual Conference 'Our Shared History', 2425 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, 2931 May 2014. Watch lecture here.

'Cultural Firefighting Encounters in Mid-Tokugawa Japan". CHE International Conference 'Fire Stories', The University of Melbourne, 46 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', 2527 November 2013.

'Mapping Religion (and Emotions) in the Protestant Valleys of Piedmont, 16551689', CHE Adelaide, 25 October 2013.

‘The Shifting Boundaries of Tolerance in John Lockman's Book of Martyrs' (1760), International Symposium 'Violence and Emotions in Europe, 14001800', CHE Perth, The 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, 2729 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, 1011 June 2013.

'A Sinophile in Grub Street: Thomas Gordon on China and England', School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at The University of Melbourne (Brown Bag Seminar Series), 16 May 2013.

Outreach

Public Lecture: 'Disaster, Emotions and Cultures in the Early Modern World', Florence, 'Il Palmerino' Society, 25 February 2016.

Public lecture: 'Burning Emotions', Museo Italiano Melbourne, 25 September 2014.

Invited lecture: 'Early Modern Eastern and Western Emotional Responses to Fires', HTAV Annual Conference, 2425 July 2014.

Invited article: 'Shaking Enlightenment: The Early Modern Earthquake Controversy', Agora: The Quarterly Journal of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria 49.3 (2014): 1218

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