Summary: Thesis: "Diet, health and identity in early modern England and Italy: A comparative study of the application and understanding of Galenic principles"
I am an early modern historian. My interests span from gender history to the history of medicine. I am also interested in the theoretical dimensions of production of historical knowledge. I received both my BA in Cultural Heritage and my MA in History and Geography of Europe at the University of Verona (Italy). I joined the School of History at the University of Leeds for my
Studies of early modern medicine tend to
My project builds on the vast scholarship on food and health written in early modern Europe in the last decades and challenges the narrative of uniformity and homogeneity of healthcare and food habits across the European world that this literature underlines. Focusing on specific sets of ingredients, meat, dairy foods, herbs, roots and fruits and wine, my research analyses the discourses on food as a proper medical agent and as a commodity that embodies cultural values in early modern Italy and England. It will show how different practices and ideas on food and medicine were not only
1st Supervisor (Leeds): Dr. Alex Bamji.
2nd Supervisor (Sheffield): Prof. Cathy Shrank.
3rd Supervisor (Leeds): Prof. Stephen Alford.
Papers and Talks
'The Good, the Bad and the Wormy: The Reputation of Cheese in Renaissance Medicine and Cuisine', 64th Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 22-24 March 2018.
'"A hungry stomach rarely despises common food" - Medical Advice and Food Consumption in the Early Modern Period', Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Food History Seminar, London, 18 January 2017.
'Balancing Taste and Nourishment in Early Modern Italy and England', Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) Postgraduate Conference 'Health Histories: The Next Generation', Shanghai University, 12-13 October 2017.
'Cookery books and health regimens in the Renaissance. Challenges posed by printed texts in doing transnational food history', Health, Medicine
'Beef in Early Modern England', Food as Medicine. Historical Perspectives, Dublin, 9-10 October 2015.
'The medical reputation of meat in early modern Italy and England', Health, Medicine
"Food and Health in Early Modern Europe. Diet, Medicine
HIST 1060 'Faith, Knowledge and Power 1500-1750' - (Seminar Tutor). BA-level introductory module on early modern Europe (2015/16 and 2016/17).
HIST 2220 'The body, disease
Academic activities and responsibilities
PGR Representative, Health, Medicine and Society research group, University of Leeds (2015 - 2017).
One month residentship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (August 2016, Berlin, GER).
Habitual Behaviour in Early Modern Europe 1500-1750, University of Sheffield, 1-2 June 2017 (International conference - Co-organiser).
(Do you fancy hearing something about how a major kitchen was run in the Renaissance?) Scalchi, Trincianti
(How do you like your toast?) Burnt Toast, Medicine and Identity in (Early Modern?) England, published on The Recipes Project: Food, Art, Science and Medicine blog (February 2017).
(The secret is in the dressing!) PechaKucha presentation (6 slides per 60 seconds format) to an audience of non-early-modernists, Salads and Other Vegetarian Recipes in the Renaissance, University of York, 30 June 2016.