Book Presentation by Dorothea McEwan and Stefan Hanß: The Habsburg Mediterranean 1500-1800

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Book Presentation by Dorothea McEwan and Stefan Hanß: The Habsburg Mediterranean 1500-1800

  • Mon 28 Mar 2022
  • 7:00PM

We are thrilled to welcome Dorothea McEwan (Honorary Fellow of the Warburg Institute, University of London and Associate Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences) and Stefan Hanß (Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at The University of Manchester) at the ACF London to take us on a fascinating journey to the early Habsburg Meditarrenean.

The Habsburg Mediterranean 1500-1800 presents the Mediterranean as a crucial part of the social and cultural fabric of the early modern Habsburg world. The sea was a stage on which Habsburg history was made and unmade. The Habsburg Mediterranean was a space where constant changes and exchanges took place, touching hierarchies, power-relationships, commerce and the everyday actions of people. The cases in point focus on the significance of the Mediterranean as a site of transporting ideas, people, plants, animals and objects. These flows drew the Iberian and Central European branches of the Habsburg dynasty into overlapping, mutually interactive and at times competing relations.

Stefan Hanß is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at The University of Manchester and the winner of a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (2019) and a Philip Leverhulme Prize in History (2020). Hanß works on cultural encounters and global material culture, currently with a focus on the history of hair, featherwork and microscopic records. He has widely published on the Battle of Lepanto, Mediterranean slavery, Veneto-Ottoman diplomacy and early modern Ottoman language-learning, as well as Ottoman-European exchanges. His research has been widely published, among others, in History Workshop Journal, Past & Present, Renaissance Quarterly and The Historical Journal.

Dorothea McEwan is the retired head of the Archive of The Warburg Institute, University of London. She worked in the Department of Manuscripts, British Library, at the Missionary Institute, Mill Hill, London and the University of London. The Warburg Institute is a leading centre for the study of the survival and transmission of ideas and images and Aby Warburg’s work on the afterlife of classical antiquity. In this connection, McEwan works on Ethiopian culture, history, church painting and manuscript painting, having published widely on this topic. She is an Associate Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.

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Dorothea McEwan (© Dorothea McEwan) and Stefan Hanß (© Stefan Hanß)


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