Stefano Gulizia

Stefano Gulizia is a historian of early modern science and philosophy, with a focus on forms of intellectual coordination.

Trained as a classicist in Milan, he taught extensively in the U.S. (after his PhD from Indiana University) and held fellowships in California, Oxford, Chicago, Montréal, Berlin and Wolfenbüttel. He is currently a fellow at the PIASt in Warsaw, writing a monograph on the reception of Aristotelian natural philosophy in Central Europe; he serves on the board of the association Scientiae.

Recent publications include “Ruscelli’s Book of Secrets in Context” in Society and Politics; ““Printing and Instrument Making in the Early Modern Atlantic, 1520-1600” in Nuncius; “The Ethics of Typography in Festina lente” in Erasmus Studies; and “Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and the Shifting Telos of Traveling Libraries” in Pacific Coast Philology. He is the editor of a forthcoming anthology on imperial bureaucracy and artificial life.

Research Project: The Baltic Polymath Nicolaus Andreae Granius (ca. 1569 – 1631): Late Humanism, the Mobility of Knowledge, and Aristotle’s Science of Nature in the Seventeenth Century

The aim of this project is to outline the life, work, and views of the Swedish mathematician Nicolaus Andreae Granius (ca. 1569 – 1631), and to focus, in particular, on his documented impact against the background of the university of Helmstedt at the beginning of the seventeenth century.

This project also aims to account for the fact that later articulations of Peripatetic learning in Protestant schools such as the Academia Julia help to reconstruct a mutual influence, both theoretical and curricular, of logic and natural philosophy at the close of the Renaissance. In short, this proposal combines the early modern reception of Aristotle with a renewed study of academic mobility, including teachers, students, and their personal objects of knowledge.

Given Granius’s itinerant career, however, attention is not limited to Helmstedt. The places of interest are also Prague, Olomouc, and the universities of Rostock, Wittenberg, and Padua.

Dates of stay: 01 October 2019 - 31 July 2020