Tea: Nature, Culture, Society, 1650-1850
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).
Romita Ray, Syracuse University
Richard Coulton (Queen Mary University of London)
Jordan Goodman (University College London)
Padmaparna Ghosh (Linnean Society)