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The University of Southampton
Objects and Possessions: Material Goods in a Changing World 1200‒1800

About us

The conference organisers are:

Professor Maria Hayward, History, University of Southampton

Dr Christer Petley, History, University of Southampton

Dr John McAleer, History, University of Southampton

Professor Chris Woolgar, History, University of Southampton

17th-century textiles
17th-century textiles

We have longstanding interests in the material culture of the period 1200-1800. Our publications range from editions of medieval and early modern household accounts and inventories, to studies of the everyday, of jewellery and plate, textiles and clothing, the material culture of eating, the material world and slavery, goods and empire, as well as collecting and curating.

This conference brings together our perspectives and research on objects. It comes at the start of series of projects that will open up new ways of looking at the world of material goods and possessions.


Banner Image: The Sentences of Peter Lombard, thirteenth century: University of Southampton Library, Special Collections.

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announced our keynote speakers will include Chris Briggs, Giorgio Riello and James Walvin.

Call for papers

Find out more about submitting proposals for single papers and for whole sessions. Deadline for short abstracts 12 September 2016.

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