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Ovanes Akopyan

I studied at Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia before moving to the University of Warwick to do a PhD in Renaissance Studies under the supervision of Dr Maude Vanhaelen and Prof Paul Botley. My thesis, “Controversies on Astrology in Renaissance Italy (late 15th and early 16th centuries)”, provides for the first time a comprehensive study of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola’s Disputationes adversus astrologiam divinatricem and its immediate reception. No doubt, the years I spent at Warwick, with its vibrant and warm learning environment, have been the most pleasant period of my professional education. Warwick's excellent academic reputation allowed me to find a postdoctoral position right after the end of my PhD programme.

From October 2017 until June 2022, I was a research fellow in the project 'NOSCEMUS: Latin and early modern scientific literature' supported by the ERC advanced grant and carried out at the University of Innsbruck (PI - Prof Martin Korenjak). During the 2022-23 academic year, I was an Andrew W Mellon fellow at Villa I Tatti - the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the most idyllic place to dedicate one's time to the study of Renaissance culture. From July 2023, I will be a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. My project there will be devoted to early modern interpretations of the tides in their cosmological and environmental dimensions.

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