This page highlights a selection of previous externally-funded research activity in Italian Studies.
Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy, c. 1400 – c. 1650
This three-year research project, led by Dr David Lines and Professor Simon Gilson at Warwick (in collaboration with Professor Jill Kraye at the Warburg Institute in London) studied the Renaissance diffusion of Aristotelian works in the Italian vernacular. This initiative tries to redress the almost exclusive concentration on Latin Aristotelianism among historians of philosophy and ideas in recent decades and has already provided an electronic census and description of all relevant materials in both manuscript and print. It worked together with historians of language, literature, philosophy, science and culture to explore how Aristotelianism increasingly reached a broad and non-Latinate public.
Visiting Fellowship 2012–2013: Dr Pietro Podolak
Dr Pietro Podolak joined the Departments of Italian, and Classics and Ancient History, as a Leverhulme Visiting Fellow in 2012–13, working on 'The Revival of Plato in Renaissance Florence' and mentored by Dr Maude Vanhaelen.
Reshaping Knowledge and Learning in the University of Bologna, c. 1470–1580
This project, conducted by Dr David Lines and funded by a British Academy Small Grant, made possible exploratory research in the Bolognese archives on the development of Europe's oldest university in the high Renaissance period.
Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship: Dr Eva Del Soldato
Dr Eva Del Soldato studied the role of Antonio Brucioli (c. 1498–1566) in the vernacularization and dissemination of the works of Aristotle in sixteenth-century Florence and Venice.
Reading Publics in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Europe
A series of three workshops over 2011–12 funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation:
- One-day comparative workshop (11 November 2011) on reading publics and the religious controversy in sixteenth-century Italy and England.
- One-day workshop (19 March 2012) at The Newberry Library examining the constitution of reading publics in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe (France, Italy, Spain and England).
- Two-week workshop (9-20 July 2012) at the University of Warwick for competitively selected participants.