In Conversation: Oxford’s Global Networks


In Conversation: Oxford’s Global Networks

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 Wednesday 12 July 2023

 Talk: 4–5pm
Reception: 5–6.30pm

 At the Weston Library

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About the event

Rediscover the renaissance with Emily Stevenson and Lauren Working of the University of York, and Nandini Das of the University of Oxford. Together with artist Loraine Rutt, they will discuss their display, Oxford's Global Networks, currently running in Blackwell Hall, and explore how bringing historical documents in conversation with contemporary artworks can generate new ways of imagining the past.

The discussion will take place from 4 – 5pm, followed by a reception and view of the display.


Loraine Rutt has been making maps and globes from clay for over 30 years. Having previously trained as a cartographer, she brings a map maker’s exactitude to her ceramics. Her work is largely narrative, exploring perception of place and belonging, through historical and contemporary maps. She has been commissioned by an Apollo 15 astronaut, and her work is in international private and public collections, including The Museum of London and The National Maritime Museum.

Emily Stevenson is a Lecturer in Renaissance and Early Modern Literature and a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at York. Her research focuses on sixteenth and seventeenth travel writing, with particular focus on Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, and she has published articles in Cultural and Social History and Renaissance Studies.

Lauren Working is a Lecturer in Early Modern Literature and a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at York. Her research focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literary sociability, material culture, and empire. Her book, The Making of an Imperial Polity: Civility and America in the Jacobean Metropolis (Cambridge University Press, 2020), explores how colonial projects and the circulation of plantation goods transformed ideas of civil refinement in Jacobean London.

Nandini Das is Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture at Exeter College, University of Oxford. She works on Renaissance literature and cultural history, with special emphasis on travel and cross-cultural encounters, and issues of migration and belonging. Her most recent publication, Courting India (Bloomsbury, 2023), is a history of the four years the first English ambassador to the Mughal Empire spent in India, which offers a rich and radical challenge to our understanding of Britain and its early empire.

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