An international committee of Senior Fellows, in collaboration with Fondazione 1563, directs the Turin Humanities Programme, identifying topics for the research projects and selecting Directors of Studies and Junior Fellows.
Nino Luraghi is Wykeham Professor of Ancient (Greek) History at the University of Oxford and a fellow of New College. He is an historian of the ancient Greek world with special interests in ethnicity, slavery and other systems of exploitation and autocratic rulership in the Greek city-states. He has devoted research to Greek historiography, especially Herodotus and Thucydides as well as other historians of the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, with a particular interest in oral tradition and popular narrative. He has held academic appointments at universities in Germany, Italy, the United States and Canada.
Nicholas Cronk is the Director of the Voltaire Foundation and Professor of European Enlightenment Studies at the University of Oxford, where he is a fellow of Wolfson College and of St Edmund Hall.
He is the general editor of the Complete Works of Voltaire (203 volumes, 1968-2021), and was the Principal Investigator of Electronic Enlightenment (2000-2009) http://www.e-enlightenment.com/info/about/
His principal research interests are related to the French Enlightenment, and touch particularly on Voltaire, on questions of critical editing, and on aspects of the history of the book and correspondence studies. He is also interested in the development of digital humanities research methodologies for textual research.
Elisabeth Décultot is the Director of the IZEA Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies and Humboldt Professor for Modern Written Culture and European Knowledge Transfer at the Institute of German Literature, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. Her research focuses on the connection between literature, art theory, and art history from the 17th to the 19th century in Germany, especially in the 18th century, as well as on the methods of reading and writing in the Early Modern European scholarship. Much of her work is dedicated to Johann Joachim Winckelmann. In 2010, she curated the exhibition “Musées de papier. L’Antiquité en livres, 1600-1800” at the Louvre Museum in Paris and in 2017 the exhibition “Winckelmann. Moderne Antike/Winckelmann. Modern Antiquity” in Weimar.
Serena Ferente is a professor of Medieval History in the History Department of the University of Amsterdam.
Her primary research interests lie in the political history of late medieval and Renaissance Italy. She has published widely on partisanship, elections, and political ideology, with a particular focus on city-states and actors resisting processes of state-building. She continues to work on the history of political languages and the use of body metaphors, including gendered metaphors and emotion-metaphors, in late medieval and Renaissance Europe. She is currently preparing the volume on fifteenth-century Europe for the new Oxford History of Medieval Europe, and researching the Genoese diaspora in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Vincenzo Ferrone is an historian of Old Regime and Enlightenment in Europe and he is Professor of modern history at the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Turin.
His primary research interests lie in the history of Old Regime and Enlightenment in Europe and in the history of rights of man. His current research is aimed at studying human rights and the emergence of the modern political language of the culture of Enlightenment and its consequences in later centuries, up to today’s debates, with a particular interest in the religious confrontation on issues of bioethics and civil liberties.