Livia Bernardes Roberge


School of History, Philosophy and Digital Humanities

Visiting research student


Thesis title: The earth was made a common treasure for all”: The Diggers and the mobilization of discourses in disputes over the concepts of equality and freedom in England (1649-1652).




Thesis abstract:

My research is about the seventeenth century English Diggers, focusing on the
dimension that identity formations, through disputes in representations amidst the
seventeenth century public sphere, had inside their political strategy.

In order to do so, I analyse how the Diggers represented themselves in their pamphlets and broadsides, as well as the way newsbooks and other radical pamphlets (such as Levellers and Ranters) characterised them. In doing so, I am able to visualise how radical politics and public sphere were very much entangled in such context, as well as understand how symbolic disputes were a part of the British Civil War conflicts.

  • History Visiting Researcher, University of Sheffield, 2020 – present
  • PhD History, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 2018 – present
  • MA History, Universidade Federal Fluminense, 2015-2017
  • Erasmus exchange student in International Relations, Université de Savoie, 2010-2011
  • BA Relations, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, 2009-2014
  • BA History, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, 2009-2014
Publications and conferences

Conference and seminar papers:

  • Roberge, L. B. “Representações radicais: construção e disputas de identidades nos panfletos Diggers (1649-1562)”. In: I SEMINÁRIO INTERNACIONAL CULTURA ESCRITA NO MUNDO MODERNO, 2019, Belo Horizonte. Electronic Proceedings...Belo Horizonte: 2019, p. 61-68. Avaiable at: [ ]

Journal articles:

  • Roberge, L. B. “Caça às bruxas e Guerras Civis na Inglaterra do século XVII: uma análise do panfleto Wonderfull News from the North, de Mary Moore”. Revista Escripturas, v. 3, n. 2, p. 7-30, 2019.
  • Roberge, L. B. “Impressos e as Guerras Civis Inglesas (1640-1660)”. Temporalidades, v. 11, n.2, p. 589-611, 2019.