Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Francesco Piraino

January 1984, Bari (Italy)
francescopiraino84@gmail.com

Postdoctoral Experience

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, (September 2017 – onward)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO)
https://soc.kuleuven.be/ceso/theory-culture/francesco-piraino
During this fellowship I will spend 6 months of secondment between the IDEMEC (CNRS) Institut d’ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative and the MUCEM Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée.

Giorgio Cini Foundation (Venice, Italy)
(May 2017 – onward)
Director of the Centre for Comparative Studies on Civilizations and Spiritualties
https://www.cini.it/en/institutes-and-centres/civilta-e-spiritualita-comparate

ANR Project Cirelanmed, IDEMEC – CNRS (Aix-en-Provence, France)
(February 2017)
Research fieldwork for “Circulations religieuses et ancrages méditerranéens. États et internationalisation des faits religieux contemporains. Europe du Sud, Maghreb, Moyen-Orient”

University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa)
(November – December 2016)
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Religious Studies Department, financed by the National Research Fund South
Africa

Centre Jacques Berque CNRS (Rabat, Morocco)
(April – June 2016)
Postdoctoral Fellow, financed by the Centre Jacques Berque (CNRS) and Cirelanmed ANR

Education and Training

Scuola Normale Superiore in co-tutorship with the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
(Italy – France) (November 2011 – February 2016)
Doctor Europaeus, Ph.D. in Sociology, graduated with highest honors
Supervisor prof. Vincenzo Pace and Danièle Hervieu-Léger.

Centre for Middle Eastern Studies CMES – Lund University (Lund, Sweden)
(September – October 2012 and September – November 2015)
Visiting PhD student, supervisor prof. Leif Steinberg

University of Aarhus (Aarhus, Denmark)
(January – February 2015)
Visiting PhD student, supervisor prof. Mark Sedgwick

University of Padua (Padua, Italy)
(September 2006 – October 2010)
Master in Sociology, final mark: 110 cum laude/110

Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, Italy)
(September 2002 – July 2006)
Bachelor in Philosophy, final mark 105/110

Education and Training as Photographer

Magnum Workshop (Paris, France)
(20-21 April 2018)
Photographic workshop with Patrick Zachmann and Xavier Barral.

KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)
(October 2017 – January 2018)
Advanced and intermediate courses at KU Leuven Photographic Club with professor Ivan Derbiesen

Publications

Books

PIRAINO, Francesco. (forthcoming 2020) Le soufisme en Europe : entre Islam, ésotérisme et New Age. Circulations religieuses dans la Méditerranée. Paris: Karthala Collection l’Atelier méditerranéen.

PIRAINO, Francesco and Mark SEDGWICK (eds). Global Sufism: Reconfiguring Narratives, Boundaries and Identities. London: Hurst.

Global Sufism

 

Peer Reviewed Articles

(1) Francesco Piraino. 2019. “Esotericisation and De-esotericisation of Sufism in Italy” Correspondences, vol. 7(1).

(2) Francesco Piraino. 2019. “Les Politiques du Soufisme en France”, Social Compass, 66(1): 134-146. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0037768618816095

(3) Francesco Piraino and Laura Zambelli. 2018. “Queer Muslims in South Africa: Engaging Islamic Tradition”. Journal for Islamic Studies, 37: 123-147.

(4) Francesco Piraino. 2016. “René Guénon et son héritage dans le soufisme du XXIème siècle”, Religiologiques, n. 31 pp. 155-180. http://www.religiologiques.uqam.ca/no33/33_155-180_Piraino.pdf

(5) Francesco Piraino. 2016. “Between Real and Virtual Communities: Sufism in Western societies and the Naqshbandi Haqqani case”, Social Compass, vol. 63(1), pp. 93-108.

http://scp.sagepub.com/content/63/1/93

*Awarded Best Article 2017 by the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR)

https://www.sisr-issr.org/en/awards-and-grant

(6) Francesco Piraino and Laura Zambelli. 2015. “Mamma Schiavona and Santa Rosalia, popular worship: between religiosity and identity”, Critical Research on Religion, vol. 3(3), pp. 266-281. http://crr.sagepub.com/content/3/3/266.short

(7) Francesco Piraino. 2011. “Entrare nel sé divino: un confronto etnografico tra mistica cristiana e mistica musulmana”, Religioni e Società, vol. 71, pp. 97-105. http://www.libraweb.net/articoli.php?chiave=201131303&rivista=313

Peer Reviewed Chapters in Edited Books

(1) Francesco Piraino and Antonio de Diego González. (forthcoming). “Sufism in Latin Europe” in

Marcia Hermansen and Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh, Encyclopaedia of Islamic Mysticism – Handbook of Sufi Studies.

Leiden: Brill.

 

(2) Francesco Piraino. (forthcoming). “Pèlerinages, voyages et ziyārāt soufis entre Nord et Sud de la

Méditerranée : différents modes d’ancrages religieux et social”, in Katia Boissevain et Loïc le Pape, De la

complexité des chemins religieux en Méditerranée. Conversions, apprentissages et ancrages. Paris: Khartala.

 

(3) Francesco Piraino. 2019. “Who is the Infidel? Religious boundaries and social change in the

Shadhiliyya Darqawiyya Alawiyya” in Francesco Piraino and Mark Sedgwick, Global Sufism: Reconfiguring

Narratives, Boundaries and Identities. London: Hurst.

 

(4) Francesco Piraino. 2017. “Pilgrimages in European Sufism”, in Richard Natvig and Ingvild Flaskereud

(eds), Muslim Pilgrimage in Europe. London – New York: Routledge.

https://www.routledge.com/Muslim-Pilgrimage-in-Europe/Flaskerud-

Natvig/p/book/9781472447470

 

(5) Francesco Piraino and Laura Zambelli. 2014. “Mamma Schiavona and Santa Rosalina: tra religiosità e

identità”, in Pace V., Berzano L. and Castagnaro A. (eds), La religione popolare nella società post-secolare. Padova:

Messaggero, pp. 319-332.

http://www.edizionimessaggero.it/ita/catalogo/scheda.asp?ISBN=978-88-250-3682-4

 

(6) Francesco Piraino 2014. “European Sufism and its Social and Political Role. The Fluidity of

Identities”, in Erkan Toguslu, Ding Yuan and Johan Leman (eds), Developing a sense of Belonging in Diverse

Societies: Hui-Muslims in China and Muslims in Europe, Workshop Proceedings, KU Leuven Gulen Chair, pp.

171-185.

Other Publications

PIRAINO, Francesco. (forthcoming 2019). “Review Alireza Doostdar. 2018. The Iranian Metaphysicals Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny. Princeton: Princeton University Press, Aries.

PIRAINO, Francesco. (2016). “Le soufisme au Maroc : entre mysticisme et politique. Review: Bouasria, Abdelilah. 2015. Sufism and Politics in Morocco, Activism and Dissent. New York”, Société Suisse Moyen-Orient et Civilisation islamique (SSMOCI), Bulletin 42, pp. 54-55.

http://www.sagw.ch/sgmoik/publikationen/bulletins.html.

PIRAINO, Francesco. (2014). “Bruno Guiderdoni—Among Sufism, Traditionalism and Science: A Reply to Bigliardi”. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, vol. 3(11), pp. 21-24.
http://wp.me/p1Bfg0-1H5.

As Photographer

PIRAINO, Francesco. (2018). “Queering a Mary Icon: a photographic tour of a religious pilgrimage in Southern Italy”. Mr Ma’am 2018.

http://www.mrmaam.com/#issue

PIRAINO, Francesco. (2017). In Andrea Brigaglia and Mauro Nobili (eds), The Arts and Crafts of Literacy: Islamic Manuscripts in Cultures in Sub-Saharan Africa. Berlin: De Gruyter.
https://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/books/9783110541441/9783110541441-012/9783110541441-012.pdf

Prizes Awarded

Best Article Award 2017 – ISSR/SISR International Society for the Sociology of Religion.
For : PIRAINO, Francesco. (2016). “Sufism in Western societies, between real and virtual communities: an overview and the Naqshbandi Haqqani case”, Social Compass, vol. 63(1), pp. 93-108.

Merit scholarship 2016 – Giorgio Cini Foundation

Conferences Organized

“Contesting in the Name of Religion in “Secularised” Societies Between Doctrine and

Militancy” in collaboration with Claude Proeschel (GSRL EPHE-CNRS) David Koussens (Université

de Sherbrooke) Valérie Amiraux (Université de Montréal) Frédéric Volpi (Edinburgh University), Venice

4-5 April 2019.

“Common and Comparative Esotericisms” in collaboration with Mark Sedgwick (Aarhus University)
and Dilek Sarmis (EHESS) at Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 12-13-14 June 2018.
“Political Islam in Europe” in collaboration with Mohammed Ben Salah (Mohammed VI University) and Khalid Rhazzali (Padua University) at Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 15-16 December 2017.
“Transnational Sufism in contemporary Societies: reconfiguring narratives, identities and boundaries” in collaboration with Mark Sedgwick (Aarhus University) at Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 10-11-12 November 2017.

Conferences

ISSR – International Society for the Sociology of Religion
University of Barcelona (9-12 July). Paper presented: “A Sufi Network in the Transnational Public Sphere”.
7thBiannual Conference of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism
University of Amsterdam (2-4 July 2019). Paper presented: “Understanding Dreams: Sufism and Psychoanalysis in Milan”.
117thConference of the American Anthropological Association
San José (San Francisco) (14-18/11/2018). Paper presented: “Sufism and Politics in North Africa: Between Powers and Societies”.
14ème Congrès national de science politique
Université de Montpellier (10-12/07/2017). Paper presented: “Soufisme et politique”.
ISSR – International Society for the Sociology of Religion,
University of Lausanne (4-7/07/2017). Paper presented: “Soufisme, politique et écologie”
6th Conference of th European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism ESSWE – Western Esotericism and Deviance
University of Erfurt (1-3/06/2017). Paper presented: “Negotiating Orthodoxy and Deviance Among Sufi Orders in Milan”.
Circulations religieuses et ancrages méditerranéens, Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain IRMC
Tunis (23-24/11/2016). Paper presented: “Au-delà des frontières du croire : le soufisme transnational”
First Euro-Arab Meeting for Young Researchers in Social Sciences
Knowledge Transfer Project Manama, Bahrein (19-25/10/2015). Paper presented: “Le développement du soufisme en Europe: éthiques et politiques”.
International Society for Media, Religion and Culture
University of Kent, Canterbury (4-6/08/2014). Paper presented: “Sufism in western societies, between real and virtual communities: an overview and the Naqshbandi Haqqani case”
Developing a sense of belonging in diverse societies: Muslims in Europe and Hui-Muslims in China
University of Leuven, Belgium (14/05/2014). Paper presented: “The fluid identities in European Sufism and its social and political role”.
Pilgrimages in European Islam
University of Bergen (03-03/10/2013). Paper presented: “Pilgrimages in European Sufism”.
Witchcraft, Magic and Popular Religion XI Gustav Vasa Seminar
University of Jyväskylä, (11-12/06/2013). Paper presented: “Mamma Schiavona and Santa Rosalia: between identity and spirituality”.
La religione popolare nella società post secolare
University of Padua, (19-20/10/2012). Paper presented: “Santa Rosalia e Mamma Schiavona: tra religiosità e identità”.

Seminars and Lectures

De la fabrique des autorités religieuses CHERPA – IREMAM – IDEMEC, invited by Katia Boissevain, Marie-Laure Boursin, Norig Neveu, Sabrina Mervin and Franck Fregosi, “Des parcours, formation et présentation de soi des maîtres soufis” (CNRS-Science Po Aix-en-Provence, 29/11/2018).

IDEMEC – CNRS, “Le soufisme méditerranéen dans la sphère publique : entre diplomatie et realpolitik” (Aix-en-Provence, 12/10/2018).

CISMOC – Louvain-la-Neuve, invited by Brigitte Maréchal, “Les politiques du soufisme entre l’Europe et le Maghreb” (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 30/05/2018).

KU Leuven, invited by prof. Dick Houtman “Sufism and Islam” (KU Leuven, Belgium, 24/04/2018).

Une Méditerranée connectée. Anthropologie des religions et introduction aux humanité numériques. Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain IRMC, (Tunis, Tunisia, 26-30/11/2016).
Université Moulay Ismaïl de Meknès, invited by prof. Khalid Mouna and prof. Mohammed Fadil « Conversion à l’Islam pour une sociologie des conversions » (Meknès, Morocco, 16/05/2016).

Université International de Rabat – Science Po Rabat, invited by prof. Sophie Bava and prof. Farid El Asri « Soufisme contemporain : éthiques et politiques entre le Maghreb et l’Europe » (Rabat, Morocco, 20/04/2016).
Centre Jacques Berque de Rabat – CNRS, invited by prof. Sabrina Mervin
« Soufisme et politique entre Europe et Maghreb » (Rabat, Morocco,
19/04/2016).

Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, invited by prof. Leif Stenberg “European Sufism: Ethics and Politics” (Lund, Sweden, 13/11/2015).

Research Group CIRELANMED – Circulation religieuses et ancrages méditerranéens. États et internationalisation des faits religieux contemporains. Europe du Sud, Maghreb, Moyen-Orient “Les pèlerinages dans le soufisme européen” (Padua, Italy, 6-7/11/2015).

University of Padua, “Master Islam d’Europa”, invited by Enzo Pace and Khalid Rhazzali “Introduzione al Sufismo, Sufismo europeo”, (Padua, Italy, 18/04/2013).

Aarhus University, invited by prof. Henrik Reintoft Christensen “Sociology of religion, sociology of conversion” (Aarhus, Denmark, 24/02/2015).

Aarhus University, invited by prof. Mark Sedgwick “Pathways of religious conversion in European Sufism” (Aarhus, Denmark, 12/02/2015).

University of Southern Denmark, invited by prof. Dietrich Jun and Mark Sedgwick “Modern Muslim Subjectivities” (Odense, Denmark, 20/01/2015).

University of Padua, “Master Islam d’Europa”, invited by Enzo Pace and Khalid Rhazzali “I pellegrinaggi nel Sufismo europeo” (Padua, Italy, 23/10/2013).

École Pratique des Hautes Études, invited by prof. Jean Pierre Brach “René Guénon et son héritage dans le Soufisme du XXIème siècle” (Paris, France, 02/06/2013).

American University of Paris, invited by prof. Waddick Doyle “Religious Conversions and construction of self-identity: between theory and fieldwork” (Paris, France, 19/04/2013).

Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, invited by prof. Leif Stenberg “Sufism among European converts” (Lund, Sweden, 31/10/2013).

Funding Awarded

ESSWE, Travel Grant, May 2017, (Germany), 300 EUR.
Cirelanmed CNRS – Aix-en Provence, Research Grant, January-February 2017, (France), 2,000 EUR.
Cape Town University, Research Grant, November 2016 (South Africa), 19,520 ZAR.
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Merit Scholarship, July 2016 (Italy), 1,200 EUR.
Cirelanmed CNRS – Aix-en Provence, Research Grant, April-June 2016, (France), 3,400 EUR.
Centre Jacques Berque CNRS – Rabat, Research Grant, April 2016, (France-Morocco), 800 EUR.
Padua University, Travel Grant, November 2015 (Italy), 600 EUR.
Lerici Foundation, Research Grant, September-November 2015, (Sweden), 20,000 SEK.
AUFF Guest Aarhus University, Researcher Grant, January-February 2015 (Denmark), 20,000 DKK.
Erasmus traineeship, January-February 2015, (European Union), 900 EUR.
Scuola Normale Superiore, PhD Scholarship 2011-2014, (Italy), 40,950 EUR.

Collaborations

Founding Member of ENSIE
(2016 – onward). European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE), a thematic network of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE, www.esswe.org).
Founding Member of the ICSOR
(2016 – onward). International Center for Sociology of Religion, http://www.icsor.it/statuto/.
Member of the AFSP
(2017 – onward) Association Française de Science Politique, http://www.afsp.info/.
Member of the ISSR
(2017 – onward) “International Society for the Sociology of Religion” https://www.sisr-issr.org/fr/.
Collaboration with Cirelanmed, CNRS – Aix-en Provence, France
(2015 – onward). I work with the research group Cirelanmed, Circulations religieuses et ancrages méditerranéens. États et internationalisation des faits religieux contemporains. Europe du Sud, Maghreb, Moyen-Orient (Financée par l’Agence nationale pour la recherche – ANR).
Collaboration with « Master de l’Islam d’Europa » – Padua University
(2013 – onward). I am working with this Master as researcher, teacher, discussant, interpreter and tutoring Master’s students.

Other information

Language Skills:

Italian: native speaker.

English: fluent (C1)

French: fluent (C1)

Arabic: (A2), but I am improving.

IT Skills:

Excellent knowledge of Mac and Windows operating systems.
Excellent knowledge of Office package (Word, Excel, Power Point).
Good Knowledge of SPSS – statistic data analysis.
Good Knowledge of Photoshop – Photographic postproduction.