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Francesco Piraino

 I am a sociologist of religions, and I deal with spirituality, mysticism and esotericism in the Islamic context. I am interested in particular in boundary issues, such as religious conversions and the connections among different religious forms and expressions.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and a Master’s Degree in sociology at Padua University. I have a PhD in sociology from Scuola Normale Superiore (Firenze) in co-tutorship with Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) with a thesis on European Sufism.

I was a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow at the Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO) at KU Leuven (Belgium). After that I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut d’ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative, CNRS Aix-en-Provence.

Currently, I’m postdoctoral fellow at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and adjunct professor of the course “Holy Books and and Models of Social Organizations”. Finally, since 2017 I am the Director of the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations and Spiritualities at the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice.

I’m also interested in photography, illustration, comics, and graphic novels, as instruments for disseminating research and intellectual work, but also as “heterographies”, allowing new perspectives and enhancing our “moral imagination”. Starting from this exploration was created the Invisible Lines project.

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francescopiraino84@gmail.com
https://kuleuven.academia.edu/FrancescoPiraino
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