Tea: Nature, Culture, Society, 1650-1850

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June 22, 2022 to June 24, 2022
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, South Asian History / Studies

This international conference will address the natural, cultural and social histories of tea between the mid-seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries. It is free and open to all and will take place on Zoom. Registration is required. Arguably the first truly modern globalised commodity, tea attained pre-eminence not just because of the commercial efforts of merchants, but also because of a cultural framework of knowledge and practice constructed primarily in China, Britain, Europe, and India. Among other topics, the conference will explore natural histories of the tea plant; the mobility of Chinese tea and porcelain; European attempts to cultivate tea; imaginaries of tea in literature and art; tea and material culture; tea, identity, and the formation of the British Empire. Research presentations, videos from tea-related collections, and panel discussions will round off each day of the conference. This conference is co-sponsored by the Linnean Society of London, Syracuse University (USA), and Oak Spring Garden Foundation (USA).

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Romita Ray, Syracuse University

Richard Coulton (Queen Mary University of London)

Jordan Goodman (University College London)

Padmaparna Ghosh (Linnean Society)

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