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Visualising difference: objects, space and practice in early modern Europe

Nordiska museet, Stockholm, 10–12 October 2014

Early modern societies were strictly hierarchical bodies, constantly involved in making order, status and inequality obvious. Their preoccupation with presentation, surfaces, appearances and the visual, show how Europeans of the period attempted to render the world comprehensible and recognizable with all its degrees of social status. Although we know relatively much about the consumption and ideals of the higher orders, as well as the travails of the poor, we have little understanding of early modern practices of social difference-making and of how hierarchies of appearance were created and articulated. The conference invites reflection on how social hierarchy was fundamentally bound up to people’s engagement with space, objects and their fellow human beings in early modern Europe. In so doing, it also seeks to address the foundations for differentiation of people.


Registration closed 26 September 2014.

For more information, please contact Karin Sennefelt [länk till karin.sennefelt@hist.uu.se]

The conference is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Uppsala University and Nordiska museet.

Conference Papers