The SNSF funds a professorship and research project on "Atlantic Italies: Economic and Cultural Entanglements (15th-19th Centuries)"

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has awarded Roberto Zaugg a 4-year professorship and research grant for the project "Atlantic Italies: Economic and Cultural Entanglements (15th-19th Century)". This project will be based at the Historical Institute of the University of Bern.

The Atlantic Italies Project explores economic and cultural entanglements that developed between Italian-speaking territories and the Atlantic world. By focussing on connections linking European states without colonies to both sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas, the project embraces a decentred and trans-imperial approach to Atlantic history. At the same time, it contributes to current attempts to analyse early modern Italian territories in their global contexts. To this end, the members of the project team will carry out three individual sub-projects, investigating...

• the cultural history of coral trade between the Central Mediterranean and the Bight of Benin;

• the trade and consumption of global commodities in the Italian-speaking territories of the Old Swiss Confederacy;

• the role of Capuchin missionaries and papal nuncios in the Portuguese Atlantic as commercial actors and mediators of economic knowledge.

In this sense, the Atlantic Italies Project takes an innovative approach that combines the history of the Mediterranean, the Alps, and the Catholic Church with the history of the Atlantic space.

The project will be neatly connected to the Atlantic Italies Network - an international network of historians working on Italian-Atlantic relations in the early modern age - and will profit from partnerships with scholars based in the USA (Yale University, College of William & Mary), Brazil (Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos), Nigeria (Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique), France (Université Côte d'Azur), Italy (Università di Foggia) and Switzerland (Universität Basel).


8 March 2018

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