Things: Early Modern Material Cultures


Alternate Tuesdays, 12.30-14.30, University of Cambridge

The early-modern period was the age of ‘stuff.’ Public production, collection, display and consumption of objects grew in influence, popularity, and scale. The form, function, and use of objects, ranging from scientific and musical instruments to weaponry and furnishings were influenced by distinct and changing features of the period.

Early-modern knowledge was not divided into strict disciplines, in fact practice across what we now see as academic boundaries was essential to material creation. This seminar series uses an approach based on objects to encourage us to consider the unity of ideas of this period, to emphasise the lived human experience of technology and art, and the global dimension of material culture. We will build on our success discussing the long eighteenth century in 2012-13 to look at the interdisciplinary thinking through which early modern material culture was conceived, adding an attention to the question of what a ‘thing’ is, to gain new perspectives on the period through its artefacts.

Each seminar will feature two talks each considering a way of thinking about objects.

April 30, 2013 – Printed Things

Dr Sean Roberts (University of Southern California) and Dr Elizabeth Upper (UL Munby Fellow)

May 14, 2013 – Paper, Making, Things

Dr Elaine Leong (Max Planck Institute, Berlin) and Dr Helen Smith (University of York)

May 28, 2013 – Handling Things

Dr Melanie Vandenbrouck (National Maritime Museum), Felicity Powell (Artist), and Ben Carpenter (University of Wolverhampton)

June 11, 2013 – Painted Things

Dr Matthew Hunter (McGill University) and Professor Mark Hallett (Paul Mellon Centre)

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