Global Habits? Textiles in and between Africa and Europe - 21.09.2017

Transepochaler Studientag Europa with Prof. Giorgio Riello (Warwick)

The Studientag is a new format to bring MA students, doctoral students, and researchers of the Department of History together to reflect about themes that cut across geographic regions and historical epochs. It is organized as a joint venture of two chairs, representing different time periods and areas, with the intention to reflect about central themes and concepts in global and/or European history. 

Organised by Prof. Dr. Susanna Burghartz und Prof. Dr. Julia Tischler

When and Where

Thursday, 21. September 2017, 1 – 7 p.m., Seminar Room 1


Giorgio Riello is Professor of Global History and Culture and was Director of the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick between 2014 and 2017. He is the author of A Foot in the Past (OUP 2006), Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World (CUP 2013, Pb 2015; winner of the World History Association Bentley Prize 2014) and Luxury: A Rich History (OUP 2016, co-authored with P. McNeil) and has edited ten other books. Giorgio has published extensively on the history of material culture, fashion, design, and trade and consumption in early modern Europe and Asia. Between 2013 and 2015 he was the coordinator of the Leverhulme-funded ‘The Luxury Network’. In 2016 he was awarded the Iris Foundation Award for his contribution to the field of Decorative Arts and Material Culture. He is currently developing two projects: with Dagmar Schaefer (Max Planck Institute), he is writing a book entitled 'Cultures of Innovation in Early Modern Eurasia'; and with Maxine Berg (Warwick) he is developing a project entitled "English Factories of the Indian Ocean, 1600-1750" considering the system of trade and information exchange in the Indian Ocean.


1.00-2.00 Lunch and welcome

2.00-3.00 Prof. Giorgio Riello (Warwick) 

The World in a Book: Dress and the Global Imaginary in the Renaissance

3.30-4.30 Workshop (in groups) – Clothes and costume books in the early modern period

4.45-5.45 Workshop (in groups) – Missionaries and fashion in modern Africa

6.00-.700 Presentation of results and discussion

7.00-7.30 Drinks


Please register by September 14 via e-mail to: karin.bodenmann(at)

In order for you to obtain credits, please register by October 16th via MONA. Thereafter, you will receive detailed instructions about the necessary preparations and requirements. Preparation (texts, available on ADAM) and active participation in workshops and discussions is expected.