Prof. Luciano Piffanelli | PhD

Associate Professor (Maître de conférences) at the Université de Haute- Alsace, LL.M. (Università di Roma ‘Sapienza’), Ph.D. (Doctor Europaeus: Università di Roma ‘Sapienza’ – Université de Toulouse 2 ‘Jean-Jaurès’)

Short Bio

I am a historian and palaeographer with a particular interest in European politics, cultures, and societies (14 th to the 18 th centuries), which I consider from an interdisciplinary point of view (including diplomatic practices, textual genetics, emotional studies, semiotics of space, territoriality of powers, documentary history of the institutions, written cultures). In 2012 I graduated from the University of Rome ‘Sapienza’ and went on to read for a joint Ph.D. (cotutelle de thèse) between ‘Sapienza’ and the Université de Toulouse 2 (awarded in 2017). I have been a visiting scholar at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (University of Warwick) and in 2022, after my experience as team member on project MICOLL, I was appointed Associate Professor of Early Modern History and Archival Sciences at the Université de Haute-Alsace, where I am also Director of the MA in Archival Studies. I teach classes and lead seminars on Renaissance and Early Modern political and diplomatic history, Latin Palaeography, Archival Sciences and Digital Humanities, and I have been teaching assistant (ATER) at the Université de Picardie and Université de Tours. Between 2019 and 2022, I directed the program Archives of Peace. Peacemaking and Peace Treaties in Medici Europe at the Medici +ììèArchive Project, where in 2021 I was awarded a postdoctoral grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities, for a project on the Florentine avvisi from France. I am currently preparing an ARN project (French National Agency for Research) on European diplomatic collections between the 17 th and the 19 th centuries and, in addition to the publication of books and articles on the aforementioned topics, I am also co-editing a special issue of Legatio. The Journal for Renaissance and Early Modern Diplomatic Studies (2023) as well as a volume on peace treaties and practices of pacification in the premodern world (with Isabella Lazzarini and Diego Pirillo: Reframing Treaties, Oxford University Press, 2024). Furthermore, I am working on a book on a European transnational history of archives and dealing with Grand Duke Peter Leopold’s archival reforms (Les importantes lumières lumières que ces documents peuvent apporter), and on an essay concerning Venetian diplomacy in the Early modern age (La salute dee essere preferita al male).

Luciano Piffanelli is currently Maître de conférences in Modern History and Archival Studies at the Université de Haute-Alsace (UHA).