- Overseas Iberian Empires
- Iberian Religious World
- Global Renaissance
My current research analyses a number of episodes of visual insults that marked the political life in the early modern Iberian empires. I am carrying out this project in collaboration with Jorge Flores (European University Institute), exploring (mostly) unpublished materials kept in archives and libraries of the Iberian Peninsula, Asia and the Americas. Meanwhile, I am completing articles and chapters on a range of topics running from the construction of the Portuguese and Spanish empires as an entwined historical process to the troubled relationship between the Jesuit missions and the Iberian crowns.
I am also revising a general history of the Inquisition in Portugal and its empire, which I co-authored with José Pedro Paiva (Universidade de Coimbra), for an English edition (forthcoming in the Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World series, Brill), as well as a book that I recently published on Renaissance world histories for its Spanish translation by Alianza Editorial.
Finally, next months will see the publication of an edited volume on Machiavelli’s impact on the European perception of Islam, as well as the circulation of his writings across the Muslim world. The book, Machiavelli, Islam and the East, which I have co-edited with Lucio Biasiori (Scuola Normale Superiore) aims at reorienting current views about the foundations of the modern political thought. I understand it as part of my attempt to place Iberian history in a broader context. In other occasions, I have already tried to do the same in collaboration with scholars from other fields, such as archaeology, art history and literature.