Simon Ditchfield

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Simon Richard Ditchfield, FRHistS, is an academic historian of early modern Italy. Since 2014, he has been Professor of Early Modern History at the University of York.

Career[edit]

Ditchfield completed his undergraduate studies at the University of York, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980. He then received Master of Philosophy (1987) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Warburg Institute; his PhD was awarded in 1991 for his thesis "Hagiography and ecclesiastical historiography in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Italy: Pietro Maria Campi of Piacenza (1569–1649)".[1][2][3] He returned to the University of York in 1991 as a British Academy post-doctoral fellow, and has remained there ever since; after completing his fellowship, he was appointed a temporary lecturer in 1994, and then from 1996 to 1998 he was a project director in the Department; he was then appointed to a full lectureship, and was promoted to a senior lectureship in 2002, a readership in 2006 and to a professorship in 2014.[1][3]

Ditchfield's research focuses on urban and religious culture in Italy from around 1300 to around 1800.[1] He was president of the Ecclesiastical History Society for the 2015–16 year,[4] and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.[3]

Publications[edit]

  • Liturgy, Sanctity and History in Tridentine Italy: Pietro Maria Campi and the Preservation of the Particular, Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1995).
  • (Editor) Christianity and Community in the West: Essays for John Bossy (Ashgate, 2001).
  • (Co-author with Anna Benvenuti, Sofia Boesch Gajano, Roberto Rusconi, Francesco Scorza Barcellona and Gabriella Zarri) Storia della Santità nel Cristianesimo Occidentale (Viella, 2005).
  • San Carlo and the Cult of Saints (Bulzoni Editore, 2006).
  • (Co-editor with Kate van Liere and Howard Louthan) Sacred History: Uses of the Christian Past in the Renaissance World (Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • (Co-author with Helen Smith) Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe (Manchester University Press, 2017).
  • Ditchfield, Simon; Methuen, Charlotte; Spicer, Andrew, eds. (2017). Translating Christianity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1108419246.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Professor Simon Ditchfield", University of Yok. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Hagiography and ecclesiastical historiography in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Italy: Pietro Maria Campi of Piacenza (1569–1649)", University of London: Warburg Institute Catalogue. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Prof. Simon Ditchfield", Ecclesiastical History Society (Institute of Historical Research). Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  4. ^ Past Presidents - Ecclesiastical History Society