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Workshop: Uncovering the Animal: Skin, Fur, Feathers, 1450-1700

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Liddell Hart Seminar Room (S3.05)

King's College London

Strand

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WC2R 2LS

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This half-day workshop will reflect on the multiple ways in which animal skin, fur, feathers, hair, scales and shells were conceptualised and used between 1450 and 1700. Combining different historiographical approaches and sources (textual, material, and visual), the workshop aims to open the field up to a wider audience, strengthen the need to consider animals compared to similar work on human skin and hair, and facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation, from natural history to material culture, on animal skin in a globalised world.

Speakers

  • Natalie Lawrence, Independent Scholar

Scaly devils and armoured innocents: the pangolin in Early Modern Europe

  • Tom Rusbridge, University of Birmingham


'Smooth places, a great blemish': Reconciling material and visual representations of shagreen in early modern England

  • Maria Cristina Bastante, Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’

‘Nautilus ab Indis’: the curious successful story of a mysterious beast and its shell, between Mannerism and Baroque, visual culture and scientific representation

  • Stefan Hanß, University of Cambridge

Plumas para gorras y sombreros: Feathers and Hats in the Early Modern Spanish World

  • Lianming Wang, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Kingfisher Feather and Qing Material Culture, 1660-1790

  • Patricia Lurati, Universität Zürich

Fur, animality and erotism in Italian Renaissance art

  • Sara Ayres, Independent Scholar

Fur against Fur: Animal Bodies as Agents of Transformation in the Ritual of the Courtly Hunt


The afternoon will close with a roundtable discussion between speakers and participants.

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Liddell Hart Seminar Room (S3.05)

King's College London

Strand

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WC2R 2LS

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