Monday, June 13, 2011

British Country House

Registration is now open for The Intellectual Culture of the British Country House 1500-1700, a multi-disciplinary conference hosted by the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Sussex, 13th-15th of July.

The Intellectual Culture of the Country House, 1500-1700 is an international conference to be held at the University of Sussex over three days in July 2011. It emerges from and celebrates the fruitful connections established in recent years between the Centre for Early Modern Studies at Sussex and Petworth House (the southern seat of the Earls of Northumberland in this period), but is intended to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars working in many different contexts, both inside and outside the academy, to explore fresh perspectives on this newly vibrant field.

The intellectual networks associated with country houses in the early modern period – with library collections at their centre – will be charted by two plenaries who are leading figures in this area: Professor James Raven (History, University of Essex) and Professor Maurice Howard (History of Art, University of Sussex). Professor Raven’s plenary – ‘Country Houses and the Beginning of Bibliomania’ – will be a public lecture organised in conjunction with the National Trust and Lord Egremont, and will be held at Petworth House.

We encourage interested students and members of the public to attend – the public lecture at Petworth will be free to all.

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