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Localizing the state apparatus: early modern administration buildings in a global perspective

Posted By Barbara Uppenkamp, Friday, May 20, 2016

During the emergence of the early modern state apparatus, administration buildings became an important means of governance. French hôtels de l’Intendances, priories and monastic office buildings, government buildings in a ruler’s domain or in a foreign territory served the administration of local communities, to collect and store goods, fees and contributions. We may think of the casas grandes or casas reales of the haciendas in the Spanish colonies, buildings of the Portuguese padroado in India, or houses of the Dutch trading companies in Asia and America. The buildings provided space for public gatherings on days of hearing, office rooms for administrative staff and rooms for rulers or their representatives, guests and servants. The architecture served diverse practical functions and also visualized a governor’s claim to power.

This session aims to assemble research on early modern administration buildings in a global perspective. Possible contributions may refer but are not limited to the function of such buildings, their structure, their decoration, or their specific role in the definition and the governance of territories. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural topics are encouraged. 

To submit a paper proposal for this session, please send a Word or PDF document to Dr. des. Kristina Hagen [ ] and Dr. Barbara Uppenkamp [] by June 3, 2016. Please ensure that the document includes the presenter’s first and last name; academic affiliation and title (or “Independent Scholar”); e-mail address; paper title (15-word maximum); abstract (150-word maximum); short CV (300-word maximum; please follow the CV guidelines and models on

Tags:  Africa  Architecture  Art History  Asia  Early Modern  Europe  global history  History  the Americas 

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