Converting Natural Resources: Representations, Performances, Narratives

Fri 12/1/2023 • 9AM - Sat 12/2/2023 • 1:15PM PST

UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

This conference considers visual, textual, material, and performative engagement with processes of commodification in the early modern world. It explores how images, objects, and practices converted environments into resources, natural resources into lucrative items with commercial and tax-yielding significance, and destructive forces and forced labor into idealized landscapes and aestheticized bodies. The conference shifts the focus from the collection and display of phenomena in cabinets of curiosities, to the mechanisms and processes through which raw materials were converted into commodities. “Converting Natural Resources” considers how new audiences and consumers for commodities were cultivated through narratives, images, and artifacts.

The conference is free to attend with advance registration. Please see the event webpage for full details and the registration form.

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