Prof. Denise Bezzina | PhD

Assistant professor (rtdb) (Università di Genova), B.A. Hons. (University of Malta), M.A. (Università degli Studi di Genova), Ph.D. (Università degli Studi di Torino)

Short Bio

I am a medievalist with a particular interest in the social, economic and political developments of the north-central Italian cities (and especially Genoa, 12th – 15th centuries). I have read History at the Universities of Malta (2001) and Genoa (2008) and in 2012 I obtained a PhD from the University of Turin with a thesis on craftsmen in 12th- and 13th-century Genoa (published as Artigiani a Genova, secoli XII-XIII, Firenze University Press – Reti Medievali, 2015). My research is based primarily on notarial records and and I have so far focused on labour and artisans, more recently shifting my attention towards family history and gender. Between September 2019 and January 2022 I have been Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the CNRS – Centre Roland Mousnier (Sorbonne Université) with a project entitled GenALMA – Kinship, Alliance and Urban Space: the Genoese Alberghi in the Late Middle Ages (c. 1250 – c. 1450) which focused on the origins and development of the alberghi, family confederacies typical of Genoa, and their impact on society and the urban fabric. Before joining the Micoll team in March 2022 I have also taught Medieval Social and Economic History at the University of Padua and I have led seminars and delivered lectures in several MA and PhD programmes in Italy and France. In 2023 I obtained a position as assistant professor (tenure track) at the Department of Antiquities, Philosophy and History at the University of Genoa, but I have remained affiliated with project Micoll as an external expert.

Denise Bezzina is currently the PI of the ERC CoG PatriFem – “Charting Female Property and Patrimonial Rights in Law and Practice Across Western Europe (12th-16th Centuries)” and Research fellow in Medieval History at the University of Genua.