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Global Commodities: Planning Workshop

Department of History, University of Warwick, 13 April 2011.


How was materiality interpreted in different parts of the world? What were their social and cultural associations? This stands aims to create a dialogue between history of art, architecture, literary scholars and historians. This preliminary meeting will discuss the methodologies, themes and outcomes of the Network

The research objectives of the ‘Global Commodities’ network include:

• the combination of the methodologies of global history and material culture to analyse the role of material artefacts in establishing and developing global connections;

• to encourage scholars who specialize in individual area studies and/or disciplines to engage in transregional, global and interdisciplinary research;

• to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding through the historical study of material culture.


  • 10.30-11-00 Arrival and coffee
  • 11.00-12.30 Introduction by Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello and general discussion
  • 12.30-14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00-15.00 Presentations by Karina Corrigan, Glenn Adamson and Suraiya Faroqhi
  • 15.00-17.00 General discussion on aims, outcomes, activities and scholars in the network
  • 17.00-18.00 Reception
  • 18.00-20.00 Dinner


Glenn Adamson

Victoria and Albert Museum

Marta Ajmar

Victoria and Albert Museum

Maxine Berg

University of Warwick

Zoltán Biedermann

Birkbeck, University of London

Karina Corrigan

Peabody Essex Museum

Craig Clunas

University of Oxford

Rebecca Earle

University of Warwick

Suraiya Faroqhi

Bilgi University, Istanbul

Margot Finn

University of Warwick

Anne Gerritsen

University of Warwick 

Christine Guth

Victoria and Albert Museum

Jessica Harrison-Hall

British Museum

Deborah Howard

University of Cambridge

David Lambert

Royal Holloway

Luca Molà

European University Institute

Giorgio Riello

University of Warwick

Susan Stronge

Victoria and Albert Museum

Jan van Campen

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Verity Wilson

University of Oxford