The Social World of the Poligrafi and the Culture of Political Communication in Sixteenth-Century Italy
Supervisors: Prof David Parrott and Dr Miles Pattenden
I am a DPhil candidate in History at New College. I study the social, cultural, intellectual, and literary history of early modern Europe, with a particular focus on Italy. My main interests are the history of communication, (dis)information, and censorship; humanism and the questione della lingua; the social role of writers, artists, and intellectuals (broadly conceived); political thought, public opinion, and political life; the history of obscenity and sexuality; historiography, from the late medieval period to the present; and the application(s) of social and political theory to the study of the Renaissance and the early modern world.
My doctoral research project is a social history of the poligrafi – an amorphous group of professional writers, editors and translators – and their role in the evolution of political communication in sixteenth-century Italy.
In 2018, I co-organised the conference 'Beyond Truth: Fiction and (Dis)information in the Early Modern World' at New College, Oxford. For more information about the conference, please visit oxdisinfo.wordpress.com.