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Horses and Courts International Symposium

Between 21-23 March 2018 the Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century, in collaboration with the Society of Court Studies and the Wallace Collection, hosted an international symposium entitled ‘Horses and Courts: The Reins of Power’. The conference programme can be found here, and videos of the event can be found below. Twitter coverage of the event can be found using the hashtag #HorsePower2018.


Panel 1 – Horses and the Projection of Courtly Power

Tobias Capwell, The Wallace Collection, ‘The Armour of Peace’.

Francisco LaRubia Prado, Georgetown University, ‘Literal and Literary Power’.

Peter Edwards, University of Roehampton, ‘Equine Imagery and the Field of the Cloth of Gold’.

Marie-Louise Von Plessen, European Cultural Parliament, ‘Dancing with Horses’.

Panel 2 – Horses: Approaches, Representations, Identities

Pia F Cuneo, University of Arizona ‘The Reformation of Riding’.

Sarah R Cohen, SUNY, ‘Noble Spirit in the Garden’.

Sally Mitchell, Museum of the Horse, ‘The Perception of Power and the Influence of the Bit’.

Kasper Lynge Tipsmark, Aarhus University, ‘A Gilded Coronation Trophy’.

Panel 3 – Royal Stables and Governance on Display

Simon Adams, formerly Strathclyde University, ‘Providing for a Queen’.

Philip Mansel, Society for Court Studies, ‘Louis XIV and the Policies of the French Royal Stables’.

Tülay Artan, Sabanci University, ‘Late 17th- and early 18th-century Ottoman dignitaries and their account books’.

José Eloy Hortal Muñoz, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, ‘The Public Image of Hispanic Monarchs in Early Modern Times’.

Panel 4 – The Royal Mews as a British Institution

Sally Goodsir, Royal Collection Trust, ‘The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace’.

Panel 5 – Of Carriages, Queens and Kings

Julian Munby, Oxford Archaeology, ‘Men in the Saddle and Women on Wheels’.

Alexandra Lotz, Cultural Heritage Centre of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, ‘Noble Coach Horses for the Court’.

Panel 6 – Breeds, Philosophies, Early Modern Legacies

Diana Krischke, LOEWE Network for Human-Animal Studies, ‘Horse Breeding’.

Panel 7 – Equestrian Philosophies and Spaces of Display

Tessa Murdoch, Victoria and Albert Museum, ‘Foubert’s Riding Academy in London and Paris’.

Catherine Girard, Eastern Washington University, ‘From Experience to Representation’.

Monica Mattfeld, University of Northern British Columbia, ‘Changing the Reins of Power’.

Stefano Saracino, University of Vienna, ‘Horses and Political Theory in 17th-Century England’.

Panel 8 – Equestrian Connoisseurship, Equine Care and Display

Jasmine Dum-Tragut, Center for Studies of the Christian East, ‘Armenian manuscripts and their royal commissioners’.

Sarah G Duncan, Independent Scholar, ‘The Care of the Court Horse in Renaissance Italy’.

Kathryn Renton, University of California Los Angeles, ‘Supplying Horses for the Spanish Habsburg Court’.

Jonas Nordin, Kungliga Biblioteket, ‘Horses for Carrousels and War at the Carolean Court in Sweden’.

Panel 9 – Transnational Horse Dealing and Breeding: Imperial and National Identities

Ashley L Cohen, Georgetown University, ‘Horses and Courts in Late Mughal India’.

Donna Landry, University of Kent, ‘Breeds, Dynasties, Nations’.

Panel 10 – Female Equestrianism: The Politics of Riding Aside or Riding Side-Saddle

Valerio Zanetti, St John’s College, University of Cambridge, ‘Courtly Amazons of the Grand Siècle’.

Ulrike Weiss, University of St Andrews, ‘Aside or Astride’.

Sara Ayres, National Portrait Gallery, London, ‘Caroline Mathilde on Horseback’.

Erica Munkwitz, American University, ‘Angels and Amazons’.

Panel 11 – Horses and Power in a Global Perspective

Lelia Packer, Wallace Collection, ‘Horses at the Wallace Collection’.

Philip Dine, National University of Ireland Galway, ‘Horses and Horsemanship in “French” Algeria’.

Sandra Swart, Stellenbosch University, ‘The Horse Rampant’.

Panel 12 – Royalty and Racing in Britain

Richard Nash, Indiana University, ‘The Sport of Kingmakers and the Protestant Succession’.

Oliver Cox, Heritage Engagement Fellow, TORCH, ‘Horse Racing, Monarchy and Empire’.

Sean Magee, Racing Journalist and Historian, ‘Ascot and Royalty, from Queen Anne to Queen Elizabeth II’.

Jane Ridley, University of Buckingham, ‘Elizabeth II, Queen and Horsewoman’.