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
- Antiquity and its Uses: Reception and Renewal (Johns Hopkins Collaboration)
- Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy, c. 1350-c. 1650 (Prof Simon Gilson)
- The Correspondence of Isaac Casaubon, 1610-1614 (Dr Paul Botley)
Current doctoral research:
- 'Alchemical iconography as mediator of knowledge on the example of European manuscripts of 15h and 16th centuries' (Sergei Zotov)
- 'Political communication through discourse and urban space: Popular festive rituals in early modern Lyon and Bologna' (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)
- Elizabeth I, Counsel, and Memory in Early Modern England (Aidan Norrie)
Ars Oblivionalis: A Cultural History of Forgetting in Renaissance Florence (Matthew Topp)
Recent Publications by our
From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past, edited by Marina Gerzic and Aidan Norrie (London: Routledge, 2019).
'La stampa popolare tra larga diffusione ed interessi eruditi: il caso dei materiali profetici nella collezione della Galleria Estense di Modena, by Rebecca Carnevali. (Studi di Memofonte 164-176).
‘A Changing Perspective on the Eternal City Revealed: Blaeu's Admiranda Urbis Romæ (1663) Compared to Later Editions of the Town Atlas of Rome’, by Gloria Moorman. (Quaerendo, 45: 1-2, 108-124)