Bianca Maria Esposito is a PhD Student in Cultures and Society of Contemporary Europe at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (Italy). She is currently working under the direction of Prof. Roberto Esposito on a PhD thesis that involves a theological and political investigation of the concept of martyrdom in the modern period. Her research engages perspectives from philosophy, theology, politics, and Early Christian history. In particular, she focuses on the twentieth-century German debate over political theology and secularization.
Facing the violence of contemporary terror, many intellectuals have spoken in our present times about a return of political theology and religion in its violent forms. Attention to the concept of martyrdom has reappeared due to an increasing interest in religious conflicts.