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Dr Rosa Salzberg

Rosa Salzberg  


Office Hours:


Humanities Building, H307
44 (0)24 76523487 (internal extension 23487)
44 (0)24 76523437 (internal extension 23437)

Tuesdays 3-4pm and Fridays 1-2pm. All meetings will be held online via Teams. You can book an appointment with me here.


Academic Profile

  • Associate Professor of Italian Renaissance History, University of Warwick (2015 - present)
  • Marie Sklowdowska Curie Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence (2016-2019)
  • Assistant Professor of Italian Renaissance History, University of Warwick (2010 - 2015)
  • UK Society for Renaissance Studies, Ruth & Nicolai Rubinstein Postdoctoral Fellow (2009 - 2010)
  • Australian European University Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2009)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Italian Renaissance History (2009) - Queen Mary College, University of London
  • Master of Arts, Italian Renaissance History (2004) - University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts, History major (2002) - University of Melbourne, Australia


Undergraduate Modules Taught

Postgraduate Modules Taught


My major research interests are urban history and the history of migration and mobility in Renaissance and early modern Europe. My current project (MIGROPOLIS, financed by a Marie Sklowdowska Curie Fellowship at the European University Institute, 2016-19) looks at spaces of first arrival for migrants and travellers in Renaissance Venice, such as inns, lodging houses and ferry stations, and examines how they acted as sites of orientation, social and cultural interaction and surveillance points for the local authorities. The first fruits of this research are now appearing in Urban History, Revue d'histoire moderne e contemporaine and various book chapters, detailed below.

I also have an enduring interest in the history of communication, and particularly the production and circulation of ephemeral print. A monograph based on my PhD dissertation, entitled Ephemeral City: Cheap Print and Urban Culture in Renaissance Venice, was published by Manchester University Press in 2014. It investigates the way in which the new technology of print infiltrated the lives of people across the entire spectrum of society in the form of cheap printed pamphlets, broadsheets, and fliers, which were sold for very little, posted up and proclaimed, or given out for free. My research suggests how, within the unique cityscape of Venice, print quickly became woven into the matrix of oral and written communication that underpinned urban life.

A key focus of my earlier research - the role of itinerant pedlars and performers who published, performed and sold cheap works in public spaces, acting as disseminators of news, information and entertainment at the intersections of print and orality - has led to several publications in journals including the Italian Studies, The Italianist, Sixteenth Century Journal, Renaissance Studies and Social and Cultural History.


Selected Publications


Special Issues

  • The Cantastorie in Renaissance Italy: Street Singers Between Oral and Literate Cultures, special issue of Italian Studies 71:2 (2016), edited by Luca Degl’Innocenti, Massimo Rospocher and Rosa Salzberg.

Journal Articles

  • Mobility, Cohabitation and Cultural Exchange in the Lodging Houses of Early Modern Venice”, Urban History, 46/3 (2019): 398-418. *Winner of the Dyos prize for the best article published in the journal in 2018*

  • "Comment être vénitien? Identification des immigrants et 'droit d’habiter' à Venise au XVIe siècle", (co-written with Claire Judde de Larivière), Revue d'historie moderne e contemporaine 64/2 (2017): 69-92.
  • ‟'Poverty Makes Me Invisible': Street Singers and Hard Times on the Streets of Renaissance Italy”, Italian Studies, special issue The Cantastorie in Renaissance Italy: Street Singers Between Oral and Literate Cultures, edited by Luca Degl’Innocenti, Massimo Rospocher and Rosa Salzberg, 71:2 (2016): 212-24.
  • "The Word on the Street: Street Performers and Devotional Texts in Italian Renaissance Cities", The Italianist, special issue Oral Culture in Early Modern Italy: Performance, Language, Religion, edited by Brian Richardson, 34:3 (2014): 336-48.
  • "Le peuple est la cité. L’idée de popolo et la condition des popolani à Venise (XVe-XVIe siècles)" (co-written with Claire Judde de Larivière), Annales HSS, 68.4 (2013): 1113-40 (also in English translation).
  • "Street Singers in Italian Renaissance Urban Culture and Communication" (co-written with Massimo Rospocher), Cultural and Social History, 9.1 (2012): 9-26.
  • "Selling Stories and Many Other Things In and Through the City: Peddling Print in Sixteenth-Century Florence and Venice", Sixteenth-Century Journal, 42:3 (2011): 737-759.
  • "'El vulgo zanza': spazi, pubblici, voci a Venezia durante le Guerre d’Italia" (co-written with Massimo Rospocher); Storica, 48 (2010): 83-120.
  • "In the Mouth of Charlatans: Street Performers and the Dissemination of Pamphlets in Renaissance Italy", Renaissance Studies, 24/5 (2010): 638-653.

Book Chapters

  • "Spaces of Unrest? Policing Hospitality Sites in Early Modern Venice", in Unrest in Venice: Popular Politics in an Aristocratic Republic, edited by Claire Judde de Larivière and Maartje Van Gelder, forthcoming.
  • "Controlling and Documenting Migration via Urban 'Spaces of Arrival' in Early Modern Venice", in Migration Policies and the Materiality of Identification in European Cities, 1500-1930s: Papers and Gates, edited by H. Greefs and A. Winter (Routledge, 2018), pp. 27-45.
  • Disseminating Luxury on the Streets of Italian Renaissance Cities”, in Luxury and the Ethics of Greed in the Early Modern World, edited by C. Kovesi, Brepols 2018
  • "Murder Ballads: Singing, Hearing, Writing and Reading about Murder in Renaissance Italy", chapter co-written with Massimo Rospocher, in Murder in Renaissance Italy, edited by K.J.P. Lowe and T. Dean (Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 164-85.
  • ‟The Margins in the Centre: Working Around Rialto (Venice, 16th Century)”, in The Place of the Social Margins, 1400-1800, edited by A. Spicer and J.L. Crawshaw-Stevens (Routledge, 2017), pp. 135-52.
  • "Print Peddling and Urban Culture in Renaissance Italy", in Not Dead Things: The Distribution and Dissemination of Popular Print, edited by J. Raymond, J.L. Salman and R.J. Harms (Brill, 2013).  
  • "An Evanescent Public Sphere: Voices, Spaces, and Publics in Venice during the Italian Wars" (co-written with Massimo Rospocher), in Beyond the Public Sphere: Opinions, Publics, Spaces in Early Modern Europe (XVI-XVIII), edited by Massimo Rospocher (Il Mulino/Dunker & Huboldt, 2012), pp. 93-114.
  • "Masculine Republics: Establishing Authority in the Early Modern Venetian Printshop", in Governing Masculinities in the Early Modern Period, edited by S. Broomhall and J. Van Gent, Ashgate Press, 2011.
  • "Per le piaze & sopra il ponte: Reconstructing the Geography of Popular Print in Early Sixteenth-Century Venice", in Geographies of the Book, edited by C. Withers and M.Ogborn, Ashgate Press, 2010.
  • "The Lyre, the Pen and the Press: Performers and Cheap Print in Cinquecento Venice", in The Books of Venice, special issue of Miscellanea Marciana, edited by C. Kallendorf and L. Pon, Oak Knoll Press, 2008 (an Italian translation of this article is available online here)
  • "The Richest Man in Italy: Aldo Manuzio and the Value of Male Friendships", in Practices of Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, edited by Peter Sherlock and Megan Cassidy-Welch, Brepols Press, 2008

*Article: "Mobility, Cohabitation and Cultural Exchange in the Lodging Houses of Early Modern Venice", winner of the Dyos prize for the best article published in the journal Urban History in 2018*


Ephemeral City: Cheap Print and Urban Culture in Renaissance Venice by Dr Rosa Salzberg, Manchester University Press, 2014. Winner of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Prize for the best book in Venetian Renaissance History (2014-15) from the Renaissance Society of America. 

Take a tour of my storymap: "Welcome to Venice: Arriving in the Renaissance City"