Maria Antonia Paiano
Professeure invitée 2023-2024
Maria Paiano is Associate Professor of History of Christianity and Churches at the University of Florence, SAGAS Department (Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Arts and Entertainment). She received her PhD in Religious History at the University of Bologna (1996) and joined the University of Florence in 2004. In 2019, she has been visiting researcher at the Fondation Maison de Sciences de l'Homme in Paris, programme DEA (Directeurs d'études associés)and in 2022 she has been Visiting Fellow at the KU-Leuven for a study stay at the KADOC - Documentation and Research Centre on religion, culture and society. Her research interests mainly focus on the relationship between religion, politics and society, with special attention to contemporary Catholicism. In this field, her studies have explored various subjects and problems: the political and social meanings of Catholic worship in the 19th and 20th centuries; the sacralization of the nation and violence in the contemporary age and its reflections on prayer; the religion in the army; Catholic anti-Semitism and anti-Protestantism; the liturgical renewal of Vatican II and post-conciliar Catholic traditionalism. She is member of the Board of Directors of the journal «Modernism. Annual Journal of Contemporary Religious Reformism» and member of the scientific committee of the journals «Archivio italiano per la storia della pietà» and «Chrétiens et Sociétés XVIe-XXIe siècles». At the University of Florence, she teaches History of Modern and Contemporary Catholicism in bachelor's and master's degree programs and also has the teaching of "Human Rights: the Catholic Perpective" within the Joint Master Degree Erasmus Mundus HIPS (History in the Public Sphere).