Day-long CEMERS Symposium on April 29

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites the community to a one-day symposium on the development of global markets in silk, cotton and precious gems and on the impact of these materials on fashion around the globe. Speakers for “Trans-Regional Trade and Sartorial Culture: Cartographies of Textiles and Clothing in the Medieval and Early Modern World” include Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick (“Selling to the World: India and the Old Cotton System in the Medieval and Early Modern World”); Beverly Lemire, University of Alberta (“Fashion Catalyst, Agent of Change: Indian Cottons in Tokugawa Japan & Early Modern Europe”); Luca Molà, European University Institute (“The Thread of Global Desire: Silk Across Continents in the Early Modern Age”); and Molly Warsh, Texas A&M (“A Sustaining Luxury: Pearls’ Purchasing Power in the Caribbean, c.1500-c.1650”). The event takes place in UUW-324, beginning at 10 a.m. and will conclude in the late afternoon with a roundtable discussion led by Binghamton University faculty (members of the audience are welcome to join in). Free and open to the public. For the full program, visit Seating is limited. Call or e-mail Barbara Knighton at 607-777-2730 or to reserve a place.