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Small Things in the Eighteenth Century

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Thursday 6 June 2019, 9.00AM to 7 June, 18.00

Speaker(s): Plenary Speakers: Hanneke Grootenboer (Professor of History of Art, St Peter's College, Worcester College, University of Oxford) & Dror Wahrman (Vigevani Chair in European Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

This conference addresses the scale of material objects, in particular the smaller things that have received less critical attention than larger, substantial goods. Do small things merit different kinds of attention across genres or types of media? What is the place of the small in scholarly conversations about material culture across humanities disciplines? 

This conference is co-organised by Dr Chloe Wigston Smith, University of York and Professor Beth Fowkes Tobin, University of Georgia.


The conference will take place at the historic King’s Manor. York is 2 hours, by train, from London King’s Cross and 2.5 hours from Edinburgh. It’s about a 50-minute drive from Leeds Bradford airport and just under 1.5 hours, by train, from Manchester International Airport.

This conference is funded by the British Academy and the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York.

June is a very busy season in York and we recommend reserving accommodation as soon as possible.  We have compiled a list of local accomodation in York.

Small Things Programme (PDF , 82kb)

Image: Still Life with Silver Wine Decanter, Tulip, Yixing Teapot and Globe, Roestraten, Pieter van, born 1629 - died 1700 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Location: The King's Manor, University of York

Admission: Ticketed. See above Eventbrite link.