Professor Fabrizio Nevola

Research interests

Fabrizio works and has published on the ritual use of public space, urban identity, the representation and perception of community groups within cities, as well as the relations between commercial and residential spaces in Early Modern Italy. New research looks at the street as a social space, the urban iconography that often binds main streets into a coherent whole and the relations between public and private self-representation. This recent work also engages in cross-chronological discussion, linking the themes and issues of concern for the present to those of the past.

Research collaborations

He was principal investigator for a research project on 'Taverns, locals and street corners',  an AHRC funded research project that looked at the public use of urban space across history, from Renaissance Italy to the present day - a collaboration between colleagues from Bath, Exeter (Dr Jane Milling) and Birmingham (Prof Antonia Layard). A short slideshow interview about the project can be seen here. Prior to this, with Dr David Rosenthal, he conducted a research review on cities and urban communities in Early Modern Italy for the AHRC 'Connected Communities' programme. He was also PI on the Street Life network with Dr Georgia Clarke (Courtauld Institute of Art), which engaged with academics as well as well as non HEI partners. A slideshow interview about the project can be seen here.

In two recent research projects that have explored the use of mobile phone apps for different aspects of narrative and history, he has worked with specialists in the field of digital media. Writer on the Train, was a collaboration with author James Attlee, and award-winning app-developers Agant to create GPS-triggered experience on the London-Bristol train line; read James on the project in the Bookseller. The other, Hidden Florence, is a collaboration with industry-leaders in GPS-triggered city audio tours Calvium Ltd, to create an idiosyncartic guide to Renaissance Florence. You can downlaoad the App free from AppStore or Google Play. Also watch a short film about the project here. In February 2015 he was invited Orion lecturer at the University of Victoria (BC) and gave the keynote at a symposium on digital humanities and art history. He is also supervising a collaborative doctoral award (REACT PhD) with Calvium that is considering 'Geo-locating the spatial and architectural history of pre-modern cities’.

From summer 2014 he is co-directing a project called 'Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy' funded by the Getty Foundation ‘Connecting Art Histories’ programme and run by Harvard University Villa I Tatti, Centre for the Study of the Italian Renaissance, Florence. In July 2014 he co-led a seminar in Florence for 12 young academics from China and Taiwan who teach Western art and architecture to study Renaissance works first-hand and in October he co-organised a conference at the Harvard University China Centre in Shanghai and Fudan University. The project, in a slightly modified format, was repeated in 2015, and included a conference I co-organised at Nanjing University.