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Innovation in the Pre-Modern World: Knowledge, Design and Products

Friday 24 February 2017, 10-5pm
IAS seminar room, Millburn House University of Warwick
10.00-10.15. Arrival and coffee
10.15-10.30. Introduction by Dagmar Schäfer (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) and Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick)

10.30-11.45. Session 1. Imitation and Innovation

  •  Luca Mola (European University Institute)

Innovation, Imitation and Competition: Renaissance Italy and the European Context

  •  Marta Ajmar (Victoria and Albert Museum)
Mimetic Earthenware: Italian Early Modern Pottery as a Nexus Technology

11.45-13.00. Session 2. Fashion, Textiles and Innovation

  • BuYun Chen (Swarthmore College and Max Planck Institute)
The Circulation of Dyestuffs between the Ryukyu Islands and East and Southeast Asia

  • John Styles (University of Hertfordshire)
Fibres and Fashion: Textile Innovation in Early Modern Europe

13.00-14.00. Lunch
14.00-15.45. Session 3. Innovation, Invention, and Failure

  • Liliane Perez (Université Paris Diderot - Paris VII)
The Jews and the Making of the Metropolis: Jewish Trade and Innovation in Eighteenth-Century Paris

  • Michael Bycroft (University of Warwick)
A Failed Innovation: Isaaq Schabraq's Royal Diamond Manufacture in Paris, c. 1780-1788

  • Simona Valeriani (Victoria and Albert Museum)
Breathing Air in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

15.45-16.15. Coffee
16.15-17.30. Session 4. Technology, Science and Innovation in Global History

  • Tirthankar Roy (London School of Economics)
Historiography of Science and Technology in Precolonial India: Reviewing a Debate

  • Dagmar Schaefer (Max Planck Institute)
Science and Technology in Imperial China

17.30-18.00. Final Discussion
18.00-19.00. Drinks at Scarman House