Italian academies and their networks, 1525-1700

11 October 2017 - 18:00

Lecture in English by Simone Testa


What was an academy of the ​early modern period? Was it different from modern social networks? Did women have a role in academies? This lecture introduces the online resource Italian Academies Database (IAD) as part of a groundbreaking collaborative project (Royal Holloway, British Library, and University of Reading) Italian Academies 1525-1700. The database has mapped the Italian world of academies ​as a global phenomenon, and provides users with the geography and history of a social movement that ​connect​s ​academies, books, and people through the description of the paratext and the use of modern technologies


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The 2017 autumn season is made possible by a generous donation from Alessandra and Michael Griffiths through the Michael Griffiths Trust in memory of their son John (Aug 4, 1970 - April 4, 2015).