About us

IASEMS was born on 29 July 2008 in Bologna. The statute of the Association was signed by Carla Dente, Paola Pugliatti, Sara Soncini, Mariangela Tempera, Romana Zacchi.

IASEMS hopes to become the home of all scholars and students working within early modern English Studies, and to involve in its projects theatre and cinema professionals, and all those who are interested in the Renaissance in Europe.

IASEMS Executive Board 2018-2021
Giuliana Iannaccaro (president)
Maria Luisa De Rinaldis (vice-president)
Gilberta Golinelli (treasurer)
Iolanda Plescia (secretary)
Luca Baratta (communication manager)

IASEMS Executive Board 2015-2018
Alessandra Petrina (president)
Donatella Pallotti (vice-president)
Giuliana Iannaccaro (treasurer)
Laura Tosi (secretary)
Mariacristina Cavecchi (communication manager)

IASEMS Executive Board 2012-2015
Alessandra Petrina (president)
Donatella Pallotti (vice-president)
Maurizio Ascari (treasurer)
Mariacristina Cavecchi (secretary)
Laura Tosi

IASEMS Executive Board 2009-2012
Carla Dente (president)
Romana Zacchi (vice-president)
Maurizio Ascari (treasurer)
Sara Soncini (secretary)
Maddalena Pennacchia

IASEMS Executive Board 2008-2009
Carla Dente (president)
Paola Pugliatti
Sara Soncini (secretary)
Mariangela Tempera
Romana Zacchi


The primary aim of IASEMS is to promote the study and research on Shakespeare’s works in the context of Renaissance culture and, more in general, the study of English culture in the Early Modern period, including its relationship with the European culture of its times.

The research endorsed by the association includes both the study of Shakespeare’s works as a combination of the classical and popular culture available in his times, and the tradition of their reception in Europe. That is why his name is part of the denomination of the association.

We are convinced that, beside having a central role in the English culture, Shakespeare plays also a fundamental part in the national cultures of Europe; his works reflect a synthesis – which is yet to be fully investigated – of the ideas produced by Renaissance culture in many European countries.

The Association aims to bring out the specific Italian contribution to research on Shakespeare’s work and thought, also by investigating his relations with Italian literary and dramatic culture, which has been getting more and more significant thanks to translations, criticism, rewritings, plays and adaptations.

Statute of the Association (English)

Statute of the Association (Italian)

Guidelines (Italian)


ESRA European Shakespeare Research Association

ISA International Shakespeare Association

BIF The British Institute of Florence online catalogue

SLIN Storia Lingua INglese

JEMS Journal of Early Modern Studies

Shakespeare’s Globe Education

ShaLT – Shakespearean London Theatres

Early Modern Culture Online

Memoria di Shakespeare