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Biography

Camilla Russell joined Newcastle University in 2009. She completed her undergraduate studies and an MA in History at the University of Melbourne, before going on to her PhD in History at Royal Holloway, University of London, awarded in 2003. Camilla has taught at Monash University, Melbourne, Queen Mary, University of London, and the University of Newcastle in the North of England. In 2008 she was appointed Hanna Kiel Fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. Between 2012 and 2013, she held the positions of Visiting Scholar at ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome (Department of History, Cultures and Languages) and at ‘Roma Tre’ University (Department of History, Geography and Anthropology). Camilla Russell is the author of Giulia Gonzaga and the Religious Controversies of Sixteenth-Century Italy (Brepols, 2006), as well as a number of articles on the religious and cultural history of early modern Italy. Her current research includes European responses to the overseas missionary enterprise in the early modern period, and the development of a "collective biography" of Italian Jesuits, 1540-1640. All of her work is underpinned by archival research, and by an abiding interest in the cultural history of religion and of religious life for women and for men; the history of information, of self-narrative documents, and epistolary exchange in Europe and beyond. Her teaching interests range from Late Medieval, to Renaissance and Early Modern Europe, especially the religious and cultural history of Europe, and Europe in the wider world.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of London, 03/06/2003
  • Master of Arts (History), University of Melbourne, 20/09/1998
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, 17/12/1993

Research

Research keywords

  • Cultural History
  • Early Modern European History
  • Europe in its global context
  • Italian History
  • Jesuit Studies
  • Religious History

Research expertise

Camilla Russell is the author of Giulia Gonzaga and the Religious Controversies of Sixteenth-Century Italy (Brepols, 2006). Her monograph is to be re-issued in Italian translation in 2015 (Giulia Gonzaga e le controversie religiose dell'Italia del XVI secolo, trans. F. Minonzio, Polyhistor). She is the author of a number of articles on the religious and cultural history of early modern Italy, especially heterodox reforming currents at the time of Europe's Reformations. Her current research is in the field of Jesuit Studies, with several published and forthcoming articles about the Jesuit overseas missions, and a forthcoming monograph on the first century of Italian Jesuits (1540-1640), recounted substantially in the Jesuits' own words through "ego-document" self-narratives that were produced throughout the Jesuit career.

Languages

  • English
  • Italian

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
210307European History (Excl. British, Classical Greek And Roman)80
229999Philosophy And Religious Studies Not Elsewhere Classified20

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Renaissance Society of America
  • Member - Catholic Reformation Research Network
  • Member - Sixteenth Century Society
  • Member - Society for Renaissance Studies
  • Member - ANZAMEMS, Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Storia delle Donne

Appointments

Hanna Kiel Fellow
Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence (Italy)
01/07/2008 - 01/06/2009
Visiting Scholar
‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, Department of History, Cultures and Languages, September–December 2012 (Italy)
01/09/2012 - 01/12/2012
Visiting Scholar
‘Roma Tre’ University, Department of History, Geography and Anthropology (Italy)
01/03/2013 - 01/06/2013

Awards

Research Award.

2013Venice Award & Publication Grant
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (United States)
Award & Publication Grant
2001University of London Central Research Fund
University of London (United Kingdom)
Research travel grant
2001Gilchrist Educational Trust Grant
Gilchrist Educational Trust (United Kingdom)
Research scholarship
2000Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Research Funding 2000 & 2001
Royal Historical Society (United Kingdom)
Research travel scholarship
1999Rome Award - British School at Rome
British Council (Italy)
Rome Award - British School at Rome

Invitations

‘A Society without a history: Jesuit attitudes to the past in the first 100 years, 1540-1640’
University of Sydney, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2011
'Asia in the formation of Jesuit missionary vocations in late-Renaissance Italy'
Renaissance Society of America Conference, Italy (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2010
‘Assessing Candidates for the Jesuit Overseas Missions in Late Sixteenth-Century Italy’
Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Switzerland (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2009
‘News from the Indies: The Jesuit overseas missions and the history of Information in late-Renaissance Italy’
Scribal Culture and Political Intelligence in Italy, 1500–1650, Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2008
‘Dying for Christ: The theme of martyrdom in Jesuit missionary correspondence’
Society for Renaissance Studies Conference, Dublin, Ireland (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2008

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Cultural and religious history
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Europe and the world
  • Reformation History
  • Renaissance Italy

Teaching expertise

Areas of supervision cover any aspect of late-medieval and early-modern European history, especially cultural and religious history, globalizing Europe, gender, and the history of communication.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Russell C, Giulia Gonzaga and the Religious Controversies of Sixteenth-Century Italy, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium, 237 (2006) [A1]
2013Russell CE, 'Vocation to the East: Italian Jesuits Selected for the China Mission, 1590-1615', Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors II, Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy 313-327 (2013) [B1]
2011Russell CE, 'Imagining the 'Indies': Italian Jesuit petitions for the overseas missions at the turn of the seventeenth century', L'Europa Divisa e i Nuovi Mondi: Per Adriano Prosperi Vol. II, Edizioni Della Normale, Pisa 179-189 (2011) [B1]
2009Russell CE, 'Women, letters and heresy in sixteenth-century Italy: Giulia Gonzaga's Heterodox epistolary network', Early Modern Women and Transnational Communities of Letters, Ashgate Publishing, Surrey 75-93 (2009) [B1]
2008Russell C, ''Convent Culture in Early Modern Italy: Laywomen and Religious Subversiveness in a Neapolitan Convent'', Practices of Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium 57-76 (2008) [B1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Russell C, Giulia Gonzaga and the Religious Controversies of Sixteenth-Century Italy, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium, 237 (2006) [A1]

Chapter (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Russell CE, 'Vocation to the East: Italian Jesuits Selected for the China Mission, 1590-1615', Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors II, Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy 313-327 (2013) [B1]
2012Russell CE, '¿Delegated Charity: Confraternities between City, Nations, and Curia in Late Medieval Rome¿', Faith¿s Boundaries: Laity and Clergy in Early Modern Confraternities, Brepols, Turnhout 34-56 (2012) [B1]
2011Russell CE, 'Imagining the 'Indies': Italian Jesuit petitions for the overseas missions at the turn of the seventeenth century', L'Europa Divisa e i Nuovi Mondi: Per Adriano Prosperi Vol. II, Edizioni Della Normale, Pisa 179-189 (2011) [B1]
2009Russell CE, 'Women, letters and heresy in sixteenth-century Italy: Giulia Gonzaga's Heterodox epistolary network', Early Modern Women and Transnational Communities of Letters, Ashgate Publishing, Surrey 75-93 (2009) [B1]
2008Russell C, ''Imagining and Experiencing Italy in the 1980s and 1990s'', Australians in Italy: Contemporary Lives and Impressions, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia 21.1-21.4 (2008) [B1]
2008Russell C, ''Convent Culture in Early Modern Italy: Laywomen and Religious Subversiveness in a Neapolitan Convent'', Practices of Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium 57-76 (2008) [B1]
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Journal article (6 outputs)

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2014Russell CE, 'Religious Reforming Currents in Sixteenth-Century Italy: The Spirituali and the Tridentine Debates over Church Reform', Journal of Religious History, 1-19 (2014)
2012Russell CE, 'The ideas of man and woman in renaissance France: Print, rhetoric, and law [Book Review]', Parergon, 29 338-339 (2012) [C3]
2012Russell CE, 'Diplomat priest built bridges to China', Eureka Street, 22 1 (2012) [C3]
2012Russell CE, 'C. A. Monson: Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of Music, Magic, Art, and Arson in the Convents of Italy. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2010', Journal of Religious History, 36 451-453 (2012) [C3]
2009Russell CE, 'Review of Giorgio Butterini, Cecilia Nubola and Adriana Valerio, eds, Maria Arcangela Biondini (1641-1712) e il monastero delle Serve di Maria di Arco. Una fondatrice e un archivio. Atti del Convegno (Trento 6-7 maggio 2004)', The Journal of Ecclesiastical History (RHE), 60 848-849 (2009) [C3]
2004Russell C, 'Review essay of K. J. P. Lowe, Nuns' Chronicles and Convent Culture in Renaissance and Counter-Reformation Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2004)', Intellectual News, 14 156-162 (2004) [C1]
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Review (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Russell C, 'David Gentilcore, Medical Charlatanism in Early Modern Italy (Oxford, 2006)', Medical Charlatanism in Early Modern Italy (2008) [D2]
2004Russell C, 'Natalie Tomas, The Medici Women: Gender and Power in the Italian Renaissance (Ashgate, 2003)', The Medici Women: Gender and Power in the Italian Renaissance (2004) [D2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$83,000

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2009 (2 grants)

Imagining the Indies: Conceptualising the Jesuit Missionary Enterprise in Early Modern Europe.$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
New Staff Grant Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020092010
GNo:183960988

Imagining the Indies: Conceptualising the Jesuit Missionary Enterprise in Early Modern Europe.$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Camilla Russell
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020092009
GNo:G0900137

1998 (2 grants)

Newman College Archbishop Mannix Travelling Scholarship$60,000
Funding Body: Newman College, Melbourne

SchemeRole
Travelling ScholarshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$60,00019982001
GNo:115655152

Overseas Entrance Scholarship and College Research Studentship$13,000
Funding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London

SchemeRole
Overseas Entrance Scholarship and College Research StudentshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$13,00019982001
GNo:115655164
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142022PhD (History)Co-Supervisor"Wild Humours" of the Common People: The Emotions During the Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1639-1653
20122016PhD (History)Principal SupervisorThe Politics of Piety: George and Thomas Boleyn in the English and European Reformation, 1520-1539

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2010Honours History
Newcastle University
Sole Supervisor1707 Act of Union of the English and Scottish Parliaments
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Dr Camilla Russell

Work Phone(02) 4921 5220
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHistory
Office
MCLG23,
McMullin Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/camilla-russell