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I graduated with honors under the supervision of Prof. P. Cesaretti at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Bergamo with a final dissertation on Roman History entitled Ravenna - Caput Italiae? Indagini recenti sulla città nel contesto dell’alto Adriatico tardo antico.
My PhD was a historical and cultural reconstruction of the context of the late antique hagiographical source ‘The Life of saint Severin’, entitled Eugippii Vita sancti Severini. Dal testo al territorio: il Norico tardoantico. Presently, I am a Fellow Researcher at the University of Bergamo.
The aim of my research is the development of a prosopographical reference work on ancient mobility (Human mobility between Oriens and Transpadana: A prosopographical research (98-604)), also in a digital format (HUMOT).



Susan Einbinder is the author of After the Black Death: Plague and Commemoration among Iberian Jews (Philadelphia 2018) and two monographs on medieval French Jews, Beautiful Death: Jewish Poetry and Martyrdom from Medieval France (Princeton 2002) and No Place of Rest: Literature, Expulsion and the Memory of Medieval France (Philadelphia 2009).  Since 2012, she has been Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at the University of Connecticut.  From 1993-2012, she taught at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.  She is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and a grateful recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the NY Public Library’s Cullman Center, the National Humanities Center, the UConn Humanities Institute and more.  This year she will be working on a new project exploring Jewish responses to the plague in late medieval and early modern settings. 



 Dr. Sundar Henny is an historian of early modern Europe, interested in the history of ethnography, comparatism, and archives. He is an Ambizione fellow at the University of Bern and a visiting professor at the HCMH. His current project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, is entitled Navel of the World: Cross-Cultural Encounters at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 1400–1600. In this project, Christianity’s most prominent pilgrimage destination in Jerusalem serves as a prism for the study of late medieval and early modern notions of cultural and religious diversity. The project takes into account sources from Latin (Western European) as well as from Armenian and Greek pilgrims and residents.

In the past, Sundar worked on autobiographical writing in 17th-century Zurich. A revised version of his doctoral thesis (University of Basel, 2012) appeared as Vom Leib geschrieben: Der Mikrokosmos Zürich und seine Selbstzeugnisse im 17. Jahrhundert (Böhlau, 2016). He has conducted postdoctoral research on the reception of Strabo at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University and taught at the Universities of Basel, Bern, and Lucerne. In 2018, he published an edition with commentary of Isaak Iselin’s Geschichte der Menschheit (1764), an Enlightenment classic and the first history of mankind in German.




Currently an American Council for Learned Societies Fellow, Dr. Fabien Montcher is preparing for publication a monograph entitled “Scholars of Fortune: Conflicts and the Making of Politics in Early Modern Empires.” Departing from his expertise in early modern Iberian history (including both the Spanish and the Portuguese empires), his work analyzes scholarly political mediation in the context of Late Renaissance wars. At Haïfa, Fabien will be presenting and discussing a line of research related to the question of how the intellectual networks of the Republic of Letters secured political communication across the Western Mediterranean in the midst of seventeenth-century revolts. This line aims to test concepts such as ‘bibliopolitics’ in order to include in the analysis of early modern information systems the history of political cultures and the social history of knowledge.