Thursday Seminar. “Academic Mobility in Renaissance Italy: Problems and Sources”


Thursday, June 13, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


I Tatti
Laurentius de Voltolina: Liber ethicorum des Henricus de Alemannia, single sheet

Speaker: David Lines (I Tatti / University of Warwick)

It is well known that students—especially German ones—were keen on traveling from one university to the next in order to further their studies in both medieval and Renaissance Europe. But we know much less about the mobility of professors, who were also very often itinerant scholars. This often forces researchers to rely on a patchwork of local studies and sources in order to reconstruct someone’s career or biography.

This talk will discuss why professors moved and in what ways their mobility is important, while addressing some of the richness of the archival documentation. It will also explain the usefulness of a repertory/database to help track the careers and movements of professors. This presentation will particularly consider the archival sources for Bologna and Florence, which among other things provide helpful information on professors’ salaries; the repertory itself is expected to be wider, reaching at least to Padua, Pavia, and Rome.

David Lines is Professor of Renaissance Philosophy and Intellectual History at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, where he has been Director of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (2018–2023). He is Senior Editor of the Brepols book series Warwick Studies in Renaissance Thought and Culture. His work studies the intersection of ideas and their contexts particularly in the universities of Renaissance Italy, but also across Europe more broadly. He is well known for his research on the reception and teaching of Aristotelian works in both Latin and the vernacular. His most recent book is The Dynamics of Learning in Early Modern Italy: Arts and Medicine at the University of Bologna (Harvard University Press, 2023).



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