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The Fabric of Profit Inaugural workshop:

December 6th-8th, 2023 @ University of Geneva, UNIMAIL ROOM M6220

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DECEMBER 7TH, 2023

08.45-09.00 Welcome  – Mary O’Sullivan

09.00-10.00 - John Styles – Textile materialities: fibres, fashion and innovation

10.00-10.15 Coffee break

THEME 1 - WORK & PROFIT IN TEXTILES

10.15-11.15 - Jane Humphries – The fabric of care: spinning and caring in an early capitalist economy

11.15-12.15 - Manuela Martini – New explorations in the history of the textile industry in the long 19th century

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.45-14.45 Mary O’Sullivan – Textile work, commodity chains & profit nodes

14.45-15.00 Coffee break

THEME 2 - PROFITING FROM SILK IN EUROPEAN POLITICAL ECONOMY

15.00-17.00 Panel presentations & discussion

Introduction - Lorenzo Avellino

Paola Bertucci (Zoom) – The Profitable Hand: Spinners, Silk, and the State in the 18th century

Jean-Baptiste Verot – Silk rents: a new plant for new profits in France

Roberto Tolaini – In search of quality: Italian silk producers in a changing market

DECEMBER 8TH, 2023

09.00-10.00 Maxine Berg – The Slave-Sugar Nexus & the World of Malachy Postlethwayt

10.00-10.15 Coffee break

THEME 3 - TEXTILES & TRADE : POSSIBILITIES & LIMITS OF HISTORICAL SOURCES 

10.15-12.15 Panel presentations & discussion

Guillaume Daudin & Loïc Charles – French textile exports during the Eighteenth-century: Debunking a Colbertian Myth

Karolina Hutkova – Mercantilism, trade in textiles and the British fiscal state

Rohit Prabu – Accounting for Textile Trade in the East India Companies

12.30-13.30 Lunch

THEME 4 - TEXTILE PROFITS IN REVOLUTIONARY TIMES

13.45-15.15 Panel presentations & discussion

Lorenzo Avellino – The scramble for silk in Europe, 1755-1820

Léa Meyer – The breaking of Spain’s Merino monopoly, 1765-1830

Felipe Souza Melo – The shifting global axis of European cotton, 1775-1788

Contact: fabric-of-profit [at] unige.ch