Giovanni Pozzetti

I received both my BA in Cultural Heritage and my MA in History and Geography of Europe at the University of Verona (Italy). My BA dissertation explored the world of Venetian cloisters in Venice during the Counter-Reformation. For my MA, instead, I focussed on the changing of historiographical patterns from the birth of women history to the most recent use of gender and queer theories in history. I joined the School of History at the University of Leeds for my PhD on 1st October 2014.
I applied for this project because my interests in history reflect the aims of this network, in investigating the production and distribution of knowledge and social practices related to the body and its understandings in the early modern period. I will explore the assimilation of classical medicine from different perspectives, such as religion, provision of foods, culinary practices and more.
Feel free to get in touch anytime to discuss and share thoughts and ideas!
Twitter: @GiovanniPoz


Anna Valent

I hold a 5 year degree in History (University of Udine, 2009) as well as a Diploma in Paleography, Diplomatics and Archival Sciences (State Archive of Trieste, 2011). I also have a Masters in “Italian as Foreign Language” by virtue of which I taught my mother tongue in Spain and Australia for two years.
As time helped me to understand a few crucial things of my life, I came back to my first passion and I arrived at the University of York in September 2013 to study for a Masters in Early Modern History (generously and crucially supported by the Department itself and by my region Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, via the European scheme “Supporting Human Assets in Research and Mobility”).
While in York, I appreciated the quality of both the research and the teaching to the point that, once the call for applications for this network had opened, I could not help but apply for it!
And indeed in early July I got the position and I managed to pass the Masters with Distinction – I am proud of these two achievements. In the same way I am proud to be part of this network, to work with my supervisors, with Jose and Giovanni, and with their supervisors as well.
If for any good and sensible reason you would like to contact me, feel free to do it. My e-mail is: and you can also follow me on my twitter account by searching for @valent_anna.

Jose Cree

I achieved a first for my BA in History, graduating in 2009 from Sheffield University. I spent a year working for the Department for Work and Pensions before returning to Sheffield to do a part-time Masters in Early Modern History. I worked with James Shaw on my dissertation, examining expressions of trust in the work of the fifteenth century Italian merchant, Giovanni Rucellai.
I spent the next two years working a variety of teaching jobs. I completed a CELTA in Hanoi, I taught at a summer school for English-language students, and I was an hourly paid lecturer for Nottingham Trent University. I also did cover work at primary, secondary, and SEN schools.
In the summer of 2014 I applied for and was accepted onto the Cultures of Consumption Network, to study addiction in early modern England.
Twitter: @MurgatroydCree