Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact: admin.imems@durham.ac.uk

Professor Stefano Cracolici, PhD Toronto (Canada), MD Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany)

Full Executive Committee Member in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43429

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Stefano Cracolici holds a Laurea in Italian Studies from The Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy); an MD degree from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg (Germany); and a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto (Canada). He worked as Assistant Professor of Italian at Dartmouth College (2000-02) and at the University of Pennsylvania (2002-06). He is currently Professor in Italian at Durham University and member of the Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition (co-director), the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, and Northern Centre for the History of Medicine, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust. His field of specialization is Italian Renaissance culture, broadly defined as the period spanning from the early fourteenth century to the early eighteenth century, with a particular focus on the history of emotions and its social, medical and aesthetic implications. Stefano Cracolici would welcome enquiries from those interested in doctoral research in related areas, including interdisciplinary projects where joint supervision would be involved.

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2009: Member of Research Panel 5 (Modern Languages and Linguistics) of the Arts and Humanities Research Council:

Research Interests

  • Medieval and Renaissance Italian culture
  • History of emotions (love, anger, melancholy)
  • Humanism, medicine, and physiognomy
  • Visual culture (art, cinema, architecture)
  • Petrarch and Petrarchism (1350-1750)
  • Boccaccio and the romance tradition (1350-1750)
  • Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472)
  • Folk tales: from fairy tales to horror movies

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Selected Grants

  • 2012: The Leverhulme Trust, Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, Prof. Giovanna Capitelli, Università della Calabria (Italy), Rome in the World.
  • 2011: The Leverhulme Trust, Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, Prof. Isabella Lazzarini, Università del Molise (Italy), Renaissance Diplomacy.
  • 2010: The British Academy, British Academy Research Development Award (BARDA), Arcadian Conversations: Faustina Maratti Zappi, her Poetry and her Salon in Rome.
  • 2008: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (New York), Grant for independent research in Venice and the Veneto.