Dr Maurizio Busca
Postdoctoral Researcher - Nantes
Maurizio Busca achieved in 2017 a joint PhD in French Literature at the Università degli Studi di Torino and the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3. From 2016 to 2019 he taught French and Italian language, literature and history at the Université Savoie Mont Blanc, and in 2020-2021 he worked as postdoc researcher and a French literature teacher at the Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale. His PhD dissertation and a part of his research works were focused on the reception of Latin literature in 16th-17th century France, especially on the articulation between medieval and Renaissance practices of interpretation and translation of Ancient literature. His interests in the perceptions of Islam in Early Modern Europe led him to start in 2015 a research project on the travel journal by Georgius Gemnicensis (Ephemeris, ca. 1513) and, in 2018, to begin a collaboration with the Qur’ān 12-21 project’s team. As a part of this collaboration, he published in 2020 a digital edition of the first European vernacular translation of the Qur’ān (L’Alcorano di Macometto, 1547). Within the framework of the ERC EuQu project, Maurizio Busca studies the information on Islam and the Qur’ān contained in travel narratives of the Early Modern period. Through the indexation of the collected data and the constitution of a digital library, he aims to analyze the dynamics of circulation and transformation of this information.