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Umberto Grassi

Umberto Grassi is a postdoctoral associate researcher at the Sydney node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Gassi has received an EU Marie Curie Fellowship for the project SPACES (Sex, disPlacements, And Cultural EncounterS), starting in September 2018. The Curie Fellowship includes three years of research support, two at a university outside the Union and one in a European institution. Grassi's hosting institution is The University of Verona's PoliTeSse research centre. The partner institution fot the outgoing phase is the Dpt of History of the University of Maryland (US).
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. Focused on the interactions between Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern period, the project included other Italian Universities (La Sapienza of Rome and the University of Palermo), and promoted cooperation with renowned international research centres.
Grassi 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). He is also a member of the research centre of Gender and Sexuality Studies Politesse (Politics and Theories of Sexuality), based at the University of Verona, which is today a pioneering experience in Italy (http://www.politesse.it/).
Selected Publication:
LʼOffitio sopra l'Onestà. Il controllo della sodomia nella Lucca del Cinquecento, Milano, Mimesis 2014 (The Offitio sopra l’Onestà. The Control of Sodomy in the 16th Century Lucca Republic)
Edited Volumes
Le trasgressioni della carne. Il desiderio omosessuale nel mondo islamico e cristiano, sec. XII-XX, edited by U. Grassi, G. Marcocci, Roma, Viella 2015 (The Transgressions of the Flesh: Homosexual Desire in Muslim and Christian Worlds, XII-XX centuries)
Tribadi, sodomiti, invertite e invertiti, pederasti, femminelle, ermafroditi… Per una storia dell’omosessualità, della bisessualità e delle trasgressioni di genere in Italia, edited byU. Grassi, V. Lagioia, G.P. Romagnani (Pisa: ETS) (Tribades, Sodomites, Inverts, Pederasts, Sissies and Hermaphrodites. A History of Homosexuality, Bisexuality, and Gender Transgressions in Italy), pp. 352
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Omosessualità islamiche e relazioni tra cristiani e musulmani: nuove prospettive di ricerca, in «Storica», 30, Issue 60 (2014), pp. 51-89 (Islamic Homosexualities and  Christian islamic Interactions: New Perspectives of Research)
L'Offitio sopra lʼHonestà. La repressione della sodomia nella Lucca del Cinquecento (1551-1580),in «Studi Storici. Rivista trimestrale dellʼIstituto Gramsci», 48/1 (2007), pp. 129-159. (The Offitio sopra lʼHonestà: the Repression of Sodomy in 16th Century Lucca Republic)

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