Laura Di Stefano

Laura Di Stefano

I am PhD student in Medieval History at the University Of Nottingham. My PhD project concerns the socio-economic aspect of pilgrimage and travel writing during the late Middle Ages in England and Italy. I am investigating in particular the role of the Venetian Republic and its patrician families in the organization of travels to the Holy land and the Orient from the fifteenth century.  I did a M.A. in Medieval History at the University of Pisa obtaining the degree with a first class honour. I did my master dissertation at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa doing one year of research in the Salviati family’s Archive. I have passion for photography and an interest in the field of digital humanities, particularly in projects involving the use of technology as instrument to help researchers in their work. I am volunteer at the Digital Humanities Centre (DHC) at the University Of Nottingham.  At the DHC I am involved in different projects and I am part of the Marketing team which organizes events and advertising for the group, update blog and social networks and promote the projects of the DHC within the University and in important events such as the May Fest. I will give to the EM15 volunteers’ blog a historical point of view, analysing how Venice is changed during the centuries and how places like the Arsenal transformed their role from symbol of European naval power to expression of new artistic tendencies thanks to the organization of the Biennale.

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