The University of Warwick is hosting an interesting conference entitled Global Commodities, which will take place between 12 and 14 December. The conference will examine the role of material culture in the development of global connections in the early modern world.
The speakers are rather global as well, with participants from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and the USA.
Three scholars who are involved directly or indirectly with the National Trust Chinese wallpaper project will be presenting papers – which partly explains my keen interest in this conference.
Helen Clifford will be exploring concepts of home in 18th-century England, Kate Smith will be talking about East India Company households and Anna Wu will be explaining her Chinese wallpaper research. I am very much looking forward to hearing their talks and those of the other contributors.