Organisers

James Christie is a historian of science with an interest in early modern astronomy and astrology. He has a BA (Hons) in Early Modern and Medieval Studies from the University of Sydney, and an MA in the Cultural and Intellectual History of Europe from The Warburg Institute. He is currently writing a PhD thesis on the relationship between astrology and the ‘plurality of worlds’ debate in the 17th century.

Lorenza Gay is an art historian with a particular interest in iconography and iconology. Her PhD research is focused on the manners of representing the pagan gods in manuscript illuminations in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She recently completed an MA at the Warburg Institute in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture in collaboration with the National Gallery of London. Prior to this she received a MA in Art History (summa cum laude) and a BA in History from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

Hanna Gentili is a PhD student at The Warburg Institute. Her research focuses on the Italian cultural context of the late fifteenth century and the logical and rhetorical strategies adopted in the early modern interreligious dialogue. Other areas of interest include the early modern notion of linguistic identity and philosophy of music. She recently completed a MA in Cultural and Intellectual History (1300-1650) at The Warburg Institute. Prior to this she received a MA (summa cum laude) in Philosophy and Forms of Knowledge and a BA in Philosophy at the University of Pisa.

Lydia Goodson is an art historian and AHRC funded research student at the Warburg Institute. Lydia is working on a thesis entitled ‘Umbrian Patrons 1480–1510: a Study in the Dynamics of Regional Patronage’. Her interests are in artistic production and the way ideas about images and artists spread in a period that saw a flowering of patronage in the Umbrian towns.

Vito Guida is currently researching the theological and philosophical thought of Gabriele Biondo, a priest who lived in Central Italy between the end of the fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth centuries. His research examines Biondo’s literary works and examines the social interactions and conflicts by which Biondo’s ideas spread, focusing on the development of a soteriology which, on the one hand, still echoes of Scholasticism and Aristotelianism, and on the other hand, points towards social and private reformation. In 2016, he completed the MA in the Cultural and Intellectual History of Europe from The Warburg Institute.

Antonia Karaisl is a second-year PhD at the Warburg Institute, focusing on Christian Wolff’s Oeconomica and its relationship to the modern welfare state. Her previous academic background combines a Bachelor of Classics and an MA in International Economics and European Studies. Besides her PhD, she is researching the application of OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology to historic printed text and medieval manuscripts and has co-founded Rescribe Ltd, a not-for-profit company spun out under the aegis of Durham University’s Classics department, with the mission to offer bespoke OCR services and develop open source OCR packages.

Finn Schulze-Feldmann is a PhD student at the Warburg Institute. In his doctoral studies he explores the reception of the Sibylline oracles in the context of the Reformation. He highlights the willingness to absorb the Sibyls as Christian prophets of pagan origin into the European culture of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries as well as the theological debate about the appropration of the Sibylline oracles as divine testimonies. After completing a BA in History and Musicology at the University of Potsdam, Finn obtained an MA in Cultural and Intellectual History from the Warburg Institute, London.

Genevieve Verdigel is currently researching Benedetto Montagna’s (Vicenza, c.1480–1558) print production at the Warburg Institute (LAHP-funded PhD). By situating Benedetto’s engravings in relation to both the work of his father, the painter Bartolomeo Montagna, and the activity of contemporary printmakers, her research addresses inter-artist and inter-medium collaboration and exchange. Her thesis also seeks to contribute to the understanding of the cultural function(s) of printed images in Vicenza and across the Veneto. She held a Bromberg Fellowship at the British Museum where she worked on Italian topographical prints and drawings, and was an editorial intern at Print Quarterly. Prior to this, she completed her BA and MA – focusing on late quattrocento to early cinquecento Italian art – at the Courtauld Institute.’