Fields of Felt and Gold: Technology and Colonization in the Medieval Black Sea
In this paper I center on the European frontier of the Black Sea during the Middle Ages by focusing on Art and Material Culture produced and consumed by merchants in Crimea during the fourteenth century. Through a close look into how art and material culture worked to produce, define, and profess the actual and conceptual space of the frontier, I argue, a new understanding of art, habits and practices the European centers can simultaneously arise. This paper shows how the incorporation of the concepts regarding indigenous in the consumption of imported artifacts into the Italian domestic interior, essentially altered the manner in which European art was consumed and conceptualized. While art historians often regard imported objects as “exotic,” when parceled with European colonial expansion, they actually offer a new way to regard European art history through the choices of what was incorporated. Instead of viewing such objects as defunct collections of anthropological relics, the paper aims to recognize that they not only reshaped European consciousness but simultaneously activated ideas regarding heritage in those indigenous communities that were subjugated by colonialism.
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24.05.2023 | 18:15
Freie Universität Berlin
Großer Hörsaal -1.2009 (UG) | "Holzlaube"