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Inaugural Lecture Series - Filippo de Vivo

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, B34

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Filippo de Vivo is delivering his inaugural lecture 'Imaginary Archives of the Renaissance' This is a free event but does require booking. The lecture shall be one hour and followed by a drinks reception.


Lecture details:

Archives are much more than stores of sources for modern historians. They grew as a result of centuries of non-neutral selection, preservation and discarding. And as such, they always inspired fantasies: of control, omniscience, continuity, survival as well as fracture and loss. Faced with new challenges, the Renaissance elaborated new archival fictions and fears in Italy and the world.


Speaker's biography:

Filippo de Vivo studied in Milan, Paris and Cambridge before coming to Birkbeck in 2003. He is the author of Information and Communication in Venice: Rethinking Early Modern Politics (2007) and Patrizi, informatori, barbieri (2012); he co-edited Exploring Cultural History (2010), Archivi e archivisti in Italia (2015), Fonti per la storia degli archivi italiani (2016) and several special issues on Scribal Culture in Italy, 1450-1700, Scholarly Practices in the Archive, Shared Spaces and Knowledge Transactions in the Italian Renaissance City, Archival Transformations in Early Modern Europe, The Thirty Years War and the News. He has written on the history of rumours, books and information, pharmacies and walking practices, and is currently researching Anglo-Venetian relations and a history of archives in late medieval and early modern Italy. He is Professor of Early Modern History since 2017 and this is his belated inaugural lecture!    


Department Details:

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck has a distinguished tradition as an international centre of excellence. We are the only university department in London to include archaeologists, classicists and historians investigating every period from prehistory to the early twenty-first century. Join us to discover the past and engage with the present across continents and cultures. Other lectures from our discover the past programme can be found here.


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