The focus here will be, among other things, questions of national cultural memory and will include a Museums Forum of colleagues from museums and historic palaces in Poland, Sweden and the UK, to discuss the presentation of historical objects and collections, the role of museums as guardians of cultural memory and museum techniques for conveying historical information to the general public.
The ensembles Bella Discordia and The Schoole of Night will present a variety of pieces connected or dedicated to various European consorts of the first half of the 17th century - from Christine de Lorraine, Maria Magdalena of Austria and Anna de’ Medici to the Empress Eleonora Gonzaga.
The focus here will be on points of conflict arising from the queen consort’s presence in her new court. These may be religious (consorts were often of a different faith to that of their husband and new country); personal (rivalries with mistresses or favourites); diplomatic; or political.
The focus here will be on the impact which consorts had on their new courts and the extent to which they were active agents of cultural transfer or mere instruments or catalysts. A major aim of the workshop will be to consider if any common patterns and trends can be discerned between the experiences of different consorts and to outline what this tells us about political culture and gender relations at court more broadly.
Dynastic marriage has always been a vehicle for cultural transfer between European territories whenever a crown prince or king takes a consort from another country. This panel focuses on the cultural transfer between two or more European courts with special reference to women as agents or catalysts of cultural influence and transfer.
The aim of this first international Marrying Cultures workshop is to bring together scholars from universities, museums and libraries who work on the material aspects of cultural exchange for an intense exchange of ideas. The format of the conference, with short talks on a single object or relevant consort or collection, is designed to provide ample time for general discussion on methodology and approaches to working on the history of the cultural contribution of dynastic consorts.