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Michele Campopiano grew up in Caserta, Italy. He studied at the University of Pisa and at the Scuola Normale of Pisa under the supervision of Marco Tangheroni and Armando Petrucci. He undertook part of his studies in Paris (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes). At the Scuola Normale he also completed his PhD on the Liber Guidonis compositus de variis historiis, a 12th century compilation of geographical and historical texts. After completion of his PhD, he worked for the Societa Internazionale per lo Studio del Medio Evo Latino (International Society for the Study of Medieval Latin Culture-SISMEL, Florence), where he reworked his PhD work (which also included an edition of the unpublished texts of the compilation) into a book for the Italian Edizione Nazionale dei Testi Mediolatini (National Edition of Medieval Latin Texts). This work triggered many other interests, including editing of Medieval Latin texts, medieval historiography and geography, culture and society of High and Late Medieval Italy, relationships between Europe and the Middle East in the Middle Ages. He worked at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands (Department of History and Art History). He was then appointed as Lecturer in Medieval Latin Literature at the University of York.
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Michele Campopiano’s research interests include historiography and representation of space in the Middle Ages, poetry and historiography in medieval and Renaissance culture, Franciscan cultural traditions, cultural, economic and political relationships between Europe and the Middle East in the Middle Ages, culture and society of Italy and the Middle East (5th-16th centuries). He is a member of the research team ‘La création d'un mythe d'Alexandre le Grand dans les littératures européennes (XIe siècle - début XVIe siècle)’.
He is also working with Guy Geltner (University of Amsterdam) on a research project Cultural Memory and Identity in the Late Middle Ages: the Franciscans of Mount Zion in Jerusalem and the Representation of the Holy Land (1333-1516). He is finishing two critical editions: an anonymous 14th description of the Holy Land (in Latin) and an anonymous Italian poem on Alexander the Great (16th century) and he is working on the edition of other texts on the Holy Land and on Alexander the Great.
Michele Campopiano is the author of more than forty publications, including books, articles, book chapters and reviews. He has published on Medieval Latin Literature and Medieval Latin Philology, on Italian Literature in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as on the cultural, social, political and economic history of Western Europe and the Middle East from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period. He also published on Italian historiography and philosophy between the 19th and 20th century. His main project at the moment is a monograph on the Franciscans in Jerusalem and their influence in the construction of a cultural memory of the holy places (14th-16th centuries). A list of his publications can be found on the York Research Database.