Ian Foss Hathaway

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I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in History and Renaissance Studies. I earned my BA and MA from the University of Pavia, in Italy. My work focuses on early modern Mediterranean history, and maritime history. I am interested in the bureaucratic and legal instruments used to protect, promote, and event prevent the movement of people and goods across Mediterranean waters. I examine how legal frameworks, both Christian and Islamic, understood the issue of cross-cultural circulation, and how these frameworks percolated into international treaties, trade agreements, and every-day documents like patents, and safe conducts.

Thanks to the support of a Fulbright Scholarship for research in Turkey and of the CAORC Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Scholarship, I am spending the academic year 2016-17 working comparatively in Italy (Archivio di Stato di Venezia, Archivio di Stato di Genova, Archivio Segreto Vaticano, Archivio di Stato di Ancona), Istanbul (Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivi, Süleymaniye Kütüphanesi), Malta (National Library of Valletta, Notarial Archive of Malta), and Dubrovnik (State Archive of Dubrovnik). By blending together sources in Italian, Latin, and Ottoman, I hope to offer a truly multi-perspective understanding on cross-cultural circulation in the sixteenth century Mediterranean.