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Laura Popa

About me

I am Laura Popa, a Ph.D. student and researcher at the GCSC, a becoming historian at JLU's History Department, and a recipient of the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst scholarship. During my master and bachelor 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 By studying the unpublished letters of a group of 36 Protestant women in Post-Unification Italy, the goal of my project is to explore how the experience of mobility and teaching shaped,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. Katharina Stornig (GCSC, JLU Giessen) and Prof. Dr. Martin Baumeister (DHI Rome, LMU Munich)


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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
  • 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. The Image of the Jews in the Local Press of Iaşi in 1866 (Imaginea evreilor în presa ieşeană de la 1866), Students' Conference, Historical Institute "A.D. Xenopol Iaşi", Romania
  • 04.2010. The Image of the Romans in "Bellum Iudaicum" by Josephus Flavius (Imaginea romanilor în "Bellum Iudaicum" de Josephus Flavius), Students' Conference, Faculty of History, UAIC, Iaşi, Romania

Projects
Teaching
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Research activities
  • January-October 2021. Archival research in Torre Pellice, Italy, Waldensian Church Archives & Library of the Society for Waldensian Studies (grants offered by the GCSC and the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst)
  • October-December 2020. Research-stay in Rome, German Historical Institute (grant offered by the Max Weber Foundation)
  • December 2020. Participation in the online Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (travel grant offered by the AAR)
  • 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 (grants offered by the organizers & the GCSC)
  • March 2019. Archival research in Torre Pellice, Italy, Waldensian Church Archives & Library of the Society for Waldensian Studies (grant offered by the GCSC)
  • 2019-2021. Speaker of Research Area 6: Cultural Identities (GCSC)