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Staff expertise is particularly strong for Italy and England, but also covers France, Spain and the Hispanic world, the Low Countries, German-speaking territories, and the wider Mediterranean. Many members take (or are sympathetic to) a comparative or global approach.

Thematically, the CSR has special strengths in:

  • religious, political and social history
  • manuscript studies, print culture and the history of the book
  • late-medieval to early modern thought and intellectual culture, including the history of scholarship and universities; the classical tradition / reception studies; commentaries and translations; and the history of medicine and the history of science
  • medieval and Renaissance literature, theatre, and performance
  • the visual arts and the world of artisans, especially in Italy

Research Projects

Thanks to the breadth and depth of Warwick’s expertise in Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, the Centre has been home to a broad range of collaborative research projects with funding from, among others, the AHRC, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the European Science Foundation, the Institut Universitaire de France, the Leverhulme Trust, and Horizon 2020 (including Marie Sklodowska-Curie). Large-scale research initiatives have included the James Shirley project, Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy and Petrarch Commentaries and Exegesis, all three funded by the AHRC, as well as the Leverhulme-funded Renaissance Cultural Crossroads project, which produced a database of Early Modern English translations (1473-1640), and the Leverhulme International Network on Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries: Cultural Polemics in Europe, c. 1400–c. 1650.

Several of these projects are described here:

Current Masters and Doctoral Research:

  • 'The Christian kingdom of Ethiopia in the travel diary of Francisco Álvares (1520-1526)' (Mathilde Alain)
  • 'Alchemical iconography as mediator of knowledge on the example of European manuscripts of 15th and 16th centuries' (Sergei Zotov)
  • 'Popular Festive Rituals in Space, Sound and Print in Renaissance Italy and France' (Eva van Kemenade)
  • 'Laughter and Violence in the Italian Renaissance: The physical and emotional abuse of the ‘beffa’, c. 1400-1600' (Sophie Hartles)
  • From Vergil to David: Maffeo Vegio’s ‘Literary conversion.’ A study on the shaping of literary careers by early Renaissance writers (Iván Parga Ornelas)

  • Ars Oblivionalis: A Cultural History of Forgetting in Renaissance Florence (Matthew Topp)


Ren/Med Staff Research

Research Archive

Recent Publications by our
Doctoral Students

Noter, classer, utiliser: les carnets de voyage d'Antoine d'Abbadie en Éthiopie, by Mathilde Alain

Eva van Kemenade, 'Marginalised Voices in French Festival Culture’, The Court Historian, 27.1 (2022). DOI

Online article link