Crossroads in Early Modern Italy

online, June 23, 2022 - June 24, 2022

We are pleased to invite you to the online conference Crossroads in Early Modern Italy: Encounters between Foreign Travelers and Local Inhabitants, which will take place 23-24 June 2022, hosted by the Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico in Trento.

In recent years an ever-growing number of studies has highlighted the importance of mobility for transnational exchange, in political, economic, social, and cultural terms.  This has had a significant impact on the field of early modern studies. This conference builds on this body of work, but zooms in on one particular aspect: the continuous interaction that took place on an everyday basis between foreign travelers and Italy’s local population in the early modern period. Foreign travelers – defined here in a broad sense as everyone who traveled to Italy for a finite amount of time, including for example merchants, diplomats, pilgrims, mercenaries, artists, and artisans – interacted with a variety of local inhabitants, ranging from innkeepers to government officials, and from local clergy to salesmen. From a geographical perspective the conference focuses on people traveling to cities and regions across the Italian peninsula, and coming from around the Mediterranean Basin, Northern Europe, East Africa, and East Asia. By bringing together scholars who work on a geographically and socially wide range of topics, the conference aims to contribute to our understanding of the dynamics of mobility and transnational dialogue in early modern Italy.

Please find the conference programme here.  If you wish to attend, please register through the website.

We hope to see many of you!

Best wishes,

Marta Albalá Pelegrín and Sandra Toffolo

Crossroads in Early Modern Italy
Location: online
Start Date: June 23, 2022
End Date: June 24, 2022
Ticket Price: Free