Prof. Simon Gilson
Department of Italian/Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR) University of Warwick
Simon Gilson’s research covers (1) Dante, especially his scientific, philosophical and theological culture; (2) the Dante commentary tradition, c. 1322-1570; (3) interactions between science and literature (but also philosophy, theology, literature) in late medieval Italy; (4) Dante’s critical reception and the cultural, literary and intellectual history of fourteenth-, fifteenth-, and sixteenth-century Italy, especially Tuscany and the Veneto. He is the author of Dante and Renaissance Florence (CUP 2005) and is currently involved in two major AHRC-funded research projects: ‘Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy: c. 1450-c. 1600’ and ‘Dante and Late Medieval Florence: Theology in Poetry, Practice and Society’.
Dr. David A. Lines
Associate Professor Department of Italian University of Warwick
David Lines is Director of Graduate Studies for Warwick’s Renaissance Centre. He has written a monograph on Aristotle’s ‘Ethics’ in the Italian Renaissance (c. 1300-1650): The Universities and the Problem of Moral Education (Brill: Leiden, 2002) and is presently writing a book on the University of Bologna, looking both at its philosophical and medical aspects. He is a specialist in Renaissance philosophy, which he is exploring both in Latin and in the vernacular. Among his interests are the remapping of knowledge in the Renaissance, the contexts in which philosophy was discussed, the history of the book, and the history of library collections. He is leading an AHRC project on ‘Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy, 1400-1650’.
Dr. Maude Vanhaelen
Departments of Italian and Classics University of Warwick
Maude Vanhaelen’s research focuses on the reception of philosophy in the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. She has published a number of articles on the work of the Florentine humanist Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), who offered the first translation in Latin of the complete works of Plato, and commented important works by Plato’s successors. She has completed the critical edition and translation of Ficino’s Commentary on Plato’s Parmenides in the I Tatti Renaissance Library series (ITRL), which is due to be published shortly. She is currently undertaking a project that explores the reception of Ficino’s work in the sixteenth century, both in Latin and in the vernacular, with a focus on the political reappropriation of Platonism in sixteenth- century Italy and the importance of Neoplatonic demonology in the history of science.
Dr. Eugenio Refini
Postdoctoral research fellow
Department of Italian/Centre for the Study of the Renaissance
Eugenio Refini’s research has focused upon an unpublished commentary on Horace’s Art of Poetry by the humanist and philosopher Alessandro Piccolomini (1508-79) which led to a critical edition of the text (Per via d’annotationi: le glosse inedite di Alessandro Piccolomini all’Ars poetica di Orazio, Lucca: Pacini Fazzi, 2009). He has also worked upon allegorical drama in late Renaissance Italy (in particular the works of the natural philosopher and writer Fabio Glissenti, based in Venice between the 1590s and 1615). He has been awarded research grants and fellowships by the Harry Ransom Research Center at University of Texas at Austin (2011), the Helvetic Confederation (2005-2006, 2010), the École Normale Supérieure of Paris (2005, 2007-2008). He is a member of the “Gruppo di studio sul Cinquecento francese” (http://www.cinquecentofrancese.it/), the network “The History of Physiognomy” (http://physiognomy.history.qmul.ac.uk/) as well as the “Accademia Senese degli Intronati” (http://www.accademiaintronati.it/). He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (Department of Italian / Centre for the Study of the Renaissance) within the AHRC project “Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy. c. 1400 – c. 1650” (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/projects/vernaculararistotelianism).
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