Noether Dialogues in Italian & Modern History

Coordinator: Sergio Luzzatto, Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History, University of Connecticut, Department of History


All around the planet, the academic world is busy turning the dramatic circumstances of the Covid- 19 pandemic into an intellectual and educational opportunity. All the more so in the case of prestigious but “peripheral” universities, which – thanks to the new normal of digital meetings – can now host events that it would be difficult (or, in any case, much more expensive) to organize, on a comparable level, through in-person meetings.

Besides, the Covid-19 emergency is pushing the academic community to experiment with new ways of working. On the one hand, lighter ways: more swift, rapid, and targeted than the old formats of cultural dialogue and scientific exchange. On the other hand, more accessible ways: immediately open to the outside world, easier to record and reuse, etc.

The purpose of the Noether Dialogues in Italian & Modern History is both to reflect and to contribute to this new intellectual climate, from the virtual vantage point of University of Connecticut. As the new holder of the Emiliana P. Noether Chair, in the academic year 2020-21, I will be hosting four digital meetings, the first two to be held during the Fall of 2020, the second two to be held during Spring 2021.


The Noether Dialogues format includes a panel of three people (plus myself), invited to debate “in public” – albeit remotely, and for no longer than 75 minutes – on an original aspect of a chosen question related to modern Italian/European/global history.

The focus of each panel will be a short paper, written by the keynote speaker and circulated in advance among the two guest speakers. During the digital meeting, they will discuss the paper with the author.

I will moderate the panel, in the virtual presence of colleagues from the UConn History Department, UConn students, and anyone else outside UConn expressing interest in attending the digital meeting. For additional information about the panels, please write me at

Upcoming Events:

Spring Term, 2021

“A Global Revolutionary South? Rethinking Nineteenth-Century History from the Mediterranean to Latin America”
Wednesday, February 24, 12:15-13:30 EST (US Eastern Time)
keynote speaker: Maurizio Isabella (University of London); guest speakers: Konstantina Zanou (Columbia University) and Gabriel Paquette (University of Oregon)

“Ego-History? Writing History in the Age of Neo-Liberalism”
Wednesday, March 17, 12:15-13:30 EST (US Eastern Time)
keynote speaker: Enzo Traverso (Cornell University); guest speakers: Luisa Passerini (University of Turin) and Philippe Artières (Cnrs, Paris)

Past Events:

“Is the Jew the Paragon of the Victim? From History to Non-Memory”
Wednesday, November 18, 12:15-13:30 EST (US Eastern Time)
keynote speaker: Manuela Consonni (Hebrew Univ. in Jerusalem); guest speakers: Alon Confino (University of Massachusetts) and Simon Levis Sullam (University of Venice)

“What Is a Fascist? A Trans-Atlantic Issue”
Wednesday, October 21, 12:15-13:30 EST (US Eastern Time)
keynote speaker was Victoria de Grazia (Columbia University); guest speakers were John Foot (University of Bristol) and Moshik Temkin (Harvard University)