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Laura Popa

About me

I am a Ph.D. student and a recipient of the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst scholarship. During my master's and bachelor's years, I studied History, History of Religions, and Philosophy at Università degli Studi di Torino & Università degli Studi di Perugia in Italy, as well as at Universitatea "Al. I. Cuza" Iaşi in Romania. My perspective on life is to learn as much as possible about the world. As a result, I consider myself a global citizen.

The dissertation project I am currently working on is called Protestant Women Teachers in Nineteenth-Century Italy: Nation-State Building at the Crossroads of Gender, Culture, and Religion (1860-1915). By studying the unpublished letters of a group of 36 Protestant women in Post-Unification Italy, the goal of my project is to explore how the experience of mobility and teaching shaped, and reshaped the gender, religious and cultural identities of minority religious women in the context of the nineteenth-century Italian nation-building process.

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Philipp David (JLU Giessen), Prof. Dr. Martin Baumeister (DHI Rome, LMU Munich), Prof. Dr. Lothar Vogel  (Waldensian Facolty of Theology in Rome)

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Research Interests

  • Women's and Gender History
  • Concept of Hybridity
  • Nationalism Studies
  • History of Feminisms (e.g., Religious Feminism)
  • Protestantism, Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism
Presentations

 
  • 22-24.06.2023. "Basta studiare la Bibbia": Revived Protestantism and (Self-)Empowerment of Laywomen in Italy, 1860-1915, International Conference "Revival Movements as conflict agendas of the popular", University Siegen, Siegen, Germany [forthcoming)
  • 17-19.11.2022. Educating the Nation As Protestant Faith-Based Mission: Waldensian Women Teachers in Rome, International Conference "Roma (a)cattolica. Pluralisation of Religion in Rome between the End of the Papal State and the Beginning of Fascism (1870‐1922)", German Historical Institute Rome (DHI) & Centro Melantone & Anglican Centre in Rome & Waldensian Faculty of Theology in Rome & LMU München, Rome, Italy
  • 28-29.10.2022. Outside the Waldensian Valleys: The Evangelization Project, Systematisch-Theologisches Forschungskolloquium, JLU Gießen & University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany
  • 05.10.2022. "L'Italia ora è fatta, resta di fare gli italiani, se essi non abbracciano l'evangelo non saranno mai liberi, ma servi e schiavi del prete." L’attivismo religioso e professionale delle maestre elementari valdesi per lo Stato nazionale (1860-1915), Seminario transnazionale "Reti e forme dell’attivismo femminile italiano nel lungo Ottocento (1820-1922)" / "Réseaux et formes du militantisme féminin en Italie (1820-1922)", Museo del Risorgimento di Bologna, Bologna, Italy, Online. Video registration
  • 30.09.2021. Women's Professions and the Private-Public Spheres: Protestant Teachers in Italian Nation-State Building (1860-1915), "International Graduate Summer School in Gender History FREEDOM(S)", Naples, Italy
  • 03-05.06.2021. La vita e le attività di Giuseppina Pusterla, la prima maestra elementare del progetto nazionale valdese di evangelizzazione dell’Italia (1863-1871), Conference "Perspektiven der italienischen Religionsgeschichte vom 18. bis ins 21. Jahrhundert", Arbeitsgemeinschaft für die Neueste Geschichte Italiens, Saarbrücken, Germany, Online
  • 13.04.2021.  Protestant Women Teachers in Nineteenth-Century Italy: Nation-Building at the Crossroads of Gender, Culture, and Religion (1860– 1915), Villigster Promotionsprojekte 2021, Online
  • 19-20.10.2020. Protestant Women Teachers in Nineteenth-Century Italy: Nation-Building at the Crossroads of Gender, Culture, and Religion (1860– 1915), Doktorand*innen-Workshop, Giessen, Germany, Online
  • 12.02.2020. Protestant Women Teachers in Nineteenth-Century Italy: Nation-Building at the Crossroads of Gender, Culture, and Religion (1860– 1915), Cornelia Goethe Center for Women's and Gender Studies & GRADE Center, Frankfurt, Germany 
  • 18-19.10.2019. The Dilemma of the Italian Protestant Feminist Discourse: Religious or Secular Belonging?, Conference "Marginality and Centrality in Contradictory Discourses of Religious and National Belonging", Bremen-Turku-Warsaw-Stockholm Series on Studies in Discourse and Contradiction, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
  • 13-14.09.2019. Inner Beliefs and Practice: Italian Protestant Teachers in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century, Conference "Gender-Religion-Race. Deconstructing Regimes of In/Visibility", European Society for Women in Theological Research, Faculty of Theological and Religious Studies KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • 24-25.06.2019. The Protestant Perspective on Femininity between the Bible and Feminism from Modernity to Post-Modernity: A conceptual History, Conference "On the Crossroads of Modernity. New perspectives on religion, culture and society since 1750", KADOC Leuven, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany
  • 11.2018. A History of the Feminist Culture Identity in the Italian Evangelical Waldensian Church from 1848 to Nowadays, GCSC Postgraduate Colloquium, Faculty 04 History and Cultural Studies, Giessen, Germany
  • 07.2011. Imaginea evreilor în presa ieşeană de la 1866, Students' Conference, Historical Institute "A.D. Xenopol Iaşi", Romania
  • 04.2010. Imaginea romanilor în "Bellum Iudaicum" de Josephus Flavius, Students' Conference, Faculty of History, Universitatea "Al. I. Cuza" Iaşi, Romania
 
Research activities

  • January-August 2023. Visiting Scholarship with Senior Combination Room membership at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, UK. (Sidney Sussex College & Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst grants / sponsor Prof. Dr. Eugenio Biagini) [forthcoming]
  • 15-19.082022. Partecipation at Villigst Sommeruniversität 2022, seminar A4 »Gehet hin und machet zu Jüngern alle Völker« – christliche Mission im 21. Jahrhundert? (Villigst grant)
  • 21-22.07.2022. Participation as note-taker in the workshop The Pursuit of Science in Conservative Religious Settings since 1945, JLU Gießenn & a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne & German Historical Institute in Washington, Cologne, Germany (Gerda Henkel Stiftung grant)
  • January-October 2021. Archival research at the Waldensian Church Archives & Library of the Society for Waldensian Studies in Torre Pellice, Italy (GCSC &  Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst grants)
  • October-December 2020. Research stay at the German Historical Institute Rome, Italy (Max Weber Foundation grant)
  • December 2020. Participation in the online Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR travel grant)
  • July 2019. Participation at the XVI CISPEA Summer School Nazione/nazionalismi nella storia statunitense (Nation/Nationalisms in the History of the United States) in Carpineto-Reggio Emilia, Italy (organizers & GCSC grants)
  • March 2019. Archival research at the Waldensian Church Archives & Library of the Society for Waldensian Studies in Torre Pellice, Italy (GCSC grant)
  • October 2019-September 2021. Speaker of Research Area 6: Cultural Identities (GCSC)
Teaching

Publications

 
  • Scuole e insegnanti valdesi, in "Nuova storia dei valdesi", vol. IV,  edited by Paolo Naso, Claudiana, Torino 2023 [forthcoming]

  • "L'Italia ora è fatta, resta di fare gli italiani, se essi non abbracciano l'evangelo non saranno mai liberi, ma servi e schiavi del prete." L’attivismo religioso e professionale delle maestre elementari valdesi per lo Stato nazionale (1860-1915), in "Bollettino del Museo del Risorgimento", Museo del Risorgimento di Bologna, Nr. 2021-2022 (2023) [forthcoming]

  • Comprendere la Riforma in Italia attraverso la biografia di una donna dissenziente del Cinquecento, in "Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken", DHI Rom, De Gruyter, Nr. 102 (2023). Book review of Susanna Peyronel Rambald, "Giulia Gonzaga. A Gentlewoman in the Italian Reformation", trans. by Richard Bates, Viella, Roma 2021 [forthcoming]

  • Maestre elementari valdesi nell’Italia dell’Ottocento (1860-1915), ovvero come un gruppo di donne delle minoranze mirarono a costruire la nazione, in "Riforma e movimenti religiosi", Rivista della Società di Studi Valdesi, Claudiana, Nr. 12 (2022)

  • Conference Report on "Cultural Identities in a Global World: Reframing Cultural Hybridity", in "KULT_online. Review Journal for the Study of Culture", 64 (2021) (with Clara Verri)
  • Cultural Identities in a Global World: Reframing Cultural Hybridity, in H-Soz-Kult, 15.01.2021. Call for Papers (with Clara Verri).
  • Womanhood, Female Agency, and Jewish Identities in the Nineteenth-Century Italian and German (Trans)National States, in "KULT_online. Review Journal for the Study of Culture", 63 (2021). Book review of Martin Baumeister, Philipp Lenhard, Ruth Nattermann (ed.), "Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Gender, Family, and Religion in Italy and Germany, 1800-1918", Berghahn Books 2020.
  • Difference as Affirmation. The Restoring of Motherhood in the Western Civilization, in "KULT_online. Review Journal for the Study of Culture", 59 (2019). Book review of Luisa Muraro, "The Symbolic Order of the Mother", Sunny Press, New York 2019.

 

Projects

  • Publication of biographies of Italian Protestant women teachers in "Dizionario biografico on-line dei Protestanti in Italia", edited by the Society for Waldensian Studies and funded by Otto per mille della Chiesa Valdese Unione delle Chiese Valdesi e Metodiste [under review]
  • Publication of the edited volume Cultural Identities in a Global World: Reframing Cultural Hybridity with Prof. Dr. Emerita Smadar Lavie (UC Davis) and Dr. Roeland Goorts (Maryland Global Campus), and with a Foreword by Prof. Dr. Emerita Pnina Werbner (Keele University), Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, GCSC Series [forthcoming in 2023] (funded by the GCSC as a project of the Research Area 6: Cultural Identities and supervised by Prof. Dr. Andreas Langenohl)
  • The international and interdisciplinary conference Cultural Identities in a Global World: Reframing Cultural Hybridity, GCSC, June 23-25, 2021, with Clara Verri (funded by the GCSC as a project of the Research Area 6: Cultural Identities)