ilaria macconi

Academic life

Born in Rome, Italy, in 1967, Ilaria Macconi graduated from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in political sciences. In 2010 she defended her PhD thesis at the University of Freiburg (Switzerland) “Miséricorde”. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the ‘crisis’ of the catholic parish and the erosion of traditional religiosity forms in Italy and Switzerland in the 1950s (original title: Crisi della parrocchia e erosione del tradizionale stile di vita dei cattolici in Italia e in Svizzera negli anni Cinquanta. I casi campione nella diocesi di Losanna, Ginevra e Friburgo, nella diocesi di Lugano e in quella di Porto-Santa Rufina. While studying/working abroad she achieved a high level of proficiency in English, German and French.

Professional life

Ilaria Macconi worked as a research assistant at the University of Freiburg (Switzerland) for the Department of Communication Sciences and for the History Department. At the same university she was also a lecturer in contemporary history. On behalf of the “Swiss History Society” she organized the Third Swiss Congress of Historical Sciences (Freiburg, February 7th-9th 2013). She was also the foreign correspondent for a Swiss newspaper and later cooperated with the «Centro di Studi Dehoniani» for the electronic publication of Léon Dehon’s correspondence.

She is currently working on the following projects: a book on the History of the Consolata Missionary Sisters in Kenya; an academic exchange program between the “John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies” and the “Tangaza University College” of Nairobi about interreligious dialogue; as a curator of the volume Variations and Encounters of Religious Experiences in East Africa: History, Actors and Challanges (on behalf of Fscire).

Research fields

History of religion, church history and history of religious congregations, gender history, history of mentality, history of secularization and transformation processes (such as modernization), interreligious dialogue.

Teaching subjects

Between 2002 and 2011 Ilaria Macconi was a lecturer at the University of Freiburg; she taught courses on various subjects of Swiss and Italian contemporary history as well as on European historiography, historical methodology and oral history. From 2017 she gives sporadic courses in Nairobi about the methods and sources of history.

Publications list of Ilaria Macconi (Heckner)

Cristiano-sociali: il precedente diverso (1939-1948), in: Il Bianco e il Rosso, 46-47/1993, 51-54.

Tempo libero: i luoghi della sociabilità. La parrocchia negli anni Cinquanta, in: Storia in Lombardia, 1-2/1995, 411-430.

Crisi della parrocchia in Italia negli anni Cinquanta, in: Studium 4/1996, 563-581.

Louis Bosshart/Ilaria Macconi Heckner et al.,

Medienpolitik vs. Medienpraxis. Journalistisches Dilemma in einem mehrsprachigen Land, report for the Federal Office of Communications, December 1997 [manuscript].

Louis Bosshart/Ilaria Macconi Heckner,

Media Entertainment, in: Communication Research Trends, 18/1998, 3-38.

La funzione di coesione dei mass-media in Svizzera: dal punto di vista dei giornalisti, in: Medienwissenschaft Schweiz, 2/1999, 44-46.

Erosione del tradizionale stile di vita dei cattolici in Italia e in Svizzera negli anni 1950, in: RSSRC 96/2002, 41-51.

Eglise et société: la “sécularisation dans le diocèse de Porto-Santa Rufina dans les années 1950, in: Le cardinal Tisserant (1884-1972). Une grande figure française. Actes du Colloque international organisé à Toulouse le 22 et 23 novembre 2002 par G.R.H.I. et I.C.T., Toulouse 2003, 147-158.

Crisi della parrocchia e erosione del tradizionale stile di vita dei cattolici in Italia e in Svizzera negli anni Cinquanta. I casi campione nella diocesi di Losanna, Ginevra e Friburgo, nella diocesi di Lugano e in quella di Porto-Santa Rufina, Dissertazione/facoltà di filosofia dell’università di Friburgo (CH) 2010. (Electronic publication form 2016: http://doc.rero.ch/record/259212?ln=fr).

La situation religieuse dans le diocèse de Lugano après 1945: transformation et crise, in: RSSRC 105/2011, 297-306.

La «politicizzazione» della vita religiosa in Italia nel secondo dopoguerra, in: RSSRC 106/2012, 375-391.

Catherine Bosshart-Pfluger/Ilaria Macconi Heckner

Dritte Schweizerische Geschichtstage. Freiburg 7.-9. Februar 2013 «global-local», in: SZRKG 107/2013, 515-517.

Catherine Bosshart-Pfluger/Ilaria Macconi Heckner,

Tra crisi e «aggiornamento»: le Orsoline di Anne de Xainctonge e le Suore del Sacro Cuore di Gesù nel lungo secondo doppoguerra. Zwischen Krise und «aggiornamento»: Die Ursulinen von Anne de Xainctonge und die Sacré-Cœur Schwestern in der langen Nachkriegszeit, in: SZRKG 109/2015, 345-366.

Catherine Bosshart-Pfluger/Ilaria Macconi Heckner,

The Ursulines of Fribourg and the Sacred Heart Sisters of Rome stance on the challenges of the modern world in the 1950s and 1960s. Comparative view on their daily life and vocations on the threshold of the Second Vatican Council. [manuscript].

Crisi della parrocchia ed erosione del tradizionale stile di vita dei cattolici negli anni Cinquanta, Locarno 2017.

Book reviews

Urs Altermatt, Cattolicesimo e mondo moderno, Dadò, Locarno 1996, pp. 421, in: Cristianesimo nella Storia 22(2002), 542-54.

Lorenzo Planzi, Luigi Sturzo e il Cantone Ticino. La terra che gli diede voce sfidando il fascismo (1929-1947), Locarno, Armando Dadò Editore, 2011, pp.417, in : RSSRC 105(2011), 554-556.