Dr Raphaële Mouren is Librarian of the Warburg Institute and Reader in History of the Book and History of Libraries, University of London.
She has received her Maîtrise (MA) in Classical philology from the Université de Provence, her DEA in Méthodes de l’histoire et de l’archéologie and Doctorat (PhD) in Greek philology from the École pratique des hautes études (Paris). She is a Graduate from the École des chartes, Paris (archiviste paléographe) and the École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques (Enssib), Lyon (diplôme de conservateur des bibliothèques). Former fellow of the École française de Rome, she has been Head of the Department of Rare books and Special collections at Bibliothèque-Carré d’Art, Nîmes, Deputy Director of the Cité du livre–bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence and Senior Lecturer in modern and contemporary history, Director of the Centre Gabriel Naudé, at Enssib, Lyon. She was Acting Director of the Warburg Institute in 2014-2015.
Her main interests are the history of philology, the history of scholarship and the transmission of classics in the Sixteenth Century; the Republic of Letters; the history of the book and publishing and the relationship between humanists and publishers, mainly in Italy, France and the European humanist printers; the cultural history of Florence and Rome in the Sixteenth Century; the history of private libraries in the modern period. More recently, she has supervised numerous essays on the history of libraries and librarians in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She takes part in various funded-projects focused on the history of the book and libraries.
In recent years she has teached the history of the book and libraries, the humanist book in early modern times, as well as management and care of documentary heritage in libraries.