News: PhD Studentship in Renaissance Intellectual History, University of Warwick.

Closing date 15th October

PhD Studentship in Renaissance Intellectual History,
University of Warwick.

Early-Stage Researcher for ERC Starting Investigator Project : Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular : Rethinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History

The Research

Italian Studies at the University of Warwick is able to offer a 3-year doctoral scholarship for research on Renaissance Aristotelianism in the Italian Vernacular, commencing in or after January 2016, under the supervision of Professor Simon Gilson and Dr David Lines. The doctoral project: Genres of Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy Between around 1400 and 1650, Europe experienced a phenomenal rise in the number and kinds of works that translated, commented on, or otherwise disseminated the thought of Aristotle. The chief aspects that this PhD is meant to explore are aspects of Renaissance Latin Aristotelianism that have been studied in particular by Charles B. Schmitt, Charles H. Lohr, and other scholars. Much less work has been done on Aristotelianism in the vernacular. However, Warwick has built a considerable reputation in this area, first through a project funded by the United Kingdoms Arts and Humanities Research Council (Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy, c. 1400c. 1650) which ran from 2010 to 2014, and now through an ERC project (Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular, 20142019)) based both at Warwick and in Venice, where the PI (Marco Sgarbi) is based. Applicants may come from any country; they are expected to hold a First Class or Upper Second Class BA or BSc, a Masters degree in a relevant field (e.g., Italian Studies, Classics, History, Philosophy), and significant familiarity with Italian and Latin (particularly Renaissance texts). They will also need to provide evidence of competence in English (if that is not their mother tongue) and be prepared to provide transcripts and academic certificates.


The scholarship will cover fees (paid directly) and a living allowance to the value of £14,057 gross per annum, provided through an employment contract adhering to standard ERC guidelines. Project funds are also available to cover some research travel.

How to apply

Applications should consist of an academic CV, covering letter, and reference letters (coming directly) from two referees who know the candidates academic abilities well, and should be emailed by 15th October 2015. In addition, applications should include a description (up to 1500 words plus indicative bibliography) of how the dissertation project would be designed, the methodology and sources it would use, how it would make a contribution to scholarship, and the proposed timescales. For further information, please contact: Professor Simon Gilson, Italian Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, email: or Dr David Lines, Italian Studies, email:

Apply online here.

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