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Eva van Kemenade

PhD Candidate in Renaissance Studies

Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick


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, 'Popular Festive Rituals in Space, Senses and Print in Renaissance Italy and France', investigates the political implications of popular festive rituals in an urban context, in particular Lyon and Bologna. Her research combines popular politics with sensorial history 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 (MA), 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 Dutch 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.

She is also a research fellow and lecturer in Book History at the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome (KNIR).

Her research interests include popular politics, early modern festivals, artisanal and popular urban culture, spatial politics and book history.


  • Mining Library Treasures: KNIR's rare books collection (2017-present, BA/(R)MA course, teaching and coordinating, taught on location in Italy at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR))


‘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): 313-338.

Conference papers

‘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, London, United Kingdom (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, France (21 May 2019)

‘The Powerplay of Popular Festivals in 16th and 17th Century Lyon’, Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Prato, Italy (12 Dec. 2018)

‘Early Modern Guide Books to Rome’, Nacht van Rome, De Balie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (20 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 and the British School at Rome, KNIR, Rome, Italy (15 Dec. 2016)

Public talks

‘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)