Visual 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 […]

DISCUSSION SERIES ‘TALKING ABOUT THINGS’

The Visual and Material History Working Group is delighted to announce their new discussion series “Talking about Things”. Focusing on thematic questions, the aim of these discussion sessions is to bridge the gap between material and visual culture and other areas of historical study. In other words, it seeks to bring together researchers who examine […]

TROPY DATABASE FOR VISUAL SOURCES – with William Lindgren

On 16 May 2019 – with William Lindgren (EUI) Meet & Discuss Session In this session, we will discuss how the free open-source software TROPY can be used as a useful tool in order to organise and describe the reproduction of visual sources. This session intends to complement the presentation organised by the EUI library […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]