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Book Launch

Tuesday December 13th 2016

5.30 – 7.30 pm

The Italian Academies 1525-1700:
Networks of Culture, Innovation and Dissent
Edited by Jane E EversonDenis V Reidy and Lisa Sampson
(Oxford: Legenda, 2016)

In the British Library Knowledge Centre (Eliot Room)

We are grateful to the British Library, one of the project partners, for kindly hosting the event.       

As we shall have to give numbers for catering, please RSVP to: j.everson[at] by Friday 25 November 2016


Thursday 17 November 5-7pm9781137438409

Via Gino Capponi 9 Aula 3


Presentazione del volume di Simone Testa, Italian Academies and Their Networks, 1525-1700. From Local to Global (Palgrave 2015)

e del Database Italian Academies 

(Royal Holloway – British Library – University of Reading)

Ente Organizzatore: Università degli Studi di Firenze

Dipartimento di Storia Archeologia Geografia Arte e Spettacolo

Intervengono: Paolo Procaccioli, Universita’ della Tuscia e Federico Barbierato, Università degli Studi di Verona

Modera: Lucia Felici Università di Firenze

Sarà presente l’autore


2 November 2016, Institute of Modern Language Research – London

Simone Testa, Italian Academies and Their Networks, 1525-1700. From Local to Global (Palgrave 2015)

and presentation of the Database Italian Academies

Discussants: Ambra Moroncini (University of Sussex), Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck College), Lisa Sampson (University Colllege London)

Chair, Katia Pizzi, Institute of Modern Language Research


Simone Testa, “Italian Academies as Social Networks” at Heloise: European Network on Digital Academic History – VIe Heloise Workshop – Perugia – octobre 2016 (  


28 September 2016 (Institut d’Historia de la Medicina i de la Ciencia López Piñero), Universitat de Valencia, Italian Academies as Social Networks and the History of Science


The public launch of the book The Italian Academies 1525-1700
Networks of Culture, Innovation and Dissent (Oxford: Legenda, May 2016) will take place at the Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading, on Friday 1 July, at the Henley Business School G03 on the main campus, at 2pm.

Please find the link here with Index, Introduction, and Notes on Contributors



Listen to Dr Lisa Sampson speaking at Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo’ (New York University) about actress and writer Isabella Andreini (1562-1604), and her relationship with the world of academies.



The Podcast for the 2013 Symposium at the University of Reading, is now available here

New ‘About’ Page with an Introduction to Academies and their world, and a general Bibliography of critical literature, are both now available on the Italian Academies Database Page.




Before the summer 2013: Literature Theatre and the Arts: One-day conference took place at the University of Reading (Monday 24 June 2013) Click HERE to see the programme. Abstracts available, look at the link.


Read about the THE ITALIAN ACADEMIES Project in the news: here in Italian, and here in Portuguese (we’re big in Brazil now!), and… here… in a special magazine dedicated to Wellness.


Explore the rich world of Academies: music, geography, visual arts, oral culture (debates on love, parenthood etc.), printed and manuscript publications, academicians’ portraits, funny names and emblems, follow us on facebook:

‘Italian Academies Database’

Access the over 8,300 entries of the Database:

Italian Academies 1525-1700

the first intellectual networks of early modern Europe

This four-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK (2010-14), builds upon and enhances research undertaken as an AHRC funded Resource Enhancement Project (2006-2009).

Accademia dei Riaccesi in Bologna – the motto reads Per occulta virtu’


This project involves a collaboration between three of the UK’s leading research institutions: Royal Holloway University of London; the University of Reading; the British Library.

One of the major outcomes of the project is a comprehensive database of information on Academies from across the Italian peninsula, detailing their membership and publications. This is publicly accessible through the British Library on-line catalogue at:

For information on research publications, conferences and workshops, presentations and events associated with the Italian Academies project please use the drop-down menus and follow the links.

In keeping with the project’s title, we aim through this website to develop an international network of scholars working on topics related to learned Academies. The network is intended to link scholars working across a wide range of disciplines, and concerned with questions of intelletctual networking and the transmission of ideas in the early modern period and beyond.

We welcome all requests for exchanges of information and will be happy to try to answer questions. Please get in touch!

September 2012, International conference: click to access Programme and podcast

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