Research Profile

Brendan Dooley

Biography

SEE MY COMPLETE CV AT:  http://earlynewsnet.org/resume.pdf
PUBLICATIONS DOWNLOADS HERE: http://www.earlynewsnet.org/dooley_publications1.pdf
EURONEWS PROJECT PAGE HERE:  https://www.euronewsproject.org/

MAJOR INTERESTS

Partly by background, partly by inclination, I have long been drawn to topics connected with transition, transmission and translation, in the broadest senses. Hence the direction much of my recent research has taken, in the areas of mediality and communication, within and among physical and mental spaces, between past and present.

HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE

At Harvard I created a unique research instrument, entitled Italy in the Baroque (over 300,000 words), later published as a book and including the first English translations and editions of key seventeenth-century texts in fields ranging from literary and art criticism, to political theory, to spirituality, and to natural knowledge.  This research led to a work, The Social History of Skepticism (Johns Hopkins), essentially offering an alternative interpretation of Baroque culture organized around the theme of knowledge acquisition, verification and communication. Much of the research for that book was carried out in the criminal archives of the papal state in Rome; and the encounter with these records led me to the figure of Orazio Morandi, purveyor of information, collector of handwritten newsletters, and astrologer to cardinals and popes. His spectacular rise and fall within elite Roman society seemed to exemplify the troubled story of contested, secret and sacred knowledge at the end of the Renaissance.  In the monograph Morandi’s Last Prophecy (Princeton) I attempted to take the measure of Baroque culture once again, this time according to a reading that took occult interests far more into account than I had in the previous book.  I was still not satisfied with having understood completely the role of the early modern state in the knowledge question, when I encountered yet another figure, purportedly Morandi’s mentor in astrological studies in Florence:  namely, Don Giovanni de’ Medici. 

COMMUNICATION AND EXCHANGE

The study on Don Giovanni, a figure of paramount interest in many respects, has been growing to greater proportions over the years, and the discovery of personal letters between him and his mistress, the mattress-maker’s daughter Livia Vernazza (which I published in Amore e guerra nel tardo Rinascimento [Polistampa 2009]), occasioned a radical detour from the main line of research down a somewhat related byway:  the history of the communication and expression of love and emotion using language and symbols. The book based on this new research, entitled A Mattress-Maker’s Daughter, came out on Harvard University Press in 2014.  My current completed monograph, concerning reading and gender in the long sixteenth century appeared recently on Bloomsbury, entitled, Angelica’s Book and the World of Reading in the Late Renaissance.

THE SCIENCE OF INFORMATION

Also in the realm of the history of knowledge exchange, I am currently engaged with the Milan-based national edition of the works of the eighteenth-century University of Padua biologist Antonio Vallisneri to produce a digital edition of the university lessons, a unique document on the history of university education and the oral transmission of ideas to listeners.  The preparatory work for the project appeared in History of Universities as ‘Talking Science at the University of Padua in the Age of Antonio Vallisneri,’ 2009.

As Chief of Research of the Medici Archive Project located in Florence, Italy, I oversaw creation of the beta version of the Arts and Humanities database, using a novel private funding model and a laboratory with 9 full-time three-year fellows. In that period the database was populated with over 15,000 records of the contents of Medici family correspondence; it is now at one-third more that number, and online with 20,000 hits per month.

While still at Harvard I began assembling a research network on media history; and the first production, concerning information and politics, was published by Routledge as The Politics of Information (co-editor Sabrina Baron), sold successfully and has now taken on a second life as an e-book.

CULTURE AND EXCHANGE

Later at Jacobs University in Bremen I built the research group ‘Culture and Exchange,’ with 11 collaborators from the USA, Sweden, Austria, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Hungary.  The project investigated the impact of the early modern information explosion on perceptions of local and regional community referring to the Hegelian idea of ‘contemporaneity’ (theorized by Benedict Anderson, 1991), while attmpting to provide the first detailed description of the political information networks that began to join the cities of Germany to other parts of Europe in the early modern period.  Major partners in this initiative were the Presseforschung unit at Jacobs University Bremen, the University of Venice, and the University of Louvain.  A 2006 conference in Bremen, Germany, was entitled ‘Time and Space on the Road to Modernity’; another was held on December 6-8 2007, in Bremen, entitled ‘Places of News.’ Out of this project there emerged a volume published by Ashgate (December 2010) entitled The Dissemination of News and the Emergence of Contemporaneity in Early Modern Europe.  

DIGITAL CULTURES

Arrived at University College Cork in 2009, I served as the local P.I. for the nationally diffused Digital Arts and Humanities PhD degree program, in which I was responsible for the local share (1.6m euro) of the grant funded by the Irish Ministry for Educationn and Science, and at Cork this produced ten dissertations in the first six years and numerous peer-reviewed publications, as well as spin-off programs in the Digital Humanities realm.

The results of the contemporaneity project suggested that scaling up our inquiry using a uniform database would greatly advance our understanding of the integrative potential of infrastructure developments in general, and the relative importance of structure and discourse in the process of European integration in particular. This is a working hypothesis for the EURONEWS project, for which I received the 1m euro Advanced Laureate award in 2019 from the Irish Research Council. To facilitate the creation of this database for the 150 year period from 1550-1700, we are focusing on a single pioneering genre of news production, namely, the handwritten newsletters that circulated throughout Europe in this period.  Again, for the sake of convenience, we have chosen to analyze the single most important collection of these newsletters, i.e., the 200 or so volumes existing in the Florentine State Archive.  

The next step will be to widen the scope of this inquiry by documentary sources of early news all over Europe.

SOME CAREER MILESTONES:
PhD University of Chicago 1986; Syracuse University, BA/MA, 1976, 1978; Certificato, Istituto Datini di Storia Economica, 1982; Diploma, Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro, 1971;  
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Italian, University of Virginia, Fall 2009; Professor of History, Jacobs University (Bremen, Germany),  2002-2009; Chief of Research, Medici Archive Project (Florence, Italy), 1999-2002; Associate Professor of History, Harvard University, 1991-1999; Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute (Florence), 1998-99; Rome Prize winner, American Academy in Rome, 1994-5; Assistant Professor of History, Cleveland State University, 1990-1991; Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1989-90; Assistant Professor of History, Notre Dame University, Indiana, 1985-87 

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Examining New Sources for the European Dimesnion of EarlyModern NewsIrish Research Council01-SEP-1930-SEP-23€992,967.00
Enhancing Civic Society Within A National Context.Irish Research Council01-JAN-1730-SEP-17€5,000.00
Proposal Preperation H2020Enterprise Irl14-JUN-1614-MAR-17€8,960.00
Ubi bene ibi colonia - Transformation, identity and Space in Early Modern Cologne.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1330-SEP-14€22,950.00
Digital Arts Humanities.Higher Education authority01-MAR-1131-DEC-16€1,287,001.00
Co-ordination SuppoprtEnterprise Irl09-OCT-1230-NOV-13€12,500.00

Contract Researchers

 Researcher NameProjectRoleFunding Body
Davide BoerioEURONEWSPostdoctoral ResearcherIrish Research Council

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2014)FOR PUBLICATIONS COMPLETE LIST WITH WORKING LINKS GO TO: http://www.earlynewsnet.org/dooley_publications.pdf.
BRENDAN DOOLEY PUBLICATIONS (2014) FOR PUBLICATIONS COMPLETE LIST WITH WORKING LINKS GO TO: http://www.earlynewsnet.org/dooley_publications.pdf. ALL: ALL.   [DOI] [Details]
(2018)The Continued Exercise of Reason Public Addresses by George Boole.
Brendan Dooley (2018) The Continued Exercise of Reason Public Addresses by George Boole. Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press.   [Details]
(2016)Angelica's Book and the World of Reading in Late Renaissance Italy.
B. Dooley (2016) Angelica's Book and the World of Reading in Late Renaissance Italy. NY: Bloomsbury. [Details]
(1995)Italy in the Baroque: Selected Readings.
Brendan Dooley author, editor and translator (1995) Italy in the Baroque: Selected Readings. NY: Garland. [Details]
(2014)A Mattress Maker's Daughter: The Renaissance Romance of Don Giovanni de' Medici and Livia Vernazza.
Brendan Dooley (2014) A Mattress Maker's Daughter: The Renaissance Romance of Don Giovanni de' Medici and Livia Vernazza. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.   [Details]
(2014)A Companion to Astrology in the Renaissance.
B. Dooley, ed. and contributor (2014) A Companion to Astrology in the Renaissance. Leyden: Brill.   [Details]
(2014)Renaissance Now! The Value of the Renaissance Past in the Culture of Today.
B. Dooley (ed and contributor) (2014) Renaissance Now! The Value of the Renaissance Past in the Culture of Today. Bern: Peter Lang.   [Details]
(2010)The Dissemination of News and the Emergence of Contemporaneity in Early Modern Europe.
B. Dooley, ed. and contributor (2010) The Dissemination of News and the Emergence of Contemporaneity in Early Modern Europe. UK: Ashgate. [Details]
(2009)Amore e guerra nel tardo Rinascimento: le lettere di Livia Vernazza e don Giovanni de' Medici.
Brendan Dooley, ed. (2009) Amore e guerra nel tardo Rinascimento: le lettere di Livia Vernazza e don Giovanni de' Medici. Florence, Italy: Polistampa. [Details]
(2006)Energy and Culture: Perspectives on the Power to Work.
Brendan Dooley, ed. (2006) Energy and Culture: Perspectives on the Power to Work. UK: Ashgate. [Details]
(2002)Morandi's Last Prophecy and the End of Renaissance Politics.
Brendan Dooley; (2002) Morandi's Last Prophecy and the End of Renaissance Politics. Princeton: Princeton University Press.   [Details]
(2001)The Politics of Information in Early Modern Europe.
Brendan Dooley and Sabrina Baron, eds. (2001) The Politics of Information in Early Modern Europe. UK: Routledge. [Details]
(2001)Science and the Marketplace in Early Modern Italy.
Brendan Dooley; (2001) Science and the Marketplace in Early Modern Italy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.   [Details]
(2001)Quaderno: peste, carestia e guerra nell'Italia del Seicento, il diario di Giovanni Baldinucci.
Brendan Dooley, ed. (2001) Quaderno: peste, carestia e guerra nell'Italia del Seicento, il diario di Giovanni Baldinucci. Florence, Italy: Polistampa. [Details]
(1999)The Social History of Skepticism: Experience and Doubt in Early Modern Culture.
Brendan Dooley; (1999) The Social History of Skepticism: Experience and Doubt in Early Modern Culture. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.   [Details]
(1991)Science, Politics and Society in Eighteenth-Century Italy: The 'Giornale de' letterati d'Italia and its World.
Brendan Dooley; (1991) Science, Politics and Society in Eighteenth-Century Italy: The 'Giornale de' letterati d'Italia and its World. NY: Garland Books.   [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2016)'International News Flows in the Seventeenth Century: Problems and Prospects'
Brendan Dooley (2016) 'International News Flows in the Seventeenth Century: Problems and Prospects' In: Joad Raymond and Noah Moxham (eds). News Networks in Early Modern Europe. Leiden: Brill.   [Full Text] [Details]
(2016)'“Donna Livia’s New Clothes”'
Brendan Dooley (2016) '“Donna Livia’s New Clothes”' In: Alessio Assonitis (eds). The Grand Ducal Medici and Their Archive, 1537-1743. Turnhout: Brepols.   [Details]
(2016)'“Angelica’s Book: The Power of Reading in Late Renaissance Florence,”'
Brendan Dooley (2016) '“Angelica’s Book: The Power of Reading in Late Renaissance Florence,”' In: Matthew Maclean (eds). International Exchange in the European Book World. Leyden: Brill.   [Details]
(2015)'Media and History'
Brendan Dooley (2015) 'Media and History' In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief) (eds). International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition. Oxford UK: Elsevier. [Details]
(2014)'ASTROLOGY AND SCIENCE'
Dooley, B (2014) 'ASTROLOGY AND SCIENCE' In: Brill’s Companion to Renaissance Astrology. Leyden: Brill. [Details]
(2014)'“Learned Journals and Teaching at the University of Padua in the Early Eighteenth Century,”'
Brendan Dooley (2014) '“Learned Journals and Teaching at the University of Padua in the Early Eighteenth Century,”' In: Jeanne Peiffer, ed., L’Europe des journaux savants (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles)Communication et construction des savoirs. Archives internationales d’histoire des sciences 2014, n° fasc. 170-171, vol. 63. Turnhout: Brepols. [Details]
(2012)'“Scienza parlata, scienza scritta: Il Giornale de’ letterati nelle aule universitarie,”'
Brendan Dooley (2012) '“Scienza parlata, scienza scritta: Il Giornale de’ letterati nelle aule universitarie,”' In: in Il «Giornale de' Letterati d'Italia» trecento anni dopo. Scienza, storia, arte, identità (1710-2010), Atti del convegno, Padova, Venezia, Verona, 17-19 novembre 2010. Pisa: Fabrizio Serra. [Details]
(2012)'“Science and Astrology: A Renaissance Problem,”'
Brendan Dooley (2012) '“Science and Astrology: A Renaissance Problem,”' In: Liah Greenfeld and Marcel Herbst, eds., The Institution of Science and the Science of Institutions: The Legacy of Joseph Ben David. Piscataway, New Jersey: Transaction. [Details]
(2010)'Preface, Introduction, chapter 5: Making it Present, and Epilogue'
Dooley, Brendan; (2010) 'Preface, Introduction, chapter 5: Making it Present, and Epilogue' In: The Dissemination of News and the Emergence of Contemporaneity in Early Modeern Europe. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. [Details]
(2009)'Introduzione'
Brendan Dooley; (2009) 'Introduzione' In: Amore e guerra nel tardo Rinascimento: le lettere di Livia Vernazza e don Giovanni de' Medici. Florence: Polistampa. [Details]
(2008)'Entstehung der Gleichzeitigkeit in der Frühmoderne'
Brendan Dooley; (2008) 'Entstehung der Gleichzeitigkeit in der Frühmoderne' In: Boening et al., eds., Presse und Geschichte. Leistungen und Perspektiven der historischen Presseforschung. Bremen: edition lumiere. [Details]
(2008)'Le lezioni universitarie del Vallisneri'
Brendan Dooley; (2008) 'Le lezioni universitarie del Vallisneri' In: Antonio Vallisneri: La figura, il contesto, le immagini storiografiche Dario Generali, ed. Florence: Olschki. [Details]
(2006)'Art and information brokerage in the career of Don Giovanni de' Medici'
Brendan Dooley; (2006) 'Art and information brokerage in the career of Don Giovanni de' Medici' In: Your Humble Servant, Agents in Early Modern Europe. Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren. [Details]
(2006)'Introduction and Afterword'
Brendan Dooley; (2006) 'Introduction and Afterword' In: Energy and Culture: Perspectives on the Power to Work. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. [Details]
(2005)'Sources and Methods in Information History'
Brendan Dooley; (2005) 'Sources and Methods in Information History' In: Politics in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800. Groeningen: Peeters. [Details]
(2000)'Student Movements'
Brendan Dooley (2000) 'Student Movements' In: Peter Stearns (eds). Encyclopedia ofEuropean Social History. NY: Gale Group. [Full Text] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2011)'review of Antonella Romano, Rome et la science moderne'
Brendan Dooley; (2011) 'review of Antonella Romano, Rome et la science moderne'. Isis, 102 (1):168-170 [Details]
(2009)'Talking Science at the University of Padua in the Age of Antonio Vallisneri'
Brendan Dooley; (2009) 'Talking Science at the University of Padua in the Age of Antonio Vallisneri'. History of Universities, 24 :117-138 [Details]
(2011)'The Dangers of History'
Dooley, B (2011) 'The Dangers of History'. European Review, 19 :433-443 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'rev of Ireland in the Renaissance: c. 1540-1660'
Dooley, B (2013) 'rev of Ireland in the Renaissance: c. 1540-1660'. Renaissance Studies, 27 :148-150 [Details]
(2013)'rev. of Contested Spaces of Nobility in Early Modern Europe'
Dooley, B (2013) 'rev. of Contested Spaces of Nobility in Early Modern Europe'. Renaissance Studies, 27 :302-304 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'rev of English Military News Pamphlets, 1513-1637'
Dooley, B (2012) 'rev of English Military News Pamphlets, 1513-1637'. Renaissance Quarterly, 65 :604-606 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'rev of Selling Science in the Age of Newton: Advertising and the Commoditization of Knowledge'
Dooley, B (2012) 'rev of Selling Science in the Age of Newton: Advertising and the Commoditization of Knowledge'. ISIS, 103 :598-599 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2003)'Accademie scientifiche venete nel Settecento'
Brendan Dooley; (2003) 'Accademie scientifiche venete nel Settecento' Studi veneziani, 37 :91-106. [Details]
(2003)'The Morandi Affair and Urban VIII¿s Rome'
Brendan Dooley; (2003) 'The Morandi Affair and Urban VIII¿s Rome' Roma moderna e contemporanea, 11 :145-166. [Details]
(2004)'Le battaglie perse del principe Don Giovanni'
Brendan Dooley; (2004) 'Le battaglie perse del principe Don Giovanni' Quaderni Storici, 115 :83-118. [Details]
(2008)'Olbers und die Wissenschaftler seiner Zeit'
Brendan Dooley; (2008) 'Olbers und die Wissenschaftler seiner Zeit' Olbers Nachrichten, . [Details]
(2008)'Narrazione e verità: Don Giovanni de¿ Medici e Galileo'
Brendan Dooley; (2008) 'Narrazione e verità: Don Giovanni de¿ Medici e Galileo' Bruniana e Campanelliana, 2 :391-405. [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2020)The Great Rift: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Religion-Science Divide.
Dooley, B (2020) The Great Rift: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Religion-Science Divide. CHICAGO: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2020)Wind and comets: Academic speculations.
Dooley, B (2020) Wind and comets: Academic speculations. CAMBRIDGE: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2020)Doubting the Divine in Early Modern Europe: The Revival of Momus, the Agnostic God.
Dooley, B (2020) Doubting the Divine in Early Modern Europe: The Revival of Momus, the Agnostic God. CHICAGO: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2018)Jesuits and Italian Universities, 1548-1773.
Dooley, B (2018) Jesuits and Italian Universities, 1548-1773. CHICAGO: Book Reviews [Details]
(2018)From Masha'allah to Kepler: Theory and Practice in Medieval and Renaisssance Astrology.
Dooley, B (2018) From Masha'allah to Kepler: Theory and Practice in Medieval and Renaisssance Astrology. LONDON: Book Reviews [Details]
(2015)Medicine, astrology and magic between Middle Ages and Renaissance: Around Pietro d'Abano.
Dooley, B (2015) Medicine, astrology and magic between Middle Ages and Renaissance: Around Pietro d'Abano. CHICAGO: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2011)Rome and modern science: Between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment.
Dooley, B (2011) Rome and modern science: Between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. CHICAGO: Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)Ad utilita pubblica: Library policy and book practices in Florence in the XVIIIth century.
Dooley, B (2011) Ad utilita pubblica: Library policy and book practices in Florence in the XVIIIth century. CHICAGO: Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Theatrum naturae: The natural science of learning and new science in the early seventeenth century.
Dooley, B (2010) Theatrum naturae: The natural science of learning and new science in the early seventeenth century. Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Errors of Jupiter in Histories.
Dooley, B (2010) Errors of Jupiter in Histories. Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)Religious conflict and the public: A Media history of the Cologne War (1582-1590).
Dooley, B (2011) Religious conflict and the public: A Media history of the Cologne War (1582-1590). Book Reviews [Details]
(2013)L'immagine irraffigurabile della scienza sacro-santa.
Dooley, B (2013) L'immagine irraffigurabile della scienza sacro-santa. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Electronic Book

 YearPublication
Italy in the Baroque: Selected Readings.
Brendan Dooley, author, editor, translator Italy in the Baroque: Selected Readings. Electronic Book [Full Text] [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2019Advanced Laureate Irish Research Council
2015Member, Academia Europaea Academia Europaea
2015Research Fellow, Bard Graduate Center, NYC Bard Graduate Center, NYC
2009Distinguished Visiting Professor of Italian UVA University of Virginia
1998Jean Monnet Fellowship, European University Institute European University Institute Florence
1994Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome American Academy in Rome
1991National Endowment for the Humanities Translation Award National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington DC
1989Institute for Advanced Study NEH Member Institute for Advanced Study
1987Fulbright Hays Research Scholar Institute for International Education
1980Fulbright Hays Full Grant Institute for International Education
1987Society for Italian Historical Studies Manuscript award Society for Italian Historical Studies
2008Teaching Award, Jacobs University Bremen Jacobs University Bremen
1981Delmas Fellowship Delmas Foundation for research in Venice
1990History of Education Society Article Award History of Education Society
2009Community Service Award, Jacobs University Bremen Jacobs University Bremen
2006Teaching Award, Jacobs University Bremen Jacobs University Bremen

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
American Historical Association member/
Renaissance Society of America member/

Other Activities

 Description

Editor of Series (with Immacolata Amodeo), entitled ¿Intercultural Knowledge¿, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (DE)

Teaching Activities

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2025Jocelyn Karlan UCCPHDMerchants of Marvels: Communities and Commodities of Secrecy before Modernity
2018Christoph Kudella UCCPHDCorrespondence Network of Erasmus of Rotterdam
2017Caoimhin Debhailis UCCPHDAlfred Elmore: Life, Work and Context
2018Pierre Hseih UCCPHDCrossing Language Lines and Legal Tradition Lines— Legal Translation as an Economic Phenomenon

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Kreuze Wouter Paul Doctoral Degree (Structured)
Mansutti Sara Doctoral Degree (Structured)

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