About us

The Organisers

Serena Laiena

Serena is in the second year of her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her research project is funded by an AHRC grant, a Clare College Mallinson grant and the Cambridge Trust, and is supervised by Dr Helena Sanson. It examines the careers of Giovan Battista Andreini (1576-1654) and Virgina Ramponi (1583-c.1630), two commedia dell’arte actors. Serena graduated in Modern Philology at La Sapienza University in Rome and attended the Sapienza School for Advanced Studies (SSAS). Her interests also include Italian dialectology, translation of dialects, and the history of the Italian language.

Email: sl831@cam.ac.uk


Katerina Pavlidi

Katerina is a CEELBAS-funded PhD student at the department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. Katerina holds a BA in Modern Greek and Byzantine literature from the University of Cyprus and an MPhil in Comparative literatures and cultures from the University of Cambridge. Her research project focuses on Russian literature of the late Soviet period. Specifically, she examines the relationship between body and language in the literary works and plays of the Russian postmodernist author Vladimir Sorokin. Her research interests also include the theatre of the Russian Avant-garde of the early twentieth century.

Email: kp489@cam.ac.uk



Anna-Lisa Nicholson

Lisa is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in French at the University of Cambridge. She previously studied BA French and Russian, and MA Early Modern Studies at UCL.  She specialises in early modern French literature and thought. Her thesis explores the cultural output of the Mazarin salon and the French diaspora in seventeenth-century London. Drawing together the salon’s correspondence, publications, and performances, her research investigate how confessional, national, and linguistic divides are navigated to forge a supportive literary network. 

Email: alrn2@cam.ac.uk


Jean David Eynard

Jean David holds a BA in English literature from Queen Mary, University of London, and an MSt from the University of Oxford. His master’s research investigated Francis Bacon’s ideas of linguistic economy, showing the humanist origins of his treatment of knowledge as a commodity. Jean David is currently undertaking his PhD at Cambridge with a project entitled ‘Discordant poetics in early modern England: Spenser to Milton’. Further research interests include classical reception, economic criticism, and forms of polyglossia on the early modern stage.

Email: je370@cam.ac.uk


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