Online Seminar: ‘Merchants and Diaspora Round Table’, Miri Rubin (QMUL), Serena Ferente (KCL) and Kate Franklin (Birkbeck), Thursday 15th October 17.30

Image: Master of the Dresden Prayer Book (Flemish, active about 1480 – 1515) The Temperate and the Intemperate, about 1475–1480, Tempera colors and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 43, recto.

The IHR European History 1150-1550 seminar cycle for 2020 presents a lecture titled ‘Merchants and Diaspora Round Table’ for its second week. To attend the seminar, please book via this link.

‘Our seminar is now 15 years old and is as buoyant as ever. It  schedules research-based papers and occasional themed panels for discussion of the later centuries of the medieval period spanning continental Europe and the British Isles. Our programme reflects the  broad array of approaches and sources used by innovative scholars who come to us from UK universities and abroad. The seminar is convened by historians from the University of London’s and other London research institutes, and attracts academics at all stages of their careers, visitors on sabbaticals, scholars from libraries and archives, and interested members of the public. We treasure our doctoral students, who have the opportunity to present their advanced research at dedicated sessions. On occasion we combine with other seminars in planning joint sessions, reflecting our convergent interest. The presentations are followed by lively discussion, drinks in the IHR Common Room, and an informal and convivial supper.’

Miri Rubin’s research has ranged across the period 1100-1600, through the exploration of themes in the religious culture of Europe. Her latest book, ‘Cities of Strangers: Making Lives in Medieval Europe was published in March at Cambridge University Press.

Serena Ferente’s primary research interests lie in the political history of late medieval and Renaissance Italy. She has published widely on parties, partisan identities and supra-regional political networks in fifteenth-century Italy, with a particular focus on city-states and actors resisting processes of state-building. She is currently working on the Genoese diaspora in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Kate Franklin has been working on collaborative projects in the Republic of Armenia for a decade, exploring the ways that local politics and Silk Road culture were tangled together in landscape and space-time. Her work at the moment at the moment is concerned with world-making as a locus of politics, with material culture as a mediator of spatio-temporal distances, and with the interpenetration of literary and ‘real’ landscapes in archaeological work.

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Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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