Francesco Spagnolo

Curator, Professor, and Radio Host in Berkeley, California

Francesco Spagnolo

Curator, Professor, and Radio Host in Berkeley, California

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I am a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music, and digital media. At the University of California, Berkeley, I work as the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, and as an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Music. I am also a host for the cultural programs of Italian National Radio (RAI) in Rome.

Intersecting textual, visual and musical cultures, I contribute to academic and cultural heritage institutions, as well as live and electronic media, in Europe, Israel, and the United States. I am frequently invited to present at academic institutions worldwide, publish on topics ranging from music to philosophy, film, and literature, and curate exhibitions and digital programs.

As a scholar, my research interests concentrate on the intersections of music, material culture, and synagogue life, particularly among Italian Jews, an arena in which Ashkenazi and Sephardic liturgical and popular musical traditions have historically come together in unique ways. As a curator, my focus is on the performative aspects of Jewish material cultures and creative expressions across the global diaspora. Where my scholarly and curatorial pursuits meet is in asking a variety of questions about the nature of (Jewish) cultural heritage, and the role of synagogues, archives, and museums (including their respective "rituals" and performative settings) as communal institutions in the modern period.

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  • Education
    • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
    • Università degli Studi di Milano
    • Conservatorio di Musica G. Verdi Milano