In the last decades, scholars have approached diasporas as social spaces which were not constrained by territorial, institutional, religious and cultural boundaries. By acting as trans-imperial agents within a fragmented political and social world, diasporas contributed to redrawing the identities of the places where they settled, while making those places part of the imagined geographies of the first global age. This panel aims at analyzing how diasporic presences affected the discourses and policies of the civil and ecclesiastical powers in the early modern Italy.
We welcome contributions that investigate the role played by diasporas in state-promoted internal colonizations, in the building of institutional, social and geographical spaces and, finally, in the making of the concepts of "nation", "foreigner" and "tolerance." Papers discussing methodological aspects and/or carried out through digital humanities will be also appreciated.
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