Personal profile


Silvia Evangelisti’s main research interests have been focussing on gender, cultural and religious history in the early modern period, material and visual culture. She has published a number of articles and a book on female monastic communities in Italy and Europe, Nuns: A History of Convent Life 1450-1700 (OUP 2007). She has co-edited (with Sandra Cavallo) Domestic and Institutional Interiors in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate 2009), A Cultural History of Childhood and the Family in the Renaissance (Berg 2010); (with Fancisco Chacon) Identidad y comunidad en el mundo Iberico (Universitat de Valencia 2013). 

At undergraduate level she teaches "Introduction to Early Modern Studies", "Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe", “Renaissance Worlds”, and (with G.Plank) "The Americas". At post-graduate MA level she teaches “The Classics and the Controversies”. She is prepared to supervise dissertations in all areas of European gender and religious history, and on many aspects Italian cultural and social history (1450-1800).

Key Research Interests

My main research interests so far have been focusing on female monastic institutions in early modern Italy and Europe, women's writings (particularly religious writings), and how religious women responded to normative practices implemented by the Catholic church and state, in the decades following the Council of Trent. I have also done research on women's writings in Italy and, more recently, Spain, and on early modern living interiors and the meaning of space and objects in domestic and non domestic worlds.