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Eva van Kemenade

Eva van Kemenade is a Joint PhD Candidate at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at Warwick and the University of Amsterdam (2020-2024), co-supervised by Prof. David Lines, Prof. Ingrid De Smet and dr. Maartje van Gelder. Her doctoral project, ‘Public Festive Rituals in Space, Senses and Print in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Bologna’, investigates the political implications of popular festive rituals in the urban context of Bologna. Her research combines popular politics with spatial, sensorial and book history, by focusing on these festivals' (political) meaning through space, vision, smell, touch and sound, as well as print.

Eva van Kemenade studied history and philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (pre-PhD), University of Amsterdam (rMA), University of Groningen and Université Paris-Sorbonne IV (BA). She has held various research fellowships, amongst others at the École française de Rome (EFR) and the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR). In 2018-2019 she was awarded the Prix de Paris by the French Embassy of the Netherlands and the Fondation Prix de Paris for her research on popular festivals in sixteenth and seventeenth century Lyon.

She is a research fellow and lecturer in manuscript and book history at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome.

Her research interests include public rituals, early modern power relations, artisanal and popular urban culture, spatial politics and book history.



  • ‘Politics at Play: The Joyful Company of the Book Printers and Carnivalesque Street Theatre in Early Modern Lyon’, in Marc Jaffré, Bram van Leuveren, and Alex Robinson, Marginalised Voices and Figures in French Festival Culture, 1500–1800 (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming)
  • ‘Marginalised Voices in French Festival Culture’, The Court Historian, No. 27.1 (2022)
  • ‘Codifying the Genre of Early Modern Guidebooks: Oskar Pollak, Ludwig Schudt and the Creation of Le Guide di Roma (1930)’ with Arnold Witte, Niels Graaf and Joëlle Terburg in Anna Blennow and Stefano Fogelberg Rota (eds.) Rome and the Guidebook Tradition: From the Middle Ages to the 20th century (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019): pp. 313-338.


  • ‘Mining Library Treasures: KNIR's rare books collection’ (2017-present, teacher and coordinator, BA/(R)MA course taught on location in Italy at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR))
  • FR122: ‘French Cultural Landmarks: Love, Language and Power’ (2021-present, seminar tutor)
  • RS201 & RS301: ‘Renaissance Europe II: Movement, Revolution, and Conflict’ (2021-present, seminar tutor)

Conference papers

  • 'Ritualized Food Practices in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Bologna', FOOD! Gastronomic Discourse in Early Modern Europe International Workshop, Medici Archive Project, Florence (20 January 2023)
  • ‘Spatial Politics, Festivals and the Catholic Reformation in Early Modern Bologna: Gabriele Paleotti and the Decennali Eucaristiche Processions’, European Association of Urban History Conference 2022, Antwerp (August-September 2022).
  • ‘Creating political identities through smell, taste and touch: the Festa della porchetta in early modern Bologna’, Renaissance Society of America, Dublin (March-April 2022)
  • ‘Demarginalising Popular Street Theatre: Louis Garon, Les Plaisants devis (1568-1601) and Colloque des trois supposts du Seigneur de la Coquille (1610)’ Marginalised Voices and Figures in French Festival Culture, 1500–1800, King's College London (24-25 April 2021)
  • ‘Truth and Falsehood in Politicised Street Theatre in Renaissance Lyon’, Conférence Vrai et faux à la Renaissance, Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université de Tours (May 2019)
  • ‘The Powerplay of Popular Festivals in 16th and 17th Century Lyon’, Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Prato, Italy (December 2018)
  • ‘Early Modern Guide Books to Rome’, Nacht van Rome, De Balie, Amsterdam (May 2017)
  • ‘Collecting Guide books in Early Twentieth-Century Rome: The Case of Oskar Pollak’, Rome Modern Italy Seminar, in collaboration with the École Française de Rome, British School at Rome and the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (December 2016)


  • ‘Festive rituals and food in early modern Italy’, Community course, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick (June 2022)
  • ‘Exposé de recherche’, Journée des lauréats, Residency of French ambassador in the Netherlands, (27 June 2019)
  • ‘Discours de résistance: faits d’écriture, faits d’histoire’, Scientific contest ‘La nécessité de l'innovation’, Italian Embassy of France, Paris (11 April 2019)
  • ‘Discours lauréate’, Remise du Prix de Paris 2018, L’Echappée Belle, Amsterdam (23 Nov. 2018)