Launch Conference


Early Modern Exchanges

15th – 17th September 2011

University College London, Foster Court

The UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges explores all aspects of intercultural exchange in the period 1450-1800. Registration is now open for the centre's Launch Conference, 15-17 September 2011. NEW – follow our conference blog for regular news and updates.


The centre's three-day British Academy supported Launch Conference will be a major international event promoting innovative research collaborations. Themes will include: travel, exile and migration; trade in material and cultural goods (including books and manuscripts); and the transition of literary and artistic influences across national and linguistic borders. Translation and language learning will be key interests, as will ‘translatio’ in a broad sense as the transformative appropriation of ideas and identities. Hence the conference will investigate encounters with ‘others’, the dissemination of scientific and medical knowledges, and the early modern world’s interaction with its ancient and medieval pasts. This is a timely conference which will showcase innovative scholarship and have significant impact on the field of early modern studies.

Conference Exhibition

UCL Art Collections are running an exhibition to coincide with the Early Modern Exchanges launch conference. 'Word and Image: Early Modern Treasures at UCL' explores cultural exchange in the period 1450 to 1800, and will be held in the Strang Print Room. Featuring highlights from UCL’s art and rare book collections, 'Word and Image' delves into themes such as travel, translation and the traffic of objects and ideas. It offers the chance to see an eclectic and unusual combination of items, including a 17th-century volume on the history of Lapland complete with pictures of skis, an illustrated early work of Egyptology, and images of elaborately costumed Jesuits in China. It also provides a rare opportunity to see Albrecht Dürer’s woodcuts from The Apocalpypse (1498) next to its precusor The Nuremberg Chronicle (1493). For location details, click here.

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The Early Modern Exchanges Launch Conference is supported by the British Academy, the Modern Humanities Research Association and UCL’s European Institute.

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