Antonio Giulio Spagnuolo - CRS Research Intern, 2 April - 31 May 2019

Antonio Giulio Spagnuolo

CRS Research Intern, 2 April - 31 May 2019

“I am a PhD student in Jewish Studies at the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna, based in Ravenna. My three-year research aims to reconstruct the history of the Jewish cemeteries of Ferrara through the study of documentary sources inside the Jewish Community and also through the analysis of epitaphs in Hebrew and Italian hitherto preserved.

During the second year of my doctorate I decided to study abroad at the CEU Center for Religious Studies. I chose CRS for the research intern to collaborate with Professor Carsten Wilke on the international database project "Jewish Cemetery Inscriptions in Europe," which is jointly organized by Professor Marcin Wodziński of the University of Wrocław (Poland).

The two months at the CRS have been very fruitful for many aspects. I had the opportunity to compare my doctoral work with other similar studies and to expand it thanks to the valuable advice given to me by Professor Wilke. I have carried out bibliographical and source research and participated in lectures and conferences of the CRS. This was a fantastic and formative experience, which gave me the opportunity to meet many beautiful people. I am very happy to say that if I went back I would do it again without a doubt.”