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Paolo Ferrari

Nessuno è stato finora così intelligente da riuscire a scrivere un libro completamente inutile.

Ferrari-Ritratto

Paolo Ferrari

Storia contemporanea (M-STO/04)


  • Associate professor
  • Tel.: 0432 556171
  • Email: paolo.ferrari@uniud.it
  • Office: Palazzo Caiselli, second floor, room L2-18
  • Teachings: Contemporary History; Contemporary History 2

Paolo Ferrari

Storia contemporanea (M-STO/04)


  • Associate professor
  • Tel.: 0432 556171
  • Email: paolo.ferrari@uniud.it
  • Office: Palazzo Caiselli, second floor, room L2-18
  • Teachings: Contemporary History; Contemporary History 2
Ferrari-Ritratto

Nessuno è stato finora così intelligente da riuscire a scrivere un libro completamente inutile.

I graduated in History at the University of Bologna and obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Turin, discussing the thesis Crisis and transformation of society. After winning two competitions for teaching in secondary schools ("Philosophy, education and history sciences" and "Geography" classes), I was part of the teaching staff of the Liceo classico in Mirandola (Modena) for a year and then, until 2003, I was a teacher at the National Institute for the History of the Liberation Movement in Italy in Milan. During the activity at this institute I edited volumes, organized conferences and carried out research.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to collaborate with numerous universities, in Italy and abroad: in 1999 I was awarded the Jemolo Fellowship for a period of research at Nuttfield College in Oxford; at the University of Newcastle I gave lectures as part of an Erasmus staff mobility agreement with the University of Udine (March 2010) and later (January - March 2015) I returned to take care of "Fascism in Italy" and "A Civilians' war, 1939–1945 "; I also taught at the Politecnico di Milano (Faculty of Industrial Engineering, from 2004 to 2011), at the University of Pavia (Faculty of Political Science, 1998–2004), and lectured in the context of the Modern Italy seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research of the University of London.

I am part of the scientific committee of some trade journalsStoria militare (since 1993), Qualestoria, the journal of the Regional Institute for the History of the Liberation Movement in Friuli Venezia-Giulia (since 2013), and Italia contemporanea (1996–2012, which I also coordinated from 1998 to 2012). I am also a member of the editorial staff of the annual publication of the Friulian Institute for the History of Liberation, Storia contemporanea in Friuli (since 2007).

Since 2004 I have been working at the University of Udine, first as a researcher and then, since 2015, as associate professor of Contemporary History and Contemporary European history, and I belong to the teaching staff of the interuniversity research Doctorate course in History of Societies, Institutions and Thinking. From Medieval to Contemporary History.

My research focuses on the economic and military history of Italy from the unification to 1945, especially with regard to the issues of mobilization in the world wars, the war industry, state intervention and private interests in emergencies war and at other times post-unification history, and the German occupation between 1943 and 1945. I also deal with aspects of the history of emigration, dedicating myself above all to the biographies of Ignazio Silone and Tina Modotti.

Publications

Tina Modotti. Arte e libertà fra Europa e Americhe

Udine 2017 (curatela con C. Natoli)

Tina Modotti. La nuova rosa. Arte, storia, nuova umanità

Udine 2015 (curatela con E. Collotti, M. Domini, C. Natoli)