The activities of the Working Group are currently co-organised by Elisa, Isabelle and Ana (the VMHWG Team)!
The co-organisers of the Working Group are:
Elisa Chazal is a third-year PhD researcher at the EUI’s Department of History and Civilisation. Her doctoral thesis explores the re-enactment of historical cityscapes in Western and Central Europe at the end of the 19th century. Her interests include material culture, the manipulation of past, and the global entanglement of entertainment. She is currently one of the co-organisers of the Working Group.
Isabelle Riepe is a third-year PhD Researcher at the EUI’s Department of History and Civilization. Her dissertation looks at the underlying material and intellectual conditions that influenced the emergence of the term Weltliteratur between 1750-1850 in German-speaking and -reading regions in Europe. Her previous training included global history and material culture history at the University of Warwick. Her interests include book history, material culture history, Eurasian (dis)connections and literary history. She is currently one of the co-organisers of the Working Group.
Ana Struillou is a fourth-year PhD researcher at the EUI’s Department of History and Civilisation. Her doctoral project explores the material culture of travel across the Christian and Islamic Mediterranean realm (16th-17th centuries). Her previous research project, at Exeter College (Oxford University) focused on the material culture of Morisco diplomacy across early modern France and Spain. Her research interests include, amongst others, material culture, mobility and cross-religious relations in the early modern Mediterranean. She is currently one of the co-organisers of the Working Group.
The Founders and previous co-organisers of the Working Group are:
Moïra Dato is finalising her PhD at the EUI’s Department of History and Civilisation. For her thesis, she explores the circulation of Lyonnais silks in Italy in the 18th century, analysing trade practices and consumption patterns. Her interests include visual and material culture, the social meaning of dress, and the production and consumption of fashion in a trans-cultural perspective. She was one of the co-founders and is currently one of the co-organisers of the Working Group.
Elena Maria Rita Rizzi is a former Ph.D. student in History and Civilization at the European University Institute, where she carried out a research project titled Modern Art and Republican Visual Politics in Interwar France, 1919-1940. Her thesis, defended in 2021, explored the relationship between visual arts and republican political cultures in interwar France. Elena’s main research interests lie in the relationship between culture and politics in Modern Europe and the role of the arts and culture in modern societies. She was one of the co-founders and co-organisers of the Working Group.
Iseabail Rowe is a former Ph.D. Candidate in the History and Civilization Department at the European University Institute where she worked on her thesis entitled The Torre dell’Orologio in context: Public Clocktowers in Renaissance Venice and the Venetian Territorial State. Formerly trained as an art historian, her interests lie at the intersection of social, spatial and architectural history, and its visual manifestations in images. She was one of the co-founders and co-organisers of the Working Group.