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Reimagining Mobilities across the Humanities
2 Volume Set

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ISBN 9781032244440
January 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
568 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This two-volume collection significantly advances the study of mobilities, understood as the movement of ideas, objects, people and texts in past and present societies as well as in different geographical contexts. Through a series of short chapters, mobility is employed as an elastic, inclusive and multifaceted concept across various disciplines to shed light on a geographically and chronologically broad range of issues and case studies. In doing so, the concept of mobility is positioned as a powerful catalyst for historical change and as a fruitful approach to research in the humanities and social sciences.

Both volumes are edited and written by members of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Mobility and the Humanities (MoHu) at the Department of Historical and Geographical Sciences and The Ancient World (DiSSGeA) of the University of Padua, Italy. The structure of the books mirrors the thematic research clusters of the Centre: Theories and Methods, Ideas, Objects, People and Texts. Afterwords from leading scholars from other institutions synthesise and reflect upon the findings of each section.

This innovative two-volume set makes a compelling case for the use of mobility studies as a research framework in the humanities and social sciences. As such, it will be of interest to students and researchers in various disciplines.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Theories, Methods, and Ideas

Introduction to Volume 1: Theories, Methods, and Ideas

Lucio Biasiori, Federico Mazzini and Chiara Rabbiosi


Section 1: Theories and Methods

1. "Moving Textuality" in Early Modern Europe

Paola Molino

2. The Challenge of Mobility for Commodity Chains: Time, Actors, and Value from an Historical Perspective

Marco Bertilorenzi, Andrea Caracausi, Carlo Fumian and Benoît Maréchaux

3. Mobilizing Pictures: The History of Science through the Lens of Mobility

Elena Canadelli

4. Gendered Mobilities: Spaces, Images and Power across the Mediterranean (16th-20th centuries)

Teresa Bernardi and Silvia Bruzzi

5. Handling Distances as a Key Factor in Social Power Dynamics

Marina Bertoncin and Andrea Pase

6. Map-mobilities: Expanding the Field

Laura Lo Presti and Tania Rossetto

7. Narrative Mobilities: Moving Texts from Representation to Practice

Giada Peterle


Peter Merriman


Section 2: Ideas

8. Mobility: The Word and the Thing

Lucio Biasiori

9., Tyrannical Mobility, Dictatorial Mobility

Francesca Cavaggioni, Luca Fezzi and Flavio Raviola

10. The Anglo-Venetian Moment: Political and Legal Representations between the Republic of Venice and England in the Early-Modern Age

Michele Basso, Mario Piccinini, and Alfredo Viggiano

11. Mechanics, Scholars and Objects: The Spread of Aristotle’s Philosophy and Its Exponents in Early Modern Europe

Ferdinando Fava and Andrea Savio

12.Synchronicity and Imitation of Practices of Order and Political Violence before and after WWI

Giulia Albanese and Matteo Millan


Aristotle Kallis


Volume 2: Objects, People and Texts

Introduction to Volume 2: Objects, People and Texts

Lucio Biasiori, Federico Mazzini and Chiara Rabbiosi


Section 1: Objects

1. Textiles in Imperial Landscapes: Tracing the Mobility of Textile Products and Craftspeople in First-Millennium BCE Assyria

Salvatore Gaspa

2. Renaissance female luxury garments on the move: when brides’ silks brocades ended up dressing ecclesiastics (Florence, 14th-15th centuries)

Isabelle Chabot

3. Political Objects in Motion across 19th-century Europe

Enrico Francia and Carlotta Sorba

4. The Repatriation and Uneven Biomobilities of Human Remains

Maria Teresa Milicia

5. Beyond the Immobility of "Museum Pieces": Variations on Mobility in the Collections of a Museum of Geography

Chiara Gallanti and Mauro Varotto


Laurent Feller


Section 2: People

6. Amoveatur ut promoveatur: the Careers of Military Judges in Italy and the Colonies

Nicolò Da Lio, Giovani Focardi and Adriano Mansi

7. Re-enacting Community Belonging through Emotions and Memories: German Expellees’ and Italian Repatriates’ Circular Letters

Cecilia Molesini and Alessandra Vigo

8. Entrepreneurial Mobility between Italy and South America: The Case of Argentina

Giovanni Luigi Fontana and Javier Pablo Grossutti

9. Slow mobility: Processes of Agency among Refugees Eating and Living at the Tiburtina Station in Rome

Giovanna Palutan and Donatella Schmidt

10. Exploring Tourism ‘Slow’ Mobilities

Margherita Cisani and Chiara Rabbiosi


Mimi Sheller


Section 3: Texts

11. Jewish Law and Greek Science: Translation- and Mobility-Studies in light of the Ancient Greek Translation of the Old Testament

Luciano Bossina

12. Movable Laws? The "extra edictum" Reproduction and Circulation of the Leges Langobardorum in Early Medieval Italy

Gianmarco De Angelis

13. A Tool for the Mobility of Texts, Persons, and Ideas: The Vocabulista in Arabico

Martina Elice and Cecilia Martini

14. The Mobility of Greek Manuscripts between East and West: The Biblioteca Marciana in Venice as a Case Study

Margherita Losacco

15. Communication and Religious Mobility: A European Intelligence Network, 1560-1590

Vittoria Feola


Guglielmo Cavallo

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Lucio Biasiori is associate professor of early modern history at the University of Padua, Italy. He was previously a fellow of the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy, and assistant professor in early modern history at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy. His research encompasses the early modern period, with particular reference to the cultural, religious and political history of 16th-century Europe, studied in an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural framework.

Federico Mazzini is associate professor of digital history and history of media and communication at the University of Padua, Italy. His previous work has focused on the sociocultural history of the First World War, particularly the peasant experience of the trenches and the popularisation of technoscience. He is currently working on various aspects of digital history, including web archiving, metadata and historical communication online, and ‘technical cultures’, such as radio hams, phreaks and hackers, in the twentieth century.

Chiara Rabbiosi is associate professor of economic and political geography at the University of Padua, Italy. Her previous research has dealt with the social and spatial dimensions of urban studies and consumer culture, including the critical geographies of shopping tourism, cultural heritage and place branding. She is currently working on tourist spatial imaginations of Europe, and on the transit of tourism (including walking and multi-modal transport), approaching tourism mobilities in an embodied and performative way.


"Exhaustive, inclusive, and innovative, Reimagining Mobilities across the Humanities is a treat for both professionals and newcomers to this discipline and capable of generating new ideas and perspectives. I wholeheartedly recommend it to a broad audience, confident that it will pique their interest in the ever-expanding field of mobility studies."

Hager Ben Driss, Associate Professor of English, University of Tunis, Tunisia

"Mobilities of ideas and concepts, of material things and images – are just some of the cases considered in theoretically sophisticated and geographically diverse chapters. Reimagining Mobilities is a foundational work as it provides a unique tool to understand mobilities in history, from ancient times to the present."

Giorgio Riello, Chair of Early Modern Global History, European University Institute, Italy