Conference | Global Commodities Conference

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 30, 2012

The early registration deadline has been extended until Monday, 5 November. From Warwick:

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Global Commodities: The Material Culture of Early Modern Connections, 1400-1800
Global History and Culture Centre, University of Warwick, 12-14 December 2012

Tilly Kettle (1734-1786), “Portrait of Two English Boys in Asian Clothing,” 1780s (Peabody Essex Museum)

Material culture created and was created by connections with ‘others’ in the era before the global exchange of people, political ideas and economic processes intensified through industrialization. The exchange of goods and the culture of commodities played central roles in forging enduring and transformative global connections.

This conference seeks to explore how our understanding of early modern global connections changes if we consider the role material culture played in shaping such connections. In what ways did material objects participate in the development of the multiple processes often referred to as ‘globalisation’? How did objects contribute to the construction of such notions as hybridism and cosmopolitanism? What was their role in trade and migration, gifts and diplomacy, encounters and conflict? What kind of geographies did they create in the early modern world? What was their cultural value vis-à-vis their economic value? In short, we seek to explore the ways in which commodities and connections intersected in the early modern world.

This conference wishes to bring together scholars with expertise across a range of disciplines and geographic areas that came into direct contact in the early modern period, by which we mean the world between ca. 1400 and 1800. Of course many areas of the humanities and social sciences have expanded their enquiries in disciplinary and spatial terms, but truly global and interdisciplinary approaches still have to rely heavily on dialogue and collaboration between scholars. We hope that this conference will present an opportunity to bring together scholars from very different geographical and disciplinary backgrounds, who all share an interest in exploring commodities in global contexts.

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13.00  Registration

14.00  Welcome by Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick)

14.15  Plenary Lecture 1
Dana Leibsohn (Smith College), “Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Pacific: Oceanic Exchange and the Visual Cultures of Colonial Latin America.”

15.15  Coffee Break

15.45  Session 1 | Mixed Media
Chair: Glenn Adamson (V&A Museum)
• Christine Guth (Royal College of Art / V&A Museum), “Towards a Global History of Shagreen”
• Tim Stanley (V&A Museum), “Gloss Goes Global”
• Anna Wu (V&A Museum), “Chinese Painted Wallpaper: The Life-cycle of a Global Aesthetic”

15.45  Session 2 | Consuming Conflicts and Resistance in Iberian Empires
Chair: Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla (European University Institute, Italy and Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain)
• Bethany Aram (Universidad Pablo de Olavide), “The Fortunes of Caribbean Hides and Ginger, c. 1559-1650”
• Igor Pérez Tostado (Universidad Pablo de Olavide), “Attraction and Resistance: The Borderline Effects of New Atlantic Products on the Island of Hispaniola”
• Rebecca Earle (University of Warwick), “Indigenous Reactions to Old-world Foods from Rejection to Adoption”

17.30  Reception

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9.00  Session 3 | Migration and Material Culture: Confronting East India Company Service
Chair: David Garrioch (Monash University, Australia)
• Helen Clifford (University of Warwick and University College London), “Objects, Movement and Concepts of Home in Eighteenth-Century England”
• Kate Smith (University College London), “Arranging Home and Understanding India in East India Company Households”
• Stephanie Barczewski (Clemson University), “Commodities, Collecting and Cosmopolitanism: Three Discourses of Empire in British Country Houses, 1750-1800”
• Ellen Filor (University College London), “Books as Global Objects: Reading Communities in India and Scotland”

9:00 Session 4 | Gifts, Luxuries and the Diplomacy of Material Exchange
Chair: Marta Ajmar (V&A Museum)
• Antonia Gatward Cevizli (Sotheby’s Institute of Art), “Portraits, Turbans and Cuirasses: Material Exchange between Mantua and the Ottomans in the 1490s”
• Corinne Thepaut-Cabasset (V&A Museum), “En Route: The Travels of Royal Gifts and Luxury Goods in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries”
• Claudia Swan (Northwestern University), “Birds of Paradise for the Sultan: The Exchange of Rarities in the Early Modern World”
• Michael Talbot (School of Oriental and African Studies, London), “The Culture of Diplomatic Gift-Exchange in Eighteenth-Century British-Ottoman Relations”
• Nuno Senos (CHAM, Universidade Nova de Lisboa), “The Empire in the Duke’s Palace. Portugal, c. 1563”

11.00  Coffee Break

11.30  Plenary Lecture 2
Michael North (University of Greifswald), “European and Chinese Art Objects in the Indian Ocean: Cross Cultural Connections”

12.30  Lunch

14.00  Session 5 | Immaterial Commodities: Exchanging Knowledge in English Networks Overseas, 1590-1650
• Edmond Smith (Magdalene College, University of Cambridge), “A Global Exchange: Trading Experience in the East India Company”
• John Gallagher (Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge), “Languages of Exchange: The Role of Communication in Establishing International Trade”
• Richard Blakemore (Selwyn College, University of Cambridge), “Ships and Seafaring: Understanding the Infrastructure of Maritime Trade”

14:00 Session 6 | Precious Commodities: Jade, Diamonds and Coral
• Yulian Wu (Stanford University), “Seeking Black Jade from China’s New Territory: Technology, Musical Instrument, and the Construction of Qing Empire in Eighteenth-Century China”
• Karin Hofmeester (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam), “Diamonds and Global Connections in the Early Modern Period”
• Pippa Lacey (University of East Anglia), “The Coral Network: The Trade of Red Coral to the Qing Imperial Court in the Eighteenth Century”

15.30  Coffee Break

16.00  Session 7 | Bad Habits: Tobacco, Coffee and Sugar
Chair: Ghulam Nadri (Georgia State University and LSE)
• Matt Romaniello (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa), “Influencing Habits of Consumption: Tobacco in the Russian Empire”
• Louise Carson (University of Nottingham), “Outlandish Confections’: Exoticism, Sugar and Power at the Court of Henry VIII”
• Christine Fertig and Ulrich Pfister (Universität Münster), “Coffee, Mind and Body: Stories of Globalization and Consumption: Hamburg in the Eighteenth Century”
• Urmi Engineer (Colby College, Waterville, ME), “Sugar Revisited: Sweetness and the Environment in the Early Modern World”

16.00  Session 8 | Rarities World Wide: Early Modern Objects between the Global and the Local
• Mariana Françozo (Leiden University), “The Case of Brazilian featherwork in Northern European Court Festivals”
• Anna Grasskamp (Leiden University), “Foreign Objects as In-Betweens: The Case of Coral in Ming Dynasty China and Renaissance Europe”
• Ching-fei Shih (National Taiwan University), “The African Ivory in the Qing Court and Canton”
• Ulrike Körber (University of Evora, Portugal), “A Special Production for the Portuguese, Involving Different Manufacturing Centres, and Even Asian Lacquer Coatings”

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9.00  Session 9 | Material Encounters between Local and Global
Chair: Luca Molà (European University Institute, Italy)
• Paula Bessa (University of Minho, CITCEM/Portugal), “Eastern Algarve Parish Churches and the Empire”
• Kévin Le Doudic (University of South-Brittany / European University of Brittany), “Encounter Around the Object: French and Indian Consumers in the Eighteenth-Century Pondicherry”
• Nadia Fernandez-de-Pinedo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), “Dress, Eat and Show Off in the City: Consumption in Madrid, c. 1750”

9.00  Session 10 | Material and Artistic Exchange
Chair: Adam Clulow (Monash University, Australia)
• Natasha Eaton (University College London), “Art, Colour and the Mana of the Commodity in Britain and India”
• Christina Hellmich (de Young Museum, San Francisco), “ ‘… a Royal Robe…’ and its Journey from the Hands of a Unangan Seamstress to a Hawaiian King and a New England Sea Captain in the early Nineteenth Century
• Sabitha Thekke Prakkottuthody (University College London), “Globalizing the Souvenir: The Album as Commodity in Colonial India”

10.30  Coffee Break

11.00  Session 11 | Objects and Colonial Encounters in the Early Modern World
Chair: Christina Anderson (Oxford University)
• Susan Broomhall (University of Western Australia), “Beads, Mirrors and Tobacco Boxes for Giants, Gold and Water: The Dutch East India Company’s Aspirational Encounters with Indigenous Peoples in Australia”
• Jacqueline Van Gent (The University of Western Australia), “Cultural Geographies, Elite Consumption and the Swedish East India Company”
• Mårten Snickare (Stockholm University), “Displaying the Others: Non-European Objects at Skokloster Castle”

11.00 Session 12 | Tradesman’s Objects: Goods, Sailors and Traders
Chair: Karina Corrigan (Peabody Essex Museum)
• Eugénie Margoline-Plot (University of South-Britanny / European University of Brittany), “Appropriating a Part of Asia in Brittany: The Sailor of the French East India Company, a Middleman between Bretons and Asian Commodities in the Eighteenth Century”
• Caroline Mawer (Independent Scholar, London), “An Armenian Merchant and the Vasa Tapestries”
• Marieke Hendriksen (Leiden University), “Treasure Troves: Eighteenth-Century Ship’s Surgeons’ Medicine Chests”

12.15  Lunch

13.15  Session 13 | Global Objects from Enlightenment to Revolutions
• Ashli White (University of Miami), “The Material Culture of Counterrevolution in the Late Eighteenth-Century Atlantic”
• Kee Il Choi Jr (New York), “Father Amiot’s Cup, Henri-Léonard Bertin and Fashioning ‘Antiquity’ at Sèvres”
• Richard Flamein and Philippe Romanski (Université de Rouen), “‘Voltaire en son meuble’: Material Economics in the Age of Enlightenment”

13.15  Session 14 | Textiles, Trade and the Material Culture of Appearances
Chair: Evelyn Welch (Queen Mary College)
• Colette Establet (IREMAM, Aix en Provence), “Indian textile consumption in the Ottoman Empire at the End of the Seventeenth Century ”
• Suraiya Faroqhi (Bilgi University, Istanbul), “All over the Ottoman Central Provinces: The Acem Tüccarı in the Early Eighteenth Century”
• Kirsten Toftegaard (Designmuseum, Copenhagen), “Lost in Translation – A Chinese Interpretation of a European Motif”

14.45  Coffee Break

15.15  Plenary Lecture 3
Pamela Smith (Columbia University), “Itineraries of Matter and Knowledge in the Early Modern World”

16.15  Final Discussion
Chairs: Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello

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If you have any further questions, please contact: Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello at: ghcc.conferences@warwick.ac.uk

Organising Bodies and Sponsors

The Arts and Humanities Research Council
The AHRC ‘Global Commodities’ International Network
The Warwick Global History and Culture Centre
The ERC ‘Europe’s Asian Centuries’ Project
Adam Matthews Publishing
The Economic History Society
The University of Warwick
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Bilgi University, Istanbul
Peabody Essex Museum

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