University of Erfurt

Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt

Dr. Russell Palmer

Kontakt

Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt (FZG)
Schloßberg 2
99867 Gotha

russell.palmer@uni-erfurt.de

Curriculum Vitae

2019 – 2020
Fellowship at the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt.

2018
Fellowships at the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Franke Foundations.

2017
PhD in Archaeology, Ghent University.

2016 – 2018
Guest researcher, Herzog August Bibliothek.

2015
Erasmus Internship, University of Malta.

2014
Visiting doctoral student, University of Glasgow.

2002
MA Archaeology, University of Manchester.

2001
BA (Hons) Archaeology, University of Manchester.

Forschungsprojekt

Cultural economies and knowledge exchange in the transatlantic trade of German decorated papers (c. 1650-1830)

Decorated papers (Buntpapiere) produced in what is now south and middle Germany found ready domestic and transatlantic markets from the 1670s. By the late eighteenth century they had become mainstream and recognisable commodities throughout German-speaking Europe, frequently cutting across religious and linguistic communities within the Holy Roman Empire, and in the burgeoning American book market, percolating into English-speaking British North America through multilingual printers and booksellers. The project seeks to investigate the production, trade, and consumption patterns of decorated papers in German-speaking Europe and the area encompassed by British North America/ the early American Republic in order to understand the economic and cultural exchange networks in place in the long eighteenth century (c. 1650–1830). Building on recent trends in book history and material culture studies, decorated papers constitute both objects of study and primary evidence, and the initial task of the project involves building up an extensive corpus of decorated papers. Their empirical investigation will be integrated with the study of written sources—business records of printers, paper makers, and consumers—in order to reconstruct the financial and cultural economics, as well knowledge transmissions imbued in the multifarious decorated paper trade. Treating decorated papers as material culture enables me to conceive of them as vectors through which I can explore the migration, transfer and reception of technical and cultural knowledge, embedding the production, consumption, and flows of decorated papers within the broader paradigms of cultural history. Initial collections to be explored include the private library of Duchess Luise Dorothea and the Theaterbibliothek (Forschungsbibliothek Gotha), the production of paste papers by the Moravians at Neudietendorf, and material recorded previously at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Forschungsschwerpunkte

Material culture history

Decorated papers (Buntpapiere)

German-American history (c. 1600–1850)

Historical archaeology

Ceramics (esp. British and Maltese)

Colonial history

Auszeichnungen, Stipendien, Forschungsaufenthalte

2018
Dr. Liselotte Kirchner Fellowship, Francke Foundations, Halle.

2018
Barra International Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

2018
Herzog-Ernst Fellowship, Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt.

2015 – 2016
PhD Scholarship. University Research Council (BOF), Ghent University.

2015
Research stay in Malta. Flemish Research Council (FWO).

2015
Research stay in Malta. Research Council of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (CWO), Ghent University.

2014
GMAC Student Travel Award. Society for Historical Archaeology.

Publikationen

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

* Journal listed in Web of Science Master Journal List (http://mjl.clarivate.com)

* (with Simone Raneri, Paolo Mazzo, Nicholas C. Vella, Germana Barone and Wim De Clercq) Neighbourly ties: Characterizing local and Sicilian pottery in post-medieval Malta. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 19 (2018): 575–587. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.03.038.

Graffiti as Historical Data: The British Army and the Inquisitor’s Palace (Birgu) in the early nineteenth century. Melita Historica 17.2 (2018): 37–49.

* Contextualizing the Cruel Sufferings of Katharine Evans and Sarah Cheevers: a historical materialist perspective. ANQ-A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 31.1 (2018): 11–17. DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0895769X.2017.1340825.

A Functional Analysis of Glass from an Officers’ Mess, Malta. Malta Archaeological Review 11(2012–2013, published 2017): 41–50. 

* (with Laura McAtackney). Colonial Institutions: Uses, Subversions, and Material Afterlives. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20.3 (2016): 471–76. DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10761-016-0353-6.

* Religious Colonialism in Early Modern Malta: Inquisitorial Imprisonment and Inmate Graffiti. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20.3 (2016): 548–561. DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10761-016-0359-0.

* Maltese Ceramics and Imperial Foodways: An Exploration of Nineteenth-century Red Wares. European Journal of Archaeology 17.4 (2014): 678–701. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1461957114Y.0000000067.

* Coleridge, Material Culture, and Malta. ANQ-A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 27.1 (2016): 5–12. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0895769X.2014.880145.

As Editor

(with Laura McAtackney) Colonial Institutions: Uses, Subversions, and Material Afterlives. Special Issue of International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20.3 (2016).

Minor publications, Reviews and Conference Reports

Gran Bretagna e Italia tra Mediterranea e Atlantico: Livorno – ‚un porto inglese‘/Italy and Britain between Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds: Leghorn – ‘an English port’ edited by Hugo Blake. (Sesto Fiorentino: All’Insenga del Giglio, 2017). Post-Medieval Archaeology 52.3 (2018): 430–31. DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00794236.2018.1515421.

Conference Report: Trans-imperial Cooperation and Transfers in the Age of Colonial Globalization: Towards a Triangular History of Colonialism?, 22.03.2018 – 24.03.2018 Gotha / Erfurt, in: H-Soz-Kult, 03.05.2018, www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-7679.

Daily Life in a Nineteenth-Century Officers’ Mess: Historical Archaeology at the Inquisitor's Palace. Tesserae: Bulletin of Heritage Malta 1.1 (2016): 20–27.

(with Natascha Mehler). Historical Archaeology at EAA Istanbul, Sept. 10-14, 2014. The SHA Newsletter: Quarterly News on Historical Archaeology from Around the Globe 47(4) (2014): 5–6.

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