'Shadow Agents of War' Workshop Programme

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June 4, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Military History, Italian History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, European History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies

Prof. Stephen Bowd, Dr Sarah Cockram, and Dr John Gagné, the organisers of the 'Shadow Agents of War' workshop are pleased to confirm the programme, as follows:


Shadow Agents of War Workshop


4 June 2019, Raeburn Room, Old College, South Bridge, University of Edinburgh


09.30am – Tea, Coffee and Welcome (Stephen Bowd)

Session 1: The Unwilling Agents of War

10.15am – Dr Neil Murphy (Northumbria), ‘Refugees, Forced Migration and Henry VIII’s Conquest of France, 1544-6’

10.45am – Dr Sarah Cockram (Edinburgh), ‘Animals and War’

11.15am – Ms Victoria Bartels (Cambridge), ‘Crime and Punishment: Convicts and the Medicean Galleys in Cinquecento Tuscany’

11.45am – Reflective Session

12.00 – Lunch

Session 2: The Organisers of War

1.00pm – Prof. William Caferro (Vanderbilt), ‘Bell Ringers, Accountants and City Leagues in Trecento Florence’ 

1.30pm – Dr Ioanna Iordanou (Oxford Brookes), ‘Unexceptional Men in Exceptional Circumstances: Commoners and Criminals as Amateur Spies in Renaissance Venice’s Secret Service’

2.00pm – Dr Cristiano Zanetti (Villa I Tatti, Florence), ‘“Renaissance Engineers” in the Shadow of Mars’

2.30pm – Tea, Coffee and Cakes (Carstares Room)

Session 3: The Suppliers of War

2.30pm – Dr Catherine Fletcher (Swansea), ‘Agents of firearms supply in sixteenth-century Italy’

3.00pm – Dr John Gagné (Sydney), ‘Hypotheses on heralds, captains, and spoils of war around 1500’

3.30pm – Mr Ralph Moffat (Burrell Collection, Glasgow) ‘From an Armour Fitting on TV to Swords in Wee! Representing Non-Combatants in the Burrell Collection’

4.00pm – Prof. Sam Cohn (Glasgow) Response and Reflective Session

5.00pm – Close

Contact Info: 

Space is limited and papers precirculated so please contact the co-organsier Prof. Stephen Bowd for details/registration.

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