History seminars at the IHR

Early Modern Material Cultures

Convenors: Marta Ajmar (V&A/RCA), Sandra Cavallo (Royal Holloway), Christine Guth (V&A/RCA), Angela McShane (V&A/RCA), Filipo de Vivo (Birkbeck) 

Venue: Senate House and the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.
Rooms are listed below Please allow at least five minutes to get to the seminar rooms

Time: Wednesday 5.15 pm

PLEASE NOTE EXTRA SESSION ON MONDAY 1 JUNE
This annual summer series brings together scholars from a range of disciplines and approaches whose research engages directly with material culture in the early modern period (c. 1450 - c.1850).
This year all seminars will take place at the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House from 5:15pm until 06:30pm and will be followed by drinks reception. This year the series has been put together by the current Renaissance and Early Modern V&A/RCA History of Design MA students.

Summer Term 2015
DateSeminar details
15 April The VOC-ship Amsterdam lost in 1749. Studying the Material Culture of Early Modern Amsterdamand the East Indies Shipping Network

Jerzy Gawronski (University of Amsterdam) 

17.15 - IHR, Wolfson Room II, basement, Senate House, North Block


29 April Selling Silks in Early Modern Europe

Lesley Miller (Victoria and Albert Museum)

17.15 - IHR, Wolfson Room II, basement, Senate House, North Block 


6 May Black Slaves in Early Modern Spain: From Commodities to Freedom

Carmen Fracchia (Birbeck, University of London)

17.15 - IHR, G21A, ground floor, Senate House, South Block


13 May 'With Great Pomp and Magnificence': Royal Gifts and the Embassies between Siam and France in the 1680s

Giorgio Riello  (University of Warwick)

17.15 - IHR, G21A, ground floor, Senate House, South Block


21 May Engineering, Topography, and the Culture of Knowledge in Late Sixteenth-Century Rome

Dr Pamela Long (Independent Scholar)

Seminar Room A, V&A South Kensington Research Department, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL starting at 17:30


1 June Doctor Dildo's 'Dauncing Schoole': Sexual Instruments and Women's Erotic Agency in England, c.1600-1725

William Fisher (Lehman College, City University of New York)

17.15 - IHR, Wolfson Room II, basement, Senate House, North Block


10 June The Immaterial Object: Incense in Early Modern Poetry

Sophie Read (University of Cambridge)

17.15 - IHR, Montage Room, G26, ground floor, Senate House, South Block