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Dr Lorenza Gianfrancesco

Associate Lecturer in Early Modern History

 

Hons (Italy), MA (London), PhD (London)

Dr Lorenza Gianfrancesco is an Associate lecturer in the History Department. She is also a Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has previously taught at Royal Holloway, University of London; Goldsmiths, University of London; the Institute of Advanced Study, University of London; and Reading University. 

I am a historian working on early modern southern Europe. My research focuses on the political, social, cultural and intellectual history of Naples and southern Italy. My interests include the Renaissance, the Counter-Reformation, Republic of letters, academies, propaganda and dissent in the Kingdom of Naples.

I have worked on the multicultural urban dimension of Naples and Sicilian cities such as Palermo and Messina. With their Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities as well as established groups coming from various areas such as Spain, Flanders, France, Poland and England, Naples and Palermo constitute important case studies in the field of early modern city studies.

From 2009 to 2013 I was employed at Royal Holloway, University of London, as a research associate on The Italian Academies 1525-1700: the first intellectual networks of early modern Europe, a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and based at the British Library (http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/ItalianAcademies/ ). For this project, I have investigated the world of academies in Naples and other Italian centres including Palermo, Messina and Catania. 

As a cultural and political historian I have worked on Spain and the Kingdom of Naples as well as Vesuvius in early modern Europe. I am currently completing a monograph on early modern Naples which explores the role of academies within the context of a Neapolitan urban sphere.

Teaching

Level 4, ‘Europe and the Mediterranean World: society, identity, encounters, 1450-1700’

 

Publications

Italian Academies Database (http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/ItalianAcademies/)

Research leader on the following centres: Naples and Southern Italy (http://italianacademies.org/)

Italian Academies 1530–1700. A themed collection database. (http://www.estericult.it/duepuntozero/)

L’idea del viaggio nel mondo fantastico del Pentamerone’ Storia, Antropologia e Scienze del Linguaggio, XI, (Rome, Bulzoni, 1996), pp. 215-42.

Co-writer and translator (from Italian into English) of Naples, School of Music. A journey through the eighteenth and nineteenth century Neapolitan music scene (Regione Campania, Settore Musei e Biblioteche, 2009). Booklet written for the book exhibition titled Naples, School of Music, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, London (9-30 November 2009). 

Accademie, scienza e celebrazioni a Napoli nel primo Seicento, Quaderni di Symbolon, V (2010), pp. 177-213.

Nota preparatoria di un repertorio delle opere teatrali scritte da autori del Regno di Napoli o pubblicate a Napoli nel secolo xvii in Michele Rak, L'occhio barocco. Dieci lezioni su immagini teatro e poesia da Napoli a Roma, Firenze e oltre, Due Punti Edizioni, Palermo, 2011, pp. 325-367.

From Propaganda to science: looking at the world of Academies in Early Seventeenth-century Naples, in The Disciplines of the Arts and Sciences in Naples: Medieval, Early Modern, Contemporary (edited by John A. Marino and Carlo Vecce), California Italian Studies Journal (ISSN: 2155-7926), Volume 3, Issue 1, (2012), pp. 1-31 (http://escholarship.org/uc/ismrg_cisj)

Di alcuni documenti sulle feste a Napoli (1599-1709). Relazioni di festa, orazioni, panegirici, rime celebrative, azioni teatrali, pompe, ragionamenti spirituali in Michele Rak, A Dismisura D’Uomo. Feste e spettacoli del barocco tra Napoli e Roma, Due Punti Edizioni, Palermo 2013, pp. 400-450.

Vesuvio e società: informazione, propaganda e dibattito accademico a Napoli nel primo Seicento in Rosa Casapullo & Lorenza Gianfrancesco (eds), Napoli ed il Gigante: Il Vesuvio nella prima età moderna, Rubettino, 2014, pp. 56-94

And the voice of the people climbed Parnassus: Lingua napolitana from Street Dialect to Canon in Luca degl’Innocenti, Brian Richardson and Chiara Sbordoni (eds.), Interactions between Orality and Writing in Early Modern Italian Culture (forthcoming, Ashgate 2015)

 

Forthcoming Publications

Monograph: Academies and the urban sphere in early modern Naples (1590-1650)

 

Seminars and Conference Papers

Dangerous devotion in early modern Naples: the case of Giulia De Marco. Paper to be delivered at the International Conference Domestic Devotion in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800 (Cambridge University, 9-11 July 2015)

Politica and dissent in early modern Italy. Lectures to be delivered at Istutito Universitario Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples (April-May 2015)

Exploring eastern esotericism in early modern Italian emblems. Paper to be delivered at the International Conference ESSWE: European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, Riga (16-18 April 2015)

‘Fa la mira al piede per colpire in testa’:  politics, propaganda and dissent in early-seventeenth-century Naples, Paper to be delivered at the RSA Annual Conference: Renaissance Society of America, Berlin (26-28 March 2015)

From astrology to magic: experimentation in early modern Naples, Scientiae 2014, Disciplines of knowing in the early modern world, The University of Vienna (23-25 April 2014)

Religious dissent in early modern Naples. RSA: Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, New York (27-29 Marzo 2014)

From poetry to science: early seventeenth-century encounters and cultural exchange between Naples and Rome. Early Modern Rome 2, International Conference, University of California, Rome, (10-12 October 2013)

‘And the voice of the people climbed Parnassus’: lingua napolitana from Street Dialect to Canon. Oral and written cultures in early modern Italy, University of Leeds, Leeds (5-6 September 2013)

From astrology to magic: alternative medicine and ‘visual’ experimentation in early modern Naples. ESSWE 4: The Fourth International ESSWE Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden (26-29 June 2013)

Editoria ‘vesuviana’ nella cultura europea del primo Seicento. Napoli ed il Gigante: il Vesuvio tra scittura ed immagine dall’Europa moderna all’era dell’umanistica digitalizzata, University Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples (10 May 2013).

Academies and cultural exchange in early modern Spanish Naples: from intellectual debate to propaganda, UCL, London (20 March 2013)

From manuscript to print: the Oziosi and Sileni Neapolitan academies' written and visual tributes to Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain. The Italian Academies 1525-1700: the first intellectual networks of early modern Europe’, The British Library, London (9-11 September 2012)

Scienza, immagini, politica e religione: la questione ‘vesuviana’ nell’Accademia degli Oziosi. Cultura Y Ciencia En La Academia Napolitana De Los Ociosos, Palazzo Real Monte Manso di Scala/ Istituto Cervantes, Naples (17-18 May 2012)

Research methods: Archival research in Southern Italian Archives. Paper delivered at the Joint Postgraduate Training Programme in Italian Studies, 2011/2012, Senate House, University of London, London (3 December 2011)

Accademie e Santi: agiografia antropologica ed iconografia agiografica tra Napoli e Sicilia nel XVII secolo.. AATI (American Association of Italian Teachers) Annual Conference, Erice, Sicily (28-30 May 2011)

‘The world of academies: Intellectuals, courtly life and festivities in early modern Naples. Workshop entitled: Citizen cultures and ritual in early modern Italy and Spain, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, Cambridge (26 May 2011)

Lingua Napolitana: discussing the origins of an erudite game. Paper delivered at a panel co-organized with Prof Nancy Canepa, Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada (March 2011)

E quel dicembre si vide l’inferno’: il Vesuvio nell’editoria napoletana del primo Seicento. International Conference entitled: Naples crucible of the world’, Istituto Italiano di Cultura - British Library, London (October 2011)

The world of Academies: an account of intellectual debate, science and propaganda in early modern Naples, Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Venice (April 2010)

The Italian Academies Database: a source for exploring Italian and European visual culture, Victoria and Albert Museum (May 2009)

Scienza e medicina a Napoli e Roma nel periodo moderno. Seminar delivered at Università di Tor Vergata, Dipartimento di Studi Filologici, Linguistici e Letterari, Rome (April 2009)

The Italian Academies Database, 55° IBS Conference, Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence (October 2008)

Accademie napoletane della modernità: simbologia, potere, immagini ed identità, Conference entitled: Iconologia e iconografia nel libro antico. La simbolica del potere, held at Istituto Politeia, C.R.E.S.O (Centro di Ricerca sull’Ermeneutica Simbolica dell’Opera d’Arte) and Regione Campania, Biblioteca Landolfo Caracciolo, Naples (8-10 July 2008)

Dall’encomio alle mofete: pratiche scientifiche e discorsi accademici a Napoli nel Cinque-Seicento. Cultural Institutions in Early Modern Italy, University of Reading, Reading (July 2008)

Naples in The Italian Academies Database: a multidisciplinary source, Annual Workshop in Italian Studies, British Library, London (June 2008)

Academies in early modern Naples in the Italian Academies database, Seminar in Italian Studies, University of Manchester, Manchester (April 2008)

The Intellectual milieu in Early Modern Naples Biennal Conference of the SIS (Society for Italian Studies), University of Wales Bangor, Bangor (July 2007)

La nascita europea del racconto fiabesco: Giambattista Basile e Lo Cunto de li Cunti, Tutta un’altra Letteratura: Authors and Approaches beyond the Italian Canon, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (USA) (April 2006)

Giambattista Basile e la questione della Lingua a Napoli nel XVII secolo’, Royal Holloway, University of London, Department of Italian, (October 2005)

Fairy tales in Contemporary Literature and Cinema: European and American reception of Giambattista Basile’s Lo Cunto de li Cunti.  University of Siena, Arezzo (October 2004)

Compagno mio feruto so’: Realismo, carnalità e metafora ne Lo Cunto de li Cunti, SIS Annual Conference, Institute of Romance Studies, University of London, London (April 2004)

Le sopravvivenze umanistiche di Ovidio ed Apuleio nella letteratura di Giambattista Basile, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Department of Italian (January 2003)

Oralità e falsa oralità ne Lo Cunto de li Cunti di Giambattista Basile, SIS Annual Conference, Institute of Romance Studies, University of London, London (May 2002)

Satire and tragedy in Edoardo De Filippo’s Filumena Marturano and Napoli Milionaria: identity in Southern Italy, Seminar taught at Royal Holloway, London University, Egham (February 2001)