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Upcoming: Special issue "Performing Nationhood in Early Modern Rome", guest-edited by Susanne Kubersky-Piredda (Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome) and Tobias Daniels (LMU, Munich)

In the Early Modern period, the concept of national identity differed greatly from the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century ideology of the nation state. The word natio defined a group of persons unified by common territorial origins and cultural markers such as language, habits, customs, traditions, and confessions. Crucial to the construction of one’s own national identity was its performance in comparison and opposition to others’. Like no other city in Europe, Rome, home of the papacy, destination of pilgrims, and metropolis of art, was a perpetual hub for foreigners and thus was an ideal laboratory for the formation of national identities and their representation on an international stage. The aim of the forthcoming special issue is to locate and define emerging notions and expressions of nationhood in Rome from the 15th through the 17th centuries, and in particular the material, visual, and intellectual practices of nationhood.

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