Friday, January 29, 2016

10AM - 6PM

Co - Organizers

Jeffrey Collins

Bard Graduate Center

Meredith Martin

New York University &

The Institute of Fine Arts

Robert Wellington

Australian National University

NYU, Jurow Hall, Silver Center

Washington Square Campus

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Office of the Dean for Humanities, French Department, Department of Art History, and Institute of French Studies; Bard Graduate Center; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Program Schedule

About the Program >


  Welcome and Opening Remarks: Versailles as a Site of Global Exchange  

  Meredith Martin, New York University



  Curators Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide (Metropolitan Museum) and Bertrand Rondot (Musée National des Châteaux  

  de Versailles et de Trianon) discuss their upcoming exhibition Visitors to Versailles, 1682-1789


11:00AM - 12:30PM

  Session I. Diplomatic Gifts and the French Court


  Mediating Spaces: Dutch Brazil at the French Court

  Carrie Anderson, Middlebury College


  From Versailles to Nouvelle France: French ‘Indian Peace Medals’ of the Eighteenth Century

  Robert Wellington, Australian National University


  Versailles, Beijing and the Eighteenth-Century Global Imaginary

  Kristel Smentek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


12:30 - 1:45PM



1:45 - 3:15PM

  Session 2. International Trade, Collecting, and Display


  From Ancient Carthage to Modern Tunis: The Cultural and Political Reception of Tunisia at the French Court of


  Ridha Moumni, Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain (IRMC)


  Mercantilism, Entrepreneurship, and the French Silk Corridors to Persia

  Junko Takeda, Syracuse University


  Native American Objects at Versailles

  Noémie Etienne, Getty Research Institute


3:15 - 3:30PM



3:30 - 4:15PM

  Session 3. Fashion and Exoticism


  Fashion Will Travel: Dress and Diplomacy at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette

  Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, Independent scholar


4:15 - 5:15PM

  Roundtable discussion led by Jeffrey Collins, Bard Graduate Center


5:15 - 6:00PM

  Closing Reception