This panel will explore mercantile cultural networks in the Greater Mediterranean from 1204 to 1520.
We seek papers that study the lay culture of manuscript production, reception and circulation in the centuries that saw the rise of the mercantile class. Focusing on merchants as both producers and vehicles of cultural and technological innovations, we will probe the concept of mercantile culture through a series of case studies. Topics may include but are not limited to:
—the role of gender in production, circulation and reception;
—translation/relation between Latin and Vernacular cultures;
—the interaction with print culture;
Organized by Eugenio Refini, Johns Hopkins University and Eleonora Stoppino, University of Illinois.
Please send title, 150-word abstract, 300-word CV, and AV or scheduling requests to email@example.com by May 31. Notifications will be sent out prior to June 5th of acceptance to proposed panel. Final notifications will be sent in August or September by the RSA.