November 4, 2016
Knowing the World through Objects in the Eighteenth Century
Friday, November 4, 9:00AM – 12:30PM
Harrison Small Auditorium at UVa
Organizers: Amanda Phillips and Douglas Fordham
Visiting Scholars: Michael Yonan (Associate Professor, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century European Art, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Missouri); Maia Nuku (Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curaotr for Oceanic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art)
How was knowledge of the world transmitted through objects in the long eighteenth century? Histories of material culture, printed images, commodities, and exchange have grown dramatically in the last few decades yielding surprising insights about the past not found in the textual record. This half-day symposium questions the role of objects as evidence and explores methods and approaches that might cut across disciplines as we analyze intercultural exchange in the eighteenth century.