1st PIMo Annual Conference
Ships and Caravans, Wrecks and Bounties: Travelling and the Exchange of Objects (Fifteenth – Twenty-first Centuries)
Much like in the contemporary Mediterranean, the inhabitants of (early) modern Mediterranean space relied heavily on the sea for transportation of food, raw materials, and a range of objects for quotidian, religious, and business purposes. Most of these goods were at some point aboard a ship or a caravan, intended for subjects, trade partners, families, and allies. But they equally often fell into the ‘wrong hands.’ This conference will use the transportation and exchange of objects as a prism through which to consider the evolution of trade, technology, consumer culture, religious practice, cultural identities, and the entangled histories of emotions in the Mediterranean world.