Catherine Kovesi is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where she completed her D.Phil in History, and of the University of Western Australia, where she completed her BA (Hons) in History and in Italian. Her main research areas are the discourses surrounding luxury consumption in early modern Italy, and Florentine family and political history.
She has also published on the history of women religious, and has completed consultancies for several religious orders in Australia.
Catherine has held fellowships at Oriel College, Oxford (1989-91) and at the University of Western Australia (1991-94). She was a Craig Hugh Smyth Fellow at Villa I Tatti: the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence (2008), and at Oriel College, Oxford (2011). In 2012 she was an Associate Investigator with the ARC-funded Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions. She was a Visiting Researcher at the Fondazione Studium Generale Marcianum, and the Università Cà Foscari, Venice (2013-2014), and was a network partner of the international Luxury Network, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2013-2015).
Catherine is Chair of the Management Committee of the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies. She is an Associate of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Monash University. She is on the Editorial Board of the Brepols Late Medieval and Early Modern Series. She is the co-General Editor of the forthcoming Bloomsbury series a Cultural History of Luxury and has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board of a new artisanal association in Venice, Alto Artigianato Venezia.
Catherine teaches the following undergraduate subjects on campus in Melbourne:
First Year: HIST10016 Europe: From Black Death to New Worlds
Third Year: HIST30006 The Renaissance in Italy
Fourth Year: HIST40037 The Long History of Globalization
She also teaches a biennial overseas intensive subject in Venice: HIST20052 / HIST30051 Venice and Cultures of Consumption
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'Ursula Frayne and James Goold: An Irish Cultural Partnership in Nineteenth-Century Melbou..
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Mammoth Tusk Beads and Vintage Elephant Skin Bags: Wildlife, Conservation, and Rethinking Ethical Fashion
Catherine Kovesi, Lynn Johnson
Journal article | 2019 | Fashion Theory
Recent years have seen marked consciousness-raising in the arena of ethical fashion. Despite inherent difficulties in tracing a co..
Rhinoceros: Luxury's Fragile Frontier (Curatorship)
Catherine Kovesi, Sabrina Ardizzoni, Chantal Fantuzzi, Roberta Hurstel, Ronna Bloom, Lynn Johnson, Neil Stonell
Curated Exhibition, Event or Festival | 2018
This exhibition brings together two unlikely companions: the rhinoceros and the city of Venice. It highlights and interrogate the ..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Visiting Fellow, Oriel College, Oxford
Craig Hugh Smyth Fellow, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Western Australia
Seton Watson Senior Scholar, Oriel College, Oxford
Senior Lecturer - Late Medieval
Historical And Philosophical Studies
Advisory Board, Alto Artigianato Venezia
Advisory Board (Comitato scientifico), Alto Artigianato Venezia
Chair, Management Committee, Australasian Centre for Italian Studies
Editorial Board, Brepols Late Medieval and Early Modern Series
Renaissance Society of America
Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Bachelor of Arts
The University of Western Australia
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Oxford