ADMINETR. Administer the foreigner. Mobility, diplomacy and hospitality in Italy-Europe –14th-mid 19th centuries

  • Sections: Middle Ages and Modern and Contemporary period
  • Directors: Gilles Bertrand, professor, University of Grenoble-Alpes, senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) and member of LUHCIE; Catherine Brice, professor, University of Paris Est Créteil Val-de-Marne, attached to the Centre for Research in Comparative European History, senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF); Naïma Ghermani, lecturer, University of Grenoble-Alpes, junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) and member of LUHCIE; Virginie Martin, lecturer, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (IHMC / IHRF); Gilles Montègre, lecturer, University of Grenoble-Alpes and member of LUHCIE; Ilaria Taddei, lecturer, University of Grenoble-Alpes, affiliated to LUHCIE; Sylvain Venayre, professor, University of Grenoble-Alpes and director of LUHCIE


The foreigner as an object of thought; as a host welcomed or repressed; or as an actor living a social, legal and political experience – these are the three points that this project proposes to clarify.

This project will examine their movements and their institutional and diplomatic dealings, placing Italy within its European context, in particular connected to France and the Hispanic and Germanic worlds.
The project looks at overseas establishments between the 14th century and the middle of the 19th century, by looking at religious, political, economic or learned institutions, from a local, national and transnational perspective as well as from the perspective of people on the move, studied as individuals, organized groups or imagined communities.

The three main research directions:

  • Standards, discourses and representations of hospitality
  • Reception practices: to help, control, reject
  • Groups and individuals on the move: mobility experiences

Calendar of events

To date, the following meetings are scheduled for 2017-2019, in addition to the missions:


  • January 27, 2017, Grenoble, Grenoble Alpes University: "Administrer l’étranger, XIV-XIXe siècle" (Administering foreigners, 14th-19th century).
  • October 30-31, 2017, Naples, Federico II University:  "Stranieri : controllo et integrazione nella Penisola italiana, sec. XVII-XIX" (Foreigners: control and integration in the Italian Peninsula, 17th-19th century).
  • 30 November - 1st December 2017, Rome, École française de Rome: "Hospitalité de l’étranger, XIVe-XVIIe siècle : entre charité, contrôle et utilité sociale. Italie Europe" (Hospitality from abroad, 14th-17th century: between charity, control and social utility. European Italy).



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