We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

To contact the IMEMS administrative office please use the following details:


T: 0191 334 2974

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

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
Professor / Director of the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 43421
Room number: A15, Elvet Riverside I

Contact Professor Stefano Cracolici


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 Groups

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

  • Translation/Linguistics/Pedagogy

Research Projects

Department of History

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

Selected Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Show all publications

Full Executive Committee

Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:

International Advisory Board

We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are: