Dr Erin Maglaque

I am interested in the intersections between Venetian intellectual history and colonial governance, looking at the ways in which humanism was implicated in the Venetian colonization of the Adriatic coastline and the Aegean islands; and, conversely, how the colonial Mediterranean world shaped the intellectual culture of the city itself.

An article which features some of my dissertation research is forthcoming this winter in the Journal of Early Modern History. My research is interdisciplinary, informed by my background in the history of art and working in museum collections. I am interested in the literary and material cultures of Venetian bureaucrats, administrators, and governors, and so work across a range of different kinds of media and disciplines: including manuscript, print, cartography, and material culture. I am particularly interested in the history of composite books and miscellaneous text compilations, such as commonplace books. I am fascinated by the history of the book and love all things parchment, binding, paper, and printing.

My postdoctoral project examines the history of environmental thought and politics in sixteenth-century Venice and the Veneto. This project argues that the Venetian lagoon and mainland terraferma landscape became an environmental laboratory for political, ecological, and scientific thought in the Renaissance. It examines the ways in which the sixteenth-century environmental crisis became a testing-ground for political and scientific thought amongst the patrician governors, engineers, natural philosophers, artists and dramatists of late Renaissance Venice and the Veneto. In particular, it analyzes the ways in which debates about the environment, landscape, and nature became part of imperial political thought.

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