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Andreas Isler, Wandering Images: A Dervish and his Garb

By |2022-06-22T10:19:37+00:00June 22nd, 2022|Visual Reflections|

A man stands in front of a door and looks the observer directly and intensely in the eyes. Under a tight-fitting cap, long dark hair and a beard can be seen framing his serious-looking face. He wears several layers of clothing under a dark coat, jewellery around his neck and several implements typical of his profession or, in other words, of the image he is supposed to give: a large leather bag, a vessel made of half a sea coconut from the Seychelles or coco-de-mer with a carrying chain, a curved signalling horn whose tip with its eye represents the face of a fish with its mouth wide open.   A postcard from Istanbul from the early 20th century shows this motif (Fig. 1). Its content is explained and categorised as briefly as possible by a legend in French in the bottom right-hand corner: “Derviche”. At the bottom left, the number 8 indicates that this image is part of a series of pictures. The reverse of this card does not reveal much more: apart from lines to mark the demarcation [...]

Marco Fratini, From Exile to Revenge: The Return of the Waldensians of Piedmont to Their Valleys in a Late-Seventeenth-Century Map

By |2022-06-22T10:08:53+00:00June 22nd, 2022|Visual Reflections|

The gaze ranges over the territory of the three valleys of western Piedmont, now known as ‘Waldensian’ – because of the centuries-long presence of the Protestant minority of the same name in the heart of the Alps – ensconced between high mountains overlooking a plain seen from a bird’s eye view, crossed by three main waterways, and dotted with villages and hamlets. Entitled Nieuwe Caerte der Valleyen in Piemont door de Waldensen and printed in 1691 in Amsterdam by Joachim Ottens, the map provides a detailed depiction of the territory of the Pellice and Germanasca-Chisone valleys, including the Po valley. (Fig. 1) Figure 1:  [Romeyn de Hooghe], Nieuwe Caerte der Valleyen in Piemont door de Waldensen, [1691]; H476mm, W572mm (Torre Pellice, Museo Valdese, property of Archivio della Tavola Valdese). © Courtesy Museo Valdese, Torre Pellice Both from the layout of the representation and most of the topographical information, the descriptive model for the map can be seen to be the Carta delle Tre Valli di Piemonte. Dated 1640, it is known only in a printed version signed by Valerio Grosso [...]

PIMo Newsletter, May 2022

By |2022-05-11T17:49:20+00:00May 11th, 2022|PIMo Newsletters|

PIMo Newsletter, May 2022 As the end of another academic year approaches (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), the PIMo network is proud to look back on all of our achievements over the last twelve months and look forward to many exciting events, funding opportunities and publications yet to come. Below you can find details of our upcoming training schools, one of which is still accepting applications from potential participants. You will also see details of future workshops, including one that is still open to potential participants. We are also delighted to share information about the upcoming Third Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Emotions, on the theme of "Going Places: Mobility, Migration, Exile, Space and Emotions:" jointly convened by the University of Florence, the European University Institute and PIMo. As ever, we encourage network members to actively participate in our activities where possible. Please continue to check out our website, which is regularly updated with information about our events, recent publications and funding opportunities, as well as the fascinating Visual Reflections produced by network members. Wishing [...]

PIMo Newsletter, February 2022

By |2022-05-04T13:06:54+00:00May 4th, 2022|PIMo Newsletters|

A busy year ahead for PIMo As the restrictions connected to the pandemic are gradually being lifted, the PIMo network is once again able to organise multiple in-person and hybrid knowledge exchange, dissemination and training events. We will also continue to provide an online platform to share research and news from the PIMo community. In this newsletter, we would like to bring your attention to a number of exciting upcoming events, including, but not limited to, our annual Management Committee Meeting in Athens on March 17th, which all MC members are invited to attend, and three training schools, which we would encourage you to promote to postgraduate and Early Career Researchers. We also would like to welcome our new Project Officer, Davide Trentacoste, to the team. Davide may contact some members in the coming days and weeks with requests to update their information so please keep an eye out for those messages. As ever, we welcome and encourage members to contribute to the work of PIMo, especially by providing Visual Reflections for our website. Please do get in touch with [...]

Luca Orlandi and Velika Ivkovska, The Architectural Heritage in Galata: A Case of Vanishing Memory in Istanbul

By |2022-03-07T20:43:29+00:00March 7th, 2022|Visual Reflections|

Throughout the centuries the Galata district in Istanbul has been a unique crossroad of multicultural both tangible and intangible heritage. Unfortunately, during the past sixty/seventy years the district was and still is at a constant attack and at risk of disappearing due to its neglect and lack of enhancement especially within the growth of the 21st century Istanbul’s metropolis. Since the ancient times Galata, which is today a neighborhood within the Beyoğlu Municipality, maintained a distinctive character in the city’s physiognomy, due to social and cultural contribution of its inhabitants and people who lived there, forming a unique urban environment throughout the centuries. During the Byzantine Empire, with the establishment of the Genoese colony, Galata district, or Pera as it was also known in ancient Greek and Roman time, grew as a more ‘Italian’ and Latin city inside the core of the oriental Orthodox world, building up a unique architectural environment within an urban texture adapted to the morphology and the orology of the territory, linked to the surrounding hills and to the sea, completely different and independent from the [...]

David Do Paço, Art History and Social history: Muslims in Early Modern Central Europe

By |2022-03-07T20:35:02+00:00March 7th, 2022|Visual Reflections|

Social history and art history are still often hermetic to each other. Their respective methods, the nature of the documents that scholars consider, and academic territories diverged, if not clashed. Nevertheless, several recent works from early modern urban historians have strongly advocated for an inclusive approach. For example, Melissa Calaresu reinterpreted eighteenth-century Neapolitan sociability with a micro-historical methodology at the intersection of social history, art history, and archaeology. On the other hand, Nancy Um has implemented an original approach at the intersection between economic history and history of architecture. She explored the coffee merchants’ houses in the Yemeni city of Mocha to understand the anthropological structures of the port city at a time when it was the hub between the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, and Africa. As early as 2011, the collective project directed by Jocelyne Dakhlia—which already aimed to reassess the Muslim’s social life in early modern Europe—invited to go beyond the illustrative use of pictures by social historians. Dakhlia drafted new working hypotheses based on what the artists perceived and revealed, but that was ignored by the traditional materials [...]

Dana Caciur, Preparing for the Immigration of New Subjects: A Sketched Map of the Zadar Hinterland (Early Seventeenth Century)

By |2022-02-10T08:57:54+00:00February 10th, 2022|Visual Reflections|

Preparing for the Immigration of New Subjects: A Sketched Map of the Zadar Hinterland (Early Seventeenth Century)   During the sixteenth century, Venetian Dalmatia had to deal with large waves of immigrants arriving from the Ottoman provinces of the inner Balkan peninsula. Searching for a more secure and stable place to live, individuals of different origins (Bosnian, Greeks, Vlachs, etc.) abandoned their homes, goods and routines and chose to move to territories administrated by the functionaries of the Venetian republic. Driven away by fear of the Turks, losses caused by wars or incursions for plunder, or hopes for a new life in better circumstances, large groups of people, identified by different ethnic labels and the status of ‘Ottoman subjects’ (sudditi Turchi), encountered the Venetian authorities and its administrative customs in Dalmatia. During the sixteenth century, the hinterland administrated by Venice on the eastern coast of the Adriatic proved to be insufficient to host and accommodate the increasing numbers of newly arrived inhabitants. Sixteenth-century Venetian Dalmatia consisted of the major coastal cities of Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir and Split and their rural [...]

Silvia Notarfonso, Mapping Catholic Communities in Early Modern Ottoman Albania

By |2022-02-11T13:01:14+00:00February 10th, 2022|Visual Reflections|

In the first half of the seventeenth century, Albania was already an Ottoman outpost. Indeed, it is very well known that the early modern Balkan peninsula, if we exclude the Dalmatian area, belonged to the sultans: Albania, in particular, despite the opposition organised by Skanderbeg, had been subjugated by the so-called ‘Turks’ in the last decades of the fifteenth century. Scutari (present-day Shkodër, in Albania) and Durazzo (present-day Durrës, Albania), formerly belonging to Venice, now lay under the flag of the Sublime Porte. As it is commonly recognised, the Ottoman Empire was a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional entity, and Albania was no exception. The pre-Ottoman religious landscape was characterised by the substantial presence of Catholic groups in the northern part of the region, while in the south the orthodoxies represented the overriding majority among the Christian communities. In fact, the Ottoman conquest did not result in mass conversions throughout the Balkan area: a significant number of conversions only occurred in a few, specific regions of the Balkans, as was the case with Bosnia and Albania. As early as the seventeenth century, [...]

Newsletter December 2020

By |2021-05-12T09:15:09+00:00December 23rd, 2021|PIMo Newsletters|

A Challenging but Productive Year Despite all the obstacles that 2020 has put in our way, our network has managed to adapt and continue to facilitate the production and exchange of top-class research on mobility in the Mediterranean. We successfully moved our major events online and developed new innovative strategies to facilitate the sharing of knowledge with network members and beyond. We launched a new podcast series, Contagion, exploring the history of pandemics  and public health in the Mediterranean space. The series, co-produced with the Cyber Review of Modern Historiography (Cromohs) and edited by network member Dr David Do Paço, is available to listen to here: https://oajournals.fupress.net/index.php/cromohs/contagion Our Visual Reflection series, edited by Dr Paola von Wyss-Giacosa, offered fascinating insights into the history of mobility in the Mediterranean space through the analysis of visual and material culture. You can catch up with the wide range of contributions to it here: http://www.peopleinmotion-costaction.org/news-views/. This year has also seen the publication of a number of books and journal articles connected to research conduct as part of the PIMo project. You can find full details here: http://www.peopleinmotion-costaction.org/publications/  If you would like to [...]

Ida Caiazza, Love, Gender, and Migration across the Sea: The Myth of Hero and Leander (Turner, Rubens, Lioret, Ovid)

By |2021-12-17T15:31:23+00:00December 17th, 2021|Visual Reflections|

Wild dashed the Hellespont its straited surge, And on the raised spray appeared Leander’s fall. These were the last two lines of the seven that, at the exhibition of the Royal Academy of London, 1837, accompanied Turner’s The Parting of Hero and Leander. (Figure.1) The first five lines described the imminent morning and the fading night, Love and Hymen, the “terraced steep”, all the “tokens of departure” depicted in the borders of the painting. The conclusive verses focused on its central elements: the rough sea, the coming storm, the premonition of death. The myth of Hero and Leander is the Greek archetype of a story of forbidden love and death, many times retold, in which one of the protagonists, one could argue from Turner’s verbal/visual interpretation, is the sea. The sea, in fact, stands out in Turner’s painting, being the focal point of the viewer’s perspective; in the written comment, it appears with its specific name (in Greek) and its metaphoric value as Leander’s lethal obstacle is explicitly revealed. Figure 1: Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Parting of Leander and [...]