Currently, I am developing a strong relationship with Bucharest, also in terms of on-going reading groups and future projects. With Marlene Eberhart, I am in the final processes of co-editing a volume of essays centered on the “vernacular” use of the senses in early modern Europe which apart from tackling some cognitive aspects of artisanal learning and embodiment in expert communities (including the perceptive background of the Reformation) also represents a continuing offspring of our mutual involvement in the Canadian MaPs initiative. My long-time friend Marco Faini and I are launching a new academic journal entitled Enumeratio, which is dedicated to the study of untidy discourses and objects, as well as to the epistemology of catalogues, lists, and diagrams; it features the participation, among others, of Chriscinda Henry.
Beginning in 2018, I am planning to return to some work with Tomáš Nejeschleba on the letters of Gianfrancesco Sagredo, which aims to shed new light on the Venetian patrician and his involvement with scientific practice against a larger background of court culture, mobility, and patronage; this should also result into a bilingual digital edition and a commentary. Around the same time, Ovanes Akopyan and I will begin our long-planned four-hand exploration of what we like to call the “four Romes,“ that is, the Roman heritage in Byzantium, the Byzantine legacy in Russia, and ultimately the ideological underpinnings of this historical construction between East and West.