"The body under contract: relationship rules in the long modern age"

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Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula piccola

Online e in presenza

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula piccola

FBK-ISR International Seminar 2023

In recent years, the issue of consent as a fundamental yet elusive element in the shaping of legitimate sexual relations has ignited public debate, calling into question an entire framework of relationships and redefining the threshold between acceptable and unacceptable even at the level of language. Under observation is the availability of the body of the Other and the Other’s and the crossing of the threshold that separates mine from yours. A theme, that of the relationship between subject, will, one’s own and others’ corporeity, which for centuries has engaged the reflections of theologians and jurists, and which has found in the institution of marriage the place of excellence of normative production around the contractual nature of the conjugal bond, the only form of acceptable sexual bond. What impact has this impressive work of regulation had on the imagination and regulation of other bonds? What vision of the sexed human has it helped to create?

Scientific coordination:
Massimo Leone, Director FBK-ISR


Cycle of seminars: “(Dis)Embodiment in Religion and Ethics

The seminar will be held in Italian

The presentation will be in-person in the FBK Aula Piccola while seats last and online

Registration by May 31, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. is required in order to arrange the connection



Affresco di Schweitzer

Guest Speakers

  • Università di Bologna (in aspettativa presso la Fondazione Bruno Kessler, ISIG)
    A researcher since 2006 at FBK-Istituto storico Italo-Germanico in Trento, Fernanda Alfieri is now a researcher in Modern History at the University of Bologna. Her studies investigate the history of sexuality in the long modern age and the relationship between science and religion. Her publications include: Nella camera degli sposi. Tomás Sánchez, il matrimonio, la sessualità (secoli XVI-XVII), Bologna, il Mulino, 2010; Veronica e il diavolo. Storia di un esorcismo a Roma, Torino, Einaudi, 2021; with T. Jinno, Christianity and Violence in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. Perspectives from Europe and Japan, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2021


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 31/05/2023.


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