Born in Padua, Italy, 2nd August 1952
1976: Degree in “Lettere” (Italian MA), University of Padua
1982-1983: Istituto Italiano di Studi Filosofici, Naples, Italy
1980-1982: Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Turin, Italy
2016-present: Full Professor of Early Modern History and History of the Book, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
1993-2016: Full Professor of History of the Book and Cultural History, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
1991-1993: Full Professor. University of Milan, Italy
1987-1991: Associate Professor of History of the Book, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
November 2011. University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA)
September 2007. Newberry Library- Chicago, Illinois (USA)
May 2003. Directeur de Recherche invité, École pratique des Hautes Études, Paris.
Professional Activities and Services
Main research interests:
The book and society (XV-XIX centuries)
Censorship and power in Europe
Political information and society (XVI-XVIII centuries)
News Networks in Early Modern Europe
History of Venice
2018-2020, Contact person for Ca’ Foscari University of Venice for the project « Administrer l’étranger. Mobilités, diplomaties et hospitalité, Italie - Europe (XIVe-mi XIXe siècle) » of the Ecole Française of Rome.
February 2015. Organization and direction of the conference Aldus Manutius and the Making of the Myth, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
2010-2015: Member of the project News Networks in Early Modern Europe, led by Joad Raymond of Queen Mary, University of London, and funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
2005-2008: Principal Investigator of research groups funded by the Italian Ministry of Education (Prin): Libri per tutti. I generi editoriali di larga circolazione in Italia tra età moderna e contemporanea.
2004-2007: Participation in the research projects supported by the European Science Foundation: Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Europe - Correspondence and Cultural exchange in Europe, 1400- 1700)
1998-2000: Associated investigator in the program Editoria e società in Italia nei secoli XVIII e XIX (Prin 1999)
1997-1999: Associated investigator in the program Editoria e società in Italia nei secoli XVIII e XIX
Italian Academic system
2014 – 2021: Vice coordinator of the PhD Programme in Historical, Geographical, Anthropological Studies, Universities of Padova, Ca’ Foscari Venice, Verona.
2009 - 2016: President of Edizioni Ca' Foscari
2011 - 2012: Member of the expert group for the evaluation of research activity (Gev –VQR 2004-2010, Anvur)
2008 - 2014: Director of the Phd program in European Social History
1999 -2005: Chairman of the Department of Historical Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
2003 – Member of the Academic Senate
1997 - 2000: Chairman of the Library System of Ca' Foscari University of Venice