ISECS Quadrennial Congress

AvSMercurius_detail_5Lace and Commerce in 18th Century Europe (Rotterdam, 27-31 Jul 14)

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 27 – 31, 2015
Deadline: Jun 16, 2014

CFP: “The International Thread: Lace and Commerce in Eighteenth-Century

Opening Markets: Trade and Commerce in the Eighteenth Century

ISECS Quadrennial Congress, on the Enlightenment, Rotterdam, the
Netherlands, 27 – 31 July 2015

Chairs:  Tara Zanardi, (Department of Art & Art History, Hunter
College/CUNY 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065;, and Michael Yonan, (Department of Art
History and Archaeology, University of Missouri, 21 Parker Hall,
Columbia, MO, 65211;

Enormous amounts of lace flooded the marketplaces of eighteenth-century
Europe, which fostered a vibrant international trade.  This marketplace
centered on competition between the Low Countries (especially the
regions that now comprise Belgium) and northern France, two areas that
included Europe’s most technically accomplished lacemaking centers,
including Alençon, Argentan, Brussels, Mechlin, and Valenciennes.
These towns exported huge quantities of lace to an international
clientele and competed with locally manufactured lace.  Our panel seeks
papers that examine how lace operated within eighteenth-century
mercantile networks, economic systems, and black markets.  What were
the trade factors the affected the distribution of lace, both locally
and globally, and how did those factors affect working conditions,
design choices, and the objects created?   How did these market
conditions affect what lace was used for, be it garments, decorative
items, or household textiles?  Topics might include treatments of lace
and lace making in gendered terms, as statements of regional or
national pride, labor practices in lacemaking, techniques and
materials, and the industry’s global ambitions.  Interdisciplinary
papers are especially welcome.

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