Marina Ini'

PhD Candidate in Early Modern History

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 a Cambridge Trust Scholar and I am also funded by the Girton College Graduate Research Awards and the Prince Consort Studentship. I completed my BA degree in Art History at the University of Trento, Italy (2015) and my MSc in Architectural History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh (2016). During the year 2017-2018 I was a Prize Research Student at the Joint Centre for History and Economics; in 2019-2020, I have been a Co-Convenor of the Early Modern History Graduate Workshop and a Member of the Postgraduate Committee of the Faculty of History.

My research interests concern Material Culture, Architecture, Connective History and History of Medicine in the Early Modern Mediterranean.  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.

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

Graduate teaching:

Italian palaeography sessions for the MPhil in Early Modern History

Early Modern World History Workshop, University of Cambridge: ‘The Quarantined Body: Cleanliness and the Senses in the Early Modern Mediterranean Lazzaretti’, October 2019

Global Skins in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1700, King’s College, London: ‘Surface, Skin and Materiality in Early Modern Mediterranean Lazzaretti’, September 2019

European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) Biennial Conference, ‘Sense and Nonsense’, University of Birmingham: ‘Lazzaretti, Quarantine and the Role of Senses in Eighteenth-Century Italy’, August 2019


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Key publications

Marina Inì, ‘Materiality and Contagion in the Early Modern Mediterranean’, accepted 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 (Palgrave Macmillan).