Lisa Di Crescenzo wins ACIS Cassa Marca Scholarship

Lisa Di Crescenzo in Ferrara
Lisa visiting Ferrara

CMRS PhD candidate Lisa Di Crescenzo has been awarded one of two prestigious Cassa Marca Scholarships in 2015. Each year the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) offers these competitive scholarships to provide postgraduate students at an Australian or New Zealand university with the opportunity to work on a research project in Italy. Successful applicants spend at least two months in Italy on research. Many congratulations Lisa!

An abstract of Lisa’s research follows:

Letters, Lineage and Life Cycle in Exile and Expatriation: The Epistolary Corpus of the Strozzi, 1471-1510

Using the correspondence of Luisa Donati Strozzi over four decades, this research project examines the consequences of exile from Florence to Padua, Ferrara and Venice in 1434 for the Strozzi family. A central issue is the extent to which the sense of lineage identity persisted as a source of political, economic and cultural solidarity for later generations of the family in the face of necessary adaptation to court life in a different city. In addition to their value as examples of shifting linguistic forms and registers, the letters of Luisa Donati provide rarely-examined materials for the analysis of the impact of exile on women of patrician status and their role in sustaining the sense of a common family identity.