Recognizing that the sub-Saharan African continent in particular has been anachronistically isolated from Renaissance studies, Africa & the Renaissance aims to bolster the visibility of Africa’s historical significance c. 1300-1700 and encourage new scholarship that puts the Italian peninsula into dialogue with the African continent. In recent years I Tatti has developed several projects which explore the interconnected worlds of early modern Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Crossroads Africa explores how Africans played active roles in shaping global histories (c. 1300-1700) and creating transnational spaces that continue to inform the circulation of people, goods, and ideas today.
Mediterraneo Nero / Black Mediterraneanseeks to call the field’s attention to the role played by the African continent in shaping Mediterranean aesthetics during the early modern period (14th - 17th centuries).
I Tatti and the German Historical Institute in Rome (DHI Rom) seek to stimulate and support increased scholarship on cultural exchange with and within the African continent during the period c. 1250-1750.