Material History


Between text and materiality. Discussions in book history

The Visual and Material History Working Group is collaborating with the Intellectual History Working Group at the EUI to bring you a two-hour seminar with three exciting avenues into book history. We ask what a focus on the practices involved in making, moving and reading books brings to the field of book history. Our aim […]

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, […]

CALL FOR PAPERS – Food in Medieval and Early Modern Societies

  CALL FOR PAPERS 2nd EUI Conference in Visual and Material Culture Studies Scandalous Feasts and Holy Meals: Food in Medieval and Early Modern Societies (12th-18th centuries)                          25th May 2021 European University Institute, Florence (via Zoom) Organizing committee: Moïra Dato, Matthias Ebejer, Ana […]

GLOBAL EXCHANGES: THE CASE OF DIPLOMATIC GIFTS

On 9th November 2020 at 11:00, via Zoom. Meet & Discuss Session For the fourth session of the “Talking about things” seminar series, the Visual and Material History working group invites you to look into the specific case of diplomatic gifts. In this session, organized jointly with the Diplomatic History working group of the European […]

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 […]

DISCUSSING ABOUT METHODS ON VISUAL SOURCES

On 8 March 2019 Meet & Discuss Session During this session, we aim at discussing two recent readings dealing with the use of visual source in history. Starting from them, we will raise some questions about the use of visual sources and we will open up a more informal discussion about the different ways of […]