Early Modern Textiles and Material Culture: Consumption, Distribution, and Global Interaction
Тезисы до: 30.06.2015
Даты: 14.04.16 — 16.04.16
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Организаторы: University of Bern
Characterised by product innovation and an expansion of goods, and driven by increasing cultural contact and global commodity flows, historians have noted that from the sixteenth century on European material culture underwent a dynamic change. At the heart of these changes were foreign goods, particularly printed cotton textiles that first appeared on European shores in the sixteenth century (and which by the eighteenth century, Europeans had begun to imitate).
Yet while these processes have been intensively researched for northwestern Europe, especially Great Britain, The Netherlands, and France, how they played out in Germany and Switzerland still remains to be explored. This international conference seeks to fill this gap and enquire into the history of textiles, especially, but not only, printed cotton textiles, in the German-speaking world and its neighbouring regions. In that manner, it aims to add new insights to ongoing debates about material culture, consumption, and the distribution of new goods. We are interested in themes and questions such as
- Changes in early modern consumption practices, especially with regards to new textiles and accessories (cottons, fustians, ribbons, and popular luxury goods)
- Changes in taste, design, and clothes in the German-speaking world, as well as the corresponding discourses of luxury, consumption, and fashion
- Global hubs and local trading networks through which ready-made textiles and raw materials for the cotton industry were imported into the German-speaking world and through which European textiles were exported
- The diverse manners and places in which textiles and others new goods were bought and sold (fairs, markets, stores, pedlars, etc.); and the techniques (such as marketing) used to stimulate demand for them
- The circulation of textiles between Asia, Africa, and Europe
- The production techniques of printed cottons and processes of (global) knowledge transfer and product innovation (with regard to textiles)
In addition to historians, we welcome contributions from the applied arts, art history, and other relevant disciplines. Contributions that discuss extant objects and aspects of their materiality are especially welcome.
The conference stems from the Swiss National Science Foundation funded research project at the University of Bern, “Textiles and material culture in transition: consumption, cultural innovation and global interaction in the early modern period.” It will take place at the University of Bern from April 14 to 16, 2016.