FEOLA VITTORIA

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Structure Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Qualification Ricercatore a tempo determinato di tipo A
Scientific sector M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY
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Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 PADOVA, VIA VESCOVADO 30, PALAZZO LUZZATO DINA, ALA NORD, PRIMO PIANO. QUESTO ORARIO SARÀ VALIDO A PARTIRE DAL 29 OTTOBRE 2019. DURANTE I MESI DI SETTEMBRE E OTTOBRE SI INVITANO STUDENTI E STUDENTESSE A FISSARE UN APPUNTAMENTO CONTATTANDOMI VIA EMAIL. GRAZIE.
(updated on 18/09/2019 19:14)

Proposals for thesis
I work on (1) antiquarianism; (2) violence, politics, and religion; (3) the mobility of knowledge. I'm happy to supervise theses about one or more of the following topics:

Britain: from Henry VIII to Victoria excl. (1500-1837), antiquarianism, common law and the 'State'; Churches-State relations; violence and liberty; the Scientific Revolution; the British Empire; alchemy, astrology, magic, and medicine; the politics of translations; gender history; Cromwell and the Civil Wars; British colonial history; print and book history; history of collections; England and Europe; history of the Universities; history of the English/British spy service; British North-American colonies.

France: from Francis I to Napoleon (1500-1815), State building; wars of religion; Richelieu; history of collections; gender history; the art of conversation and the Republic of Letters; astrology, alchemy, magic, and medicine; the criminal law system in the eighteenth century; science and Revolution.

"Italy": from the Reformation to Rome as capital of Italy (1500-1870), sixteenth-century heretics; alchemy, astrology, magic, and medicine, witchcraft; mobility of knowledge and seventeenth-century academies; women and knowledge in the Republic of Venice and in eighteenth-century Tuscany; Cavour; the unification of Italy.

Habsburg Empire: Vienna and the Republic of Letters, Eugene of Savoy (1600-1740).

I also work on the Digital Humanities; thus I can integrate DH elements in early modern history theses, especially wrt mobility studies.

Research areas
Notions of mobility are crucial to my fields of enquiry in many ways. On the one hand I work on mobility, violence, and antiquarianism in early modern England. After publishing two books and several essays on the relationship of antiquarianism to science through the case study of the Oxford antiquary Elias Ashmole (1617-92), I am now researching the relation of violence to practices of collecting and perceptions of the past in England, 1570-1660. I’m looking at the ways in which things, which were primarily or exclusively considered as religious, such as devotional images, relics, and religious texts, acquired new meanings among communities of antiquaries and scholars as a reaction or consequence of violent actions or threats to them. On the other hand, the mobility of Padua University alumni and their texts in vernacular translations interest me greatly. I particularly look at measurable ways to assess the impact of the mobility of Paduan medical works in seventeenth-century England and France. I'm equally interested in the mobility of Padua alumni in Ming China, and Paduan medical texts in Qing China.

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
IA1870 COMMON LE02122758 9 5th Year (2019/20) First
semester
ITA VITTORIA FEOLA
LE0607 COMMON LE02122758 9 1st Year (2019/20) First
semester
ITA VITTORIA FEOLA
LE0611 COMMON LE01122758 6 1st Year (2019/20) First
semester
ITA VITTORIA FEOLA
SF1334 COMMON SFM0014280 6 1st Year (2019/20) Second
semester
ITA VITTORIA FEOLA