Professor Kittler’s Sabbatical Research in Venice, Italy

Assistant Professor Juraj Kittler undertook a two-month research trip to Venice, Italy, to study communication in the 15th and the early 16th century Renaissance Venice, and to collect material for a new upper level course focusing on the public sphere/space in the Renaissance city.

The research trip took place in April/June 2013 during Dr. Kittler’s sabbatical semester and focused on various venues that host resources related to the history of Venetian networks of diplomatic correspondence, systems of postal couriers, and mainly on the history of the famous Venetian avisi – the earliest handwritten newsletters that first appeared in Italy in the late 15th century. During his stay in Venice, Dr. Kittler consulted the collections of manuscripts preserved in the Italian State Archives, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, as well as the deposits in Museo Correr in Piazza San Marco. Two brief side-trips took him to see related collections of manuscripts that are part of the Medici family archives in Florence, Italy, and the library of Christopher Columbus’ son Hernan in Seville, Spain (which contains precious early ephemeral printed materials purchased during his extensive travels to Italy).

The research trip was funded by two faculty-development grants by St. Lawrence University (Faculty Research Fellowship Award and William B. Bradbury, Jr. Faculty Award), as well as by a Mellon Grant for Humanities Project – Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century.