Dr John Gagne
BA MA Tor AM Phd Harvard
A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney
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John Gagné studies and teaches European history, 14th-18th centuries. He completed his PhD at Harvard University in 2008, and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow with the SSHRCC-funded project “Making Publics, 1500-1700: Media, Markets, and Associations in Early Modern Europe” in Montréal, Canada. He joined the History Department in 2010.
- Early modern Europe, particularly France and northern Italy
- Technologies of knowledge & histories of information
- Problems in the history of war
- Chroniclers, historians, and historiography
- The human body, appearance, and gender
- Local-Global connections in premodernity
- Consumerism, consumption, and food
- City and Duchy of Milan, 15th-16th centuries
Teaching and supervision
- HSTY1031: Renaissance and Reformation
- HSTY2602: Tablet to iPad: A History of Information
- HSTY2628: BOOM! The History of War
- HSTY2686: Food, Environment, and Culture in Europe (1300-1800)
- HSTY3903: History and Historians
- HSTY4011: Early Modern Europe: Problems & Approaches
- Topics in society, culture, and thought, 14th-18th centuries
- Europe and its global contact zones
- Reception of Classical and Medieval traditions in later centuries
Recent Honours thesis supervisions include research on the social construction of female bodies and beauty; food culture and plague; archery and the transformation of fifteenth-century war; histories of Renaissance ‘genius’; urban space and mapping.
Current research students
|Project title||Research student|
|Bodies of Whalebone, Wood, Metal and Cloth: Undergarments and Femininity in England, 1560-1680||Sarah BENDALL|
|The Common Law and Normative Political Thought in Restoration England||David KEARNS|
- Book project: Milan Undone: Transcultural War in the Early Sixteenth Century
- Book project: Paper World: Obliteration and Lost Documentation in Premodern Europe
- “Bionic Renaissance: Half-Human/ist Traditions and the Body”
- “Fashion 1500” – collaborative project with Timothy McCall, Villanova University
- Multimedia miscellanies 1300-1600, and popular history in the Renaissance
Awards and honours
- 2016-17 Fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
- 2015 FASS Teaching Excellence Award
- 2014 Nelson Prize from the Renaissance Society of America for best article published in Renaissance Quarterly that year.
- 2014 Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions
- 2009 Post-Doctoral Fellow @ “Making Publics, 1500-1700: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe” at Concordia & McGill Universities – Montréal, Canada.
- Putting Periodisation to Use: Exploring the Limits of Early Modernity; Gagne J, Gal O, Gaukroger S, Griffiths H, Maddox A, McIlvenna U, Parsons N, Semler L; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.
- Undoing the Ancient Research Group; Blanshard A, Ledbury A, Milam J, Gagne J, Borghesi F, Muecke F, Turner M; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.