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Claudio Ferlan

Claudio Ferlan (1972) is a researcher at the Italian-German Historical Institute at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento). Graduated in law and in the history of Christianity, PhD in modern history. He mainly studies the Society of Jesus and the history of missions in Europe and the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries. He is interested in food culture and its relevance for the so-called indigenous and Christian religions. On this theme he wrote Fish on Friday. Fasting and Christianity (il Mulino 2021) and Sacred and Profane Drinking
Drunkenness in the Old and the New Worlds (il Mulino 2018, German translation 2021). Also for il Mulino he published I Jesuiti (2015, Brazilian Portuguese translation 2018), a history of the Society of Jesus from Ignazio to Bergoglio and Inside and outside the classrooms (2012). He wrote a biography of the Jesuit missionary José de Acosta (2014), published in the editions of Sole 24 Ore.

He has had the opportunity to do research in various foreign institutions (University of Klagenfurt and Graz, Max Planck Institute for the history of law in Frankfurt, École des hautes études in Paris, University of Berkeley and Boston College); while traveling he learned a lot about the fundamental importance of public history and the communication of history


Spotlight's articles

  • May 11, 2022
    Deep fake: between history and current affairs
    This month's podcast and vodcast sees a conversation between a human scientist (historian Claudio Ferlan) and a researcher in science and technology (Elisabetta Farella). An interdisciplinary path around the topic of falsehood, in history as well as in the present time. An open reflection that poses new questions and at the same time allows us to take a closer look at what the craft of research is all about, exploring the laboratory of knowledge in the making
  • March 25, 2021
    Fasting is not anymore what it used to be
    We are in Lent, the forty-day period preceding Easter which according to Catholic norms should be characterized by fasting and abstinence. Often the two terms are used interchangeably, but it is wrong to do so.
  • March 28, 2019
    Claudio Ferlan wins a grant at Boston College
    The FBK-ISIG researcher was selected with a writing project that investigates the relationship between religion and food
  • December 23, 2016
    Mobility story: Claudio Ferlan
    I met Claudio Ferlan and asked him to take a few minutes of his time to share his experience of Mobility abroad.