Maria Vittoria Comacchi earned a European Ph.D. in History of Philosophy with distinction from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (2019). During her Ph.D., she was an external contributor to the ERC project Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular and Visiting Scholar at the University of Hamburg and, in Paris, at the Laboratoire d’études sur les monothéismes (CNRS) and at the Centre de Recherches Moyen-Orient Méditerranée (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Oriental).
In 2019-2020, she was Junior Postdoctoral Fellow at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies (University of Hamburg) and was awarded a four-month Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies (Innsbruck). She is the recipient of the 2020 Kristeller-Popkin Travel Fellowship sponsored by the Journal of the History of Philosophy to study manuscripts in Cambridge, Madrid, and Milan.
Her research interests and publications focus on the history of Renaissance ideas, including Yehudah Abarbanel’s philosophy; Neoplatonism; Jewish tradition and thought; Jewish-Christian relationships in the Mediterranean; Italian academies; book and manuscript circulation.
At the EUI, Maria Vittoria will extend her research to early-modern Orientalism, the reception of Ottoman and Islamic culture, and political thought. Her diachronic perspective on the philosophical, religious, and political idea of Concordia Mundi of the 16th-century French orientalist and traveler Guillaume Postel will explore his encounter with Ottoman society.
Expertise for Teaching and Mentoring of Ph.D. Researchers
She is Research Assistant at the Chair of History of Philosophy at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and co-organizes annually the graduate seminar Prismi della Modernità at the Center for Renaissance and Early Modern Thought.