Museum Curation in Practice

A workshop by the Public History Working Group Co-organised by the Visual and Material Working Group. With special thanks for organisation by Dario Willi and Louisa Niesen. Friday, 27 October 2023 | 09:00–18:00 | EUI, Villa Salviati, Sala del Consiglio & Online (Zoom) Saturday, 28 October 2023 | 09:15–16:00 | Museo Galileo, Piazza dei Giudici, Firenze Over the course of two days, this workshop shines light on different aspects of […]

Disconnected Histories 

Co-hosted with UNIFI, with Zoltán Biedermann, Martin Dusinberre, Beatrice Falcucci, Valeska Huber and Luc Wodzicki As of late, global approaches revolving around connectivity have lost a great part of their explanatory power. Limitations of global history and connected history are rising to the fore through critical discussions and conferences. In a world threatened by disruption […]

Not just illustrations: on the different usages of photographs and photography

What role do photographs play in your research? They may not necessarily be at its core for all researchers, but photography can certainly play a remarkable role in the access and understanding of history. Therefore, this methodological workshop aims to highlight the multiple usages of photographic material and technologies in historical research. On day one, external academics […]

Florence: Global?  

Speakers: Lia Markey (Newberry Library), Giorgio Riello (EUI), Giulia Calvi (Università di Siena/EUI), Brian Brege (Syracuse University), Alessio Assonitis (The Medici Archive Project), Valentina Conticelli (Galleria degli Uffizi), Justin Randolph Thompson (Black History Month Florence) Abstract: When it comes to a cityscape that has shaped the popular visual and material impression of ‘The Renaissance’ only one name comes to mind. A name […]

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 […]

Visual and material history of sexualisation

The Visual and Material History Working Group and the Queer and Feminist Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group host a joint session at the crossroads of gender history and material culture. This workshop aims to conduct a reflection on how to integrate visual and/or material sources within the study of gender and sexuality. This workshop will be […]


MATERIAL HISTORIES OF EMPIRE AND COLONIZATION The Imperial History and Visual and Material History Working Group are happy to invite you to a joint session, which will take place on the 13th April at 10:30 on Zoom. During this event, we will explore the history of empire and colonization through material and visual sources. From garments […]


Tuesday 16 June at 16:00 (CET/ Italy Time), Via Zoom Please register here to attend this event What do visual aspects of an object or source reveal that material ones do not? What does the materiality of a source disclose that visuality does not? How can historians of fashion consider side by side the visuality […]


On 21 November 2019 Meet & Discuss Session The discussion is introduced and moderated by Iseabail Rowe. Researchers from all areas, years and time-periods of history are encouraged to attend this informal working group discussion and to bring along an example of visual or material culture you have come across that fits under this broad […]