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Dr Dario Tessicini, PhD

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Associate Professor (Reader) / Deputy Director of Research (Grants) in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43443
Room number: A16

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I received my first degree in Philosophy from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. From 1996 to 2001 I did a PhD in History of Science at the University of Bari, following which I moved to the UK, first as a short-term Yates Fellow at The Warburg Institute in London, and then, at the same institution, as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Research interests

My research interests focus mainly (but not exclusively) on Renaissance and early modern intellectual history and history of science. These two areas need to be intended broadly and in an interdisciplinary way. In fact, the interplay between philosophy and science is at the core of my investigation. My first degree and PhD dissertation explored the issue of the reception of astronomical and cosmological theories by the Italian natural philosopher Giordano Bruno (1548-1600). This work has resulted in several articles and one monograph (I dintorni dell’infinito. Giordano Bruno e l astronomia alla fine del Cinquecento, 2007). I still continue to work on Bruno, although I have extended my interest to other periods and topics, such as the history of geography and cosmography, astrology and the problem of prognostications, Italian astronomy of the sixteenth century (up to and including Galileo), Renaissance and early modern cometary theories, Copernicus and issues of patronage, the Gregorian reform of the calendar.

Over time my research has been funded by the Istituto Nazionale per gli Studi Filosofici, the Warburg Institute, and the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche. In the academic year 2011-2012 I held an annual Fellowship at Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, where I studied the Italian astronomical and astrological literature of the late sixteenth century.

In the past three years, additional funds and opportunities for research and dissemination were granted through a collaborative research project on Cosmology, theology and anthropology in the first phase of the Scientific Revolution (1543-1633), together with Prof. Miguel Angel Granada (Barcelona), as principal investigator, and Dr Patrick Boner (Johns Hopkins). The project has so far resulted in two international conferences, one held in Barcelona in 2010 and one in Florence (in collaboration with Durham University, Villa I Tatti, and the Museo Galileo) in September 2011. Both conferences were devoted to the study of the cosmological novelties of the late sixteenth century. Two edited volumes were recently published, one edited by Miguel Angel Granada on Novas y cometas entre 1572 y 1618: entre revolución cosmológica y expectativas de renovación política y religiosa (Barcelona 2012) and the other one, edited by Patrick Boner and myself on Celestial novelties on the eve of the Scientific Revolution (Florence 2013).

Research Groups

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Research Interests

  • Renaissance Intellectual History
  • History of Science

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