Communication and Mobility across the Mediterranean
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AuthorPérez Fernández, José María
Book HistoryLibrary HistoryMediterranean Studies
Encounters at Sea: Paper, Objects and Sentiments in Motion Across the Mediterranean. An intellectual journey through the collections of the Riccardiana Library in Florence
SponsorshipPeople in Motion COST Action 18140 (http://www.peopleinmotion-costaction.org/)
This is a previous version of an article that will be included in a forthcoming volume published under the auspices of the Inter-University Network for Global History (GlobHis) at the University of Florence (José María Pérez Fernández, Giorgio Riello & Giovanni Tarantino, Encounters at Sea: Paper, Objects and Sentiments in Motion Across the Mediterranean. An intellectual journey through the collections of the Riccardiana Library in Florence). This volume grew out of an exhibition held at the Riccardiana Library in Florence, 13 February–13 March 2020, which was in turn one of the activities organized as part of COST Action 18140 People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement across the Mediterranean (1492-1923) – or ‘PIMo’ for short. The exhibition complemented the symposium Encounters at Sea: Material and Symbolic Mobility across the Mediterranean, also organized by PIMo. The research that led to the elaboration of this essay and also to the different introductions for each of the respective sections in the forthcoming book was made possible by a STSM scholarship from the PIMo COST Action. I am grateful to its chair, Giovanni Tarantino (who first proposed the idea of organizing an exhibition alongside the conference), for giving me the opportunity to work in a place like the Biblioteca Riccardiana. I must also express my gratitude to its director, Francesca Gallori, and librarians Teresa Sansone and Rossella Giovannetti, for their kind and generous support during my stay at the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi.