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Global Empires, Global Courts? Explorations in Politics and Religion

Thursday, 13 September

9.30 Welcome and introductory remarks:
Jorge Flores (European University Institute)
Maxine Berg (University of Warwick)
John-Paul Ghobrial (University of Oxford)

Session 1: Courts and Empires

Chair: Maxine Berg (University of Warwick)

10.00 Zoltán Biedermann (University College London): Are All Courts Global? The Macro and the Micro in Early Modern Portugal, Sri Lanka and Spain

10.30 Romain Bertrand (Sciences Po, Paris): The Malay Margins of Global Empires: The Strategic Importation of Court Rituals in Early and Late Modern Southeast Asia

11.00-11.30 Coffee (Sala dei Levrieri)

Chair: James Amelang (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

11.30 Guido van Meersbergen (University of Warwick): Global Courts, Local Diplomacy: The East India Companies in the Mughal Imperial Framework

12.00 Discussion, introduced by Giuseppe Marcocci (University of Oxford)

13.00-14.30 Lunch (Grotte)

Session 2: Transcultural Diplomacy

Chair: Giulia Calvi (New Europe College, Bucharest & Università di Siena)

14.30 Luca Molà (University of Warwick): The Land of New Luxuries: Ottoman Desires and Venetian Gifts in the 16th Century

15.00 Birgit M. Tremml-Werner (University of Zurich): Meeting Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sunpu: On the Reception of Foreign Embassies in Early Seventeenth Century-Japan

15.30-16.00 Coffee (Sala dei Levrieri)

Chair: Amanda Wunder (City University of New York)

16.00 Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick): Ulterior Motives: French Ambassadors in Siam and the Micro-history of Diplomatic Failure, 1685-88

16.30-17.30 Discussion, introduced by John-Paul Ghobrial (University of Oxford)

Friday, 14 September

Session 3: Material Courts

Chair: Ines Županov (CEIAS - EHESS, Paris)

9.00 Amanda Wunder (City University of New York): Fashion and Empire: The Spanish Style in Madrid and Beyond

9.30 Dror Wahrman (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Fantasies of Absolutism in Gold and Jewels: A Global History Object Lesson from the Saxon and Mogul Courts

10.00 Discussion, introduced by Anne Gerritsen (University of Warwick)

10.45-11.15 Coffee (Cortile)

Session 4: Global Catholicism

Chair: John-Paul Ghobrial (University of Oxford)

11.15 Simon Ditchfield (University of York): ‘The Papal Pastor’: Rome as Capital of a World Religion

11.45 Eugenio Menegon (Boston University): Invisible City: European Missionaries and Catholic Community in Qing Beijing

12.15 Discussion, introduced by James Amelang (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

13.00-14.30 Lunch (Cortile)

Session 5: Networked Knowledge

Chair: Anne Gerritsen (University of Warwick)

14.30 Federico Palomo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid): Global Cities, Friars and the Circulation of Missionary Knowledge in the Portuguese Empire

15.00 Giulia Calvi (New Europe College, Bucharest & Università di Siena): Healing, Translating, Informing, Collecting: A Network of Scientists between Florence and the Ottoman Empire (17th Century)

15.30-16.00 Coffee (Cortile)

Chair: Eugenio Menegon (Boston University)

16.00 Ines Županov (CEIAS – EHESS, Paris): ‘Knowledge is Better than Power’: Catholic Missionaries and Brahmanical Political Virtues (17th Century)

16.30 Discussion, introduced by Giancarlo Casale (European University Institute)

17.30-17.45 Break

17.45-18.15 Concluding Reflections:
Jorge Flores (European University Institute)
Maxine Berg (University of Warwick)
John-Paul Ghobrial (University of Oxford)