Objects in Text and Text on Objects


In this international meeting, which you can follow live on this page, a group of specialists from different areas will explore the relationships between objects, texts and emotions.

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The workshop Objects in Text and Text on Objects will investigate the relationships between objects and writing, exploring, on one side, the characteristics and peculiarities of text-bearing objects and, on the other side, the different kinds of texts containing lists or descriptions of objects.

The focus will be on moving and connecting objects and texts that cross, interact, and often relocate within the Mediterranean in the Early Modern Period. This workshop will also explore how the relationships between objects, writing and their movements, can be connected to the expression of human emotions.

Organised within the framework of the Cost Action PiMo – People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement Across the Mediterranean (1492-1923).



Scientific Committee Rosita D’Amora (Università del Salento), Márcia Vilarigues (NOVA School of Science and Technology)

Organising Committee  Rosita D’Amora (Università del Salento); Márcia Vilarigues, Inês Coutinho and Catarina Villamariz (NOVA School of Science and Technology); Jessica Hallett (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum)


09:00   Welcome

António Filipe Pimentel, Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

09:05   Introduction

Rosita D’Amora, Università del Salento
Giovanni Tarantino, Università di Firenze
Márcia Vilarigues, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Caparica


09:30   Arabic and Persian poetic inscriptions on Islamic ceramics in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (Streaming)

Andrew Peacock, University of St Andrews

Jessica Hallett, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon


10:00   Panel I

Turning past into transcultural history. The medals of Mehmet II (r. 1451 – 1481) (Streaming)

Luc Wodzicki, Freie Universität, Berlim

On reading and magic: sketches from everyday life in 17th-18th century Ottoman Sofia

Rossitsa Gradeva, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, and Institute for Balkan Studies, Belgrade

Talismanic shirts and saily lives of sheyks and dervishes

Tülay Artan, Sabancı University, Istanbul

Márcia Vilarigues, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Caparica


11:15   Coffee break


11:30   Panel II

Glass in the text: the use of glass in medieval pigment making

Inês Coutinho, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Caparica

Memory, objects and text in the inventory of the 5th Duke of Bragança (Portugal, c. 1563)

Nuno Senos, NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Caparica 

Objects and text in a 16th century forged French inventory: the reception of Florimond Robertet’s collection

Antonio Urquízar-Herrera, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Giovanni Tarantino, Università di Firenze

09:30 – 11:30   Panel III

Cataloguing turbans: who is who in seventeenth-century Constantinople

Rosita D’Amora, Università del Salento

Representing and enacting trans-racial anti-colonial solidarity: François Lachastre’s portrait of Messali Hadj and Emilie Busquant

Dónal Hassett, University College Cork

Touch me, feel me: crossing borders, crossing materials

Lora Sarıaslan, University of Amsterdam

The function of the hand of Fatima in the Mediterranean

Bilge Esirgen, Kırsehir Ahi Evran University e Università del Salento

Inês Coutinho, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Caparica


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