Award for a doctoral Research Thesis in Contemporary History “Ivano Tognarini”, 2nd edition

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January 31, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Eastern Europe History / Studies, European History / Studies, Italian History / Studies

The Istituto storico toscano della Resistenza e dell’età contemporanea, in agreement with the Tognarini family and with the patronage of the Consiglio Regionale della Toscana promote the second edition of the award for a doctoral thesis in Contemporary History to honor the memory, the scientific work, and the civic and social commitment of Professor Ivano Tognarini, who served as President of the institute from 2000 until his death in March 2014. Professor of Modern History at the University of Siena, Ivano Tognarini investigated widely  also in contemporary Italian history, with a specific focus on antifascism and Resistance movement, world war two and civilian massacres. He always cared for to the dissemination of the historical knowledge with a specific attention to the younger generations. He  worked tirelessly to preserve and promote the memories of the communities and towns of Tuscany. With this initiative in his memory, we mean to acknowledge the value of historical research as a pillar of cultural growth of our society and in particular of an active and conscious citizenship.

This prize is made possible thanks to the support and contribution of Unicoop Tirreno, COOPLAT, Cooperativa Cuore Liburnia Sociale.

Italian and foreign doctoral researchers in Contemporary History, who have defended their thesis in calendar years 2016, 2017, 2018 (within the expiration of this notice), are eligible for this prize. Their thesis must deal with one or more of the following areas: Italian and European history of fascism and antifascism, the history of World War II and the Resistance in Italy, and the history of Republican Italy. Research focusing on Tuscany is especially, but not exclusively, welcome.

Applicants who meet the criteria are asked to send an application, only in electric format, to the Istituto storico toscano della Resistenza e dell’età contemporanea (, together with a short curriculum vitae and a digital copy of the doctorate thesis by 31 January 2018. Thesis should be written in Italian, English, French, Spanish and German.

The amount of the prize is € 2,600 and it  will be awarded, also on an equal footing, with a clearly justified, final decision by a board of examiners made up of qualified university-affiliated scholars of Contemporary History, designated by the Istituto Storico della Resistenza in Toscana.