Giovanni Vian (1963) is full professor of History of Christianity and Churches at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies.
1990-1995 PhD student in Religious History (University of Bologna, in cooperation with University of Florence, University of Milan, University of Padua, University of Turin).
1991-1992 élève stagiaire, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris)
1995 PhD in Religious History (1995, University of Bologna).
1997-1999 Postdoctoral Scholar at Department of History, University of Padua.
1999-2001 Research Fellow at Department of History, University of Padua.
2001-2015 associated professor of History of Christianity and Churches at Ca' Foscari University of Venice.
Since 2014 president of the Presidium of the Quality of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice.
Since 2007 treasurer of the University Council for the History of Christianity and Churches (CUSCC), of which he is a founding member.
Since 2011 member of the board of directors of the Research Network "Catholic Church, Modernization and Modernity in Contemporary Europe", including scholars of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, KADOC-Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, GSRL-CNRS/École Pratique des Hautes Études.
Since 2014 associate member of Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique / École Pratique des Hautes Études.
In August-September 2012 research fellow at Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main and Werner Reimers Stiftung).
He participates in the editorial staff of "Rivista di storia del cristianesimo" and "Storia e problemi contemporanei". He also contributes to some of the most important Italian reviews of Religious History, such as «Rivista di Storia e Letteratura Religiosa» and «Cristianesimo nella storia».
His research activity is focused on the study of Christian Churches' development in the context of the European society from the 18th century to the present day. In particular he has analyzed: 1) the papacy of Pius X, pointing out trends, programs, policies and collaborators in the Italian context, and some aspects of the modernist crisis and anti-modernist reaction, even in their long-lasting outcomes; 2) the action of the Catholic Church in the 1900s Italian society, with a special care for the Venetian area, referring to the relationship between Church, Fascism and Resistance and to the guidelines of the Venetian bishops on social and political problems in post-World War II period; 3) the History of the Christian Churches in Venice from the French Revolution to the present day, analyzing especially, but not exclusively, the main events related to Catholic Patriarchate of Venice, Catholic lay Organizations, diocesan press in the 20th century. He has studied also various aspects of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (John XXIII) and Albino Luciani (John Paul I)’s figures and work; the attitude of the Catholic Church towards modern wars in the 19th and early 20th century. Furthermore he has edited the following two handbooks of history of Christianity: Storia del cristianesimo (Il Mulino, 2014, 2nd edition, in collaboration with G. L. Potestà); and Storia del cristianesimo, 4: L'età contemporanea (secoli XIX-XXI) (Carocci, 2015).
Research Projects of Remarkable National Interest (PRIN) financed by University Ministry:
MURST - COFIN 2003-04 (research project: “Boundaries. Ranks, Territories, Cultures in Modern Italy”);
MURST - COFIN 2005 (research project: “Books for everyone. Published material for mass circulation in modern and contemporary Italy”);
MIUR – COFIN 2008 (research project: “Religious culture and teaching of religion and of theology in Italian school and university in contemporary age”), as head of the research Unit of Ca’ Foscari University of Venezia.
International Research Projects:
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, “Die Rezeption und Umsetzung der Enzyklika Pascendi im Spiegel der Ausführungsberichte bis 1914" (01/10/2013 to 31/03/2016), as scientific co-responsible (scientific responsible Prof. Dr. Claus Arnold, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz).
HAR2013-48000-P: "Discursos y devociones religiosas en la Europa del Sur, 1800-1860" (01/01/2014 to 31/12/2015), as member of the research team (principal investigators Rafael Serrano García, Angel de Prado Moura).