DR Catherine KOVESI

DR Catherine KOVESI


  • Italian Renaissance History (Italy, Renaissance, Consumption, Luxury)
  • Australian Religious History (especially women religious) (Australia, Religion, Nuns, Catholic)



Member of

  • Management Committee, Australasian Centre for Italian Studies. Member 2014 -
  • Editorial Board, Brepols Late Medieval and Early Modern Series. Editorial Board 2013 -
  • Renaissance Society of America. Member 2001 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Member 2000 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

    • 2013-2014 Visiting Researcher, Studium Generale Marcianum, Venice
    • 2013-2014 Visiting Researcher, Università Cà Foscari, Venice
    • 2013-2015 Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant: 'Luxury and the Manipulation of Desire: Historical Perspectives for Contemporary Debates' (together with Giorgio Riello, Rosa Salzberg, Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, Peter McNeil, and Glenn Adamson)
    • 2012 Associate Investigator, ARC-funded Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: 'Claws of Desire: Lust and Sacred Space in Early Modern Italy'.
    • 2011 Visiting Fellow, Oriel College, University of Oxford
    • 2010 Scholarly Innovation Grant, University of Melbourne:  'Recapturing and Publicising Renaissance and Early Modern Print Culture in Australia' (with Charles Zika, Robyn Sloggett and Jennifer Spinks) http://informationfutures.unimelb.edu.au/innovation_grants; http://melbourneprints.wordpress.com/
    • 2008 Craig Hugh Smyth Fellow, Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies, 'Villa I Tatti', Florence


Education and training

  • DPhil, University of Oxford
  • BA, The University of Western Australia



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to supervise students in late medieval/ early modern Italian History; and in Australian religious history, especially of women religious.