Ships and Caravans, Wrecks and Bounties: Travelling and the Exchange of Objects (Fifteenth – Twenty-first Centuries)

Date: 14-15 February 2020

Venue: University of Zadar

Convenors: Irena Radić Rossi, Tülay Artan, Luca Molà, Mirko Sardelić

Proposals are encouraged which address the study of maritime transport; the circulation of objects (by land and by sea) from multidisciplinary perspectives; or which present original research on case studies engaging with any of the following topics:

    • ports and markets as crucial points of contact and for the exchange of objects;
    • shipwrecks as sources of ancient objects, and as tangible evidence of how they were packed, sorted, arranged, or stored;
    • movable objects as elements of individual/collective identity;
    • the displacement, dispossession, and the loss of objects;
    • the recovery of precious objects (either from the sea floor or from enemy hands);
    • emotional attachments to important religious or personal objects, in the past and present.

Abstract submission (deadline and details):

Researchers interested in participating in the conference are invited to submit proposals with a title, an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a brief bio (100-150 words) to Dr Irena Radić Rossi ( and Dr Mirko Sardelić ( before Friday 15 November 2019.