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Academic Profile


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My major research interests are urban history and the history of migration and mobility in Renaissance and early modern Europe. My current project (MIGROPOLIS, financed by a Marie Sklowdowska Curie Fellowship at the European University Institute, 2016-19) looks at spaces of first arrival for migrants and travellers in Renaissance Venice, such as inns, lodging houses and ferry stations, and examines how they acted as sites of orientation, social and cultural interaction and surveillance points for the local authorities. The first fruits of this research are now appearing in Urban History, Revue d'histoire moderne e contemporaine and various book chapters, detailed below.

I also have an enduring interest in the history of communication, and particularly the production and circulation of ephemeral print. A monograph based on my PhD dissertation, entitled Ephemeral City: Cheap Print and Urban Culture in Renaissance Venice, was published by Manchester University Press in 2014. It investigates the way in which the new technology of print infiltrated the lives of people across the entire spectrum of society in the form of cheap printed pamphlets, broadsheets, and fliers, which were sold for very little, posted up and proclaimed, or given out for free. My research suggests how, within the unique cityscape of Venice, print quickly became woven into the matrix of oral and written communication that underpinned urban life.

A key focus of my earlier research - the role of itinerant pedlars and performers who published, performed and sold cheap works in public spaces, acting as disseminators of news, information and entertainment at the intersections of print and orality - has led to several publications in journals including the Italian Studies, The Italianist, Sixteenth Century Journal, Renaissance Studies and Social and Cultural History.


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