Dr Francesco Borghesi

Laurea in Filosofia, University of Bologna (Italy); MA and PhD in Italian Studies, Brown University (USA)
Senior Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 7131

Biographical details

Francesco Borghesi was educated in Italy, Germany and the USA. He has been a DAAD Fellow at the Seminar für Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie der Renaissance at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (Germany), a Frances A. Yates Fellow at the Warburg Institute in London (UK), a Reseach Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University (USA), and a Lauro de Bosis Fellow at Harvard University (USA). He taught at McGill University in Montreal (Canada) and lectured as visiting professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. His research interests include: medieval and Renaissance philosophy, theology and literature, and the interactions between them; the comparative study of religions; magic, science, and religion during the Renaissance. As one of his research projects entails the edition of a humanist text, he has developed a strong interest in palaeography, philology, electronic textual editing, and, more generally, textual criticism as well as history of scholarship. He is a member of the Worldwide Advisory Board of the Virtual Humanities Lab (VHL) at Brown University, and a co-founder and co-ordinator of the Network of Italian Scholars Abroad (NISA), which provides a world wide network for Italian scholars in the humanities and the social sciences. He is also a member of the editorial board of Italian Culture, the journal of the American Association for Italian Studies.

Research interests

  • Renaissance philosophy and humanism
  • History of religious thought and moral philosophy, 1200-1800
  • Textual criticism (philology, palaeography, manuscript studies and textual bibliography)
  • Historiography

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • ITLN3662 Machiavelli and Renaissance Italy
  • ITLN3691 Italian Literature, 1200-1860
  • ITLN3694 Dante and the Middle Ages
  • ITLN3695 Love in Italian Culture
  • EUST2607 Comparing Cultures: Europe and the East

Research Supervision

  • Italian literature, philology and philosophy.

Francesco Borghesi is currently supervising five full-time PhD candidates, whose projects cover:

  • European and Sufi Mystical Literature (800-1900): A Comparative Study (Mona Al-sharif: PhD in European Studies)
  • Giambattista Vico and Chinese Philosophy (Daniel Canaris; PhD in Italian Studies)
  • Toward a New Italian Poetry: a Middle Eastern Case (Alice Loda; PhD in Italian Studies)
  • A Critical Edition of Giovanni Pascoli's Odi e Inni (Francesca Ori; PhD in Italian Studiesi)
  • The Relationship Between Dante's Divina Commedia and the Fascist Regime in Italy (Carlo Pennarola; PhD in Italian Studies)

Current projects

  • Critical edition of the letters of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (to be published in Italy by Olschki Editore in Florence and in the USA in the I Tatti Renaissance Library series by Harvard University Press).
  • A study on Giovanni Pico della Mirandola's philosophy (to be published in Italy by Carocci Editore).
  • A study on the diffusion of the ideal of concordia in European culture, in particular between the thirteenth and the seventeenth century.

Selected grants

2013

  • Sydney Intellectual History Network; Milam J, Aspromourgos A, Borghesi F, Caine B, Ferng J, Fitzmaurice A, Gaukroger S, Helbig D, Karalis V, Kerridge I, Macarthur D, Nassar D, Redding P, Sadurski W, Sevel M, Sluga G, Smith M, Waldow A, Walton K; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2012

  • Writing the World - Transnationalism in Literary Studies; Bandhauer A, Borghesi F, Christie W, Cowan R, Dixon R, Giles P, Karalis V, Kirkpatrick P, Lu Y, Minter P, Morgan P, Parsons N, Rooney B, Suter R, Walsh A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.
  • 'Undoing the Ancient' Research Group; Blanshard A, Ledbury A, Milam J, Gagne J, Borghesi F, Muecke F, Turner M; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Borghesi, F. (2004). Concordia, pietas et docta religio. Le lettere di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Edizione e studio dell'incunabolo bolognese del 1496. Bologna: II Mulino.

Edited Books

  • Borghesi, F., Papio, M., Riva, M. (2012). Pico della Mirandola: Oration On The Dignity Of Man A New Translation And Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Borghesi, F. (2012). Interpretations. In Francesco Borghesi, Michael Papio, Massimo Riva (Eds.), Pico Delia Mirandola: Oration on the Dignity of Man - A New Translation and Commentary, (pp. 52-65). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Borghesi, F. (2012). Pro libertate nostra (For Our Freedom). In Ernesto Priani Saiso (Eds.), Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola: Su Pensamiento Influencias y Repercusiones, (pp. 27-44). Mexico City, Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
  • Borghesi, F. (2011). Uma Vida de Obras. In M. V. Dougherty (Eds.), Pico della Mirandola: novos ensaios, (pp. 237-256). Sao Paulo: Madras Editora Ltda.
  • Borghesi, F. (2010). Al posto della morte c'era la luce: L'etica Della Lettura Di Pier Cesare Bori. In Alberto Melloni and Riccardo Saccenti (Eds.), In the Image of God: Foundations and Objections within the Discourse on Human Dignity, (pp. 9-24). Berlin: LIT Verlag.
  • Borghesi, F. (2008). A Life in Works. In M V Dougherty (Eds.), Pico della Mirandola: New Essays, (pp. 202-219). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.

Journals

  • Borghesi, F. (2012). For the good of All. Notes on the Idea of Concordia during the late Middle Ages. Italian Poetry Review: plurilingual journal of creativity and criticism, v, 215-244.
  • Alu, G., Borghesi, F. (2012). Introduction: Between Word and Image, East and West. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 22(2), 1-12.
  • Borghesi, F. (2008). Presentazione: Un seminario sulla filologia digitale alla Columbia University. StoricaMente.
  • Borghesi, F. (2006). Cos'è un 'problema storico'? Riflessioni metodologiche su Ginzburg e dintorni. Discipline filosofiche, 16(1), 109-126.
  • Borghesi, F. (2004). Per la pubblicazione delle lettere di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Rinascimento: rivista dell'Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento.
  • Borghesi, F. (2003). Pico e la concordia. A partire da un dibattito recente. Schede Umanistiche, 17 (2003)(2), 91-107.
  • Borghesi, F. (2000). Tracce e congetture per un percorso nel genere epistolare: premessa a una recensio del carteggio pichiano. Schede Umanistiche, 14(2), 33-98.

2012

  • Borghesi, F. (2012). For the good of All. Notes on the Idea of Concordia during the late Middle Ages. Italian Poetry Review: plurilingual journal of creativity and criticism, v, 215-244.
  • Borghesi, F. (2012). Interpretations. In Francesco Borghesi, Michael Papio, Massimo Riva (Eds.), Pico Delia Mirandola: Oration on the Dignity of Man - A New Translation and Commentary, (pp. 52-65). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Alu, G., Borghesi, F. (2012). Introduction: Between Word and Image, East and West. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 22(2), 1-12.
  • Borghesi, F., Papio, M., Riva, M. (2012). Pico della Mirandola: Oration On The Dignity Of Man A New Translation And Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Borghesi, F. (2012). Pro libertate nostra (For Our Freedom). In Ernesto Priani Saiso (Eds.), Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola: Su Pensamiento Influencias y Repercusiones, (pp. 27-44). Mexico City, Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

2011

  • Borghesi, F. (2011). Uma Vida de Obras. In M. V. Dougherty (Eds.), Pico della Mirandola: novos ensaios, (pp. 237-256). Sao Paulo: Madras Editora Ltda.

2010

  • Borghesi, F. (2010). Al posto della morte c'era la luce: L'etica Della Lettura Di Pier Cesare Bori. In Alberto Melloni and Riccardo Saccenti (Eds.), In the Image of God: Foundations and Objections within the Discourse on Human Dignity, (pp. 9-24). Berlin: LIT Verlag.

2008

  • Borghesi, F. (2008). A Life in Works. In M V Dougherty (Eds.), Pico della Mirandola: New Essays, (pp. 202-219). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.
  • Borghesi, F. (2008). Presentazione: Un seminario sulla filologia digitale alla Columbia University. StoricaMente.

2006

  • Borghesi, F. (2006). Cos'è un 'problema storico'? Riflessioni metodologiche su Ginzburg e dintorni. Discipline filosofiche, 16(1), 109-126.

2004

  • Borghesi, F. (2004). Concordia, pietas et docta religio. Le lettere di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Edizione e studio dell'incunabolo bolognese del 1496. Bologna: II Mulino.
  • Borghesi, F. (2004). Per la pubblicazione delle lettere di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Rinascimento: rivista dell'Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento.

2003

  • Borghesi, F. (2003). Pico e la concordia. A partire da un dibattito recente. Schede Umanistiche, 17 (2003)(2), 91-107.

2000

  • Borghesi, F. (2000). Tracce e congetture per un percorso nel genere epistolare: premessa a una recensio del carteggio pichiano. Schede Umanistiche, 14(2), 33-98.

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