Lecture


The Second Life of Objects: Martyrdom, emotions, memory in post-Risorgimento Italy (1860-1884)

Lecture by Carlotta Sorba During the Age of Revolutions political objects performed a primary political function. They even experienced a “second life” at the end of the events which generated their birth and dissemination. They made their way into private or public collections, activating memory and commemoration circuits which contributed to defining collective identities. In […]

The World in Dress: Costume books across Italy,  Europe and the East

EUI Visual and Material History Working Group hosts a book presentation by Giulia Calvi (Università di Siena). In the early modern period costume books and albums participated in the shaping of a new visual culture that displayed the diversity of the people of the known world on a variety of media including maps, atlases, screens, […]

Feathers and the making of luxury experiences at the early modern Spanish court

The EUI Visual and Material History working group hosts a paper by Dr. Stefan Hanß (University of Manchester) on 26 April 2022 17:00 (Hybrid-Mode)   This paper charts the activities of featherworkers at the Habsburg court in Madrid. Drawing on archival records, objects, and paintings from sixteenth-century Spain, I argue that royal featherworkers’ skills, wit, […]

THE VISUAL AND MATERIAL CULTURE OF PERIOD FILMS & TV

Wednesday, 3rd November 11am CET via Zoom   The Visual and Material History Working Group is happy to invite you to its next session on 3rd November at 11:00 on Zoom. We will explore the use of objects, costumes and decors in historical films and TV series and how their presence and role have shifted […]

MATERIAL CULTURE OF SOCIALISM: CURRENT DEBATES AND NEW PERSPECTIVES – with Julie Deschepper

On 28 April 2020 at 4.30pm – with Julie Deschepper (Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence) Zoom Seminar This seminar proposes to engage a critical reflection on socialist material culture in post-socialist contexts. More broadly, itintends to provide some analytical and methodological tool to tackle issues related to the material persistence of […]

WHITE VANISHING AND SETTLER COLONIAL ANXIETY IN THE 1975 FILM “PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK” – with Costanza Bergo

On 13 December 2019 – with Costanza Bergo (PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) Lecture Settler colonial landscape is increasingly understood as a spatial project produced by imagined geographies. This fantasy-scape is a separate entity from physical, occupied landscape; yet it always maintains a relation to it and can manifests […]

LANDSCAPES IN MOVEMENT: DRAWINGS OF URBAN NATURE IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PARIS – with Camilla Pietrabissa

On 14 October 2019 – with Camilla Pietrabissa (Fondazione 1563 per l’arte e la cultura, Turin) Lecture co-organised with the History of Science Working Group (EUI) This seminar explores the role of drawing practices in fabricating the image of urban nature in eighteenth-century Paris. If the traditional narrative about Paris as an ‘open city’ refers to the period of demilitarization started […]