Programme – University of Copenhagen

The Global Trade of Textiles and Clothing in the Early Modern Period: Exchange, Meaning and Materialities


Thursday 27th November 2014

M4, WBS Teaching Centre

15.00-15.30: Welcome and coffee

15.30-17.30: Session 1.
 Global Textile Fluxes

Chair: Karolina Hutkova, University of Warwick

Ema Rogers, Courtauld Institute and V&A
An Indo-Portuguese Quilt and a Family Crest: Luxury Textiles between India and Europe

Meha Priyadarshini, European University Institute
Trans-Pacific Exchange: Indian Textiles in Mexico, Cochineal in Indian textiles

William Farrell, SESHAT, School of Anthropology, Oxford University
Technological Transfers in the Silk Industries of Britain and Eastern India, c. 1680-1800

Jutta Wimmler, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
Gum Arabic: West Africa’s Vital Contribution to the Early Modern European Textile Industry

17.30-18.45: Keynote Lecture Barbara Karl, Title TBC

19.00: Dinner

Friday 28th November 2014

IAS seminar room, Millburn House

9.00-10.30: Session 2. 
Sartorial Connections between Europe and the Near East

Chair: Luca Molà, European University Institute and University of Warwick

Stefania Montemezzo, University of Verona
Woollen Cloths and the Creation of a Commodity Chain between Venice and the Near East in the Renaissance

Gwendolyn Collaço, Harvard University
Dressing a City’s Demeanor: Costume Albums and the Portrayal of Urban Identity in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries

Marloes Cornelissen, Sabanci University, Istanbul
The Afterlife of Goods: Auctions at the Dutch Embassy in Eighteenth-Century Istanbul

10.30-11.00: Coffee

11.00-12.30: Session 3
. The Textile Trade to Africa and the Atlantic

Chair: Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick

Kazuo Kobayashi, London School of Economics
West African Demand and Indian Textile Production in the Age of the Atlantic Slave Trade, c. 1700- 1830

Jody Benjamin, Harvard University
'The Staple Commodities to Pitch the Price upon': The Importance of Cloth Trading on the Upper Guinea Coast of West Africa, 1700-1730

Katharine Frederick, Wageningen University
External Trade and Internal Consumption and Production Dynamics: The Case of Nyasaland’s Lower Shire Valley

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.00: Session 4
. The Impact of Indian Cottons in Europe

Chair: John Styles, University of Hertfordshire

Gabi Schopf, University of Bern
Swiss Cottons in Global Trade: The Work of Travelling Sales Agents in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Chris Niestrasz, University of Warwick
Rivalry for Trade in Textiles: The Dutch and English East India Companies in the Eighteenth Century

Vibe Maria Martens, European University Institute
The Obvious and the Hidden: Danish Trade and Consumption of Indian Cottons

15.00-15.30: Coffee Break

15.30-17.00: Session 5
. The European Textile Trade in a Global Context

Chair: Barbara Karl, MAK

Anka Steffen, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
Silesian Linen Merchants within the Global Trade of Textiles in the Early Modern Era

Evelyn Korsch, University of Erfurt
The Armenian Diaspora in Venice and its Trade in Luxury Textiles in the first Half of the Eighteenth Century

Nynne Just Christoffersen, Humboldt University
Woollen Velvets: The Significance of the Copy in Early Modern North European Textile Production

17.00-17.30: Conclusion and Final Discussion