CHORD Conference and Call for Papers: Retailing and Distribution before 1600

Thursday 15 September 2016

University of Wolverhampton

CHORD invites submissions for a conference that explores retailing and distribution before 1600.

Papers focusing on any pre-1600 period (including papers based archaeology) or geographical area are welcome. We invite both experienced and new speakers, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. Potential speakers are welcome to discuss their ideas with the organiser before submission (please see details below). Some of the themes that  might be considered include (but are not limited to):

  • Itinerant and fixed-premises selling
  • Distribution, material culture and archaeology
  • Representations and perceptions of retailers
  • Selling, religion and magic
  • The relationship between craft, manufacture and selling
  • Distribution channels and transport
  • Exchange and ritual
  • Fairs and markets
  • Novel and old commodities, luxuries and the everyday
  • Institutions, politics and corporate structures
  • The impact of wars and conflict
Market scene

Anonymous, Netherlandish, 16th century, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, the Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image courtesy of

To submit a proposal:

Individual papers are usually 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We also welcome shorter, 10 minute ‘work in progress’ presentations.

Please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words, specifying whether you are proposing a 10 or a 20 minute presentation to Laura Ugolini, at by 8 April 2016.

If you are unsure whether to submit a proposal or would like to discuss your ideas, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at

The Conference will be held on Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton, a short walk from Wolverhampton’s bus and train stations.

For further information, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at:


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