Umberto Grassi is a postdoctoral associate researcher at the Sydney node of the ARC Center of Excellence for the History of Emotions (directed by dr. Juanita F. Ruys), with a project included in the Meaning program, led by professor Andrew Lynch. Grassi graduated (MA) in Early Modern History in 2002 at the University of Pisa. His dissertation focused on the control of sodomy in Early Modern Italy. Grassi continued studying this topic as a PHD student, under the supervision of prof. Adriano Prosperi. His PHD thesis was awarded within a LGBTQ studies contest, and it has been published in 2014. In 2012 Grassi joined the FIRB project “Beyond the Holy War” as a research fellow based at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. The project was centred on the interactions among Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern period. It included two other Italian Universities (La Sapienza of Rome and the University of Palermo), and promoted cooperation with renowned international research centres. Garssi is currently part of EMoDiR (Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism), an international research network focused on the study of religious dissent across Europe. The group brings together a variety of research projects on the cultural and social history of religious dissent in early modernity (www.emodir.net). Grassi main research interest has been the study of dissident sexualities in the Early Modern period. He currently aims at investigating the emotional dimensions of the relations between Muslims and Christians in the Early Modern period, reinterpreting their interactions in the Mediterranean world through the interpretative tools provided by Gender and Sexuality studies.
Profile on the webpage of the Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
Profile on the webpage of the University of Sydney