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Producing Material Culture for Global Markets

This is the fourth event part of the 'Global Commodities' AHRC Network.

Research Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Thursday 11 and Friday 12 October 2012

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Thursday 11 October 2012

13.00-14.00 Lunch and registration

14.00-15.30 Gallery in Progress: Lesley Miller, Liz Miller and Hilary Young (V&A) on The New Europe 1600-1800 Galleries

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00-17.00 In the Storeroom: Rosemary Crill (V&A) on Cotton Textiles for World Markets

19.00- Dinner

Friday 12 October 2012

10.00-10.30 Coffee

10.30-12.00 Session 1. Production and Trade For Global Markets

Chair: Suraya Faroqhi (Bilgi University, Istanbul)

Luca Molà (European University Institute) "Venetian Objects and the Global Market in the Renaissance"

Luisa Mengoni (V&A) “From porcelain to Copper: Chinese Painted Enamels for Global Markets”

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.30 Session 2. Artisanal Skills and South Asian Production for Global Markets

Chair: Giorgio Riello (Warwick)

Glenn Adamson (V&A), “Inscribing the Global Artisan, 1750-1850”

Maxine Berg (Warwick), “Producing for Global Markets: Craftspeople of Gujarat and Kachchh in the 18th and 21st Century”

14.30-15.00 Coffee

15.00-16.30 Session 3. Shaping Materials, Objects and Markets: Iron and Copper

Chair: Marta Ajmar (V&A)

Nuala Zahedieh (University of Edinburgh) “Equipping Factories in the Sugar Fields: A New Market for Copper and a Demand for Inventive Activity”

Göran Rydén (Uppsala University), “Making for Diversity. The Swedish Iron Trade in the Eighteenth Century”

16.30-17.30 Adam Bowett (V&A), “British Commercial Policy and the Trade in Exotic Furniture Woods, 1650-1850”

17.30-18.00 Final Discussion. Chair: Anne Gerritsen

18.00-19.00 Reception

19.00- Dinner


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Ready-made clothes ship, c. 1825 Guangzhou, China Gouache on paper Gift of Mr. and Mrs. B. Rionda Braga, 1977 E80607.15. Peabody Essex Museum 2007 Photo Jeffrey R. Dykes.

Lanthorns, c. 1825 Guangzhou, China Gouache on paper Gift of Mr. & Mrs. B. Rionda Braga, 1977 E80607.32. Peabody Essex Museum 2007 Photo Jeffrey R. Dykes.

Packing the Porcelain; c. 1825; Guangzhou; China; Gouache on paper; Museum purchase 1983; E81592.22 Porcelain Manufacture Series. Peabody Essex Museum 2007 Photo Jeffrey R. Dykes.