January 10, 2017
Professor of History
University of Verona
Losing More than Faith in 17th Century Venice
Respondent: Prof. Oded Rabinovitch, Department of History, Tel Aviv University
Federico Barbierato is a lecturer in early modern history at the University of Verona, Italy. As a social and cultural historian, he has studied religious dissent, unbelief, censorship and the circulation of forbidden books in Venice between 16th and 18th century. His research interests concentrate particularly on the history of early modern religious non-conformism, analyzed via a multiplicity of approaches inspired not only by religious history, but also by cultural history, as well as the histories of social practice, of censorship and information. Among his books are The Inquisitor in the Hat Shop. Inquisition, Forbidden Books and Unbelief in Early Modern Venice (2012); “La rovina di Venetia in materia de'libri prohibiti". Il libraio Salvatore de' Negri e l'Inquisizione veneziana (1628-1661) (2008) and Politici e ateisti. Percorsi della miscredenza a Venezia fra Sei e Settecento (2006).