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The Dragoman Renaissance Research Platform

Welcome to the Dragoman Renaissance Research Platform, a companion website to the book The Dragoman Renaissance: Diplomatic Interpreters and the Routes of Orientalism (Cornell University Press, forthcoming). The book and website aim to shed light on the role of dragomans (diplomatic interpreter-translators) -- an important yet surprisingly under-studied group -- in mediating relations between the Ottoman Empire and its European neighbours from ca. 1550 to ca. 1730.

In addition to making freely and openly available all images analyzed in the book, this platform facilitates further research into the personal and professional trajectories and textual practices of dragomans employed by the Venetian consulate in Istanbul by offering a range of data sets that can be dynamically edited, analyzed, and augmented, modelling collaboration and resource sharing among scholars and students from a range of disciplinary perspectives interested in processes of cultural mediation in the early modern Mediterranean.

If you'd like to learn more about the project or to get involved, we'd love to hear from you!


Natalie Rothman and the Dragoman Renaissance research team