Conférence : « The Material Atlantic: Global Textiles and Local Consumers in the 17th and 18th C. », Robert S. DuPlessis (Paris, EHESS)

Conférence

Mardi 21 janvier 2014, 16h-18h

 

Dans le cadre du séminaire de Cécile Vidal, maître de conférences à l’EHESS, consacré aux « Circulations et dynamiques socio-raciales dans la Grande Caraïbe au XVIIIe siècle. L’exemple de la Nouvelle-Orléans caribéenne »,

Robert S. DuPlessis (Isaac H. Clothier Professor of History and International Relations Emeritus, Swarthmore College), interviendra pour présenter son dernier ouvrage en cours de publication sur :

« The Material Atlantic: Global Textiles and Local Consumers in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries ».

Le mardi 21 janvier 2014, de 16h à 18h , en salle 12, au CENA, EHESS, 105 bd Raspail, 75006 PARIS.

Résumé du livre :

Extending recent scholarship on globalization, Atlantic world history, and consumption, The Material Atlantic analyzes changes in cultural practice consequent upon expanding and intensifying long-distance movement of products, images, and styles during the early modern era . More specifically, the book examines the textiles and attire that became available to consumers, the modes and occasions of their acquisition, and the patterns and meanings of their deployment in more than a dozen locations around the Atlantic basin between the mid-seventeenth and late eighteenth centuries. The Material Atlantic explores the ways in which women and men of diverse ethnicity, status, and occupation fashioned their sartorial appearance from materials old and new, familiar and strange, in a variety of environments that presented both novel possibilities and severe constraints.

Through case studies of developments within and across political, economic, and socio-cultural borders, The Material Atlantic demonstrates that early modern globalization provoked concomitant standardization and diversification in material culture. It argues as well that incorporation of Atlantic populations into a commodified world of goods provoked apparel innovation in multiple sites, with indigenous and enslaved people engaging with fashion more quickly and more thoroughly than Europeans and free settlers. At the same time, the specific contours of Atlantic textile consumption disproportionately advantaged European manufacturing, setting off processes that would destroy the early modern globalized Atlantic and the sartorial regimes that it had fostered.


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