1st Edition

Reimagining Mobilities across the Humanities 2 Volume Set

    512 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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