Uncovering the Animal: Skin, Fur, Feathers, 1450-1700
This half-day workshop will reflect on the multiple ways in which animal skin, fur, feathers, hair, scales and shells were conceptualised and used between 1450 and 1700. Combining different historiographical approaches and sources (textual, material, and visual), the workshop aims to open the field up to a wider audience, strengthen the need to consider animals compared to similar work on human skin and hair, and facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation, from natural history to material culture, on animal skin in a globalised world.
Our programme is now finalised and we are excited to welcome seven speakers, each presenting on topics ranging from pangolins to kingfisher feathers.
Registration is now open but spaces are strictly limited.
Image: Detail of Albrecht Dürer, The Rhinoceros, 1515, woodcut. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19.73.159. Gift of Junius Spencer Morgan, 1919 (view original)