Access the AHRC-funded Italian Academies project and the British Library Italian Academies database, a collaboration between Royal Holloway University of London, the University of Reading and the British Library.


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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