Online Workshop | Making Masculinities

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on April 22, 2022

From ArtHist.net:

Making Masculinities: Material Culture and Gender in the 17th and 18th Centuries
Online and In-Person, University of Edinburgh, 6 May 2022

Research into the intersection of material culture and masculinity has steadily increased as scholars across disciplines choose to use material culture as a conceptual point of departure. The Material and Visual Culture in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries Research Cluster aims to provide a space to continue the conversation. The cluster will host a one-day workshop fostering interdisciplinary discussion on the material approaches to historic ideas about gender through material culture. The workshop is spread over a series of formats to diversify how participants may interrogate this material. All sessions, except for the 3.20 workshop, are hybrid. The link to join the sessions will be provided via email the day before. Contact materialcultureresearcheca@ed.ac.uk with questions.

Registration is available here»

Abstracts are available here»


(British Standard Time)

9:30  Welcome and Introduction

9:45  Fashioning Masculinity
Chair: Georgia Vullinghs (National Museums Scotland)
• Ben Jackson (University of Birmingham), Making a Figure in 18th-Century England: Elite Masculinity, Social Expectation, and Material Goods.
• Maria Gordusenko (Ural Federal University), Self-Representation through Artworks as a Way of Life: Count Gustav Adolf von Gotter (1692–1762)

11.00  Break

11.20  Making Masculinities Roundtable
Chair: Emily Taylor (National Museums Scotland)
• Timothy Somers (Newcastle University), The Materiality of Men’s Practical Jokes
• Alysée Le Druillenec (Université Paris 1 – Panthéon- Sorbonne/Université Catholique de Louvain), Carrying the Holy Child as a Depiction of Masculinity in Christian Counter-Reformation Materiality
• Élise Urbain Ruano (Université de Lille), How Does Softness Affect Masculinity? The Paradox of 18th-Century Dressing Gowns
• Alexandra Atkins (Birkbeck), The Classical Portrait Bust and Masculinity in 18th-Century Country Houses
• Nicholas Babbington (University College London), The Royal Family and Domestic Disorder: The Satirization of George III’s Patriarchal Virtues in British Caricature, c.1785–1795

12.50  Lunch Break

1.50  Keynote
Chair: Meha Priyadarshini (University of Edinburgh)
• Sarah Goldsmith (University of Edinburgh), Hercules Himself? Materiality, Masculinity, and the Body in the Long 18th Century

3.00  Break

3.20  PhD / ECR Workshop

Fort Ross in the News

Posted in on site, the 18th century in the news by Editor on April 22, 2022

Orthodox Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Chapel at Fort Ross State Historic Park, Sonoma County, California. Occupying historic lands of the Kashaya Pomo tribe, the site’s first chapel, built in the mid-1820s, was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. In 1970, a reconstructed version burned. Shown here is the latest chapel, built in 1973, which continues to be used for Orthodox worship services. (Photo by Frank Schulenburg, via Wikimedia Commons, December 2016). For how the Russian invasion of Ukraine is dividing leaders of the Russian Orthodox church, see Jeanne Whalen’s recent reporting for The Washington Post.

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From The Washington Post:

Jason Vest, “‘Russia’s Jamestown in America’—and the Oligarch Who Has Helped Fund It,” The Washington Post Magazine (12 April 2022).

Since Vladimir Putin loosed Russian troops on Ukraine, there hasn’t been much pity for Russian oligarchs, who have seen their funds seized with alacrity. But there exists in America, thanks in part to a now-sanctioned Putin-allied billionaire, the most genuinely Russian landmark in the Lower 48. It’s called Fort Ross—or Fort Russ, as the Russians called it, way back in 1812, when it was founded. Today it’s a California state park and on the National Register of Historic Places. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from high, craggy cliffs, the nigh-forgotten outpost—a challenging two-hour drive north from San Francisco—has lately garnered more attention than usual as something of a historic curiosity. . . .

Established in 1909 as one of the first entries into the California State Park system, today Fort Ross scrapes by with a staff of 11 and a budget of about $500,000. It is, in tandem with nearby Gerstle Cove in Salt Point State Park, long a favored family or school field-trip destination for Northern Californians. . . .

Sarah Sweedler, chief executive of the Fort Ross Conservancy notes at the end of the article:

“We have gotten a few weird emails,” she says. “But we’ve also gotten some supportive emails. Hopefully common sense will prevail. . . . Fort Ross is a rich story that goes way beyond the Russians. It’s a part of California history that’s ours—everyone’s.”

From Wikipedia:

Fort Ross is a former Russian establishment on the west coast of North America in what is now Sonoma County, California. It was the hub of the southernmost Russian settlements in North America from 1812 to 1841. Notably, it was the first multi-ethnic community in northern California, with a combination of Native Californians, Native Alaskans, and Russians. It has been the subject of archaeological investigation and is a California Historical Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, and on the National Register of Historic Places. . . .

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