Past Post-Doctoral Fellows

Damiano Acciarino (2017-2019)

As part of his Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship, he must complete the final year of his fellowship in Italy. He holds a Ph.D. from the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia. He was a Researcher at CISVE – Centro Interuniversitario di Studi Veneti, Venice, Italy. His fields of interest art: Renaissance Antiquarianism (14th-17th century), Renaissance Philology, Renaissance Literature, Renaissance Art and Iconography, History of Ideas, Translation Studies.


Matteo Brera (2018-2019)

Matteo Brera received his PhD in Italian Cultural Studies at Utrecht University in 2014. His research focus has been on the study of the political impact of ecclesiastical (book) censorship in the nineteenth and twentieth century, however he is also interested in linguistics and history of the Italian language, especially in the context of the Italian diaspora in the American South. He has worked extensively in the field of comparative literature, writing on topics such as translation and its ideological implications, Italo Calvino and semiotics, Italian identity and politics, Italian popular music and opera librettos.


Jessica Lynne Harris (2018-2019)

Jessica L. Harris is a scholar of Modern Italy, Black Europe, Women’s History, African American History, and 20th century U.S. and the World, with a particular interest in gender and race, their intersection with material culture, and the subsequent effect on group identities. She received her Ph.D. in History (2016), M.A. in Afro-American Studies (2010), and B.A. in History (2007) all from the University of California, Los Angeles. Jessica was here working on her project Black in Italy: African Americans in 20th century Italy which is a transnational cultural history on race and gender relations in Italy and the United States. Jessica’s next position is as a Visiting Assistant Professor in History in the Diversity Teaching Fellow program at Allegheny College.


Eleonora Lima (2017-2018)                                                                 

Is the recipient of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.

She will carry out her research at the School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies at Trinity College Dublin, under the supervision of Dr Clodagh Brook. Her project will investigate the intermedial dialogue between Italian literature, from the mid-1950s up to the present day, and electronic media, therefore expanding on my work here at UofT. She will combine interdisciplinary critical analyses of literary texts with Social Network Analysis and a quantitative approach to the phenomenon of remediation in literature.


Luca Fiorentini (2017-2018)

He obtained his Bachelor (2006) and Master (2008) Degrees in Modern Philology at the University of Pavia, his PhD (2012) in Philology, Linguistic and Literature at the ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome. As Post-doctoral Fellow he was enrolled at the Istituto italiano per gli studi storici in Naples (2011-13) and at the Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne (2013-14), and then, as researcher, at the Collège de France, Chaire de Littératures modernes de l’Europe néolatine (2014-17).

His scientific interests are mostly focused on the first critical reception of Dante Alighieri’s Comedy. In 2016, he published his monograph on Benvenuto da Imola’s commentary on Dante’s Comedy (Per Benvenuto da Imola. Le linee ideologiche del commento dantesco, il Mulino, Bologna 2016).


Marco Piana (2018-2019)

Marco Piana’s field of research focuses on the literary representation of Otherness, antiquity, and religious identity in Early Modern Europe, with special regard to Savonarola, Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola, and Renaissance Neoplatonism. He holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies – with a focus on Medieval and Renaissance Literature –  from McGill University, Montreal. He was a lead research assistant on the project “Equality and superiority in Renaissance and Early Modern pro-woman treatises” led by Professors Marguerite Deslauriers and Laura Praelipcean. Marco is moving on to Smith College in Massachusetts, where he is in charge of the curriculum of Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, teaching courses on Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli and Italian literature and culture from the 13th to the 17th century.