Sabrina Corbellini was appointed Professor of Reading Culture in Premodern Europe on September 1st 2017. She holds this position within the History programme at the Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen.
Prof. Corbellini’s research focuses on the history and culture of reading, and their respective text carriers (manuscripts and early editions). In recent years, the main focus has been on the study of religious reading activities of lay people and on the reconstruction of reading techniques during the late Middle Ages, a period characterized by a high level of urban literacy.
She has conducted her research within the framework of several (European) research projects: Holy Writ and Lay Readers. A Social History of Vernacular Bible Translations in Late Medieval Europe (2008-2013, awarded by the European Research Council); Cities of Readers. Religious Literacies in the Long Fifteenth Century, (2015-2019, an NWO-Free Competition project; together with Prof. Bart Ramakers) and In Readers' Hands. Early Modern Dutch Bibles and their Readers (2017-2021, a cooperation project Netherlands (NWO) - Flanders (FWO), together with Prof. Wim François, KU Leuven). She has also led an international research group, with researchers from 24 European countries, known as COST (Collaboration in Science and Technology) Action New Communities of Interpretation (2013-2017).
Corbellini (1969) studied Germanic Philology at the University of Bologna in Italy and obtained her PhD in the field of Middle Dutch Literature in Leiden. In 2008 she received a position at the University of Groningen as part of the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Program. In the History programme she specialized in the cultural history of the Middle Ages, history of reading and book history.
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