Personale docente

Paola Molino

Professore associato confermato


Indirizzo: VIA DEL VESCOVADO, 30 - PADOVA . . .

Telefono: +39 049 827 8549


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Paola Molino (1981) is Associate Professor in early modern history at the University of Padua. She holds a PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute. Here she defended in 2011 a thesis on the creation of the Imperial library in Vienna, published as a monograph in 2017 as "L'Impero di carta. Storia di una biblioteca e di un bibliotecario (1575-1608). In 2011 she also obtained the grade as librarian from the Vatican School for Library Science.
From 2011 to 2014 she was post-doctoral research fellow in Vienna, in the framework of the project “The Fuggerzeitungen, an early modern informative systems and its index” carried on under the direction of Prof. Katrin Keller, and based at the Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung and the Austrian National library. The aim of the project has been to catalogue a stock of “hand-written newspapers”, the so-called Fuggerzeitungen, in order to facilitate their use for historical research. (now in
A second goal of the project has been to write a book in which the informative systems in the Italian States and in the Holy Roman Empire were compared, by focusing on the different structures, geographies and content of the newsletters in German and Italian. For carrying out this research in Italy she was granted a scholarship from the Austrian Academy of sciences at the Austrian Historical Institute in Rome, where she has been working until June 2015. The book deriving from the research has been published - also in open access- in November 2015 with the title "Die Fuggerzeitungen im Kontext. Zeitungssammlungen im Alten Reich und in Italien" (Wien, Böhlau, 2015). The book is co-authored with Katrin Keller
In summer 2012 she was short-term post-doctoral fellow at the Max Plank Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in the project "The Learned Practices of Canonical Texts: A Cross-Cultural Comparison" organized by Profss. A. Grafton and G. Most. The aim of the project was to write a comparative history of textual practices from antiquity to early modern times, from Europe, to India and China. The book was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 with the title “Canonical Texts and Scholarly Practices: A Global Comparative Approach”. She contributes to this collective work with a chapter on “World Bibliographies: Libraries and the reorganization of knowledge in late Renaissance Europe” in which she sketches the main features of the European Renaissance library using as a case study a subject catalogue on the Ottomans drawn up in Vienna in 1576.
From July 2015 until February 2017 she researched and taught at the Department of early modern history of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, as Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral fellow. Here she carried out a project about the structure and function of early modern European library catalogs, with the aim of attempting a connected history of bibliography in Europe and beyond, in the time 1570-1650. In order to keep the balance between the local (Bavarian-European) and global level, she started a research project about library catalogs in a tranregional perspective. For organizing a first “explorative workshop” on this topic she was granted in November 2015 a subsidy from the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. The workshop took place in October 2016.
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Selected publications:

Die Fuggerzeitungen im Kontext. Zeitungssammlungen im Alten Reich und in Italien" Wien, Böhlau, 2015 (co-authored with Katrin Keller: Introduction and conclusion (co-authored), Chapter 1-2 Katrin Keller, chapters 3-4 Paola Molino).
Documents and maps published in (Paola Molino: index of about 3000 Avvisi and Zeitungen)

Reviewed in:
sehepunkte 16 (2016), Nr. 7/8 [15.07.2016], Andreas Wuergel
Holger Böning: HistLit 2016-3-059: H-Soz-Kult21.07.2016.

L’Impero di carta. Storia di una biblioteca e di un bibliotecario. Vienna 1575-1608, Roma, Viella, 2017.


The Librarian Network: the uses of correspondence in an Early Modern court Libraries, in Practice of scholarly communication, ed. by Vladimír Urbánek, Farnham, Ashgate, forthcoming 2017.

Connected news: Geschriebene Zeitungen and Italian Avvisi in the Fugger collection (1568-1604), in « Media History » 2016, DOI:10.1080/13688804.2016.1235484

World Bibliographies: Libraries and the reorganization of knowledge in late Renaissance Europe, in Canonical Texts and Scholarly Practices: A Global Comparative Approach, ed. By Anthony Grafton and Glenn Most, Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. 299-322.

Vedere i mostri. Lo studio della natura in età moderna. Molino legge Krämer, “Storica” 63, 2016, pp. 129-142

Ni Gessner ni Possevino: Hugo Blotius et la réorganisation de la bibliothèque impériale de Vienne à la fin du XVIe siècle, “Histoire et civilisation du livre” vol. XI (2016), 277-304.

Die Hofbibliotheken in München und Wien um 1600. Ein Vergleich, in: Die Hofbibliothek zu München unter den Herzögen Wilhelm V. und Maximilian I., hg. v. A. Schmid, München 2015 (= Zeitschrift für bayerische Landesgeschichte, Beiheft 43), 275-307. (co-authored with Helmut Zedelmaier)

Intorno all’Alcorano di Macometto di Pier Mattia Tommasino, « Storica » (58) 2014, pp. 85-122 (co-authored with Giuseppe Marcocci, Vincenzo Lavenia, Paolo Procaccioli)

Il mestiere dei libri nel tardo Rinascimento, “”, 2/2013, pp. 23-79.

Farsi spazio: riflessioni sulla costruzione della biblioteca imperiale di Vienna alla fine del XVI secolo, “Quaderni Storici” 1/2013, pp. 117-140.

Esperimenti bibliografici fra Vienna e Zurigo (1576- 1589), “” 1 (2012), pp. 21-69.

Usi e abusi di una biblioteca imperiale (1575-1608) in EREBEA. Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, 2 (2012), pp. 127-158.

Nikodemismus und Konfessionalisierung am Hof Maximilians II., in Frühneuzeit-Info 22/2011, pp. 112-128. (co-authored mit Gábor Almási)

Alle origini della Methodus Apodemica di Theodor Zwinger: la collaborazione di Hugo Blotius, fra empirismo ed universalismo, in “Codices Manuscripti, Zeitschrift für Handschifritenkunde” 56/57 (2006), pp. 43-67.

Early modern History
Entangled and connected history
History of knowledge
History of the books libraries (16th and the 18th centuries)
History of the news and history of information

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