Emma Hinchliffe is currently completing her PHD in history at the University of Washington, Seattle. As an early modern scholar her two primary areas of interest are the material and visual culture of the early modern court and early modern globalisms. Her most recent work has sought to fuse these two concepts by exploring how court culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was affected by increasing cross cultural contact. Her current project looks at how court space was ‘converted’ in direct relationship to this increased contact, especially between the monarchies of the old world, and to what extent these conversions resulted in a ‘global court culture’ with a cosmopolitan ideal of kingship at its center. She is interested in how the physical space of the court was converted, as well as the kinds of objects, and ideals of kingship, expressed within it.