Cristina Dondi receives a knighthood of the Order of the Star of Italy, presented by the Italian ambassador, Pasquale Terracciano, on behalf of the President of Italy.
Dr Cristina Dondi, a writer, scholar and scientific secretary of the Consortium of Research Libraries, is also an innovative figure on the contemporary academic scene. Having obtained a degree in medieval history from the Catholic University of Milan and a doctorate in medieval history from King’s College London, Dr Dondi is now Oakeshott Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, University of Oxford, and ERC Research Fellow at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the same university.
In 2010, in collaboration with a team made up entirely of Italians, she developed Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI), a database that tracks the circulation and distribution of books printed in the second half of the 15th century and currently held by about 4,000 libraries in Europe and the US. This project, which will be presented next year at an interactive exhibition at the Correr Museum in Venice, was awarded the European Research Council Consolidator Grant, one of the few grants available to Italian researchers abroad, representing a step towards integration between the humanities and science.
The reconstruction of the movements of ancient books illustrates the spread of knowledge and ideas around Europe and gives insight into the past order to better understand the present. Dr Dondi’s commitment to her research and her valuable contribution to her field of specialisation are crucial to the conservation, promotion and protection of ancient writings, a founding component of current-day European culture.
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