Lecture by Professor James Nelson Novoa (Assistant Professor of Spanish and Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Ottawa)
He completed his PhD in Spanish language and literature from the University of Valencia (Spain) in 2003. He has held fellowships from the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (2004-2005) and the Fundação para a Ciência and Technology of Portugal (2005-2008 and 2010-2014). Furthermore, from October 2014 to December 2015 he was a visiting researcher in the European Research Council project “A Diaspora in Transition—Cultural and Religious Changes in Western Sephardic Communities in the Early Modern Period,” directed by Professor Yosef Kaplan through the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He is the author of Being the Nação in the Eternal City: New Christian Lives in Sixteenth Century Rome, Baywolf Press, Peterborough, 2014, as well as numerous articles in international journals and chapters in books.
His areas of interest range from the Iberian presence in Early Modern Italy, the Portuguese New Christian diaspora in Italy, cultural ties between the Italian and Iberian peninsulas in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Jewish and Christian cultural and social relations in Italy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and religious identity in the Early Modern Period.