CFP: Global Commodities: The Material Culture of Early Modern Connections, 1400-180

12 04 2012

I’m posting this CFP here. This conference covers a period before my own research era, but I’m certainly interested in the broad theme.

The Global History and Culture Centre at the University of Warwick has issued a call for papers for its upcoming conference on “Global Commodities: The Material Culture of Early Modern Connections, 1400-1800,” to be held on December 12-14, 2012.

Papers should be no more than twenty minutes long. Proposals for sessions of three or four papers are also welcome. To submit a proposal, please send a 200-word abstract of the proposed paper, together with a one-page CV, to via mail to Global History and Culture Centre, Department of History, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK.

The closing date for proposals is 1 June 2012. Successful candidates will be notified by the 1 July 2012.

More details here.

The conference has been organized by two Warwick professors, Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riollo.

Gerritsen’s current research project is: Global Jingdezhen: Local Manufactures and Early Modern Global Connections. Between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries, the manufacture, design, export and consumption of Chinese ceramics changed profoundly, and those changes, in turn, transformed many different parts of the world. This project, carried out jointly by Anne Gerritsen and Stephen McDowall, investigates the nature of those changes and transformations. AHRC-funded research project, running from 01-01-2009 to 01-01-2011.

Dr Riollo has a very interesting book in the works: Global Cotton: How an Asian Fibre Changed the European Economy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming December 2012).  He teaches some pretty cool sounding modules:

HI163 – Caravans and Galleons: Global Connections, 1300-1800
HI169 – History and Fashion: A Global Look, 1300-2000
MA in Global History: Themes, Issues and Approaches



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