Online Lecture: ‘Sumatran Camphor in Medieval Afro-Eurasia,’ Alex West, Silk Roads Programme at King’s College, University of Cambridge, Zoom, 25th February 2022, 14:00 (GMT)

Alex West is a lecturer at the Institute for Area Studies, University of Leiden. Specialising in the Indo-Malaysian archipelago in the fifteenth century before the arrival of the Portuguese and the Islamisation of Sunda, his translations and research have revealed the presence of commodities sourced from places as far apart as the Levant and New Guinea.

Join to hear more about how Sumatran camphor in medieval Afro-Eurasia, and what this reveals about global medieval trade networks.

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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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