Project Profile:

Dragoman Renaissance Research Platform


Description: A companion project to E. Natalie Rothman’s book “The Dragoman Renaissance,” this, collaboratory aims to facilitate research into the personal and professional trajectories and textual practices of dragomans (diplomatic interpreter-translators) employed by the Venetian consulate in Istanbul, from ca. 1550 to ca. 1750. More broadly, the project seeks to shed light on the role of dragomans — an important yet surprisingly under-studied group — in mediating sociopolitical and ethnolinguistic relations between the Ottoman and Venetian empires at a crucial point in their long entangled history.


  • E. Natalie Rothman, Associate Professor, Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Ted Adamo, Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Toronto
  • Nick Field, Reference Specialist, Map & Data Library, University of Toronto Libraries and PhD Candidate, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto.
  • Erdem Idil, Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Toronto
  • Mehmet Kuru, Instructor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabancı University
  • Giovanna Licata, Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, Department of Italian, University of Toronto
  • Sarah Loose, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Brigham Young University
  • Vanessa McCarthy, Research Fellow, Centre for Reformation and Reniassance Studies, University of Toronto and Adjunct, Department of History, Queen’s University at Kingston
  • Murat Yaşar, Associate Professor, History Department, State University of New York at Oswego
  • Gülay Yılmaz, Associate Professor, Department of History, Akdeniz University
  • Alice Shu Qi Yang, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Ansh Sharma, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Sanja Ljaskevic, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Oleg Lavriv, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Bindya Jairam, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Matthew Kurtcu, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Grant Waynmouth, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Ibrahim Ibrahimov, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Funders: Connaught Summer Institute, Jackman Humanities Institute, SSHRC Standard Research Grant, SSHRC Insight Grant, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Government

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