Teaching the Renaissance: challenges and opportunities


I am a Renaissance art historian with a particular research interest in the Venetian mainland empire in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and general research interests concerned with elites, luxury, gender, material culture and a fondness for prodigy houses! especially their roofs.

I am a university lecturer who teaches on pretty much anything from Renaissance Venice to clothing, on Foucault and social media, on Renaissance courts and classicism, on Freud and Habermas, and essay writing skills and how to do a presentation.
So, like all professional academics, one of the issues I am dealing with on a daily basis is how to balance out my specific research interests with teaching Undergraduates and Postgraduates at all levels. What may be particular to me as a Renaissance expert though is the ‘myth’ of the Renaissance as an academic subject that seems to repel and attract students in equal measure, and certainly offers…

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