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2017-2018: Digital Humanities and Transnational Art History

In history or art history, global or otherwise, documents, works of art, and actual surviving clothing provide information about the history of costume as in other aspects of  the construction of history and art history.  The history of trousers offers a very good example of how a world history of costume may be outlined by considering some aspects of the history of one piece of attire.   This lecture suggests how tracing trousers from their origins to the present provides us with a comprehensive world history of costume as one element of what provides a marker of global costume.  This tale may be seen as offering a stimulus to the construction of world history and art history.

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann is Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University.   A member of the Royal Flemish, Royal Swedish, and Polish academies of science, among other honors and fellowships he has been awarded the Palacký medal by the Czech Academy of Sciences and honorary doctorates from the Technical University, Dresden and the Masaryk University, Brno.  He has published thirteen books that have been translated into a variety of languages, has edited four more, and has written well over 200 articles and reviews.   A comprehensive global history of art written by him together with Elizabeth Pilliod is in press.

Thursday, December 21, 13:30-15:30.

Place: Salle CELAN, 45 rue d’Ulm, Paris, Ground floor.

Free entrance.

Bibliography : Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Catherine Dossin, and Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, ed. « Reintroducing Circulations : Historiography and the Project of Global Art History », Circulations in the Global History Art, Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2015, p. 1-22.

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