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Born in Reggio Emilia (1971), MA in Humanities and a second MA in Music composition, PhD in Theory and Tradition of texts. Her research in the history of education realm focuses on the 16th-17th century (Protestant Reformation, Jesuits, intersections with the history of medicine) and on 19th-century America.

(Summary; complete CV available for download under the photo).

Luana Salvarani (b. Reggio Emilia, 1971; PhD - Theory and tradition of texts; a degree in Music composition) found her first research path in 17th-century literature, providing several editions of Baroque texts (e.g.: Francesco Bracciolini, L’Elettione di Urbano papa VIII, 2006; Claudio Achillini, Prose e poesie, 2008; G.B. Marino, La Lira, 2012),

Her interests later shifted to History of education, and with Cristiano Casalini provided editions and commentaries of several 16th- and 17th-century classics of education (Antonio Possevino SJ, Coltura degl’ingegni, 2008; Juan Huarte, Essame degl’ingegni, 2010; Michel de Montaigne, L’Educazione, 2010; Francesco Negri, Tragedia intitolata Libero Arbitrio, 2014). She also devoted several papers to Jesuit college theatre, later focusing on early Reformation educational history and theatre and the intersections between education and history of medicine. Examples of publications on this subject are the book Nova Schola. Temi e problemi di pedagogia protestante nei primi testi della Riforma (2018) and the articles:

The Quantification of Talents: Education, Galenic Humoralism, and Classification of Wits in Early Modern Culture, in The Quantification of Life and Health from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century, eds. Simone Guidi and Joaquim Braga, “Palgrave Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine”, Palgrave 2023.

Early modern Beruf and its spoiled children: neoliberalism and work revisited under the lens of Luther’s educational reflection, «Jahrbuch für Pädagogik», Thema 2020: Neue Arbeitsverhältnisse - Neue Bildung, 2022.

'Nur bey Leib’: pedagogies of the body in early Reformation Germany, «Jahrbuch für Historische Bildungsforschung», Schwerpunkt: Körper / Körperlichkeit – neue Perspektiven in der Historischen Bildungsforschung, 2021

Another research path focuses on the educational history of 19th century America, with a special attention on popular literature and novels for young readers. Sunday School Literature. Letture e formazione dei giovani americani all’epoca della Frontiera (2012) is the first book in Italian on the subject. Further studies on American education are summarized in her book Nascita di una nazione. Esperienze e modelli dell'educazione nell'America dell'Ottocento (2015; SIPED - Book on Education National Award, 2017) and in essays such as:

Shaping social order through spaces and places: nature, work and open-air life in 19th-century American Sunday School literature, ne La responsabilità della pedagogia nelle trasformazioni dei rapporti sociali. Atti del convegno SIPED, a cura di Simonetta Polenghi, Ferdinando Cereda, Paola Zini, Pensa Multimedia, 2021.

“The State’s First Duty”: Public Education and the Liberal Conundrum in American Educational Reports from Germany, in "Transatlantic Encounters in History of Education. Translations and Trajectories from a German-American Perspective", Routledge Studies in Cultural History, 2020; 

The invention of the Common School tradition. Early American educational historiography and the building of a long-standing narrative, «History of Education and Children's Literature», XIV, 1, 2019 

Principal Investigator in the peer-reviewed project "Seen from Afar". The project ended in April 2016 and its results were published in a book (Seen from Afar. Images of Europe in the Cultivation of American Identity, 2016) collecting essays of the European and American contributors of the project. 

Translator from and into English, from and into French and from German for Edizioni Medusa, Editoriale Anicia, Routledge, Brepols and the journal Musica/Realtà.

Board member for the journals "Educazione. Giornale di Pedagogia Critica" and "History of Education and Children's Literature". Referee for the journals "Rivista di Storia dell'Educazione", "Annali di Storia dell'Educazione e delle Istituzioni Scolastiche", "Historia Scholastica", "Pedagogia oggi", "Scholé". Book reviewer for "International Journal of the Classical Tradition" (Springer), "History of Education" (Taylor & Francis), "American Studies in Scandinavia" (Syddansk Universitetsforlag), "American Educational History Journal" (Information Age Publishing), Global Intellectual History (Taylor & Francis), Renaissance Quarterly (Cambridge University Press).


I am ALWAYS available through e-mail. 

Students can also book an individual colloquium through Teams or in-person.

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2024/2025

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2023/2024

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2022/2023

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2013/2014


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Lines of research

1. Early Modern Studies: a. History of Education in the 16th and 17th century; b. Educational thought during the Protestant Reformation; c. Jesuit education and Jesuit theatre. 2. Nineteenth-century and Nation-building studies: a. Education in the US from early Republic to Progressive Era; b. Prussian-American relations in education; c. Sunday School literature and Frontier culture; d. Popular and juvenile literature. 3. Other interests: a. Music composition; b. Literary and song translation.


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Borgo Carissimi, 10 

43121 Parma