We are delighted to introduce our two keynote speakers, Dr Silvia Evangelisi and Prof Andrew Beresford. Read on to find out more about their research!
Dr Silvia Evangelisti is Reader in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. Her main research interests include female monastic institutions in early modern Italy and Europe, women’s writings (particularly religious writings), early modern living interiors and the meaning of space and objects in domestic and non-domestic worlds. Her publications include Nuns: A History of Convent Life 1450-1700 (OUP 2007), Domestic and Institutional Interiors in Early Modern Europe (co-edited with Sandra Cavallo, Ashgate 2009), and A Cultural History of Childhood and the Family in the Renaissance (Berg 2010).
Professor Andrew Beresford (BA, MA, PhD London) is Assistant Director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, and a Member in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Durham, United Kingdom. His main research interests include early Spanish literature and art, hagiography and religious subjects more broadly, and the relationship between corporeality and identity. His interdisciplinary approach combines traditional palaeography and codicology with theoretical approaches informed by the work of critics such Homi K. Bhabha, Judith Butler, Sigmund Freud, Julia Kristeva, and Jacques Lacan. His more recent projects have focused on the sexualization and significance of saintly identity, the invasion of the cadaver by the burrowing worm and the queering of the self/other relationship, and the expression of prejudice in relation to epidermal transformations experienced under the searing heat of the sun.