Dr Nina Lamal

MA (University of Leuven), PhD (University of Leuven/University of St Andrews)

Contact Details
email: nl48@st-andrews.ac.uk


I studied early modern history at the University of Leuven. In 2014 I obtained my PhD at University of Leuven and University of St Andrews

I am currently emplyed as a postdoctoral researcher by the Universal Short Title Catalogue Project. <http://ustc.ac.uk/index.php>.  As part of 'Preserving the World's Rarest Books', funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, I am responsible for the German printing domain.

My PhD thesis examines the Italian attention for the Dutch Revolt by examining the Italian news reports, political debates and histories on this conflict. Currently I am reworking my thesis into a monograph entitled News from Antwerp. Italian communication on the Dutch Revolt.

My next project is a study of the publication of periodical news in Italian. I am undertaking the compilation of the first bibliography of all seventeenth-century Italian newspapers which will appear in 2018: Late with the news. Italian Serial News Publications in the Seventeenth Century (1639-1700), (Leiden: Brill, 2018).


Selected Publications

Co-authored with Emma Grootveld, ‘Impious heretics or simple Birds? Alexander Farnese and Dutch rebels in Post-Tassian Italian poems’ Quaderni d'Italianistica 35:2 (2014), pp. 63-97.

‘Publishing military books in the Low Countries and in Italy in the early seventeenth century’, in S. Mullins, R. Kirwan (eds.), Specialist markets in the Early Modern Book World (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 222-239.

Co-authored with Emma Grootveld, ‘Cultural Translation and glocal dynamics between Italy and the Low Countries during sixteenth and seventeenth century’, Incontri, 2 (2015).

Co-authored with Hans Cools, ‘An Italian Voice on the Dutch Revolt: The Work of Francesco Lanario in a European perspective’, in A-L Van Bruaene, M. Kalvar (eds.), Netherlandish Culture in the Sixteenth century (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015).

‘Promoting the Catholic Cause on the Italian peninsula: printed avvisi on the Dutch Revolt and the French Wars of Religion (1562-1600)’, in J. Raymond, N. Moxham (eds.), News Networks in Early Modern Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2016).

This Book hath been often call’d for’: Translations of Italian works on the Dutch Revolt and the European book market’, in S. Barker, M. Maclean (eds.), International Exchange in the European Book World (Leiden, Brill, 2016).

Selected Reviews

Rosa Salzberg, Ephemeral City: Cheap Print and Urban Culture in Renaissance Venice, in Library & Information History, 31 (2), pp. 143-144.

Roeland Harms, Joad Raymond and Jeroen Salman, ed., Not Dead Things. The Dissemination of popular print in England, Wales, Italy and the Low Countries, in De Zeventiende Eeuw 30:1 (2014).

Review of Jan Bloemendaal and Arjan van Dixhoorn, ed., Literary Cultures and Public Opinion in the Low Countries 1450-1650 in Low Countries Historical Review 2 (2013).

‘Lamal on De Vivo, Patrizi, informatori, barbieri’. (H-Net Reviews 2012).

Selected Presentations


Competition and reliability in seventeenth-century Italian newspaper ventures
at the annual Conference Renaissance Society of America, Boston, USA.


Looking for alternative eyes and ears: Italian correspondents in the Low Countries (c. 1590-1632)
at Splendid Encounters III, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

‘New Tidings of a conversation between the pope and the devil’: news and pamphlets of the Venetian interdict crisis in Europe,
at the Early Modern Catholicism network, University of Oxford, UK.


‘Che ho fatto stampare’: les militaires italiens et le livre italien à Anvers vers 1600
at workshop organized on the Italian books in the Low Countries and the Prince bishopric of Liège (16-17th c.), Brussels, Belgium.

Italian condottiere as correspondents on the Revolt in the Netherlands (1567-1609)
At Annual Conference, Renaissance Society of America, New York, USA.

International co-operations

I am an associate member of the Leverhulme-funded Project News Networks in Early Modern Europe which aims to lay the groundwork for writing a pan-European history of news.