Personale docente

Paola Molino

Professore associato


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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 LMU 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.
Since 2017 she has been appointed first Assistant (2017-2020) and then Associate Professor for early modern History at Padua.

Selected publications (for a complete list see


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).

Reviewed in:
A. Wuergel:Sehepunkte 16 (2016), Nr. 7/8, 15.07.2016
H. Böning: HistLit 2016-3-059: H-Soz-Kult, 21.07.2016
F. Schick: Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung, 44/2017

L’Impero di carta. Storia di una biblioteca e di un bibliotecario. Vienna 1575-1608, Roma, Viella, 2017.
Reviewd in
ARO, 2018/2 by M.Scandola
RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY, 72/2019-1 by M.A Panzanelli Fratoni
Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken 26/2020 by Alexander Koller

Edited books and special issues:

Libertas. Tra religione, politica e saperi, ed. by Dennj Solera, Andrea Caracausi, Paola Molino, Donzelli, 2022

The Cultures of Vigilance. Historicizing the Role of Private Attention in Society, special issue of “Storia della Storiografia-Histoire de l’Historiographie-History of Historiography-Geschichte der Geschichtsschreibung” 74/2 (2018), edited by Arndt Brendecke and Paola Molino.


Una biblioteca trans-imperiale: reti diplomatiche e libri orientali a Vienna prima e dopo la Langer Türkenkrieg, in "La Bibliofilia" CXXV (2023), pp. 79-105 (con Chiara Petrolini)

Culture a stampa, culture scritte, in Lessico di Storia culturale, a cura di Alberto Mario Banti - Vinzia Fiorino - Carlotta Sorba, Roma, Laterza, 2023, pp. 39-57

Libro, in Il Lessico della modernità. Continuità e mutamenti dal XVI al XVIII secolo, a cura di Simonetta Bassi, Elisa Fantechi, Roma, Carocci, 2023, pp. 596-605

News on the Road. The Mobility of Handwritten Newsletters in Early Modern Europe, in Connected Mobilities in the Early Modern World. The Practice and Experience of Movement, ed. by R. Salzberg and P. Nelles, AUP, 2023.

Beyond the Language Divide. The Endless Chain of the News between Italian «Avvisi» and German «Zeitungen, in “Annali dell'Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento” 2 (2019), pp. 107-128

“And if the librarian notices anything, he has to report it”. Library Vigilance after the Printing Revolution, “Storia della Storiografia-Histoire de l’Historiographie-History of Historiography-Geschichte der Geschichtsschreibung” 74/2 (2018), pp. 51-75

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.

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.

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

Per gli studenti e le studentesse di Scienze della Formazione Primaria a ciclo unico: accetto di seguire le tesi di studentesse e studenti che hanno già frequentato il mio corso di storia moderna e contemporanea e il corso di didattica della storia e desiderano approfondire nell'elaborato finale tematiche storiche, sia volte all'insegnamento della storia nella scuola primaria e dell'infanzia, attraverso progetti curriculari ed extra-curriculari, sia come riflessione di carattere generale. In particolare sui seguenti temi:
-Storia della comunicazione (manoscritto, stampa, internet)
-Storia del sapere
-Globalizzazione e connessioni globali nella storia
-Genere e cultura scritta
- Storia delle informazioni
-Le migrazioni e la mobilita'nella storia

Per gli studenti e le studentesse del Corso di Laurea in Scienze Storiche:

Seguo volentieri tesi che affrontino i temi della
- Storia del libro e delle culture scritte
- Storia dei saperi e delle pratiche intellettuali (reti, spazi, comunità erudite)
- Biblioteche, archivi e culture manoscritte
- Storia dell' Europa nella prima eta' moderna e il rapporto con il resto del mondo

For students of the MA Mobility studies. I can supervise MAthesis on:
- Archives and Libraries in history and through history
- History of cataloguing and knowledge organization
- The mobility of the book and of the media
- Libraries, archives and digitalization
- Media and communication in history (early modern time)
- History of knowledge (networks, spaces, actors)

During the first term 2023-2024 I will teach two classes: Archives and Libraries on the move (Thursdays and Fridays 10.30-12.30 in Aula Sto3 Palazzo Luzzato Dina, Ala nord) and Storia dell' Europa moderna (Thursdays and Fridays, 16.30-18.30 Aula Sto2, Palazzo Luzzato Dina, Ala Sud).
During the second term 2024 I teach the class Storia Moderna e Contemporanea.
Please register on moodle in order to be updated for these classes!

As tutor for students enrolled in the MA Mobility studies I meet students every Wednesday from 16.00 to 19.00 in my office, in Palazzo Luzzato Dina, Ala nord, office 035. It is also possible to set up a zoom meeting. Please, register in advance for my office hours at the following link

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