AHRC Network Conference: Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe

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Date / time: 7 April - 9 April, All day

Plymouth University

AHRC Network Conference: Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe

Provisional Conference Programme

Thursday 7 April 2016

Arrive, Registration and Coffee, 10.00am-11.00am [Portland Square]

Welcome and ‘Housekeeping’, 11.00am-11.15am, James Daybell and Svante Norrhem [Portland Square]

SESSION 1: 11.15-12.30, James Daybell, Svante Norrhem, Nadine Akkerman, Susan Broomhall and Jacqueline Van Gent, ‘Gifting Gloves: Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800’

Lunch 12.30-13.30

SESSION 2: 13.30-15.00 Panels 1 and 2

Panel 1: Devotions and Possessions in Early Modern Women’s Religious Communities: Roberta Anderson (Bath Spa University) ‘The Visitation Records of the English Benedictine Monastery of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady’; Elizabeth Goodwin (University of Sheffield) ‘Compassionate Imagery, Agency and Materiality in Sixteenth-Century Bridgettine Convents’; Sarah Joan Moran (University of Antwerp) ‘Gender and Materiality in the Tridentine Reforms: Domestic Artworks at the Antwerp Beguinage 1585-1700’

Panel 2: Aristocratic Women and the Materiality of Power in Early and Mid-Tudor England: Nicola Clark (Royal Holloway, University of London) ‘Underground Sisterhood? The gendered commemoration of the Howard dynasty at Thetford, Framlingham and Lambeth, 1485-1559’; Helen Matheson-Pollock (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘The materiality of being a noblewoman: The case of Elisabeth Parr, marchioness of Northampton and the events of Summer 1553’; Rachel Delman (University of Oxford) ‘“A Bed of the Salutation of Our Lady”: The Virgin Mary and her Political Uses in the Early Tudor Female Household’

Tea and Coffee, 15.00-15.15

SESSION 3: 15.15-16.45 Panels 3 and 4

Panel 3: Gender, Households, Materials and Power in Early Modern England: Mark Hailwood and Jane Whittle (University of Exeter) ‘Of Domesticall Duties, or, Rethinking the Spatial Division of Labour in Early Modern England’; Sara Pennell (University of Greenwich) ‘Pots and pans herstory? Technologies and politics of the hearth in England, c. 1650-1800’; Alison Wiggins (University of Glasgow) ‘Bess of Hardwick’s Account Book for 1598-1601’

Panel 4: Texts, Accounts, and Gifts in Early Modern Convents: Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt (Cleveland State University) ‘Signed and Sealed: Gender and Record Keeping in Early Modern Convents’; Emilie K. M. Murphy (National University of Ireland, Galway) ‘Language and Power in an English Convent in Exile’; Edmund Wareham (University of Oxford) ‘The Power of Gingerbread: Gift-Giving in South West German Convents in the Sixteenth Century’

SESSION 4, 17.00-18.00: Keynote Lecture Professor Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge University), ‘Colouring Fashion’.

Dinner at the Mission Restaurant in the Barbican, 7.30pm

Friday 8 April 2016

Coffee and Tea from 9am

SESSION 5, 9.00-10.30 Panels 5 and 6

Panel 5: The materiality of female devotional contemplation in seventeenth-century Europe: Jennifer Hillman (University of Chester) ‘A window on to the soul? Penitence & contemplation in a seventeenth-century prie-dieu’; Amanda Pullan (University of Lancaster) ‘Female contemplation of marital and spiritual love through the embroidered image, in early modern Britain’; Róisín Watson (University of St Andrews) ‘In search of the ‘bedrock of one’s heart’: Constructing space for female contemplation in early modern Germany’

Panel 6: Gendering the Material Letter in Early Modern Europe: Mel Evans (University of Leicester) ‘Reading the royal words: material identities and epistolary authority of the Tudor kings and queens’; Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary, University of London)‘He will be my epistle to you’: Brokering Social Connections, Material Culture & the Epistolary Construction of Friendship’; Nadine Akkerman (Leiden University, The Netherlands), ‘The Research Potential of a Postmaster’s Chest: An Introduction to “Signed, Sealed & Undelivered’

Coffee and Tea, 10.30-10.45

SESSION 6, 10.45-12.15 Panels 7 and 8

Panel 7: Gift-Giving, Politics and Emotions in Early Modern Europe: Anna Boeles Rowland (University of Oxford) ‘Hearts and Minds: the exchange of heart-shaped tokens in early Tudor London’; Jordan Lavers (University of Western Australia) ‘“The Goodness of her Gift”: the Gift Exchange of Gendered Emotions in Letters by German-speaking Aristocratic Women’; Tatyana A. Zhukova (University of Nottingham) ‘Diplomacy and the Politics of Gift-Exchange: The Diplomatic gifts of Elizabeth I to the Russian Tsars, 1566-1603’

 Panel 8: Clothing, Power and Agency in Early Modern Europe: Sadie Harrison (University College London) ‘Clothing, Credibility, and Agency in the Image of the Salonniére’; Fabian Persson (Linnaeus University, Sweden) ‘Carrying Your Power On Your Sleeve: Wearable Symbols of Power at the Early Modern Court’; Rosanne Waine (Bath Spa University) ‘“Women dressed in tartan gowns and white ribbands”: The Sartorial Politics of Female Jacobitism’

Lunch, 12.15-13.00

SESSION 7, 13.00-14.30 – Panels 9 and 10

Panel 9: Materials, Art and Patronage in Early Modern Europe: Helen Draper (Courtauld Institute) ‘Material girl: painter Mary Beale (1633-99) and the problem of female authority’Catherine McCormack (University College London) ‘Containing ‘sozzura’ in Seicento Rome: another look at materiality in Caravaggio’s Madonna of the Pilgrims’

Panel 10: Queenship, Ceremony and Power in Early Modern England: Peter Hinds (Plymouth University) ‘Charles II and Catherine of Braganza: New Perspectives on the Royal Marriage of 1662’; Anna M. Duch (University of York) “From Birth til Death: Royal Ceremony in the Life of Elizabeth of York, Queen of England”; Julie Farguson (University of Oxford) ‘Queen Anne and the Order of the Garter: the Materiality of Military Queenship, 1702-1714’

Workshop 1: Early Career Workshop Run by Angela McShane (Victoria and Albert Musuem), ‘Methodologies for working with Material Culture’

Tea and coffee, 14.30-15.00

Session 8: KEYNOTE LECTURE: 15.00-16.00 Tara Hamling (University of Birmingham) ‘Gender Role Models and Exempla in English Domestic Decoration, 1560-1660’

17.00 Coaches depart for Powderham Castle for dinner hosted by the Earl of Devon

Saturday 9 April 2016

Coffee and Tea from 9am

SESSION 9, 9.00-10.30 Panels 11, 12 and 13

Panel 11: Portraits, Dress and the Politics of Masculinity in Early Modern England and France: Goran Stanivukovic (Saint Mary’s University, Canada) ‘Portrait Miniature Painting and Networks of Masculinity in Late Elizabethan and Jacobean England’; Giulia Mari (Kings College, University of London) ‘Painting Masculinity: legs, leg-wear, and Marcus Gheeraerts’ portrait of Captain Thomas Lee’; Meaghan Walker (University of Alberta, Canada) ‘Dressing the Royal Marines: Masculinity, Discipline, and Uniform Subordination during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars’

Panel 12: Objects, Power and the Politics of Display in Early Modern Europe: Rebecca Mason (University of Glasgow) ‘Patriarchy, paraphernalia and possession: marriage and material culture in early modern Scotland’; Sophie Cope (University of Birmingham) ‘Women in the sea of time: domestic dated objects in early modern England’; Adelina Modesti (La Trobe University, Australia) ‘A Grand Duchess and her Tailor: Vittoria della Rovere and her female court in the account books of Lorenzo Gabbuggiani’

Panel 13: Gender, Power and Material Texts in Seventeenth-Century England: Cedric Brown (University of Reading) ‘The paradoxes of gender and power in the public and private lives and writings of Sir William & Lady Temple’; Sajed Chowdhury (National University of Ireland, Galway) ‘The Metaphysics of “Making” in the Verse Miscellany of Constance Aston Fowler (c. 1635-1638)’

Coffee and Tea, 10.30-10.45

SESSION 10, 10.45-12.45 – Panels 14 and 15

Panel 14: Authority, Religion and Property in Early Modern Europe: Rahel Orgis (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) ‘(Un)gendered Early Modern Narrators and the Assertion of Narrative Authority’; Anna Dlabačová (Université catholique de Louvain) ‘The Distaff as a Gendered Object for Meditative Contemplation in Middle Dutch Literature’; Patricia Saldarriaga (Middlebury College, USA) ‘Spheres of God and Knowledge: Geometrizing Power in Hispanic Visual Culture’

Panel 15: Religion, Property and Power in Early Modern Europe: Anne Laurence (The Open University) ‘Women and the Material culture of Protestantism in Early modern England’; Kate M. Buning (Central Michigan University, U.S.A) ‘Women and Reformed Piety’; Susann Anett Pedersen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway) ‘Legal practices and practical solutions – Aristocratic women and property administration in late medieval Norway’

Workshop 2: Powderham Castle

Workshop 3: Early Career Researcher Workshop run by Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Lunch, 12.45-13.30

SESSION 11, 13.30-14.30 Keynote Joanna Norman (Victoria and Albert Museum) ‘The European Galleries at the V&A’

Tea and coffee, 14.30-14.45

SESSION 12, 14.45-16.15 Panels 16 and 17

Panel 16: Gender, Manuscripts and Material Practices: Kristianna Polder (École Jeannine Manuel – Lycée et College – Paris, France) ‘Margaret Fell’s Material World’; Edith Snook (University of New Brunswick, Canada) ‘The Materiality of Medical Practice in the Recipes and Devotional Writing of Grace Mildmay, Lady Mildmay’; Hannah Lilley (University of Kent) ‘Ann Bowyer’s Commonplace Practices: Interpretive Power and Material Texts’

Panel 17: Gender, Power and Patronage in Early Modern Europe: Susan Broomhall (University of Western Australia), ‘Catherine de Medici: Power by Design’; Arlette de Jesús (Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA) ‘Saint Teresa of Ávila and the Displacement of Power: Her Letters to Phillip II’; Ewa Kociszewska (University of Oxford) ‘Power, Spirituality, Luxury: The Art Patronage of Queen Marie-Louise Gonzague in the Visitation Convent in Warsaw’

SESSION 12: 16.15-16.45: Closing Address and Comments, Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks

For further information please contact: genderpowermateriality@plymouth.ac.uk