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Marco Panato

PhD Student, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Currently I am a PhD Student in Medieval History at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Dr Ross Balzaretti and Prof Mark Pearce. My research is funded by the John Robinson PhD Studentship.

Previously I did my BA at the University of Trento in Historical, Philological and Literary Studies. More recently, in March 2016 I completed my MA at the University of Bologna in Historical Sciences. During my MA I also completed a double degree in Medieval History and Archaeology at the Universities of Bologna and Lumière Lyon 2 (HISTARMED - European course in Medieval History and Archaeology).

Research Summary

My research project intends to study fluvial spaces in the Carolingian economy, especially the Po River in Northern Italy. This socio-economic subject is entwined with the administration of royal… read more

Current Research

My research project intends to study fluvial spaces in the Carolingian economy, especially the Po River in Northern Italy. This socio-economic subject is entwined with the administration of royal lands (fiscus) along the river, especially how far it may be possible to discern a conscious strategy by kings and their agents for facilitating trade and communications between fiscal properties.

The main aims of my research are three: 1) to investigate Carolingian royal economic policy in the Po basin. Was an economic policy actually possible for rulers during this period? How did it work? 2) To analyse in detail all recorded people and goods that travelled on the river and its many tributaries, using both waterways and the nearby Roman roads. 3) To consider the role of the Po in a wider comparative European context by studying rivers of a similar scale, namely the Rhône and Rhine which comprised the two main communication routes connecting Northern Europe with the Mediterranean.

I am going to spend the first year studying the environmental and ecological contexts using geomorphological analysis, Latin sources and synthesis of existing archaeology. A clear understanding of how my research fits within and develops the historiography will be the aim. In the second year more detailed comparative case studies will critique existing overly generic studies of fluvial spaces. In the Carolingian example the comparative method is a powerful instrument because the political union under Carolingian rule which led to similar written documentation across the empire permits an analysis of fluvial systems that works both in local detail and as part of a wider perspective. It will take the full year to develop these complex analyses. Last year will be spent writing up to complete within the 3 years.

Past Research

I started studying fluvial systems during my MA, including the Rhone basin while at Lyon in 2014-2015 and I wrote my MA thesis on this topic under the supervision of Prof Tiziana Lazzari (University of Bologna) and Prof Massimo Montanari (University of Bologna). During my BA I did a specific study on the Italian Capitularies as sources for the economic history of the Carolingian northern Italy under the supervision of Prof Giuseppe Albertoni (University of Trento).

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