1st Edition

Reimagining Mobilities across the Humanities Volume 1: Theories, Methods and Ideas

Edited By Lucio Biasiori, Federico Mazzini, Chiara Rabbiosi Copyright 2023
    230 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Volume 1: Theories, Methods and Ideas explores the mobility of ideas through time and space and how interdisciplinary theories and methodological approaches used in mobilities studies can be profitably utilised within the humanities and social sciences. 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.

    Like its sister volume, this volume is 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 book mirrors the Theories and Methods, and Ideas thematic research clusters of the Centre. Afterwords from leading scholars from other institutions synthesise and reflect upon the findings of each section.

    This volume, together with Volume 2: Objects, People and Texts, 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.

    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. Synchronic Development or Diffusion? The Temporal Mobility of Violent Practices Before and After WWI

    Giulia Albanese and Matteo Millan


    Aristotle Kallis


    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 20th 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