I studied Renaissance History and Literature at Harvard University and then went on to gain my PhD from The Warburg Institute. I have held positions at the Universities of Essex, the Warburg Institute, Birkbeck, Sussex and Queen Mary, University of London and came to King’s in 2013. My roles have involved a considerable level of management experience and I am now Vice-Principal (Arts & Sciences).
- Renaissance and Early Modern Material Culture
- Consumption in Early Modern Europe
- Dress and Fashion in Early Modern Europe
- Smell and the Senses in Early Modern Europe
My early work centred on Renaissance Milan and fifteenth-century court culture. I became interested in issues of consumption and went on to work with colleagues in Economic History and Cultural History, resulting in my publications on shopping, marketplaces and pedlars. I have led a number of major collaborative projects including ‘The Material Renaissance: Costs and Consumption in Italy, 1300-1600’; ‘ Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in Europe, 1500-1800’; and ‘Beyond Text: Performances, Sounds, Images, Objects’.
My current work asks how and why objects and actions (such as ruffs, wearing a beard, piercing your ears, using fans, etc.) spread in Europe and why others did not.
For more details, please see my full research profile.
Expertise and public engagement
I work closely with museums and galleries and with media companies to ensure that early modern material culture is well understood by the public. I have been involved in the development of the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries and the Europe, 1600-1800 galleries.
Welch, E., 1 Feb 2017, In : Past and Present. 234, 1, p. 245-253 9 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/pastj/gtw058
Welch, E., 1 Dec 2016, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 456 p. (Pasold studies in textile history; no. 18) Research output: Book/Report - Book
Welch, E. K., 1 Jan 2014, The Cultural History of the Senses in the Renaissance . Roodenburg, H. (ed.). 1st ed. London : Bloomsbury Academic, Vol. 3. p. 61-86 (A Cultural History of the Senses ; vol. 3). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.5040/9781474233217.ch-003
Welch, E., 2012, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption. Trentmann, F. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Shaw, J. E. & Welch, E. S., 2011, Amsterdam: Rodopi. 356 p. (Wellcome series in the history of medicine)(Clio medica; vol. 89) Research output: Book/Report - Book
Welch, E., 2011, Ornamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories. Mirabella, B. (ed.). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, p. 13-39 27 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Welch, E., 2010, The Court Cities of Northern Italy: Milan, Parma, Piacenza, Mantua, Ferrara, Bologna, Urbino, Pesaro, and Rimini . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 21-70 50 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Welch, E., Jun 2009, In : Renaissance Studies. 23, 3, p. 241-268 28 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-4658.2008.00531.x
Welch, E., 2008, In : Past and Present. 199, 1, p. 71-111 41 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/pastj/gtn007
Tamborrino, R. & Welch, E. S., 2008, 180 p. Roma : UniversitaÌ degli Studi Roma Tre. Research output: Other contribution