Giorgio Riello
History, University of Warwick
Material Culture, Design and the Global Challenge


Wednesday, November 13, 2013


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


38 West 86th Street

Open to BGC faculty, staff, and students only.


Giorgio Riello will be giving a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, from noon to 1:30pm.  His presentation is entitled “Material Culture, Design and the Global Challenge.”

Giorgio Riello is Professor of Global History and Culture at the University of Warwick.  He received his Laurea in Economia Aziendale from Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, and his Ph.D. in History from University College London.  Prior to his current position, Riello was Research Officer in Global History at the London School of Economics and Lecturer in the Research Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art.  His research interests, which are located within the long chronologies and geographical spaces covered by Global History, are directed towards issues of material life and economic development and the relationship between consumption and production. Riello’s current research focuses on changes in consumer demand and their impact on the spheres of production and material culture, with specific reference to textiles and clothing.  His recent publications include Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013); La moda: Una breve storia dal medioevo a oggi (Rome: Laterza, 2012); Global Design History, co-editors, Glenn Adamson and Sarah Teasley (Basingstoke: Routledge, 2011); Moda: storia e storie, co-editors, Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli and Elisa Tosi Brandi (Milan: Bruno Mondadori, 2010); The Fashion History Reader: Global Perspectives, co-editor, Peter McNeil (Basingstoke: Routledge, 2010); and The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850, co-editor, Prasannan Parthasarathi (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Riello will informally present the various activities that he is doing at the University of Warwick's Global History Centre, the Global Commodities Network, and the Luxury Network, as well as the life of cotton.

Brown Bag Lunch