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Massimo Rospocher

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Short bio

I graduated from the University of Trent with a BA in Literature and Philosophy in 2002, and then went to the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence where I completed a PhD in History in 2008. I have held fellowships from several institutions: the British Academy, Birkbeck College (London), Centro Studi sulla Civiltà del Tardo Medioevo, CIU (Ascona), Centre of Reformation and Renaissance Studies (Toronto), McGill University (Montreal), Melbourne University, Sydney University, Warwick University, Yale University. I was adjunct professor at the University of Trent (2007-2009), where I taught a course in 'Historical Methodology', and I am currently a full-time Research Fellow at the Institute for Italian and German Historical Studies (2007-present).
For the period 2011-2015 I collaborated at the European Research Council (ERC) project "Oral Culture, Manuscript and Print in Early Modern Italy, 1450-1700" based at the University of Leeds and coordinated by Brian Richardson. http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/italianvoices/ 

I am currently one of the core members of the project "The European Dimensions of Popular Print" (EDPOP) based at the University of Utrecht and coordinated by Jeroen Salman: http://edpop.wp.hum.uu.nl/ 

My broad area of research is the political and cultural history of early modern Europe. I am particularly interested on the ways in which both cultural exchange and political communication occurred in urban public spaces (such as streets and squares) through the interaction of orality and print.

Research interests
Early Modern History
Personal documents
Publications

Monographs

Il papa guerriero. Giulio II nello spazio politico europeo (Il Mulino: Bologna, 2015)

The Cross and the Sword. Julius II and European Political Communication (in preparation)

 

Edited Books

(with S. Dall'Aglio, B. Richardson) "Voice and Writing in Early Modern Italian Society" (Routledge: New York, 2016)

Oltre la Sfera Pubblica. Lo  spazio della politica nell'Europa moderna (Il Mulino: Bologna, 2013)

 

(with M. Mondini) Narrating War: Early Modern and Contemporary Perspectives (Dunker & Humblot/Il Mulino: Berlin-Bologna, 2013)

 

Beyond the Public Sphere: Opinions, Publics, Spaces in Early Modern Europe  (Dunker & Humblot/Il Mulino: Berlin-Bologna, 2012). 

Reviewed in American Historical Review; Cromhos; Francia; European History Quarterly; European Review of History; Historische Zeitschrift; Journal of Early Modern History; Renaissance Quarterly; Renaissance Studies; Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine; Revue Historique; Sixteenth Century Journal; Storicamente.

 

(with S. Luzzi and G. Ciappelli) Famiglia e religione nella prima età moderna. Saggi in onore di Silvana Seidel Menchi (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura: Rome, 2011)

 

Journal Special Issues:

(with L. Degl'Innocenti and R. Salzberg) "The Cantastorie in Renaissance Italy: Street Singers between Oral and Literate Cultures". Special issue of Italian Studies, 71 (2016)

 

(with S. Dall'Aglio, L. Degl'Innocenti, B. Richardson, C. Sbordoni) "Oral Culture in Early Modern Italy: Performance, Language, Religion", The Italianist, Special Issue Volume 34, Issue 3, 2014

Journal Articles

 

L’invenzione delle notizie? Informazione e comunicazione nell’Europa moderna, in Storica, 64 (2016), pp. 95-116

 

(with L. Degl'Innocenti), Street Singers: an Interdisciplinary Perspective, in Italian Studies, 71 (2016), pp. 149-153

 

“ 'In vituperium status veneti ': The case of Niccolò Zoppino", in The Italianist, 34 (2014)

 

(co-written with R. Salzberg) “Street Singers in Italian Renaissance Urban Culture and Communication”, in Cultural and Social History, 9/1 (2012)

 

(co-written with R. Salzberg) “ ‘El vulgo zanza’ : spazi, pubblici, voci a Venezia durante le guerre d’Italia”, in Storica, 48 (2010)

 

“Informazione e comunicazione politica a Venezia”, in Storica, 38 (2008)

“Propaganda e opinione pubblica: Giulio II nella comunicazione politica europea”, in Annali dell’Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico, 33 (2007)

 

Book chapters

(with R. Salzberg) “Murder Ballads. Singing, Hearing, and Writing about Murder in Renaissance Italy”, in T. Dean – K. Lowe (eds), Murder in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge UP: Cambridge forthcoming 2017)

 

“The Battle for the piazza: Creative Antagonism between Itinerant Preachers and Street Singers in Late Medieval and Early Modern Italy” in S. Dall’Aglio, B. Richardson, M. Rospocher (eds), Voices and Texts in Early Modern Italian Society (Routledge: London-NY 2016), pp. 212-228

 

(with S. Dall’Aglio) “Introduction” in Voices and Texts in Early Modern Italian Society (Routledge: London-NY 2016), pp. 1-20

 

“From Orality to Print: Revolution or Transition? Street Singers in the Renaissance Multi-Media System”, P. Pombeni (ed), The Historiography of Transition: Critical Phases in the Development of Modernity, (Routledge: London-New York 2016), pp. 23-39

 

“Il papa in guerra: Giulio II nell’iconografia politica al tempo di Ravenna” , in D. Bolognesi (ed.), La battaglia di Ravenna, l’Italia, l’Europa (Ravenna: Longo, 2014)

 

“Songs of War: Historical and Literary Narratives of the ‘Horrendous Italian Wars’ ” (1494-1559)’, in M. Mondini and M. Rospocher (eds), Narrating War: Early Modern and Contemporary Perspectives (Bologna: Il Mulino; Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2013)

"Dall’oralità alla stampa: rivoluzione o transizione? I cantastorie nel sistema multimediale del Cinquecento”, in P. Pombeni – G. Haupt (eds), La transizione come problema storiografico. Un’indagine sulle fasi critiche della modernità, 1494-1973 (Il Mulino: Bologna, 2013)

 

“Presentazione”, in M. Rospocher (ed.), Oltre la Sfera Pubblica. Lo spazio nell’Europa moderna (Il Mulino: Bologna, 2013)

 

“La voce della piazza. Oralità e spazio pubblico nell’Italia del Rinascimento”, in M. Rospocher (ed.), Oltre la Sfera Pubblica. Lo spazio della politica nell'Europa moderna (Il Mulino, Bologna, 2013)

 

“ ‘Non vedete la libertà di voi stessi essere posta nelle proprie mani vostre?’ : Guerre di scritture e cambi di regime al tempo di Cambrai”, in M. Bonazza - S. Seidel Menchi (eds), Dal Leone all’Aquila. Comunità, territori e cambi di regime nell'età di Massimiliano I (Edizioni Osiride: Rovereto, 2012)

 

“Print and Political Propaganda under Julius II”, in P. Bromilow (ed.), Authority in European Book Culture (1400-1600) (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2013)

 

“Beyond the Public Sphere: A Historiographical Transition”, in M. Rospocher (ed.), Beyond the Public Sphere: Opinions, Publics, Spaces in Early Modern Europe (Dunker & Humblot/Il Mulino: Berlin-Bologna, 2012)

 

(co-written with R. Salzberg) “An Evanescent Public Sphere: Voices, Spaces, and Publics in Venice during the Italian Wars”, in M. Rospocher (ed.), Beyond the Public Sphere: Opinions, Publics, Spaces in Early Modern Europe (Dunker & Humblot/Il Mulino, Berlin-Bologna: 2012)

 

“Genesi di un discorso politico: un interlocutore sconosciuto di Erasmo”, in E. Baldini - M. Firpo (eds), Religione e politica in Erasmo da Rotterdam (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura: Roma, 2012)

 

“ ‘Il passatempo del giardiniere’. La giusta guerra di Enrico VIII in difesa della Chiesa cattolica”, in G. Ciappelli - S. Luzzi- M. Rospocher (eds), Famiglia e religione nella prima età moderna. Saggi in onore di Silvana Seidel Menchi (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura: Roma, 2011)

 

“Versos desde las plazas. La Poesía como lenguaje de comunicación política en los espacios públicos de las ciudades italianas del Renacimiento”, in A. Castillo Gómez - J. S. Amelang (eds), Opinión pública y espacio urbano en la Edad Moderna (Gijon: Trea, 2010)

 

“Stampe e versi pericolosi. Controllo delle opinioni e ricerca del consenso durante le guerre d’Italia”, in D. Curto - E. R. Dursteller - J. Kirshner - F. Trivellato (eds), From Florence to the Mediterranean and Beyond: Essays in Honour of Tony Molho (Olschki: Florence, 2009)

 

“Le guerre di Giulio II: tra retorica, propaganda e realtà”, in A. De Benedictis - G. Anselmi (eds), Città in guerra. Esperienze e riflessioni nel primo ‘500. Bologna nelle ”guerre d'Italia“ (Minerva: Bologna, 2008)