Meet Alessandro Guetta, specialist in Jewish intellectual history and literature in the modern era (CERMOM)

11 January 2024
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"Portraits de chercheurs(e)s en études aréales" (PEA) takes a look at the academic career and research and teaching work of researchers and teachers specializing in a given cultural area. Each month, discover a video and podcast interview with one of these specialists.
Alessandro Guetta
Alessandro Guetta (Collection PEA) © Dimitri Galitzine‎
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The "Portraits of Researchers in Area Studies" (PEA) collection is a series of large-format interviews produced by Inalco as part of the Digital Paris Research School of Area Studies (D-PaRSAS) institutional project. Deposited on the MediHal open archive, this series of portraits joins a set of collections on the Language and Cultural Area Studies (LaCAS) platform. These collections aim to build up a living, freely accessible scientific heritage of research on the world's languages, societies and cultures.

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Video: Hebrew Studies, Jewish Philosophy and Thought. An interview with Alessandro Guetta (Inalco)
An interview conducted by Elisabeth de Pablo, lecturer master COCI (CFI-Inalco), provider within the D-Parsas project, LaCAS platform (Inalco), Data analyst (Trendeo), directed by Alexandre Galitzine, produced by Inalco (12/04/2023, 78mn).

Alessandro Guetta
Alessandro Guetta (Collection PEA) © Dimitri Galitzine‎

Alessandro Guetta, Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Thought at Inalco, is a specialist in Jewish intellectual history in the modern period, in particular the culture of Italian Jews from the 15th to the 19th century. He is attached to the Centre de recherche Moyen-Orient et Méditerranée - CERMOM (Inalco).

He is currently leading, in partnership with researchers at Frankfurt's Goethe Universität, the RIETI- A Hebrew Dante: Moshe da Rieti's Miqdash Me'at (Little Sanctuary), its Cultural Background and its Reception, which will make available to scholars and a wider audience a remarkable and virtually unknown work of late medieval Judeo-European literature : Miqdash me'at [Little Shrine], a poem of around 5,000 Hebrew verses in terza rima (the meter used in Dante's Divine Comedy) with religious, scientific and philosophical content, written in Italy by Moses of Rieti (1388-1460).

He is also preparing a textbook on the history of Jewish philosophy, based on his courses at Inalco.