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Niall Atkinson

Niall Atkinson is assistant professor of art history in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago, where he teaches the architecture and urbanism of late medieval and renaissance Italy.  His research has focused on the relationship among sound, space, and architecture and their role in the construction of premodern urban societies.  In his current research, he is exploring ways of visualizing his work on early-modern urban soundscapes.  He is also embarking on a project focused on spatial disorientation in the accounts of Italian travelers and its relationship to the experience and symbolic meaning of urban environments in premodern Europe. He is the author of, most recently, The Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life (College Station, Penn.,  2016)

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