Global Commodities: The Material Culture of Early Modern Connections, 1400-1800
Global History and Culture Centre University of Warwick
12-14 December 2012
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
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.
A draft programme can be downloaded here - DRAFT PROGRAMME - JULY 2012. The programme will be finalised in September.
The registration fee is £100 (£45 for students), payable by 15 October 2012. The late registration fee (after 15 October 2012) is £120 (£60
for students). One-day attendance is £65 (£75 for late registration)
and for students £30 (£40 after 15 October 2012). Please note that the
registration fee covers lunch and coffee breaks, but does not include
accommodation or travel expenses. Participants are expected to organise
and cover the cost for their own travel.
See website for more information.