Zurich 2022

Economic Entanglements between the Americas, Africa and the Mediterranean

Final meeting of the Atlantic Italies Network

International conference organized by Silvia Marzagalli (Université Côte d’Azur, Nice) and Roberto Zaugg (Universität Zürich) hosted at the University of Zurich and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation grant Atlantic Italies: Economic and Cultural Entanglements (15th-19th Centuries).

Thursday 1 September

13.00 Reception

13.20 Roberto Zaugg (Universität Zürich) – Silvia Marzagalli (Université Côte d’Azur, Nice), Introduction

Session 1 – chair: Riccardo E. Rossi (Universität Zürich)

13.40 Andrea Guerrero Mosquera (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad de México), “Spies” and missionaries: the first Capuchins in Central Africa

14.10 Thiago Sapede (Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador), The political and economic role of Italian Capuchins in the global stakes of power
involving Kongo and Portugal (18th-19th centuries)

14.40 Discussion

15.30 Coffee break

Session 2 – chair: Carlo Taviani (Universität Zürich)

16.00 Giulia Bonazza (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia / Columbia University New York), Slavery and the Black presence in Italian cities from the Atlantic colonies in the second half of the 18th century

16.30 Alessandro Tuccillo (Università di Torino), Suspicious ships: the Kingdom of Sardinia and the campaign for the suppression of the Atlantic slave trade

17.00 Discussion

17.50 End of day one

Friday 2 September

Session 3 – chair: Eva Brugger (Universität Zürich)

10.20 Francesco Guidi Bruscoli (Università di Firenze), Breaking boundaries: Florentine merchants and the Atlantic (15th-16th Centuries)

10.50 Pierre Niccolò Sofia (Université Côte d’Azur, Nice), Venice and its connection with the Atlantic trade in the 18th century: a matter of glass beads and sugar

11.20 Discussion

12.10 Lunch

Session 4 – chair: Ingrid Greenfield (I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies)

14.00 Fabiano Bracht (Universidade do Porto), Follow the money: the emergence of a knowledge economy from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean (15th to 16th centuries)

14.30 Gisele Cristina da Conceição (Universitdad do Porto), Domenico Vandelli between knowledge and power: production and circulation of natural philosophical knowledge in the 18th century

15.00 Discussion

15.50 Coffee break

Session 5 – chair: Ingrid Greenfield (I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies)

16.20 Samir Boumediene (Université de Lyon), American Gifts: the economies of New World naturalia in early modern Italy

16.50 Riccardo E. Rossi (Universität Zürich), (Inter-)connected ‘hinterlands’? Trade, retail and consumption of Atlantic goods in the Alpine valleys of the Three Leagues, 1630s to 1790s

17.20 Discussion

18.10 End of day two

Saturday 3 September

Session 6 – chair: Silvia Marzagalli (Université Côte d’Azur, Nice)

09.00 Nicholas Baker (Macquarie University, Sidney), Dipping a toe in the Atlantic: The Botti of Florence

09.30 Maarten Draper (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Italian merchants in Amsterdam and their role in Dutch colonial trade, 1650-1700

10.00 Discussion

10.50 Coffee break

Session 7 – chair: Giulio Talini (Scuola Superiore Meridionale, Napoli)

11.20 Carlo Taviani (Universität Zürich), Crossing the Sahara or the ocean? The Genoese Marihoni and Cattaneo families and their business, ca. 1450-1530

11.50 Steven Teasdale (University of Toronto), The Lomellini family in the Canary Islands: Genoese economic and cultural networks in the early sixteenth century Atlantic

12.20 Discussion

13.10 Lunch

Session 8 – chair: Giulio Talini (Scuola Superiore Meridionale, Napoli)

15.00 Antonio Iodice (Università di Genova / University of Exeter), Atlantic goods, Mediterranean waters: Genoa’s entrepôt through maritime averages procedures, 1590-1700

15.30 Catia Brilli (Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Varese), The scope and the limits of the Genoese persistence in the Atlantic economy (18th century)

16.00 Discussion

16.50 End of conference