RSA 2015 Berlin Panel: Early Modern Collections and the Trade in ‘Collectibles’
Call for Papers Date:
This panel will explore the trade in objects that became part of early modern collections. Papers can address anything from ‘exotica’ like feathers from South America and ‘curiosities’ such as branches of coral to the cabinets of Philipp Hainhofer, whose contents were designed according to specific themes. Further ‘collectibles’ may include paintings, antiquities, precious stones or animals, among other things. We welcome papers that explore the ways in which these items were sourced, commissioned, transported, marketed, priced, paid for and/or delivered. In focusing on the activities that brought objects into a collection, this panel aims to investigate, among other things, the ways in which taste was formed and information was circulated; whether ‘collectibles’ were handled like any other commodity or whether their trade required specialist knowledge; and the relative influence and importance of the ‘suppliers’ to the culture of collecting. Looking at the background to the formation of early modern collections, this panel also seeks to understand the role of collecting in the relationships between individuals of different social classes, and the ways in which collecting was embedded in other early modern activities such as travel, diplomacy and the trade in commodities.
Interested participants should send proposals, of no more than 150 words, and a short CV, no longer than one side of an A4 sheet of paper, to the organisers, Christina Anderson, University of Oxford (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michael Wenzel, Herzog August Bibliothek ( email@example.com ) by 2 June the latest.
Christina Anderson, University of Oxford and Michael Wenzel, Herzog August Bibliothek Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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