Professor Peter Mack appointed Director of Warburg Institute

Peter Mack, Professor of English at the University Warwick, has been appointed as the new Director of the Warburg Institute at the University of London. He will begins his appointment on October 1, 2010, overseeing one of the most important academic institutions for the study of the influence of classical antiquity on all aspects of European civilization, particularly the medieval and Renaissance periods.

Professor Mack said: “I am honoured to have been chosen as Director of the Warburg Institute, one of the great humanities institutes of the world, with an unrivalled collection in renaissance studies and the history of the classical tradition. The Institute is greatly indebted to Charles Hope for his skilful and selfless leadership. I hope that in future the Institute will play an even more prominent international role in the development of medieval and renaissance research.”

The Warburg Institute is one of the 10 prestigious Institutes that make up the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. The institute focuses on intellectual and cultural history, and maintains a research library of more than 350,000 volumes. Together with the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Institute publishes The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes.

Professor Roger Kain, Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure the services of Professor Mack to succeed Professor Charles Hope as the eighth Director of this uniquely valuable Institute. He brings with him a wealth of experience and scholarship that ideally suit him to the role and I look forward to working together to ensure that the Institute continues to prosper.”

After studying English at Oxford University (1973–6) and receiving his MPhil in Combined Historical Studies (The Renaissance) from the Warburg Institute (1976–8), Professor Mack held a Leverhulme European studentship in Rome in 1978–9 before being appointed lecturer in English and Comparative Literary Studies in 1979.

He was appointed Professor of English at Warwick in 2001 and has been Chair of the Faculty of Arts and Chair of the English Department. He held a British Academy Readership and was editor of Rhetorica, the leading international journal for History of Rhetoric. His main works are Renaissance Argument: Valla and Agricola in the Traditions of Rhetoric and Dialectic (Leiden, 1993) and Elizabethan Rhetoric: Theory and Practice (Cambridge, 2002).

Source: University of Warwick

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