Senior Research Fellow
Senior Research Fellow
Simone Testa, BA (Bologna), MA (University of Edinburgh), Phd (Royal Holloway). He has been working as full-time Post-doc. Researcher on the Italian Academies Database (http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/
Simone Testa, Italian Academies and Their Networks 1525-1700, from Local to Global (New York: Palgrave Mcmillan, 2015)
Simone Testa, Scipione Di Castro e il suo trattato politico. Testo critico e traduzione inglese inedita del Seicento (Manziana: Vecchiarelli, 2012)
‘“Avventura scritta per gioco”. La presenza di Italo Calvino nella sceneggiatura di Domani accadràdi Daniele Luchetti’, in Tradizione e innovazione nella letteratura e nel cinema contemporanei, special issue of La libellula. Rivista di italianistica online, 4 (2012), pp. 13-26
‘Studi recenti sulla cultura manoscritta’, commissioned by Scribal Culture in Italy. 1450-1700, eds Brian Richardson and Filippo De Vivo, special issue of Italian studies, 66, 2 (2011), 277–85
‘Le Accademie senesi e il network intellettuale della prima eta’ moderna in Italia (1530-1700). Un progetto online’, preface by Jane Everson, commissioned by Bullettino senese di storia patria, 117 (2010), pp. 613-37 (8 ill.).
‘Death of a Political Informer – Camillo Volta the Roman Agent of the duc de Nevers. Notes on Work in Progress’, commissioned by the electronic issue of Lives and Letters2, 1 (2010), pp. 1-8
‘“Non far mai mutazione del volto e mantenere La vista solita”. Dis/simulation in the Instruction to Cardinal Alessandro Peretti da Montalto’, in Bruniana e Campanelliana, 2 (2009), pp. 445-60
‘From the “Bibliographical Nightmare” to a Critical Bibliography. Tesori politiciin the British Library, and Elsewhere in Britain’, in Electronic British Library Journal (e-BLJ), 1 (2008), pp. 1-33 (14ill.)
‘Italian Academies 1530-1700. A Themed Collection Database. Un nuovo progetto sulle Accademie’, in Bruniana e Campanelliana, 1 (2008), pp. 223-28
‘The Ambiguities of Censorship: Tesori politici(1589-1605) and the Index of Forbidden Books’, in Bruniana e Campanelliana, 2 (2007), pp. 560-72
‘Did Giovanni Maria Manelli Publish the Thesoro politico (1589)?’, in Renaissance Studies, 19 (2005), pp. 380-93
‘Alcune riflessioni sul Thesoro politico (1589)’, in Bibliotheque d’Humanisme et Renaissance, 64 (2002), pp. 679-87
‘Per una interpretazione del Thesoro politico (1589)’, in Nuova rivista storica, 85 (2001), pp. 347-62.
The Italian Academies Database: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/ItalianAcademies/, with Jane Everson, Denis Reidy, Lorenza Gianfrancesco, and Lisa Sampson. I am responsible for the data regarding the following cities and their academies: Rome, Venice, Bologna, Siena, Padua, Ferrara, and Genoa, the publications related to the academies in these cities, and the people related to both academies and publications. I have worked in close contact with British Library e-IS department for devising the structure of the Database, implement updating, and carry out troubleshooting. Facebook page: Italian Academies Database.
Chapters in edited volumes
Entries ‘Peranda, Giovanfrancesco’, and ‘Peretti, Alessandro’, in Dizionario biografico degli italiani, vol. 82 (Rome: Istituto dell’enciclopedia italiana, 2015)
‘Italian Academies and their “facebooks”’, in Italian Academies 1525-1700. The First Intellectual Networks of Early-Modern Europe. Proceedings of the International Conference (The British Library, September 2012), ed. Jane Everson, Denis Reidy, Lisa Sampson (Oxford: Legenda, forthcoming, January 2016)
‘Per una geografia delle Accademie italiane: l’interesse per la geopolitica a Venezia (1500-1700)’, in Le virtuose adunanze. Emblemi, simboli, linguaggi. Atti del Convegno: Sperlonga, Maggio 2013, ed. Clizia Gurreri, Ilaria Bianchi and Gian Mario Anslemi (Edizioni sinestesie, forthcoming in 2016)
‘Treasures of Knowledge: Thesoro as a Handbook in the Sixteenth Century’, in Essays in Honour of Jane Everson, ed. by Stefano Jossa and Giuliana Pieri (Oxford: Legenda: forthcoming in 2016)
‘Intervista a Daniele Luchetti’, in Narrative Synergies: Cinema and Literature in Contemporary Italy, ed. M. McLaughlin, G. Bonsaver, F. Pellegrini (Florence: Cesati, 2008), pp. 273-280
‘Travellers’ Accounts, Historians and Ambassadors in the Sixteenth Century’, in Cross-Cultural Travel: Papers from the Royal Irish Academy International Symposium on Literature and Travel, National University of Ireland, Galway, November 2002, ed. J. Conroy (New York: Peter Lang, 2003), pp. 31-8.
In the news
2013 (28 January), Interview with Roberta Machado, ‘Facebook Renascentista’, in Correio Braziliense; 2011 (1 December), Interview with Enrico Franceschini, ‘Quando le Accademie erano come Facebook’, in La Repubblica (Cultura).
I have been invited to deliver seminars and papers on Thesoro politico, Italian academies, cultural transfer, at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari (2014), University of Pisa (2008), University of Oxford (2012), University of Rome La Sapienza (2014 and 2015), Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (2011), University of Reading (2009), University of Northumbria (2015), European University Institute (2015), Centro di cultura digitale, University of Pisa (2015). I am proud to have been invited to deliver presentations at non-academic gatherings: Societa’ Dante Alighieri (Birmingham), Liceo Ginnasio Luigi Galvani (Bologna).
I have organized panels on Italian academies at the Renaissance Society of America in New York (2014), Berlin (2015), and in Boston (2016), as well as at the SIS in Oxford (2015). I have chaired panels on Renaissance art (RSA), and contemporary literature (SIS), and I have been respondent in a panel on Polish Academies (RSA Berlin).