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Marina Inì

Marina Inì

PhD Candidate

Early Modern History

Girton College


I am a third-year PhD student in History at Girton College and my research focuses on lazzaretti (quarantine facilities) in the Early Modern Mediterranean. I am currently funded by a Cambridge European Scholarship, a Girton College Graduate Research Scholarship and The Irene Hallinan Scholarship. I completed my BA degree in Art History at the University of Trento (Italy) and my MSc in Architectural History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh. 

Research Interests

My research interests concern Material Culture, Architecture, Connective History and History of Medicine in the Early Modern Mediterranean. I am interested in investigating how the analysis of architecture and buildings can help in understanding different historical and cultural contexts.

My project focuses on lazzaretti - quarantine centres - in the Mediterranean area during the early modern period. The lazzaretto can be considered a microcosm in which to pursue the history of medicine, cultural history, social history and the history of material culture. As lazzaretti were used as permanent quarantine stations for people and goods on the move, they were established above all in important trading centres and port cities along shipping routes in the Mediterranean region (Italian and Balkan peninsula, the Ionian Sea and south coast of France). They formed a system of nodal points collaborating in plague preventive measures while sharing information on epidemics, quarantine regulations and architectural models. My thesis aims at understanding the role of the institution by focusing on early modern ideas of plague and how they shaped the mobility and culture of exchange in the eighteenth-century Mediterranean area.

Research Supervision

Supervisor: Professor Mary Laven


Cambridge European Scholarship

Girton College Graduate Research Awards

The Irene Hallinan Scholarship, Girton College

The Prince Consort Studentship

Prize Research Grant, Joint Centre for History and Economics (2017-2018)


Undergraduate supervisions for the following papers:

Part I, Paper 16: European History 1450-1760

Part II, Paper 14: Material culture in the early modern world

Other Professional Activities

Convenor of the Early Modern History Graduate Workshop (2019-2020)

Member of the Postgraduate Committee, Faculty of History (2019-2020)

Prize Research Student at  the Joint Centre for History and Economics (2017-2018)


  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

Marina Inì, ‘Materiality and Contagion in the Early Modern Mediterranean’, accepted pending revisions by the Social History of Medicine.

In progress: Marina Inì, ‘Architecture and plague prevention: lazzaretti in the eighteenth-century Mediterranean’ invited chapter in Public Health in the Early Modern City in Europe, ed. by Mohammad Gharipour.