Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja
Ph.D. Cambridge University
Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja joined the Harvard faculty from Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he was Keith Sykes Research Fellow in Italian Studies. He is a scholar of the literature, art, and legal culture of the Italian Middle Ages, with particular interests in the textual, oral, and visual memory of Alexander the Great in medieval Italy—the subject of his doctoral dissertation as well as his book Vita di Alessandro con figure (Brepols, 2018)—the literary, visual and criminal history of insults in Roman and medieval Italian societies, and the concepts of parabolic epistemology and ‘text as Eucharist’, i.e. a text that eludes the hermeneutic attempts of the ‘wicked’, no matter how literate or clever they might be. Prof. Camozzi Pistoja chairs the steering committee for “Dante@Harvard 1321-2021” a year-long programme of initiatives celebrating the tremendous diversity and longevity of Dante’s cultural legacy featuring research seminars and conferences, exhibitions, a film festival, memory, translation and photography contests, oral recitations, and other public performances and outreach activities.