«LiVE». Libri Veneti in Europe: Mapping the loans of Greek books of the Library of St Mark, from Venice to Europe

«LiVE».  Libri Veneti in Europe: Mapping the loans of Greek books of the Library of St Mark, from Venice to Europe

Postdoctoral project supervised by Margherita Losacco

Ottavia Mazzon

The project «LiVE» studies the paradigms of mobility through two different but closely connected perspectives: mobility of physical objects (namely books) and mobility of texts. The aim is to map the impact that the Library of St Mark’s collection of Greek codices had on other European book collections in the 16th century, a crucial time for the affirmation of ancient Greek as part of the European élites’ cultural heritage and the formation of many Renaissance collections of Greek books. «LiVE» will provide the first critical edition and English translation of the earliest loan registers of the Library of St Mark, recording the book loans that took place between 1545 to 1559. Starting from the identification of the manuscripts that were effectively borrowed, the research will focus on tracing the copies that were produced, following the library loans with the objective of reconstructing their history, from the circumstances of their production to their present conservation site.


Landscapes in Human Mobilities

Landscapes in human mobilities

Postdoctoral project supervised by Benedetta Castiglioni

Margherita Cisani

Human mobilities change in close connection with landscape transformations, along different scales, speeds and with uneven patterns. This correlation is reciprocal: landscapes are produced by mobilities, reflecting political negotiations and workings of power, but mobilities are also affected by landscapes, in a complex process of landscape co-creation through motion, which involves place attachment, landscape awareness and enskillment. This research is devoted to the analysis of this dual relationship and it focusses specifically on low-carbon human mobility practices, such as bicycle tourism practices. Such landscapes in motion will be analysed through the integration and the analysis of direct experiences and digital information, in order to explore the multi-dimensional facets of landscapes in human mobilities.


BO2022: The European space. Transnational and translocal mobility

BO2022: The European space. Transnational and translocal mobility

Postdoctoral project supervised by Maria Cristina La Rocca

Giulia Zornetta

Since its foundation around 1222, the University of Padua has been one of the most important stages of the peregrinatio academica. During the Middle Ages and the early modern period, wandering from one university to another was a common practice among European students, especially among the ultramontani (i.e. those coming from the other side of the Alps). Consequently, many students from both the Italian peninsula and the wider European area spent one or more years in the city to study Law, Arts and Medicine, or Theology.

This research project is part of the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the University of Padua and aims at identifying the main mobility flows of the students during the late medieval period. It takes into account both the push and pull factors and the political choices and contingencies. The project is linked to a research team currently engaged in building a database to map the academic population from the late Middle Ages to the modern period.


The space of libertas. Religious, political and intellectual freedom

The space of libertas. Religious, political and intellectual freedom

Postdoctoral project supervised by Andrea Caracausi

Dennj Solera

The project aims to analyse the theme of libertas patavina, intended as an incentive to the mobility of people, knowledge and ideas towards the University of Padua, in particular between the second half of the 16th and the early 17th century, at the sunset of the University’s “Golden Age”, in the years of Galileo Galilei and Cesare Cremonini. The study focuses both on social life and on the confessional and political climate, to understand how these mobilities have contributed to create a more or less favourable context for the development of knowledge and research in the early modern age. The main goal is to understand the impact that political and institutional choices had in expanding or contracting the movement of the academic and student population and in the development of networks of knowledge useful for scientific debate. For this reason, I am implementing the database (Padua 2022) containing all the profiles of Paduan students for the 16th-18th century period, when the Counter-Reformation and the confessional divisions risked blocking the Paduan Studium.


Women and University. The women in the history of Padua University (19th and 20th century)

Women and University. The women in the history of Padua University (19th and 20th century)

Postdoctoral project supervised by Carlotta Sorba

Andrea Martini

Until now, historiography has underestimated the presence and the role played by women in the history of Italian universities. In particular, no comprehensive research has been conducted about the case-study of Padua. My project aims at filling this gap by conducting a survey of the female presence in the university (with the support of the open-access database Nodegoat) and by co-editing a book, with my tutor Carlotta Sorba, which offers the first women history the University of Padua. By combining a quantitative and qualitative approach, the research project will reconstruct the identity of female scholars of Padua university and their role in the European circulation of knowledge. Moreover, the research wants to scrutinize the biography of some female students, and, finally, observe how the so-called process of massification of the university education affected the female presence in Padua.


The Brazilian sugar: A good that crossed the Atlantic in the early modern age (17th century)

The Brazilian sugar: A good that crossed the Atlantic in the early modern age (17th century)

PhD project supervised by Luciano Pezzolo (Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia)

Alessandro Favatà

The research project investigates the trans-national networks existing between the Italian peninsula and the New World during the 17th century. The analysis of the diffusion and success of specific consumer goods appears to be one of the most appropriate and comprehensive methods for studying these phenomena. Combining a micro and macro-historical approach, the research will focus on the different moments of the sugar commodity chain, from its production to its consumption. A great importance will also be given to the flow of men, credit and information that accompanied and sustained the life of the crop. By analysing travel reports, correspondences, customs registers, culinary and medical recipes, account ledgers of merchants and Libri di commercio e di famiglia  [provide translation, e.g. Trade and family books], the project will investigate how the Italian peninsula and its inhabitants came in touch with this product and the evolving social impact that sugar had on consumption practices.


Excellence in Economy. Italian craftsmanship in international markets: a comparative analysis between the Veneto and the Tuscan cases

Excellence in Economy. Italian craftsmanship in international markets: a comparative analysis between the Veneto and the Tuscan cases

Postdoctoral project supervised by Giovanni Luigi Fontana

Francesco Catastini

The main objective of this research project is to trace the history and the transformation over time of Italian quality crafts, taking Veneto and Tuscany as case studies, and to explore how specific form of mobilities (trade flows and transfers) shaped these activities.
Italy appears to be the European country with the highest percentage of craft enterprises in total manufacturing activities. To understand this type of enterprise, its rootedness, and its territorial distribution in specialized districts of more or less longue durée, it is essential to use the historical perspective, combining it with the territorial, social and cultural dimension. My project focuses on a particularly significant territory for Italian craftsmanship of excellence, Tuscany, and on specific sectors (leather goods, jewellery, and footwear). These sectors represented, and still represent, reference points of excellence at a global level, whose practices (ideas, goods, and people) have been the subject of mobility phenomena. The aim of this research project will be to identify processes and procedures that led to the development of iconic products at a global level. In this sense, this work contributes to confer historical depth to the selected artisan production. To achieve these goals, the project combines an analysis of the existing scientific literature with statistical economic reconstructions and in-depth studies of individual business cases.