Sous la forme d'une question intrigante, l'annonce d'un alléchant programme de recherche de l'Université de Berne.

Building The Exotic?

Inte­gra­tion, Exhi­bi­tion, and Imi­ta­tion of Non-Wes­tern Mate­rial Culture in Europe (1600–1800)

This research pro­ject explores how, during the 17th and 18th cen­tu­ries, forei­gn mate­rial culture was intro­du­ced into France and Swit­zer­land and inte­gra­ted into Euro­pean inter­iors and deco­ra­tive arts. Scho­lars have empha­si­zed this era’s emer­ging taste for the exo­tic in order to explain the unpre­ce­den­ted craze for lac­quer, por­ce­lain and tex­tiles that imi­ta­ted non-Wes­tern tech­niques and ico­no­gra­phy. Others refer to Edward Said’s concept of Orien­ta­lism in order to poli­ti­cize such inter­est in Asia, India and the Ame­ri­cas. What consti­tu­ted the exo­tic during the age of Enligh­ten­ment? How was the place of forei­gn mate­rial culture nego­tia­ted, at various scales and in various contexts? And how did it impact Euro­pean iden­ti­ties? This pro­ject intends to move from ques­tions about the nature of exo­ti­cism to explore exo­ti­cism in prac­tice. The phy­si­cal relo­ca­tion of mate­rial frag­ments in Euro­pean inter­iors will be at its core. Final­ly, the raise of dis­ci­plines such as anthro­po­lo­gy and eth­no­lo­gy, in par­ti­cu­lar in the west part of Swit­zer­land during the second half of the eigh­teenth cen­tu­ry, through col­lec­tion, publi­ca­tion, and print culture, will be of major inter­est.

This research pro­ject is led by Prof. Dr. Noé­mie Etienne, in col­la­bo­ra­tion with Dr. Chon­ja Lee, MA. Sara Petrel­la, MA. Claire Bri­zon, and Rhian­non Ash.

En ligne :

-un dia­po­ra­ma réa­li­sé par Noé­mie Etienne (Get­ty Research Ins­ti­tute) pour expo­ser le pro­jet 2016–2020
-toute l'actualité concer­nant les col­loques, publi­ca­tions et évé­ne­ments liés à ce pro­gramme, à consul­ter sur le site dédié.

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