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Raffaele Danna

Biography:

I am a PhD candidate in History at the University of Cambridge. I hold an MA (Hons) in Philosophical Sciences (2015) and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy (2013) at the University of Bologna. I am a former student of the University's excellence institution, the Collegio Superiore. I have been a visiting student at the University of California, San Diego (2013-14) and at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (2015-16).

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the complex intertwining of economic, scientific as well as cultural factors in bringing about historical change.

My PhD project, supervised by Dr. Craig Muldrew, focuses on the diffusion of the Commercial Revolution from Italy to northern Europe (XIII-XVI centuries). Relying on a study of the diffusion of commercial mathematics, I aim to track the spread of key innovations characteristic of the early modern European economy. The aim of this project is to concentrate on an overlooked aspect of the heritage of the Renaissance.

My broader research interests include Early Modern History, Economic and Social History, the Renaissance, the History of Economic Thought, Intellectual History.

Other Professional Activities

I am interested in economic, social and political current affairs. 

I am a convenor of the CRASSH seminar The Politics of Economics, whose purpose is to bring together different disciplinary angles for a discussion on the complex aspects of the politics-economics relation, together with their normative and epistemic consequences.

I am part of the editorial board of Pandora - Rivista di Teoria e Politica, an online as well as paper journal fostering a critical engagement of young authors with contemporary issues. Here you can find some articles of mine for this project (mainly in Italian).

Keywords

  • Economic, Social History
  • Early Modern History