MARRYING CULTURES

Dynastic Networks as Vehicles for Cultural Transfer: Sources, Methods and Theoretical Approaches

Event Date: 
Tue, 15/07/2014 - 09:00
Venue: 
Herzog August Bibliothek
Location: 
Wolfenbüttel

The aim of this first international Marrying Cultures workshop is to bring together scholars from universities, museums and libraries who work on the material aspects of cultural exchange for an intense exchange of ideas. The format of the conference, with short talks on a single object or relevant consort or collection, is designed to provide ample time for general discussion on methodology and approaches to working on the history of the cultural contribution of dynastic consorts.

This emphasis on methodology is intended to provide members of the Marrying Cultures team with a forum in which to tease out the theoretical problems involved in conducting research on persons and objects which inhabited very different notions of identity and culture our own: ‘foreign’ and ‘national’, for example, are not terms which translate well across the centuries; and understanding terms which early modern people took as foundational to their culture - ‘dynasty’, for example - can prove exceptionally challenging to scholars. To engage with these problems, each speaker will comment on an item of their work, focusing on issues which they feel are unresolved, the challenges posed by the source material, and how they would alter their approach to the material now in light of advances in theory.

For further details and the conference programme, please visit our website:

http://www.marryingcultures.eu/event/dynastic-networks-vehicles-cultural...

Marrying Cultures: Queens Consort and European Identities 1500-1800 (MARRYING CULTURES)

The Collaborative Research Project (CRP) will inves- tigate the transnational cultural encounters that took place between 1500 and 1800 whenever a monarch took a foreign bride. The CRP will examine these consorts’ influence in a series of case studies that reveal the in- terconnexion between European territories and their cultural symbiosis and will demonstrate how Denmark, Finland, Poland, Portugal and Sweden are vital agents in the construction of European identities together with Britain, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The CRP’s objectives are: 1) to elucidate the distinctive cultural contribution of early modern consorts; 2) to demonstrate the result- ant lasting and reciprocal cultural influences between the territories concerned; 3) to peel back the modern map of Europe with its discrete nation states to reveal an earlier one with different linguistic, cultural and political borders to those of today; 4) to investigate to what extent the cultural encounters the CRP charts led to cultural innovation; 5) to discuss the place of the consorts stud- ied in national cultural memory; and 6) to develop with colleagues from museums, libraries and palaces ways of conveying an understanding of these cultural encounters to the general public. The CRP will be implemented by a Project Leader from the UK, Principal Investigators from Germany, Poland and Sweden, 2 postdocs and 2 PhD students, one in history and one in music, working with museum curators and drawing on the expertise of other international specialists. The CRP members will meet 8 times at 4 workshops and 4 research labs, with a pre-project meeting in June 2013 funded by Oxford University. The projected outcomes are a website with material both for specialists and the general public, a special issue of an academic journal, an edited book, ref- ereed articles by each of the CRP members, 2 doctoral theses, a public concert, an educational game, museum and schools modules, an exhibition and, under negotia- tion, a television series.

Associated Partners: 

AP-1: Julius Bryant, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK, j.bryant@vam.ac.uk

AP-2: Dr Malin Grundberg, Livrustkammaren (The Royal Armoury), SE, malin.grundberg@lsh.se

AP-3: Professor Igor Ka ̨kolewski, The Museum of Polish History, PL, igor.kakolewski@muzhp.pl

AP-4: Dr Catharine Macleod, National Portrait Gallery, UK, cmacleod@npg.org.uk

AP-5: Dr Joanna Marschner, UK, joanna.marschner@hrp.org.uk

MARRYING CULTURES

Dr Jill Bepler

Title: 
PI-2
Institution: 
Herzog August Bibliothek
Address: 
Herzog August Bibliothek, DE
Country: 
Germany
E-mail: 
bepler@hab.de
Project Title: 
MARRYING CULTURES
Forenames: 
Jill
Surname: 
Bepler
Personal Title: 
Dr

Dr Almut Bues

Title: 
PI-3
Institution: 
German Historical Institute
Address: 
German Historical Institute, PL
Country: 
Poland
E-mail: 
bues@dhi.waw.pl
Project Title: 
MARRYING CULTURES
Forenames: 
Almut
Surname: 
Bues
Personal Title: 
Dr

Professor Svante Norrhem

Title: 
PI-4
Institution: 
Umeå Universitet
Address: 
Umeå Universitet, SE
Country: 
Sweden
E-mail: 
svante.norrhem@historia.umu.se
Project Title: 
MARRYING CULTURES
Forenames: 
Svante
Surname: 
Norrhem
Personal Title: 
Professor

Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly

Title: 
PI-1
Institution: 
University of Oxford
Address: 
University of Oxford, UK
Country: 
United Kingdom
E-mail: 
helen.watanabe@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk
Project Title: 
MARRYING CULTURES
Forenames: 
Helen
Surname: 
Watanabe-O’Kelly
Personal Title: 
Professor

'A Queen Emerges' Conference

'Kulturtransfer zwischen Sachsen, Neapel und Spanien?' Lecture

Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly will be presenting a lecture discussing cultural transfer between Saxony, Naples and Spain at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw on 27 May 2014. Watanabe-O’Kelly will be examining the role of Maria Amalia, Princess of Saxony and Poland, Queen of the Two Sicilies and Queen of Spain (1724-1760).

 

'The Power of Early Modern Women' Lecture

On Saturday 24th May Svante Norrhem gave a public lecture in the gardens of Skarhult Castle entitled The Power of Early Modern Women: Politics, Economy and Culture.

The event was organised by Skarhults Kulturminne and photos from the event can be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SkarhultsSlott

'Zwischen ThronSaal und FrawenZimmer' Conference

Jill Bepler spoke at the Zwischen ThronSaal und FrawenZimmer. Handlungsfelder pommerscher Fürstinnen um 1600 im Vergleich conference held at the Stiftung Alfried Krupp Kolleg Greifswald from 7-10 May 2014. Her paper title was: Fürstinnen und ihre Bücher im späten 16. und frühen 17. Jahrhundert: Sophie Hedwig von Pommern im Kontext.

Bepler examined how princesses were educated to read from an early age and how this influenced their devotional practices, the books that they took with them when they were married to their new dynasties, how they engaged in compiling and printing important confessional works, and how they disposed of these works later by endowing churches or leaving them to their daughters and female relatives.

 

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