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Dr. Alessandro Testa

 

Alessandro Testa (Isernia 1983) is a Lise Meitner Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of European Ethnology, University of Vienna.

He has a background in Classics (Liceo Classico), History (Bachelor) and Religious Studies (Master) and has studied at several Italian and French Universities (Universities of Florence, Rome “Sapienza”, and Messina; École Pratique des Hautes Études and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Messina.

In 2012, he was Visiting Lecturer at the University of Tallinn, Estonia, where he taught a course in Historical Anthropology, and in 2014 he was for a short period Visiting Scholar al Max Planck Institute di Halle, Germany. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, where he also taught Anthropology of Religion and Anthropology of Cultural Heritage.

Alessandro Testa has so far published three books: Miti antichi e moderne mitologie (Rome 2010), Il carnevale dell’uomo-animale (Naples 2014), and Introduzione alla religiosità dei Sanniti (Isernia 2016). He is also the author of a conspicuous number of articles, chapters in volumes, and reviews. He has furthermore presented the outcomes of his research through lectures and oral contributions at universities and for conferences in numerous countries.

His main ethnographic fieldworks have been undertaken in Central Italy (2010-2011) and in the Czech Republic (2013-2014) and he is about to start a new one in Catalonia (2016-2017).

 

Dr. Alessandro Testa hat sein PhD-Studium in Anthropologie an der Faculty of Science della Formazione (Univerität Messina, Italien) im April 2013 abgeschlossen. Von Mitte 2013 bis Mitte 2015 war er Postdoctoral Research Fellow am Dep. of Social Science an der Universität of Pardubice, Tschechische Republik.

Seit September 2015 ist er Projektleiter des Lise Meitner Projekts "Reconfiguring Tradition".

Tel.: +43 1 4277 44012

E-mail: alessandro.testa@univie.ac.at

Research Products

Books and editions

- 2016: La religiosità dei Sanniti. Cosmo Iannone, Isernia

- 2014: Il carnevale dell’uomo-animale. Le dimensioni storiche e socio-culturali di una festa appenninica. Loffredo, Napoli

- 2011: Edition of L’abbazia di San Vincenzo e l’Alta Valle del Volturno. Special issue of ArcheoMolise, n. 8

- 2010: Miti antichi e moderne mitologie. Saggi di storia delle religioni e storia degli studi sul mondo antico. Aracne, Roma

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

- 2016 (forthcoming): “Masopust Revisited: UNESCO, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Tradition in a Bohemian Town”. Forthcoming 

- 2016 (forthcoming): “Ripensare la tradizione. Riflessioni critiche su una nozione controversa”. Forthcoming

- 2016 (forthcoming): “‘Fertility’ and the Carnival 1: Symbolic Effectiveness, Emic Beliefs, and the Re-enchantment of Europe”. Forthcoming

- 2016 (forthcoming): “‘Fertility’ and the Carnival 2: Popular Frazerism and the Reconfiguration of Tradition in Europe Today. Forthcoming

- 2015: “On Eurasia and Europe”. Forthcoming in The Anthropology of East Europe Review

- 2014: “Religions in Videogames. Historical and Anthropological Observations”. In Online. Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet, n. 5, pp. 249-278

- 2014: “Rethinking the Festival: Power and Politics”. In Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, n. 26 (1), 2014, pp. 44-73

- 2013: “Dioniso nelle mitologie francesi e italiane”. In Limes, revista de estudios clásicos, n. 25, 2012, pp. 89-115

- 2013: “Mascheramenti zoomorfi. Comparazioni e interpretazioni a partire da fonti tardo-antiche e alto-medievali”. In Studi Medievali, n. 54 (1), 2013, pp. 63-130

- 2012: “The Cultural Heritage. Anthropological Observations”. In Atti del Convegno Internazionale Conservation, Tourism and Risks Management Workshop. Isernia 14 - 15 Ottobre 2010 (Annali di Museologia Scientifica e Naturalistica dell'Università di Ferrara, 2012), pp. 76-79

- 2012: “Verità del mito e verità della storia. Una critica storico-religiosa a recenti ipotesi sui primordia di Roma”. In Mediterranea. Quaderni annuali dell’Istituto di Studi sulle Civiltà italiche e del Mediterraneo antico del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, n. 9, 2012, pp. 195-231

- 2011: “Micro-etnografia notturna. Riflessioni di un antropologo in discoteca”. In Antrocom: Online Journal of Anthropology, n. 7 (1), 2011, pp. 21-26

- 2010: “Il principale ingrediente nella cucina del sacrificio greco… in Francia. Presenza ed importanza del Saggio sul misticismo greco di Dario Sabbatucci negli studi di Marcel Detienne e Jean-Pierre Vernant”. In Antrocom: Online Journal of Anthropology, n. 6 (1), 2010, pp. 31-38

- 2010: “Le destin tylorien. Considérations inactuelles sur la « réalité » de la magie”. In Ethnographiques.org. Revue en ligne de sciences humaines et sociales, n. 21, 2010

Chapters in books

- 2015: “The Re-Enchantment of Europe: ‘Traditional’ Carnivals and the Belief in Propitiatory Magic (Two Ethnographic Cases from Italy and Czechia)”. In T. Minniyakhmetova, K. Velkoborská (eds), Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year “Magic in Rituals and Rituals in Magic”, ELM Scholarly Press, Innsbruck-Tartu, pp. 100-109

- 2015: “Estasi e crisi. Note su sciamanismo e pessimismo storico in Eliade, de Martino e Lévi-Strauss”. In L. Arcari, A. Saggioro (eds), Sciamanesimo e sciamanesimi: un problema storiografico, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, Roma, pp. 101-114

- 2014: “L’homme-cerf, l’ethnologue et le maire. Les politiques du folklore dans un contexte rural italien”. In Folklores et politique. Approches comparées et réflexions critiques (Europes – Amériques), S. Fiszer, D. Francfort, A. Nivière, J.-S. Noël (eds), Le Manuscrit, Paris, pp. 99-120

- 2013: “Mascheramenti zoomorfi”. In I. Baglioni (ed.), Monstra. Atti del convegno “Costruzione e Percezione delle Entità Ibride e Mostruose nel Mediterraneo Antico”. Velletri 8-11 giugno 2011, Quasar, Roma, pp. 235-254

- 2013: “Exploring the Power Dimensions of Festivals”. In F. Martínez, K. Slabina (ed.), Playgrounds and Battlefields. Critical Perspectives of Social Engagement, Tallinn University Press, Tallinn, pp. 440-467

- 2012: “Il magismo di Ernesto de Martino: un confronto e un dibattito francese”. In F. Ciccodicola (ed.), Ernesto de Martino: storicismo critico e ricerca sul campo, Domograf, Roma, pp. 205-230

- 2010: “Un entretien avec Claude Calame” (avec C. Calame). In Miti antichi e moderne mitologie, Aracne, Roma, pp. 407-417

- 2009: “Discorso sul mito. Il mito greco interpretato dagli storici delle religioni italiani e dagli storici–antropologi francesi. Un’indagine epistemologica e metodologica comparativa”. Master thesis. In Miti antichi e moderne mitologie, Aracne, Roma, pp. 107-406

- 2009: “Paganesimo e Neopaganesimo”. In P. Jones, N. Pennick, Storia dei pagani, Odoya, Bologna (tr. of A History of Pagan Europe, London 1995), pp. 283-300; 313-315

- 2008: “Il mondo in disordine. I prodigi nella terza deca di Livio”. Previously unpublished. In Miti antichi e moderne mitologie, Aracne, Roma, pp. 63-81

- 2007: “Annibale e le popolazioni dell’Italia Meridionale. Considerazioni storico-religiose”. Bachelor thesis. Partially published in Miti antichi e moderne mitologie. Saggi di storia delle religioni e di storia degli studi sul mondo antico, Aracne, Roma, pp. 17-62

Articles in non-peer-reviewed journals

- 2015: “I castelli in ArcheoMolise”. In ArcheoMolise, n. 21, pp. 72-80

- 2014: “Silloge delle fonti sui Carnevali di Scapoli e Castelnuovo al Volturno”. In Utriculus, n. 47 (1), pp. 101-122

- 2012: “Il carnevale del diavolo a Tufara”. In ArcheoMolise, n. 11, 2012, pp. 59-72

- 2012: “Ancora sulla religione dei Sanniti. Nota a margine di due mostre molisane”. In ArcheoMolise, n. 13, 2012, pp. 6-21

- 2011: “L’Alta Valle del Volturno in età antica”. In ArcheoMolise, n. 8, 2011, pp. 18-25

- 2011: “La valle, l’abbazia, i borghi: dalla località all’identità”. In ArcheoMolise, n. 8, 2011, pp. 68-82

- 2010: “Le principal ingrédient de la cuisine du sacrifice grec... en France. Présence et importance du Saggio sul misticismo greco de Dario Sabbatucci dans les études de Marcel Detienne et de Jean- Pierre Vernant”. In Folia Electronica Classica, n. 19, 2010

- 2010: “Il culto dei Sanniti alla luce della comparazione indo-europea. Una interpretazione relativa ad alcune nuove scoperte archeologiche a Pietrabbondante”. In ArcheoMolise, n. 5, 2010, pp. 34-51

- 2010: “Le culte des Samnites à la lumière de la comparaison indo-européenne. Une interprétation relative aux nouvelles découvertes archéologiques de Pietrabbondante”. In Folia Electronica Classica, n. 20, 2010

Reviews and Other Written Contributions

- 2016: Note de lecture of OEuvres publiées by R. Hertz (éd. de C. Isnart). In Ethnologie française

- 2015: “‘Clubbing’: The Nocturnal Lymph That Flows In The Urban Veins Of Europe”. In F. Martínez, P. Runnel (eds.), Hopeless Youth!, Estonian National Museum, Tartu, pp. 60-63

- 2015: “‘Ipsi sunt multi […] et faciunt magnum strepitum’: storici delle religioni, etnologi e sciamani in Lo sciamanesimo prima e dopo Mircea Eliade di Giovanni Casadio”. Forthcoming in Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni

- 2014: Review of Il paganesimo in Europa. Riti e culti dall’antichità al medioevo by K. Dowden. In the website of the G.Ri.M.M. (Gruppo di Ricerca sul Mito e la Mitografia)

- 2014: “Quale futuro per la comparazione in storia delle religioni antiche? Una lettura critica di Comparer en histoire des religions antiques. Controverses et propositions, a cura di Claude Calame e Bruce Lincoln”. In Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni, n. 80 (1), pp. 426-435

- 2014: Review of Memorylands. Heritage and Identity in Europe Today by S. Macdonald. In Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, n. 22 (3), pp. 512-513

- 2013: Review of The Uses of Greek Mythology by K. Dowden. In the website of the G.Ri.M.M. (Gruppo di Ricerca sul Mito e la Mitografia)

- 2013: Review of Dicţionar de mitologie greco-romană. zei, eroi, mituri by Z. Petre, A. Liţu, C. Pavel (a cura di). In the website of the G.Ri.M.M. (Gruppo di Ricerca sul Mito e la Mitografia)

- 2013: Review of Le ragioni dello sguardo. Pratiche dell’osservazione, della rappresentazione e della memoria by F. Faeta. In Voci. Annuale di scienze umane, n. 10, pp. 387-390

- 2012: Review of Out of the Study and into the Field. Ethnographic Theory and Practice in French Anthropology by R. Parkin, A. de Sales (eds). In L’Homme. Revue française d’anthropologie, n. 201, 2012, pp. 171-175

- 2012: Review of Myth. A very Short Introduction by R. A. Segal. In the website of the G.Ri.M.M. (Gruppo di Ricerca sul Mito e la Mitografia)

- 2012: “Prospettive antropologiche fra mito e storia nella Grecia classica. Riflessioni su Mythe et histoire dans l’antiquité grecque. La création symbolique d’une colonie di C. Calame”. In Rivista di Diritto Ellenico, 2012 (2), pp. 309-403

- 2011: Review of Prométhée généticien by C. Calame. In L’Homme. Revue française d’anthropologie, nn. 198-199, 2011, pp. 396-399

- 2011: Review of L’enigma delle sirene. Due corpi. Un nome by E. Moro”. In the website of the G.Ri.M.M. (Gruppo di Ricerca sul Mito e la Mitografia)

- 2011: Review of Le storie del diluvio by H. Usener. In the website of the G.Ri.M.M. (Gruppo di Ricerca sul Mito e la Mitografia)

Lectures, Presentations for Conferences and Other Oral Contributions

- 2015, 05/11: “The Reconfiguration of Traditions, Heritages, Identities, and Other Anthropologically Relevant Things: Doing Comparative Ethnological Research throughout Europe”. Lecture for the Institutskolloquium des Instituts für Europäische Ethnologie Wien, Wintersemester 2015, Vienna

- 2015, 11/10: “Zoomorphic masks and masquerades in pre-modern European folklore: any real connection with initiation and shamanism?”. Paper for the conference of the International Society for the Academic Study of Shamanism “Sacred Landscapes and Conflict Transformation: History, Space, Place and Power in Shamanism”, Delphi, Greece, 9-13 October 2015

 - 2015, 10/07: “Il carnevale europeo e la sfera alimentare: considerazioni comparative a partire da materiali storici ed etnografici”. Paper for the conference “Il cibo e il sacro. Tradizioni e simbologie”, Velletri, 7-11 July 2015

- 2015, 22/06: “From folklore to cultural heritage and the other way round. Theoretical annotations from two ethnographic case-studies (Italy and the Czech Republic)”. Paper for the 12th International SIEF congress “Utopias, Realities, Heritages. Ethnographies for the 21st century”, Zagreb, Croatia, 21-25 June 2015

- 2015, 22/06: Convenor of the panel “From Folklore to Intangible Heritage” for the 12th International SIEF congress “Utopias, Realities, Heritages. Ethnographies for the 21st century”, Zagreb, Croatia, 21-25 June 2015

- 2015, 18/02: “Why Study the Masopust in the Czech Republic: Folklore, History, Anthropology and the festivals as windows onto culture and society”. Lecture for the seminar “Kula Seminar”, Charles University, Prague

- 2014, 13/11: “The Samnites and Their Religiosity”. Lecture at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale

- 2014, 30/10: “‘Masopust’ between Folklore and Intangible Heritage: UNESCO, Post-socialism and the Politics of Tradition in a Bohemian Town”. Lecture at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale

- 2014, 09/10: “Being Europeans: problems of identity behind and beyond politics, economy and laws”. Lecture at the Metropolitní Univerzita Praha, Prague

‐ 2014, 27/09: “The Re-Enchantment of Europe: ‘Traditional’ Carnivals and the Belief in Propitiatory Magic (Two Ethnographic Cases from Italy and the Czech Republic)”. Paper for the 10th annual conference of the SIEF working group on the ritual year Magic in Rituals and Rituals in Magic, 25‐27 September 2014, Innsbruck

- 2014, 30/08: “La religiosità dei Sanniti. Riflessioni a partire dai siti alto-molisani”. Paper for the conference Gli italici: tra biologia, cultura e coltura, 31 August 2014, Roccaraso

- 2014, 31/07: “Obsession With Immutability. Traditions, Cultural Heritages, And Other Things That Are Not Supposed To Change”. Paper for the 13th EASA Biennial Conference Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution - innovation and continuity in an interconnected world, Tallinn, 29 July-3 August 2014 7

- 2014, 31/07: Convenor of the panel “Obsession with Change” for the 13th EASA Biennial Conference Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution - innovation and continuity in an interconnected world, Tallinn, 29 July-3 August 2014

- 2014, 23/05: “«This is no spectacle». Poetics of Authenticity and Ritualization in the Use of Tradition in Europe Today”. Paper for the 11th Conference of the SIEF Working Group on Ethnology of Religion Making Sense of Religion. Performance, Art and Experience, Lisbon, 22-23 May, 2014

- 2014, 06/05: “Pride, Prejudice, Methodological Dilemmas, and Slivovice. Unsystematic Observations on Doing Fieldwork in Czechia”. Presentation for the workshop SOCIOCON, University of Pardubice

- 2014, 28/04: “Structuralism yesterday and today”. Lecture for the seminar “Key texts for social anthropology”, Charles University, Prague

- 2014, 18/03: “Gender and Carnival festivities in Europe”. Lecture for the seminar “Anthropology of Europe”, University of Pardubice

- 2014, 06/02: “The Overwhelming Power of ‘Tradition’: Festivals, Carnivals and the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Europe Today”. Lecture for the Ernest Gellner Seminar, Czech Association of Social Anthropologists, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague

- 2014, 29/01: “Carnivals, UNESCO and the Politics of Tradition in Post-socialist European Contexts. First Comparative Observations”. Lecture for the Inimkond Seminar, Tallinn University, Tallinn

- 2013, 16/12: “Representations of Religions in Videogames and Other New Media”. Lecture for the seminar “Anthropology of Media and New Media”, University of Pardubice

- 2013, 12/12: “Micro-history, Ethnography and the Study of European Carnivals (and their religious characteristics)”. Public Lecture for the Czech Association for the Study of Religion, Masaryk University, Brno

- 2013, 15/07: “L’homme-cerf, l’ethnologue et le maire: un exemple ethnographique entre politisation du folklore et folklorisation de la politique”. Paper for the congress Folklore et politique, Institut d’Histoire Culturelle Européenne, Château de Lunéville, 15-16 July 2013

- 2013, 05/06: “Ibridismo zoo-antropomorfico nella lunga durata: dalle tassonomie simbolico-rituali alla patrimonializzazione”. Paper for the congress The Role of Animals in Ancient Myth and Religion, Grumento Nova, 05-07 June 2013

- 2013, 27/04: “Patrimonio culturale immateriale e strategie locali”. Paper for the workshop Riflessioni sullo stato di attuazione della Convenzione UNESCO per la Salvaguardia del Patrimonio Culturale Immateriale a 10 anni dalla sua adozione. Associazione “Circolo della Zampogna”, Scapoli (IS), 27 April 2013

- 2013, 21/02: “Exploring the Power Dimensions of Festivals”. Paper for the congress Playgrounds and Battlefields, University of Tallinn, 19-22 February 2013

- 2012, 28/03: “Folk Aesthetics. Notes on – and examples of – the reinterpretation of European folk music traditions in classical and contemporary music genres”. Lecture for the Workshop Melomaania III, University of Tallinn

- 2011, 29/10: “Gl’ Cierv di Castelnuovo al Volturno: un carnevale tra passato e modernità”. Paper for the congress Il paesaggio agrario del Molise. Storia, tutela e valorizzazione. Campobasso 20, 23, 29 October 2011

- 2011, 25/07: “Alle origini delle etnie”. Lecture for the seminar of Prehistoric studies, C.E.R.P. (Centro Europeo di Ricerche Preistoriche), Isernia

- 2011, 10/06: “Mascheramenti zoomorfi”. Paper for the congress Monstra. Costruzione e Percezione delle Entità Ibride e Mostruose nel Mediterraneo Antico. Velletri 8-11 June 2011

- 2011, 12/01: “Carnaval ‘de masse’: de la micro-analyse sociale à l’interprétation macro-historique”. Lecture for the seminar of “Ethnologie religieuse de l’Europe”, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

- 2010, 14/10 “The Cultural Heritage. Anthropological observations about the social production and use of a category”. Paper for the congress Conservation, Tourism and Risks Management Workshop. Isernia 14-15 October 2010

- 2010, 1/10: “Il carnevale di Castelnuovo al Volturno tra storia e costruzione dell’immaginario”. Paper for the congress Essere Contemporanei. Musei, patrimonio, antropologia. Matera, 29 September-2 October 2010

- 2008, 14/03: “L’anthropologie historique de Jean-Claude Schmitt”. Lecture for the seminar “Ethnologie religieuse de l’Europe”, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris (Annuaire EPHE, Sciences religieuses, n. 116, 2007-2008, p. 273)

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