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Adele Valeria Messina is an Italian historian of contemporary Europe whose interests revolve around a wide set of arguments about the Holocaust, sociology, anti-Semitism, totalitarianism, and digital humanities. She is a member of the Central European History Society, and of the Research Laboratory in History, Philosophy, and Politics at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Calabria, where she received her doctorate in “Politics, Society and Culture” in 2013. 

She is the author of American Sociology and Holocaust Studies: The Alleged Silence and the Creation of the Sociological Delay (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2017). Filled with new elements that challenge common scholarly theses, the volume acquaints the reader with the “Jewish problem” of sociology and offers original insights on the nature of American sociology with implications for the post-Holocaust sociology development.

Her presentations include: “'Interpreting Archives': Investigating some Past Events of Jews in Everett C. Hughes’ Papers” at Interpreting Archives: British Association of Holocaust Studies Fourth Annual Conference in 2017 at the University of Sheffield, “After The Dariah Winter School in Prague: the Online Access of Everett C. Hughes’ Works” at Online Access of Holocaust Documents: Ethical and Practical Challenges in 2017 in Bucharest, andOpen Access Meets Productivity: ‘Scholarship, See Effect of Being an Efficient Source’” at Open Data Citation for Social Sciences and Humanities: DARIAH’s Humanities at Scale Winter School in 2016 at Charles University of Prague.

During her EHRI fellowship at the Wiener Library, she will conduct research on her project Internet-based Holocaust Denial: Analysis of the (Pseudo) Sceptical Methodology in Bradley R. Smith’s Revisionist Texts.