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Negar Rokhgar, Crossroads of Mobility between Early Modern Tuscany and Persia 1453-1730

Negar Rokhgar is an Art Historian with a dual specialty in early modern Italy (1400-1800) and the arts of Islam (7th century to contemporary). Her research focuses on the material culture of exchanges in Eurasian networks between Islamic powers of the early modern period and Europe. Currently serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a Lecturer at Rutgers University, she teaches courses on the global history of art and design. Negar also hosts the MAP Forum, a weekly webinar series for the Medici Archive Project, showcasing recent scholarly projects in the early modern period on a global scale. Before receiving the NFAH fellowship, Negar obtained various research grants, including a Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in 2018 at the Medici Archive Project, where she worked on her dissertation titled "The Overtures of a Muslim Ally: Diplomatic Gifts from Persia to Italy between 1453 and 1630." Her research has appeared in prestigious venues like the The Burlington Magazine.

During her tenure as the NFAH fellow, Negar is going to conduct her archival research in Italy for her book project titled Crossroads of Mobility between Early Modern Tuscany and Persia which is set for release by Penn State University Press. This volume offers a comprehensive art historical exploration of the material exchanges between Persia and Tuscany during the period of their strategic alliance against the Sunni Ottomans (1453-1730). The book investigates how objects acquired diverse cultural values, symbolism, and historical narratives as they moved across cultures. It also delves into the human agency that shaped these transcultural relations, emphasizing the role of social factors in early modern cross-cultural interactions. Additionally, it highlights the overlooked contributions of a number of influential women in international negotiations during this period, shedding light on the agency of gender in shaping transcultural communication within a broader network established by male counterparts or patrons.