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Dr Roick studied philosophy, German literature and comparative literature at the University of Munich from 1996 to 2001. From 2002 to 2004, he taught German language at the University of Catania, working as linguistic expert (esperto linguistico). He did his postgraduate studies at the European University Institute, Florence, where he was awarded his PhD in history in 2009. (Thesis: Mercury in Naples. The Moral and Political Thought of Giovanni Pontano). In 2009-2011, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Göttingen?s research group on "Expert Cultures, 1100-1600". In 2012, he was a fellow at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel

Since July 2012, Dr Roick has been a research fellow in church history at the University of Göttingen. In summer 2013, he was Grete Sondheimer fellow at the Warburg Institute, London. From July 2014 onwards, he will be Freigeist Fellow for the History of Ethics at the faculty of theology and the Lichtenberg Kolleg, Göttingen`s Instititute for Advanced Studies, in close collaboration with the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel.


Research Interests
Literature and philosophy of Italian Renaissance humanism, in particular of Neapolitan humanism

Questions of moral philosophy and the history of ethics in the later Middle Ages and the early-modern period, in particular protestant ethics

Early-modern political thought

Dante Alighieri and his historical context, with a special emphasis on the Convivio and the history of the self

Historiography of Renaissance intellectual history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Methodological questions on a cultural history of ethics between history, philosophy, literature, and theology


Publications

Books



Edited Books

  • With Frank Rexroth and Björn Reich, Wissen, maßgeschneidert: Experten und Expertenkulturen im Europa der Vormoderne. (Beihefte zur Historischen Zeitschrift; 57.) München: Oldenbourg, 2012.



Journal Articles and Book Contributions

  • "Animals at Court. Ethical Perspectives on Animals in Neapolitan Humanist Thought", in Ethical Perspectives on Animals, 1400-1650, hrsg. von Burkhard Dohm und Cecilia Muratori, 47-64 (Micrologus; 55). Firenze: Edizioni del Galluzzo - SISMEL, 2013.
  • "Der `Sieg über Sich`: Frühneuzeitliche Tugendauffassungen in Justus Georg Schottelius` FriedensSieg." Wolfenbütteler Barock-Nachrichten 39.1-2 (2012): 107-122.
  • "From Lost Laughter to Latin Philosophy: On the Beginnings of Neapolitan Humanism." California Italian Studies 3.1 (2012). Available under http://escholarship.org/uc/item/91x000m2.
  • "Der Fahnenflüchtige lässt sich krönen. Petrarca und die Anfänge der humanistischen Kritik am Experten", in Wissen, maßgeschneidert: Experten und Expertenkulturen im Europa der Vormoderne, edited by Frank Rexroth, Björn Reich, and Matthias Roick, 45-82 (Beihefte zur Historischen Zeitschrift; 57). München: Oldenbourg, 2012.
  • "Back on the Job? German Studies on Renaissance Humanism." Storica 17.51 (2011): 83-95.
  • "`Learn virtue and toil`. Giovanni Pontano on Passion, Virtue, and Arduousness", in Virtues and Passions in Early Modern Europe, edited by Nikolai Regent. History of Political Thought 32.5 (2011): 732-750.
  • "Dov`è sono finiti gli esperti? Osservazioni di uno storico sulla polemica tra Paul Krugman e John Cochrane." Memoria e ricerca 35 (2010): 129-135.
  • "Der sichere Hafen und die Stürme des Lebens. Autobiographie als philosophisches Argument in Giovanni Pontanos De prudentia," in Sol et homo. Mensch und Natur in der Renaissance. Festschrift zum 70. Geburtstag für Eckhard Keßler, edited by Sabrina Ebbersmeyer, Helga Pirner-Pareschi und Thomas Ricklin, 101-123. München: Fink, 2008.
  • Translation of Giovanni Pontano, `De magnificentia´, in Ethik des Nützlichen. Texte zur Moralphilosophie im italienischen Humanismus, edited by Sabrina Ebbersmeyer, Eckhard Keßler and Martin Schmeisser, 283-339. München: Fink, 2007.



Forthcoming Journal Articles and Book Contributions

  • "Ein hübsches Gesicht, ein Hermaphrodit, ein Fährmann in der Unterwelt. Die andere Klassik im lateinischen Humanismus des Quattrocento." Wolfenbütteler Renaissancemitteilungen 34.2 (2012-2013): 59-76.
  • "Das Spiel mit der Lust. Zwei Skandalautoren des Humanismus", in Skandalautoren. Zu repräsentativen Mustern literarischer Provokation und Aufsehen erregender Autorinszenierungen, edited by Andrea Bartl and Martin Georg Kraus, 1-22. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2014.
  • "Der kluge Patient. Humanistische Ärztekritik im Spannungsfeld zwischen Ethik und Medizin", in Medical Ethics and Humanism, edited by Mariacarla Gadebusch und Martin Neutmann (Villa Vigoni - Aurora; 3). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2014.



Reviews

  • Review of: Nicholas Campion, A History of Western Astrology, 2 voll., London: Continuum Books, 2008-2009. European Review of History: Revue europeenne d'histoire 18.4 (2011): 625-627.
  • Review of: Gábor Almási, The Uses of Humanism. Johannes Sambucus (1531-1584), Andreas Dudith (1533-1589), and the Republic of Letters in East Central Europe, Leiden / Boston / Tokyo: Brill Academic Publishers 2009, in: sehepunkte 11.9 (2011). URL: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2011/09/18825.html



Forthcoming Reviews

  • Review of: Peter Howard, Magnificence in Renaissance Florence, Toronto, Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies, 2012. (Forthcoming in Historische Zeitschrift.)
  • Review of: Sabrina Ebbersmeyer und David A. Lines, Rethinking Virtue, Reforming Society: New Directions in Renaissance Ethics, c. 1350-1650, Turnhout, Brepols, 2013. (Forthcoming in Renaissance Quarterly.)