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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

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 is Professor of Italian art and literature at Durham University, where he directs the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art. He received a Medical Doctor degree from the Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany (1994), a laurea in Italian Literature from the Università degli Studi di Trento (1995), an MA (1996) and PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto (2000). He has joined the School of Modern Languages in 2007, after working as Assistant Professor of Italian (tenure-track) at Dartmouth College (2000-02) and the University of Pennsylvania (2002-06). He has published on Leon Battista Alberti, courtly poetry, medieval and early modern medicine, the Roman Academy of Arcadia, 19th-century art in Europe and the Americas, and Italian cinema. He has been Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, visiting professor at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and UK-Mexico Visiting Chair at the UNAM and the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico). He sits on the selection panel of the Villa I Tatti Fellowship Programme of the Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies. His research has been supported by institutions such as the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the AHRC, GCRF, the Delmas Foundation and the British Council.

International Collaboration

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2021: Visiting Fellow at the Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies:
  • 2019: Visiting Chair at the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil):
  • 2018: UK-Mexico Visiting Chair (Cátedra itinerante): Sponsored by the Mexican Government, the visiting professorship post was hold at the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
  • 2009: Member of Research Panel 5 (Modern Languages and Linguistics) of the Arts and Humanities Research Council:

Research Projects

Department of History

Research Interests

  • Medieval and Renaissance Italian culture
  • Humanism, medicine, and physiognomy
  • Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472)
  • Visual culture (art, cinema, architecture)
  • Academy of Arcadia
  • 18th-Century Italian Art and Literature
  • 19th Century Latin American Art
  • Italian Cinema

Selected Publications

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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: