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Recycling Luxury and Waste: the Afterlife of Used Things in the 18th century in Britain and France

Recyclage du luxe et du déchet : la seconde vie des objets au XVIIIe siècle en France et en Grande-Bretagne

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Conférence internationale

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Published on Thursday, May 27, 2010 by Marie Pellen


Conférence internationale 22 et 23 juin 2010 Université Paris-Diderot-LARCA. Two-day conference June 22nd and 23rd 2010 organized by Ariane Fennetaux, Amélie Junqua, and Sophie Vasset.


Tuesday June 22nd

UFR Charles V  - 10, rue Charles V 75004 Paris
Métro St Paul, Pont Marie, Sully Morland ou Bastille
Salle A50
9h- Registration & coffee
9h 15- Introduction to the conference – A. Fennetaux & A. Junqua

9h45-11h15 – Knowledge, science and recycling – Chair: Claire Gallien, Université Paris Diderot

  • Simon Werrett, University of Washington, Remaking Natural Knowledge : Recycling in the history of science and medicine.
  • Sophie Vasset, Université Paris-Diderot – Recycling cases in 18th century medical treatises.
Coffee break

11h30-13h — Recycling 18th century Parisian walls – Chair: Charlotte Guichard, CNRS, Lille III

  • Allan Potofsky, Université Paris –Diderot – Revolutionary Recycling and Civic Architecture : The Conseil des bâtiments civils and the Ise and Abuse of the Past in France, 1795-1815.
  • Noémie Etienne, Université de Genève – Du mur au musée : Transformations matérielles et symboliques des peintures à Paris autour de 1775.
Lunch & Coffee

14h30-16h — Material recycling (I) – Chair: Amélie Junqua, Université de Picardie

  • Geoffrey Day, Winchester College, Recycling in the Library.
  • David Humphrey, Royal College of Art, London, A Portal to change and innovation : Recycling and the 18th century English Jewellery Trade.
Tea Break

16h30-18h — Material Recycling (II) – Chair: Ariane Fennetaux, Université Paris-Diderot

  • Sara Pennell, Roehampton University, ‘…for a crack or flaw despis’d’ : Understanding ceramic ‘semi-durability’ in the first half of the long 18th century.
  • Fiona McDonald, University College London, Weaving and Wool : Materiality through Woollen Blankets in 18th century Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Wednesday, June 23rd

9h15-10h45 — Waste — Chair: Robert Mankin, Université Paris-Diderot

  • Tim Cooper, University of Exeter, Critical Perspectives from Marxism on the Uses of Waste and Recycling in the Long 18th century.
  • Sabine Barles, Université St Denis Paris 8, La valorisation des excréta urbains en France à la fin du 18ème siècle.
Coffee break

11h00- 12h30 — Royal Recyclings – Chair: Natacha Coquery, Université de Nantes

  • Corinne Thépaut-Cabasset, Château de Versailles, Le grand livre des pierreries du roi : gestion, entretien et recyclage des bijoux pendant le règne de Louis XIV.
  • Olivia Fryman, Historic Royal Palaces and Kingston University, ‘Cleaning and New Beautifying’ : strategies of repair and reuse in the English Royal Wardrobe 1689-1760.
Lunch & coffee

14h15-15h45 — Commerce and Recycling (I) – Chair: Jon Stobart, University of Northampton

  • Arlene Leis, University of York, Repetition, Recycling and Imitation : images of High art in Sarah Sophia Banks’ Collection of Trade Cards.
  • Natacha Coquery, Université de Nantes, La diffusion sociale des biens à Paris au 18ème siècle : la boutique, carrefour entre le luxe, le demi-luxe et l’occasion.
Tea Break

16h15-18h30 — Commerce and Recycling (II) – Chair: Sara Pennell, Roehampton University

  • Barbara Lasic, Victoria and Albert Museum, Recycling and Re-fashioning the Grand-Siècle in Paris and London, 1789-1814.
  • Ilja Van Damme, University of Antwerp, The Decline and the Fall of the second hand guild in the Southern Netherlands : material culture, institutional change and the labour market, 1650-1850.
  • Jon Stobart, Northampton University, Luxury and Country House Sales in England, c.1750-1830.


  • 10 rue Charles V
    Paris, France


  • Tuesday, June 22, 2010
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Attached files


  • culture matérielle, material culture, histoire sociale et culturelle, luxe, déchets, second hand, vente aux enchères, auctions


  • Ariane Fennetaux
    courriel : ariane [dot] fennetaux [at] univ-paris-diderot [dot] fr

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Information source

  • Ariane Fennetaux
    courriel : ariane [dot] fennetaux [at] univ-paris-diderot [dot] fr

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