Short CV/Education and training

  • 1959
    Diploma di Maturità Classica, Liceo Classico "Vittorio Alfieri", Asti, Italy

  • 1960
    Diploma of Graduation, Irondequoit High School, Rochester, N.Y.

  • 1965
    Laurea in Philosophy and History, University of Turin, (Dissertation was awarded the national prize "Piero Martinetti")

  • 1969 – 1973
    Teaching collaborator, University of Turin, and teacher in high schools

  • 1974 – 1984
    1974-84 Assistant Professor of Contemporary History, University of Turin

  • 1984 – 1994
    Associate Professor of Methodology of History, University of Turin

  • 1989
    Visiting Professor, University of Western Australia, Perth, and Univ. of Sydney

  • 1990
    Directeur d'Etudes at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris

  • 1990
    Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, USA

  • 1991
    Fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Essen, Germany

  • 1991 – 2012
    Founding Member of CIRSDE (Women Studies Centre, University of Turin)

  • 1992 – 1993
    Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, Germany

  • 1993
    Visiting Professor at New York University, Department of History

  • 1994 – 2002
    Professor of History of the XX Century, Dep. of History, EUI, Florence, Italy

  • 1998
    Visiting Prof. at New York University, Dep. of History

  • 1999
    Full Professor of Contemporary History in Italian Universities

  • 2001
    Visiting Professor at University of California, Berkeley

  • 2002
    Coordinator of the Summer Institute in Advanced Oral History at UC Berkeley

  • 2002 – 2004
    Resident Fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Essen, Germany

  • 2004 – 2011
    Professor of Cultural History at the University of Turin

  • 2004 – 2012
    Tutor and Advisor in the PhD Program in Historical Studies, University of Turin

  • 2004 – 2012
    External Professor of History of the XX Century at the European University Institute, Florence

  • 2008 – 2012
    Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York, Oral History MA Program

  • 2011
    Retired Professor of Cultural History at the University of Turin, Italy

Selected publications

  • Passerini, L.: Fascism in Popular Memory. The Cultural Experience of the Turin Working Class, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1987. (Translation of Torino operaia e fascismo, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1984.)

  • Passerini, L.: Storia e soggettività. Le fonti orali, la memoria, Firenze, La Nuova Italia, 1988.

  • Passerini, L.: Mussolini immaginario. Storia di una biografia 1915-39, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1991.

  • Passerini, L.: Storie di donne e femministe, Rosenberg & Sellier, Torino, 1991.

  • Passerini, L.: Autobiography of a Generation. Italy 1968, Foreword by Joan Wallach Scott, Wesleyan University Press, Hanover-London, 1996. (Translation of Autobiografia di gruppo, Giunti, Firenze, 1988.)

  • Passerini, L.: Europe in Love, Love in Europe. Imagination and Politics in Britain between the Wars, Tauris, London, 1999 and NYU Press, New York, 2000 (Translated into Italian as L’Europa e l’amore, il Saggiatore, Milano, 1999.)

  • Passerini, L.: Il mito d’Europa. Radici antiche per nuovi simboli, Giunti, Firenze, 2002.

  • Passerini, L.: Memory and Utopia. The Primacy of Intersubjectivity, Equinox, London 2007, (Translation of Memoria e utopia. Il primato dell’intersoggettività, Bollati-Boringhieri, Torino, 2003. Spanish Translation: Memoria y utopía. La primacía de la intersubjetividad, PUV, Valencia 2006.)

  • Passerini, L.: Love and the Idea of Europe, Berghahn, Oxford-New York 2009, (Translation of Storie d’amore e d’Europa, l’ancora del mediterraneo, Napoli, 2008.) Paperback edition: Women and Men in Love: European Identities in the Twentieth Century, Berghahn, Oxford-New York 2012.

  • Passerini, L.: Sogno di Europa, Rosenberg & Sellier, Torino, 2009.

Selected projects

  • Director of the research project “Aging in Turin in multicultural perspective” at the University of Turin, with the support of the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di Torino, 2005 – 2007

  • Director of the research project “Images of Europe 1989-2004: The Construction of European Identity through the Cinema” at the University of Turin, with the support of the Foundation Compagnia San Paolo of Turin, 2004 – 2006

  • Director of the international research project “Europe: Emotions, Politics and Identities” at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Essen, Germany, 2002 – 2004

  • Director of the research project Gender relationships in Europe at the turn of the millennium: women as subjects in migration and marriage within the Fifth Framework of the European Union and with the participation of five European universities (EUI, Florence; Copenhagen; Budapest; Sofia; Utrecht), 2000 – 2002

  • Participation in the International Programme of Research on "Les identités européennes au XX siècle" directed by Robert Frank and Gérard Bossuat (Paris I), and co-chair with Prof. Kaelble of the sub-group based at the Humboldt University, Berlin, 1995 – 2007

  • Director of the Italian part in the comparative research on "Car-workers in Coventry and Turin", directed by Paul Thompson for the part on Great Britain; and in the comparative research on "Social structures and collective representations in four communities in France and Italy", directed by Yves Lequin on France, 1982 – 1986

  • Various grants from CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), the Ministry of Education, and Turin’s Municipality for research projects on "Culture Daily Life of the Subaltern Classes in Piedmont 1900-1950", 1965 – 1979

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of Biennale Democrazia

  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Leverhulme research project 'Sisterhood and After: The Women's Liberation Oral History Project' based at the University of Sussex

  • Member of the Consiglio dei Garanti of the Fondazione Basso, Rome

  • Director of the periodical "Fonti orali. Studi e ricerche", Turin, 1981 – 1985


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  1. Luisa Passerini receives ALLEA Prize for Cultural Values

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