Research Topic: "The Quest for Precision in Western Cartography. Market behaviour, information diffusion and the impact of technological change, 1650-1950"
Supervisor: Professor Eric Chaney
Note: Because of a generous possibility offered to Magdalen College students, Giovanni will be away for the entire academic year 2019-2020 as a William Alexander Fleet fellow at Princeton University, where he will be reading for different courses and carrying research for his DPhil.
Giovanni is an economic historian with an interest in Modern History, the History of Technology, and the role of ideas and institutions in shaping growth. His DPhil project explores cartography in its “technological” dimension, with attention to the important years of the late 17th and the 18th century, and will resort to modern image-analysis techniques to study precision in a non-ambiguous way on a large dataset of digitised maps. To this end, he is applying a mix of methodologies borrowed from Computer Science and Geometry, something that places his research in the exciting area of the Digital Humanities.
Giovanni studied for a BA and MSc in Economics in Pisa, where for six years he was an “Allievo Ordinario” of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa, a national honours college for the social and applied sciences. In Oxford (Nuffield College), Giovanni completed with distinction an MPhil in Economic and Social History with the support of a grant from the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi and the Compagnia di San Paolo di Torino. He is currently pursuing a DPhil in History (History of Science and Medicine & Economic and Social History) at Magdalen College.