This masterclass takes place in the context of the ITEMP conference in Amsterdam on 21-22 March 2019. In cooperation with the Huizinga Institute, Inger Leemans and Michel van Duijnen have invited Benjamin Schmidt to give a masterclass on the relationship between visuals and violence. The venue will be Vlaams Cultuurhuis Brakke Grond in Amsterdam. Using the chapter on print culture and violence from Schmidt’s latest work, Inventing Exoticism, participants are invited to reflect on the ways in which early modern media grappled with the representation of violence, and how they positioned such representations in terms of geography, as well as religious and political identities.
Benjamin Schmidt is Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle, and author of several books, including the prize-winning Innocence Abroad: The Dutch Imagination and the New World, and the 2016 Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe’s Early Modern World.