Thursday, March 01, 2007



An International conference organised by the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) to be held at the University of Sussex, 11-13 September 2007. Supported by the Society for Renaissance Studies.

Plenary Speakers include: Peter Burke (Cambridge), Roger Chartier (Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris), Alex Shepard (Cambridge), Ian Moulton (Arizona State University).

This conference will seek to explore the expanding field of popular culture and build on the legacy of Peter Burke‚s influential work, Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (1978). We welcome papers from any discipline and about any aspect of popular culture in the early modern world. Deadline for papers: 31 March 2007.

Subjects: alchemy, almanacs, apprentices, art and crafts, ballads and broadsides, Biblical culture, the body, card games, carnival, chapbooks, Christmas, chronicles, clothing, clowns, crime writing, dance, diaries, dice, festivals, folklore, gambling, ghosts, guilds and associations, holidays, iconography, letters, Mayday, medicine, music, needlework, pilgrimage, popular devotion, popular fiction, pornography and erotic writing, print culture, proverbs, public theatre, publishing trade, riot and rebellion, ritual, romance, rural life, saints‚ lives, science, sex, songs, sport and games, superstition, taverns, urban life, witchcraft, woodcuts.

Costs: £120 waged; £60 postgraduates unwaged (exclusive of accommodation). Postgraduate Bursaries available - apply to the e-mail address below.

Further enquiries and abstracts of 200-300 words should be sent to Dr. Matthew Dimmock, Dept. of English, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 9QN. E-mail: Tel.: 01273 87766

[from the London Renaissance Seminar]


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