Dr John Gagne

BA MA Tor AM Phd Harvard
Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 5248
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Biographical details

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.

Research interests

  • 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

Supervisions:

  • 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 projects

  • 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

  • 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.

Selected grants

2012

  • 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.
  • 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.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Gagne, J. (2015). Crisis Redux: The Views from Milan, 1499. In Nicholas Scott Baker, Brian Jeffery Maxson (Eds.), After Civic Humanism: Learning and Politics in Renaissance Italy, (pp. 215-240). Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.
  • Gagne, J. (2015). Fixing Texts and Changing Regimes: Manuscript, Print, and Holy Lives in French-Occupied Milan, ca. 1500-1525. In A. Frazier (Eds.), The Saint Between Manuscript and Print. 999: 999.
  • Gagne, J. (2014). After the Sforza: Making History in Milan during the Italian Wars. In Christian Thorsten Callisen (Eds.), Reading and Writing History from Bruni to Windschuttle: Essays in Honour of Gary Ianziti, (pp. 35-55). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Callisen, C., Gagne, J. (2014). Introduction. In Christian Thorsten Callisen (Eds.), Reading and Writing History from Bruni to Windschuttle: Essays in Honour of Gary Ianziti, (pp. 1-16). Farnham: Ashgate.

Journals

  • Gagne, J. (2014). Counting the Dead: Traditions of Enumeration and the Italian Wars. Renaissance Quarterly, 67(3), 791-840. [More Information]

Other

  • Gagne, J. (2010), Stefano dall’Aglio, 'Savonarola and Savonarolism': Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.

2015

  • Gagne, J. (2015). Crisis Redux: The Views from Milan, 1499. In Nicholas Scott Baker, Brian Jeffery Maxson (Eds.), After Civic Humanism: Learning and Politics in Renaissance Italy, (pp. 215-240). Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.
  • Gagne, J. (2015). Fixing Texts and Changing Regimes: Manuscript, Print, and Holy Lives in French-Occupied Milan, ca. 1500-1525. In A. Frazier (Eds.), The Saint Between Manuscript and Print. 999: 999.

2014

  • Gagne, J. (2014). After the Sforza: Making History in Milan during the Italian Wars. In Christian Thorsten Callisen (Eds.), Reading and Writing History from Bruni to Windschuttle: Essays in Honour of Gary Ianziti, (pp. 35-55). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Gagne, J. (2014). Counting the Dead: Traditions of Enumeration and the Italian Wars. Renaissance Quarterly, 67(3), 791-840. [More Information]
  • Callisen, C., Gagne, J. (2014). Introduction. In Christian Thorsten Callisen (Eds.), Reading and Writing History from Bruni to Windschuttle: Essays in Honour of Gary Ianziti, (pp. 1-16). Farnham: Ashgate.

2010

  • Gagne, J. (2010), Stefano dall’Aglio, 'Savonarola and Savonarolism': Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.

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