Bruno Iannaccone

Bruno Iannaccone

XXXVIII cycle

Curriculum: Transdisciplinarity

Tutor: Silvia Cristofori (Link Campus University di Roma)

My doctoral work aims to be a research which – crossing the perspectives of the History of ecclesiastical and healthcare law and the History of medicine and healthcare – collects and analyzes the historical and legal sources to reconstruct the history of the exercise of the individual right of religious freedom and the acceptance, regarding this right, of the requests of the representative confessional organization in the national health system. The fundamental objective is, first of all, to study the change in the relationships between secular and religious institutions and in their requests regarding the exercise of the right to religious freedom in healthcare and hospital sectors. The religious organizations examined represent three religious confessions historically organized or recognized in Italy since its unification: the Catholic Church, the Union of Italian Jewish Communities and the Waldensian Evangelical Church.

The history of these Italian religious confessions meets the history of the right to religious freedom at the beginning of the unborn Italian State, in its precursors represented by the Kingdom of Sardinia, more precisely with the year 1848, at the height of the Risorgimento.

Starting from this emblematic date, approximately 150 years of Italian history will be examined, dividing them into five periods: 1) from 1848 to 1922, with particular attention to the Risorgimento and post-unification period of the Kingdom of Italy; 2) from 1922 to 1945, with the fascist period and the turbulent years of the world conflict; 3) from 1945 to 1958, the first republican period; 4) from 1958 to 1978, second republican period; 5) third republican period, from 1978 to the present day.