Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700

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Deblín Cup, 15th century © The Trustees of the British Museum

Connected Central European Worlds, 1500–1700

30 June – 1 July 2023
University of Kent, UK, and Online

Early modern Central and Eastern Europe, a multiconfessional, multiethnic, and multilingual realm, was a crossroads of Latin, Orthodox, and Muslim cultures. Home to  Slavic, Germanic, Latin, Baltic, Finno-Ugric, and Turkic peoples, it sat astride a network of commercial routes, cultural interactions, and demographic flows that turned it into one of the most entangled regions of the early modern world. This conference examines how the complex transcultural nature of Central and Eastern Europe was co-shaped, fostered, and reimagined by artefacts, materials and visual culture, from food to art and clothing to weapons.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann (Princeton University)
On the 50th anniversary of his first research trip to Prague.

Call for Papers:
We welcome abstracts of 200 words for proposed papers of 20 minutes. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Object case studies.
  • Religious, political, intellectual and cultural drivers for material movement.
  • Individual artisans, merchants, patrons and consumers.
  • Foodways and resources.
  • Trade and migration.

Abstract deadline: 31st January 2023

Please email to Dr Suzanna Ivanič s.ivanic@kent.ac.uk and Dr Tomasz Grusiecki tomaszgrusiecki@boisestate.edu

Postgraduate Bursaries: Please outline costing requirements on your abstract proposal.

Call for Papers Poster