Monday, September 24, 2012

Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies, 9-11 July 2013

Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading

The Reading Early Modern Conference continues to establish itself as the place where early
modernists meet each July for stimulation, conversation and debate. As in previous years,
proposals of individual papers and panels are invited on research in any aspect of early
modern studies relating to Britain, Europe and the wider world. This year, the plenary speakers are Virginia Cox, New York University, and Ben Kaplan, UCL.

We would welcome proposals for individual papers and panels on any aspect of early
modern literature, history, art, music and culture. Panels have been proposed on the
following themes and further panels or individual papers are also invited on these topics or
any other aspect of early modern studies:

·         plague and disease in early modern Europe
·         crime, punishment and the law
·         the Dutch Golden Age and Anglo-Dutch relations
·         varieties of protestantism
·         memory and history
·         beyond republicanism: paradigms and traditions in early modern political thought
  • literature and sociability
  • Drama and theatre culture: spectacle,  performance spaces and practices
  • making and using books

Proposals for panels should consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of four papers.
Each panel proposal should contain the names of the session chair, the names and
affiliations of the speakers and short abstracts (200 word abstracts) of the papers together
with email contacts for all participants. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of
a 200 word abstract of the paper with brief details of affiliation and career.

Proposals for either papers or panels should be sent by email to the chair of the
Conference Committee, Dr. Rachel Foxley, by 7 January 2013,

We welcome proposals from postgraduates, and the conference hopes to make
some money available for postgraduate bursaries. Anyone for whom some financial
assistance is a prerequisite for their attendance should mention this when submitting
their proposal.


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