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Italian academies and their Networks, 1525-1700

British Institute, Florence

11 October 2017

Lecture in English by Simone Testa


4 April 2017

Book Launch: Italian Academies 1525 – 1700: Networks of Culture, Knowledge and Dissent, ed. By J. Everson, D. Reidy, and L. Sampson (Oxford: Legenda, 2016)

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Wednesday, February 15that the IMLR, Senate House


Chivalry, Academy and Cultural Dialogues: the Italian contribution to European modernity (click for details of the event)


Chivalry, Academy and Cultural Dialogues is a Festschrift to celebrate the recent retirement of Prof Jane E. Everson (Royal Holloway University of London) (click for details on the volume)


Prof Everson has been an influential scholar of early modern Italy and was the recipient of the HARC-funded Italian Academies project. To pay tribute to her research activity, scholars from all over the world have united their forces in a joint investigation and reappraisal of the Italian contribution to European culture.


The resulting volume, far from being just a collection of scattered essays, is a rich exploration, organized by case-studies, of the multifarious and often neglected legacy that early modern Italian culture has brought into the wider framework of Europe and Modernity. Focusing on chivalry, academy and cultural dialogues, the volume points out the main institutional, social, political and artistic heritage of Italy and its culture in European modernity.



Book Launch

Tuesday, December 13th 2016

5.30 – 7.30 pm

The British Library

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


Thursday 17 November 2016 5-7pm


Presentazione del volume di Simone Testa,

Italian Academies and their Networks. From Local to Global

(Palgrave, 2015)

e del Database Italian Academies 

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


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 College London)

Chair, Katia Pizzi, and Lorenza Gianfrancesco, Institute of Modern Language Research


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


28 September 2016 (Institut d’Historia de la Medicina i de la Ciencia López Piñero), Universitat de Valencia,

Simone Testa: 

 Italian Academies as Social Networks and the History of Science


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 CentreUniversity 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


Tuesday 19 April, 4.30 pm

Dipartimento di Filologia classica e Italianistica
Bologna, via Zamboni 32 – Aula Pascoli (piano terra)

Book launch

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

and presentation of Database of Italian Academies:

(Royal Holloway – British Library – University of Reading)

Discussants: Maria Pia Paoli (Scuola Normale Superiore)

Franco Tomasi (Università degli Studi di Padova)

Chair: Lara Michelacci (Università di Bologna)


Renaissance Society of America

  Boston 31 March – 2 April 2016
Italian Academies 1450-1700: networks, knowledge, and culture – I, and II
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw the huge expansion of the academic movement in Italy with more than 800 documented academies. These social and intellectual circles were present across the peninsula, in big cities as well as smaller towns and villages. It was impossible for intellectuals, both Italians and foreigners, to ignore the social space of academies and their importance for sharing activities and ideas. We are organizing panels on the new research in this field produced as a result of the AHRC-funded Italian Academies project and the related Italian Academies Database (, which has renewed interest in these gatherings and their cultural and scientific production in centres across the Italian peninsula.
Organized by Simone Testa and Lisa Sampson
Rodney Lokaj
Aria Dal Molin
Lisa Sampson
Simone Testa
Chairs: David Lines and Alexandra Koller
Respondent: Professor Nicholas Terpstra


RSA Berlin 2015 (26-28 March)

Italian Academies 1400-1700: proto academies, small academies, geographical margins and peripheries Click here if you want to read the details of the CfP

Respondent, Professor Luca Mola’ (European University Institute)


Workshop 1

Science, learning and censorship, at Royal Holloway University of London, June 27th 2011. Principal Organiser: Everson, with Testa and Gianfrancesco.

Programme: Plenary: Professor Paula Findlen (Stanford University, CA), ‘After the Trial: Galileo, his early modern biographers and the Roman Catholic Church’. Panels on Academies and academicians in Venice and the Veneto; Scientific Academies; Science and mysticism; concluding Round Table led by Brian Richardson. [for details and podcasts, see dedicated link here]


International Conference, at the British Library,  September 17-18 2012: The Italian Academies 1525-1700: the first intellectual networks of early modern Europe, The British Library, London.

Organisers: Everson, Reidy, Sampson, with Testa and Gianfrancesco.

Programme: Plenaries by Professor Alison Brown (Royal Holloway University of London); Professor Virginia Cox (New York University); Professor Paolo Procaccioli (Università della Tuscia); Professor Giovanni Muto (Università di Napoli). [for details and podcasts, see dedicated link here]


Workshop 2: Literature, Theatre and the Arts in the Italian Academies, at University of Reading, June 24th 2013

Principal Organiser: Sampson, with Testa

Programme: Plenary: Professor Roberto Gigliucci (La Sapienza, Rome) ‘The Academies and the Creation of New Genres between the 16th and 17th centuries’. Panels on literacy and the arts, academies and academicians in Milan, and Italian Academies: new research directions; round table chaired by Stefano Jossa. [for details and podcasts, see dedicated link here]

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