Humanities Building, H307
Office Hours: on leave until October 2018
- Associate Professor of Italian Renaissance History, University of Warwick (2015 - present)
- Marie Sklowdowska Curie Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence (2016-2018)
- Assistant Professor of Italian Renaissance History, University of Warwick (2010 - 2015)
- UK Society for Renaissance Studies, Ruth & Nicolai Rubinstein Postdoctoral Fellow (2009 - 2010)
- Australian European University Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2009)
- Doctor of Philosophy, Italian Renaissance History (2009) - Queen Mary College, University of London
- Master of Arts, Italian Renaissance History (2004) - University of Melbourne, Australia
- Bachelor of Arts, History major (2002) - University of Melbourne, Australia
Undergraduate Modules Taught
- The Medieval World (HI127)
- The European World 1500-1750 (HI203)
- Florence and Venice in the Renaissance (HI320)
- Historiography (HI323)
- Print, Knowledge and Power in Early Modern Italy (HI31S)
Postgraduate Modules Taught
My major research interest to date has been the early Venetian printing industry, 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 dissertation 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 Sixteenth Century Journal, Renaissance Studies and Social and Cultural History.
This interest in mobile individuals and their presence in and passage through the early modern city has led me to a new area of research in the history of migration. I am particularly interested in non-elite migrants who moved within the "melting pot" environment of early modern Venice and its empire. This research will focus on spaces of first arrival for migrants and travellers in the city, such as inns, lodging houses and ferry stations, to examine how they acted as sites of orientation, social and cultural interaction and surveillance points for the local authorities.
I am also a member of the Leverhulme International Network "Luxury and the Manipulation of Desire" based at Warwick.
- Ephemeral City: Cheap Print and Urban Culture in Renaissance Venice, Manchester University Press, 2014. Paperback edition, 2016.
- ‟'Poverty Makes Me Invisible': Street Singers and Hard Times on the Streets of Renaissance Italy”, article forthcoming in 2016 in a special issue of Italian Studies entitled The Cantastorie in Renaissance Italy: Street Singers Between Oral and Literate Cultures, edited by Luca Degl’Innocenti, Massimo Rospocher and Rosa Salzberg.
- ‟The Margins in the Centre: Working Around Rialto (Venice, 16th Century)”, chapter in the volume The Problem and Place of the Social Margins, 1400-1800, edited by J. Crawshaw-Stevens and A. Spicer, Routledge 2016.
- “Murder Ballads: Singing, Hearing, Writing and Reading about Murder in Renaissance Italy”, chapter forthcoming in the volume Murder in Renaissance Italy, edited by K.J.P. Lowe and T. Dean, Cambridge University Press 2016.
- "The Word on the Street: Street Performers and Devotional Texts in Italian Renaissance Cities", The Italianist, special issue Oral Culture in Early Modern Italy: Performance, Language, Religion, edited by Brian Richardson, 34:3 (2014): 336-48.
- "Le peuple est la cité. L’idée de popolo et la condition des popolani à Venise (XVe-XVIe siècles)" (co-written with Claire Judde de Larivière), Annales HSS, 68.4 (2013): 1113-40 (also in English translation).
- "Print Peddling and Urban Culture in Renaissance Italy", in Not Dead Things: The Distribution and Dissemination of Popular Print, edited by J. Raymond, J.L. Salman and R.J. Harms (Brill, 2013).
- "An Evanescent Public Sphere: Voices, Spaces, and Publics in Venice during the Italian Wars" (co-written with Massimo Rospocher), in Beyond the Public Sphere: Opinions, Publics, Spaces in Early Modern Europe (XVI-XVIII), edited by Massimo Rospocher (Il Mulino/Dunker & Huboldt, 2012), pp. 93-114.
- "Street Singers in Italian Renaissance Urban Culture and Communication" (co-written with Massimo Rospocher), Cultural and Social History, 9.1 (2012): 9-26.
- "Selling Stories and Many Other Things In and Through the City: Peddling Print in Sixteenth-Century Florence and Venice", Sixteenth-Century Journal, XLII, 2011, n. 3, pp. 737-759.
- "Masculine Republics: Establishing Authority in the Early Modern Venetian Printshop", in Governing Masculinities in the Early Modern Period, edited by S. Broomhall and J. Van Gent, Ashgate Press, 2011.
- "'El vulgo zanza': spazi, pubblici, voci a Venezia durante le Guerre d’Italia" (co-written with Massimo Rospocher); Storica, 48 (2010), pp. 83-120.
- "In the Mouth of Charlatans: Street Performers and the Dissemination of Pamphlets in Renaissance Italy", Renaissance Studies, 24/5 (2010), pp. 638-653.
- "Per le piaze & sopra il ponte: Reconstructing the Geography of Popular Print in Early Sixteenth-Century Venice", in Geographies of the Book, edited by C. Withers and M.Ogborn, Ashgate Press, 2010.
- "The Lyre, the Pen and the Press: Performers and Cheap Print in Cinquecento Venice", in The Books of Venice, special issue of Miscellanea Marciana, edited by C. Kallendorf and L. Pon, Oak Knoll Press, 2008 (an Italian translation of this article is available online here)
- "The Richest Man in Italy: Aldo Manuzio and the Value of Male Friendships", in Practices of Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, edited by Peter Sherlock and Megan Cassidy-Welch, Brepols Press, 2008
- Review of Diana Robin, Publishing Women: Salons, the Presses, and the Counter-Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Italy, University of Chicago Press, 2007, in Gender and History, 2008
Ephemeral City: Cheap Print and Urban Culture in Renaissance Venice by Dr Rosa Salzberg, Manchester University Press, out in paperback June 2016