Celebrations at Court: Ephemeral objects, Materials, and Machineries in the Early Modern Period

November 2-3, 2023

Registration has now opened. Please go to www.eventsignup.ku.dk/celebrationsatcourt to sign up.

About the conference

This international conference will explore the appearances and functions of ephemeral objects, materials, and machineries used at court festivities, as well as their relations to spectacles and performances in general. The focus will be on the 16th and 17th centuries with interdisciplinary attention to a field crossing over different aspects of the visual, material, and technical culture of the period. Thus, the organizers welcome both empirically and more theoretically founded analyses. The final programme will be announced at a later time.

Confirmed Keynotes

Professor Pamela Smith, Columbia University
Professor Mara Wade, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Professor Simon Werrett, University College London

Registration for the conference covers the full two-day programme of presentations, lunches and coffees, a guided tour of Kronborg Castle, a reception for all participants, as well as bus transfer between Copenhagen and Kronborg Castle on the second day of the conference.

Thanks to the generous support from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, conference registration is free for all participants, but the number of available seats is limited.

Day 1 of the conference will be held at the University of Copenhagen’s ‘Søndre Campus’ (South Campus), Njalsgade 76, 2300 København S in Copenhagen. The conference will take place in building 4A, in room 4A.0.69.

Day 2 of the conference will be held at one of the most important renaissance castles in Northern Europe: the UNESCO world heritage site of Kronborg Castle in Elsinore. Bus transfer between Copenhagen and Elsinore is organized for all conference participants and will depart from the centre of Copenhagen on Friday morning, returning to Copenhagen in the evening following a reception for all conference participants at the castle. Further details will follow.

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