This page summarises recent and current research projects in Italian Studies and in collaboration with other departments and institutions.
Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular. Rethinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History (c. 1400-c. 1650)
This ERC-Starting Investigator Grant (2014-2019, PI Marco Sgarbi, Università Ca' Foscari, Venice) aimed to reconstruct the vernacularization of Aristotle in Renaissance Italy both by analysing its achievements in specific fields (e.g., logic, physics, ethics, psychology, rhetoric) and by considering its methodology and general context. It built on an AHRC grant hosted at Warwick on 'Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy' (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/projects/vernaculararistotelianism/). At Warwick it was led by David Lines and Simon Gilson, with the help of several research fellows.
This research project looking at how modern Italian culture has developed around the world, in which researchers in the Department of Italian at Warwick (Dr Jennifer Burns and Dr Loredana Polezzi) took a central role, was awarded £1.8m by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in 2013. From the insights it developed into transnational Italian cultures, the project helped forge a new framework for the discipline of Modern Languages as a whole – one placing the interaction of languages and cultures at its core. The project looked at the Italian communities established in the UK, the US, Australia, South America, Africa and at the migrant communities of contemporary Italy. It focused on the cultural associations that each community has formed.
The project, funded by an AHRC Research Networking award (July 2012-summer 2014), under the Care for the Future theme, was led by Dr Fabio Camilletti (Warwick) as Principal Investigator and Prof. Lesley Caldwell (UCL) as Co-Investigator. The ‘Roman Modernities’ network allowed scholars, artists, and urban planners to engage in joint enquiry on Rome as a paradigmatic location for reconfiguring the trajectory of Western modernity. It interrogated existing and potential representations of the city from a strongly multi-disciplinary perspective.
This project, funded by the British Academy and led by Dr Fabio Camilletti, explored the literary conflict between ‘Classicists’ and ‘Romantics’ as the aftermath of subterranean political tensions, as well as of the collision between clashing paradigms of historicity.
The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at Warwick, with Dr David Lines as Principal Investigator, led a Leverhulme International Network on the theme of ‘Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries’ with five other institutions: Warburg Institute (London), University of Leuven, University of Bonn, University of Venice (Ca' Foscari) and the University of Florence. This interdisciplinary project examined the extent to which conflict and rivalries (between disciplines, institutions, art forms, literary genres, philosophical and religious allegiances, social and political groups, and so on) were a positive agent of cultural production and change across Renaissance Europe.
This AHRC-funded collaborative project involving researchers at the Universities of Leeds and Warwick explored the multiple experiences of theology in Florence in the period 1280–1300, when Dante engaged in theological study, and examined the ways in which Dante's Commedia responds to those experiences. Professor Simon Gilson led one of the project's four strands, which examined the sites of theological learning in Florence, asking what an educated layman like Dante might have learned at the Scuole of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella in the 1280s and 1290s, and the forms that learning might have taken.
This research by Prof. David Lines (funded by a British Academy Small Grant, August 2011–July 2014) studies the curricular and intellectual developments in the University of Bologna between c. 1400 and c. 1750. It places the changes taking place in the university within the broader context of cultural developments across the city, including in academies, studia of the religious orders, private libraries and printing presses. It will result in a monograph and has already given rise to several other publications.