Past Events

Globalising the Tudors

Public Event Series – Jerry Brotton, Matthew Dimmock, Lauren Working

  • 8 June 2023
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Part of Tudors Now!, a public event series convened by Christina Faraday
  • Paul Mellon Centre and Online

Art history is increasingly attending to the global dimensions of objects and their material histories. In this session we will focus on the global interconnectedness of Tudor visual and material culture, looking west to England’s colonial intentions in the New World, and east to diplomatic relations with the Ottoman Empire, and Tudor fantasies about contact with China. The session will explore the extraordinary reach of Tudor material culture, and the global connections forged through trade, diplomacy and imperial ambition.

Suggested Reading:

Titles with an asterisk are available in the Paul Mellon Centre Library.

Jerry Brotton, This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World. London: Penguin, 2016. *

Matthew Dimmock, Elizabethan Globalism: England, China and the Rainbow Portrait. London: Paul Mellon Centre, 2019. *

Christina Faraday, Tudor Liveliness: Vivid Art in Post-Reformation England. London: Paul Mellon Centre, 2023. *

Lauren Working, ed. Keywords of Identity, Race, and Human Mobility in Early Modern England. Amsterdam University Press, 2021. *

Lauren Working, “Locating Colonization at the Jacobean Inns of Court”, The Historical Journal , 2018.

Listing image credit: British School, Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud ben Mohammed Anoun (b.1558), Moorish Ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I, 1600, oil on canvas, 113 x 87.6 cm. Collection University of Birmingham Shakespeare Institute (A0427). Digital image courtesy of Wikimedia (Public Domain)

About the speakers

  • Jerry Brotton is professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London. He is a prize-winning and bestselling author of nine books published in more than twenty languages. They include: Global Interests: Renaissance Art Between East and West (2000); The Renaissance Bazaar: From the Silk Road to Michelangelo (2002); The Sale of the Late King’s Goods: Charles I and His Art Collection (2006), which was shortlisted for the Samuel Jonson Prize; and the prize-winning New York Times bestseller, A History of the World in Twelve Maps, (2012). He is a broadcaster, having presented more than ten BBC television and radio series including Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession (BBC Four), Blood and Bronze (BBC Radio 3), One Direction (BBC Radio 4) and We Other Tudors (BBC Radio 3). He is also a curator of exhibitions including Penelope’s Labour: Weaving Words and Images (Venice Biennale, 2011) and Talking Maps (Bodleian Library, Oxford, 2019–2020). His book This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World (Penguin, 2016) was a Radio 4 Book of The Week, a Waterstone’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year and winner of the Historical Writers Association Prize for Non-Fiction. Jerry is currently writing a book on the four points of the compass and a global history of discovery.

  • Matthew Dimmock holding a book in dark room.

    Matthew Dimmock is Professor of Early Modern Studies and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Sussex. His prize-winning research on early modern English engagements with the wider world includes the books New Turkes (2005), Mythologies of the Prophet Muhammad (2013), Elizabethan Globalism (2019) and the Cambridge Elements Writing Tudor Exploration (2022). With Andrew Hadfield, he also recently edited the expanded second edition of Amazons, Savages, and Machiavels: Travel and Colonial Writing in English, 1550–1630 (2022) and is currently writing a book about the English navigator and explorer John Davis, provisionally titled “The Seeker”.

  • Lauren Working is a lecturer in Renaissance Studies at the University of York. Her research explores how English colonialism influenced taste and politics in seventeenth-century London. Her first book, The Making of an Imperial Polity: Civility and America in the Jacobean Metropolis, jointly won the Royal Historical Society (RHS) Whitfield Prize in 2021. She has written articles on topics including civility and intoxication, female travellers and the colonial gaze in a cavalier poem about Madagascar, while her work with museums has led to collaborative projects on shipwrecked porcelain and contemporary poetry at the World Museum (Liverpool), and an exhibition on global networks at Middle Temple Library. She is a consultant for the National Portrait Gallery and a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker.