While much of the scholarship on consumption regimes focuses on the Modern era, this panel will consider the impact of gender and class on the production and consumption of material culture in Early Modern Europe (1400-1800). Papers could explore the cultural and gendered politics of consumption by members of different social classes; the gendering of various types of images and objects; or the way material objects help construct gendered identities for their consumers. How did changes in consumption regimes stabilize or challenge social hierarchies? How did changing tastes and artistic styles play into new forms of self-fashioning? What role did gender play in this process, whether in visual representation, patronage or production systems, or patterns of collecting? This session seeks a broad range of topics and methodologies.
Please submit one-page abstracts for papers by 15 May 2005.
Joyce de Vries
Dept. of Art, Biggin Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
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