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Isabelle CHABOT, Ph.D. of the European University Institute (Florence), under the direction of Christiane Klapisch-Zuber (EHESS, Paris). Post-Doc Specialization: fellowship at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Florence); two-year post-doc scholarship at the Department of History of the University of Florence.

IC is a social historian, specialist in history of the medieval family, particularly interested in gender relations within the context of kinship. She began working on the elaboration of family memory in the 14th century Florence. Then, she broadened her view to better understand the systems of family and social reproduction, investigating from a comparative perspective the construction of inheritance law in the municipal statutes between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, and the practices of devolution of heritage, in particular through the study of wills in Florence. Starting from a conspicuous corpus of Florentine family books and with the conceptual tools of historical anthropology, she has also analyzed the customary gestures and exchanges that, in Florence, surround the entrance and exit from the marital state. In this way she has contributed to rethinking the practices of circulation of women and their goods, and more generally the reproduction systems of the patrilineal family in Tuscany in the late Middle Ages.
Her interest in dowry systems led her to investigate the development of dotal charity between the Middle Ages and the modern age, from an interesting Bolognese case study and by analysing the Florentine wills of the 14th and 15th centuries. Investigating the Florentine catasto of 1427, she has broadened her reflection including female poverty, the women at work and the multiple activities for family survival.
She is currently interested in the relationship that women have with family justice and civil justice, investigating in particular the resolution (arbitral or otherwise) of dowry and successions conflicts and the requests for summary procedure (pleas).

La dette des familles. Femmes, lignage et patrimoine à Florence aux XIVe et XVe siècle, Roma, École française de Rome, 2011

Ricostruzione di una famiglia. I Ciurianni di Firenze tra XII e XV secolo, con edizione critica del “Libro propio” di Lapo di Valore Ciurianni e successori (1326-1429), Firenze, Le Lettere, 2012

L’economia della carità. Le doti del Monte di Pietà di Bologna (secoli XVI-XX), Bologna, Il Mulino, 1997.

Participation in international research groups:

- Since 2000, she has been part The International Network « Gender Difference in the History of European Legal cultures »
2005-2007: with Anna Bellavitis (Université de Rouen), she directed the research project: Familles, savoirs, reproduction sociale dans l’Ancien régime (Piano quadriennale 2004-2007 dell’École française de Rome; Axe de recherche : « Droit, pouvoir, société »).
- 2017-2019, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG – Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'homme FMSH – Villa Vigoni, Centro italo-tedesco per l'eccellenza europea. Progetto: Construire l’Archive de l’histoire des femmes et du genre en Europe. Droits, travail et corps du moyen âge à l’époque contemporaine / Costruire un Archivio della storia delle donne e di genere in Europa. Diritti, lavoro e corpi dal medioevo all’età contemporanea.
2018 -: project of excellence "Mobility and the Humanities", DiSSGeA: convenor of the group "Objects".


Office hours

  • Tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00
    at DiSSGeA: via del Vescovado, 30, 1° piano Studio 44-45
    Le studentesse e gli studenti sono invitate-i a prendere appuntamento con la docente tramite email.

  • Monday from 17:00 to 19:00
    at DiSSGeA, via del Vescovado, 30, 1° piano studio 44-45
    Le studentesse e gli studenti sono cortesemente invitate-i a prendere appuntamento con la docente tramite email. La docente è disponible per ricevimenti online.


Research Area

- History of medieval family and kinship from a gender perspective
- Historical anthropology of kinship
- Family memoirs
- History of women and gender in the Middle Ages
- Engendering material culture