Giovanni Tarantino MLitt MA PhD FRHistS is a Research Fellow of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (1100-1800) at the University of Melbourne, working on the early modern English representations of the persecution of Waldensians.
There is a pronounced tendency among many scholars of the theory of religious tolerance to confine their attention to a small number of 'canonical' figures, generally John Locke, and perhaps also Pierre Bayle. These authors are treated as though they wrote entirely against the grain in a wilderness of intolerance and persecution. His study of 'marginal' authors like Martin Clifford (1624–1677), Anthony Collins (1676–1729), and Thomas Gordon (c.1691–1750), whose works circulated widely, systematically dispels the heroic mythology of a few lone thinkers taking up the cause of religious tolerance and the understanding of otherness in the absence of any intellectual context.
A former Resident Fellow of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton and Research Fellow of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe” at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, in 2012 Dr Tarantino was awarded a Balzan research fellowship at the Scuola Normale of Pisa. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.