Unsettling Objects: The Forgotten Archives of Material Culture in the Early Modern World

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Yonatan Glazer-Eytan (University of Cambridge) & Giuseppe Marcocci (University of Oxford)


9am         Welcome

9.15am    Session 1 | Introduction

                   Yonatan Glazer-Eytan (University of Cambridge) & Giuseppe Marcocci (University of Oxford)

9.30am    Session 2 | Registering Religious Identity

                   Chair & discussant | Theodor W. Dunkelgrün (University of Cambridge)

                   Suzanna Ivanič (University of Kent) Archives of Belief

                   Richard Calis (University of Cambridge) Unraveling Greek Scribal Culture: Martin Crusius (1526-1607) and the Materiality of Manuscripts

11am        Coffee break

11.30am  Session 3 | Inquisitors and the Artefacts of Heterodoxy

                   Chair & discussant | Mary Laven (University of Cambridge)

                   Ana Struillou (European University Institute, Florence) Islam as Magic: Making Sense of Objects from Islamic Lands in Early Modern Spanish Inquisition Records

                   Yonatan Glazer-Eytan (University of Cambridge) Traces of a Crime: The Spanish Inquisition and the Forensic Evidence of Image Desecration

1pm         Lunch

2pm         Session 4 | Familiar and Foreign in the Archive

                   Chair & discussant | John-Paul Ghobrial (University of Oxford)

                   Katherine Hill (Birkbeck, University of London) Landscapes as Archive and Archives of Landscape amongst Vistula Delta Mennonites

                   Anne Gerritsen (University of Warwick) Shopping for Goods from Overseas: Huizhou Merchants and the Canton Trade Route

3.30pm    Coffee break

4pm         Session 5 | Dangerous Objects and the Power of the Archive

                   Chair & discussant | Melissa Calaresu (University of Cambridge)

                   Giuseppe Marcocci (University of Oxford) Taming Defamatory Objects: The Mexican Inquisition, Forged Sambenitos, and the Archive of Material Popular Culture

                   Cécile Fromont (University of Yale) Of Archives and Fetishes

5.30pm    Session 6 | Final round table

                   Chair and discussant | Filippo de Vivo (University of Oxford)

                   Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge) Concluding Remarks


The conference is sponsored by the past & Present Society, the Royal Historical Society, the George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund at the Faculty of History of the University of Cambridge, the Research Committee at the Faculty of History of the University of Oxford, and Exeter College, Oxford.

To register please contact yg382@cam.ac.uk and giuseppe.marcocci@history.ox.ac.uk (limited places available).