Exposed Writings, Urban Spaces and Orality in Early Modern Spain

FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali

FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali

What kind of writings became visible in the urban space during the early modern period? What value did people give to the messages they found inscribed on walls or spread in squares and streets? The seminar, dedicated to the Renaissance city as a privileged space for written communication, answers these questions starting from Armando Petrucci’s concept of ‘exposed writings’. In the first part, the paper analyses the forms adopted and functions performed by writing – from propaganda and conflicts of memory to information, from infamy to social contestation. In the second part, the paper focuses on the materiality of writing to understand the meaning attributed to inscriptions, edicts, announcements and libels. Regarding appropriation and reading, urban communication can only be understood by looking at the complementarity of writing, image, and orality.

Cycle of Seminars:  “Tavola ovale di storia moderna

Free entrance subject to availability.

Scientific Coordination:
Umberto Cecchinato (FBK-ISIG)
Massimo Rospocher (FBK-ISIG)
Sandra Toffolo (FBK-ISIG)

Chair: Massimo Rospocher, FBK-ISIG


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  • Antonio Castillo Gómez
    Antonio Castillo Gómez, full professor at the University of Alcalá, teaches social history of written culture and directs the research group "Lectura, Escritura, Alfabetización" (LEA) and the Seminario Interdisciplinar de Estudios sobre la Cultura Ecrita (SIECE). His latest books include El placer de los libros inútiles y otras lecturas en los Siglos de Oro (2018) and Grafias no cotidiano: escrita e sociedade na história (séculos XVI-XX) (2021). In Italy he published Leggere nella Spagna moderna: erudizione, religiosity and leisure (2013), Dalle carte ai muri. Writing and Society in Early Modern Spain (2016) and several essays that have appeared in books and journals. In 2020 he was awarded the University of Alcalá Prize for Research Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences. He is responsible for the research project Vox Populi. Espacios, prácticas y estrategias de visibilidad de las escrituras del margen en las épocas modernas y contemporánea,

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