Histories of Activism Postgraduate Conference CFP


Event Type: Conference


Date: Saturday 26th November 2011


Event Location: Bishopsgate Institute, London


Call for Papers Details


Call for Papers Deadline: 28th June 2011


Northumbria University’s Histories of Activism group is proud to present its first postgraduate conference, in association with the Society for the Study of Labour History. Activism can take many forms, from extreme militancy to peaceful lobbying, and provides a unique insight into how societies are shaped. This conference aims to explore forms of political activism across Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Political activism is not simply confined to extreme political movements, or beliefs, but can apply to many issues, such as suffrage rights, racial equality and economic issues. This conference aims to place political activism within its historical context and to explore how such activism shaped and defined modern European politics, both within the confines of individual states as well as through transnational studies. We welcome papers on any form of political activism – some potential themes and ideas for papers may include, but are not limited to:-


–          The activism of political pressure groups

–          The emergence of peripheral political movements

–          Top-down approaches to activism

–          Activism within governments

–          Grass-roots activism and its impact on socialist policies

–          Political activism and gender issues

–          Political activism and race

–          The impact of pressure groups on various levels of government

–          The role of pressure groups in the wider scheme of politics

–          The role of activism in politics, is it effective?

–          Historical theories of activism

–          How does activism travel?

–          How do governments use politically active groups to their advantage?


Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by 28th June 2011. All abstracts should be emailed to Vanessa Sherriffs at Vanessa.sherriffs@northumbria.ac.uk and should include a title, contact details and institutional information. Please also include areas of research interest, as it may be possible to set up parallel panels during the morning session. Bursaries for travel within the UK are available from the Society for the Study of Labour History. All other enquires should be directed to Vanessa Sherriffs at vanessa.sherriffs@northumbria.ac.uk


Those interested in attending the conference as a delegate are also welcome, please register interest by email.

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‘The Useable Past in Seventeenth-Century England’ Saturday, 23 October 2010, University of Warwick, Wolfson Research Exchange

Colloquium Announcement

This interdisciplinary colloquium will showcase cutting-edge work in the field of early-modern historical culture, including the archaic, antiquity, the county and civic past, family history and the landscape.

Speakers include Ronald Hutton, Philip Baker, Jan Broadway, Fiona Youngman, Lucy Munro and Nicola Whyte.

For more information please contact the Organizer, Matthew Neufeld, at useablepast@gmail.com

Readings and Representations of the Seventeenth Century

‘Such Total and Prodigious Alteration’/‘The Wounds May Be Again Bound Up’: Readings and Representations of the Seventeenth Century’

An academic conference to be held in Chetham’s Library, Manchester, 28th-29th January,

A  forum for researchers in all disciplines whose work spans all or any part of the long seventeenth
century. We also encourage papers discussing subsequent representations of  the
period in all areas of culture.

Confirmed speakers include:

Rosanna Cox (Kent),
Jeremy Gregory (Manchester),
Helen Pierce (York),
George Southcombe (Oxford),
Jeremy Tambling (Manchester),
Edward Vallance (Roehampton)

Abstracts of 300-500 words to be sent to James Smith (Manchester) and Joel Swann (Keele) by 15th
October 2010:

CFP here.

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Restoration London Conference CFP

Call for papers announced for this conference, taking place Sept 2010 at the IHR. Flyer attached. Proposals due 31 May.

Call for papers (2)

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From Space to Place: The Spatial Dimension in the History of Western Europe

A reminder about this upcoming conference, organised by colleagues at Roehampton, which takes places 16/17 April at the German Historical Institute, Bloomsbury, London. Further details here. A full programme is now available.

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CFP -‘Cultures of Correspondence in Early Modern Britain, 1550-1640’

‘Cultures of Correspondence in Early Modern Britain, 1550-1640’

A Joint Conference organised by the Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth and the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen

To be held at the University of Plymouth, 14-16 April 2011


This conference investigates the cultural uses of the letter, and the related practises of correspondence in early modern culture. Concentrating on the years 1550-1640, it examines a crucial period in the development of the English vernacular letter that saw a significant extension of letter-writing skills throughout society and an expansion in the uses to which letters were put. The conference aims to enhance our understanding of epistolary culture and to challenge accepted models of epistolarity through the study of letter-writing practices in all their nuanced complexity, ranging from the textual production of letters, their subsequent delivery and circulation, to the various ways in which letters were read and preserved for posterity. The transmission and reception of correspondence is a major theme for exploration, from the various processes by which letters were delivered in an age before the post office, to their copying and dissemination in manuscript form, and publication in print, as well as the oral divulgation of letters through group and public reading. Study of the early modern letter in its material and cultural forms can reveal the complex interplay of material practices of letter-writing with rhetorical strategies of the letter text. Contemporary literary appropriations of the letter on page and stage demonstrate the cultural significance of the letter and its potential resonances.

Proposals are invited for papers that treat the following key areas:

· The materiality of the letter: the physicality of correspondence (paper, ink, seals, folding) as well as the social context of epistolarity (composition, delivery, reading, archiving)

· Correspondence networks; the circulation of letters; postal systems and modes of delivery

· Letters, news and intelligence

· Authenticity, deception and surveillance: forgeries, secrecy, ciphers and codes

· Women’s letters and the gendered nature of letter-writing

· Epistolary literacies, social hierarchies and the acquisition and diffusion of letter-writing skills

· Manuscript letters and letters in print

· The letter as a cultural genre and the rhetorics of letter-writing

· Humanistic letter-writing practices and the familiar letter; letter-writing manuals and models; education, pedagogy and learning to write letters

· Categories or types of letters: suitors’ letters, letters of petition, love letters, letters of condolence

· Genres of printed letters: prefatory letters, dedicatory letters, address to the readers

· Staging the letter: letters and letter-writing in drama

· Editing and the digitization of correspondence

Proposals for papers, including titles and abstracts (of no more than 300 words) should be sent to James Daybell (james.daybell@plymouth.ac.uk) and Andrew Gordon (a.gordon@abdn.ac.uk) before  1st July 2010.

Confirmed Speakers Include

Alan Stewart (Columbia University)

Lynne Magnusson (University of Toronto)

Gary Schneider (University of Texas, Pan American)

The Organisers

James Daybell is Reader in Early Modern British History at the University of Plymouth. His publications include Women Letter-Writers in Tudor England (Oxford, 2006), three collections of essays, Women and Politics in Early Modern England, 1450-1700 (Ashgate, 2004), Early Modern Women’s Letter Writing, 1450-1700 (Palgrave, 2001) and Material Readings of Early Modern Culture: Texts and Social Practices, 1580-1730 (Palgrave, 2010) and more than twenty articles and essays in journals and edited collections. Dr Daybell is currently completing a monograph entitled, The Material Letter: The Practices and Culture of Letters and Letter-Writing in Early Modern England (Palgrave 2011)

Andrew Gordon is Co-Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen, and Programme Co-ordinator of the Department of English. He has published articles on various aspects of urban culture in the renaissance from city mapping to the urban signboard, and co-edited (with Bernhard Klein) Literature, Mapping and the Politics of Space in Early Modern Britain (Cambridge, 2001) and (with Trevor Stack) a special issue of Citizenship Studies (2007) devoted to early modern concepts of citizenship. A monograph entitled Writing the City is forthcoming. His work on manuscript culture has focused principally on letter-writing and included articles on Francis Bacon, the earl of Essex, John Donne, and early modern libels.

For further details please email: james.daybell@plymouth.ac.uk, or a.gordon@abdn.ac.uk.

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Reassessing Gerrard Winstanley, Keele University 5-6 February 2010

Places still available for this conference on Winstanley’s life, thought and writings.  Speakers include Tom Corns, Ann Hughes and John Gurney. For full details see the attached poster.

The conference celebrates both the 400th anniversary of Winstanley’s birth and the imminent publication of the new edition of Winstanley’s works edited by Ann Hughes, Tom Corns and David Loewenstein. It’s turning into a bumper season for fans of the Diggers, with the reissuing of Brownlow and Mollo’s evocative Winstanley on dvd, Kevin Brownlow’s recently published ‘making of’ book about the film and the forthcoming publication of The Law of Freedom in Platform, introduced by Tony Benn (no less), in Verso’s revolutions series. And, of course, the imminent paperback publication of A Radical History of Britain which has a whole chapter devoted to the Diggers.

winstanley conference poster

From Space to Place: the Spatial Dimension in History of Western Europe 16 and 17 April 2010

Centre for Research in History and Theory

German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ.

A two-day international and interdisciplinary conference, organised by the Centre for Research in History and Theory, Roehampton University

This conference will explore the so-called ‘spatial turn in history’ discussed among historians for the last decade or so and inspired by earlier anthropological ideas and the interdisciplinary approach by sociologists, especially geographers. It challenges the idea of place or space in history as an unreflected essentialist category linked to tradition and immutability. Instead, space as place is shown to be socially and culturally constructed, mediated and contested. Organised into three separate but interlinking topics (social space, workplace and intimate space) papers will investigate how specific spaces in the past not only evoked but conveyed political, social, cultural and symbolic meaning and conversely how particular spaces/places influenced this meaning.

The conference is interdisciplinary; historians and geographers with an interest in politics, society, culture and gender as well as anthropologists, archaeologists, and literary scholars will explore the meaning of space in the past by situating it in its precise historical

context. There will be broader reflections on historiography and theory as well as case studies from a wide chronological span (from the medieval, early modern to the modern period) but geographically restricted to Western Europe.


10.00am   Registration

10.30am   Welcome by Andreas Gestrich, Director, German Historical Institute, and Cornelie Usborne, Roehampton University

10.45am – 1pm General reflections

  1. Beat Kümin (History, Warwick), ‘The “spatial turn” from a historical perspective’

2.   Linda McDowell (Human Geography, St John’s College, Oxford), ‘Space and place in geographical theory: from spatial differentiation to social relations’

3.   Eliza Darling, (Anthropology, Goldsmith College, London), ‘The spatial turn that wasn’t: class, anthropology, and the triumph of place over space’

1 – 2pm Lunch at the GHI

2 – 5pm Social Space

  1. Matthew Johnson (Archaeology, Southampton), ‘Late Medieval Spaces, Early Modern Practices’
  2. Gerd Schwerhoff (History, Technical University Dresden), ‘Public places in early modern towns’.

3. – 3.30 Tea break

  1. Leif Jerram (Urban History, Manchester), ‘Space: A Useless Category of Historical Analysis?’ (with case studies from turn of the 20th-century Munich)

Conference Dinner


10 – 10.30am coffee

10.30 – 12.45pm Workplace

1. Jeremy Goldberg (History, York), ‘“I have mor to doo then I doo may”: Problematising Labour, Space and Gender in later medieval England’

2.  Amanda Flather (History, Essex), ‘Space, place and gender: the sexual and spatial division of labour in the early modern household’

3. Steven King (History, Oxford Brookes), ‘Work places and places of work: Labour market architecture and issues of space in Europe 1750-1870’

12.45-1.45pm Lunch at the GHI

1.45- 4pm  Intimate Places

1.  Felicity Riddy (English, York), ‘Space, intimacy and values in the late medieval English “bourgeois” home’

2. Sandra Cavallo (History, Royal Holloway), ‘Spaces for body-care and body services in the early modern Italian home’

3. Willem de Blėcourt (Historical Anthropology, Huizinga Institute, Amsterdam), ‘Over the Threshold: liminality, proximity & intimacy in twentieth-century witchcraft discourse’ 

4-4.30pm Tea

4.30 – 5.30pm Roundtable

Organising committee:  Prof. Cornelie Usborne, Prof. John Tosh, Dr Charlotte Behr, Dr Sara Pennell, Dr John Seed, Dr. Sabine Wieber, Prof. Trevor Dean.

Participation Fee: £ 80 (including lunch and refreshments on both days)

£ 40 Students/Associate Tutors

For more information and registration see:


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Engendering Gender: Production, Transmission and Change 1450-1950 University of Exeter 20-22 July 2010

CFP just issued for the above conference.

The deadline for proposals, which is Friday 30 October 2009. Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent either to me at J.Jordan@exeter.ac.uk or to Henry French at H.French@exeter.ac.uk.

This interdisciplinary conference will explore concepts of gendered identities across the period 1450-1950. Breaking free of the traditional constraints of periodization, this conference will promote discussion that transcends period boundaries (i.e. medieval, early modern, long-eighteenth century, modern) and considers how far gender identities are modified by religious, political, medical, social and cultural shifts, or are punctuated only by sudden, limited, periods of change. In particular ‘Engendering Gender’ aims to explore key sites of gender construction and the transmission of gendered norms, both public and private.


SITES & RELATIONS: The roles of home, family, schooling, workplace, institutions, voluntary associations, sociability, travel, empire and encounters in shaping gender identities.

SPHERES: Decisive locations for the formation, realisation, projection, modification and subversion of gender identities, particularly international, national, local or familial levels, and the interaction between them.

VALUES: The relationship between the formation of gender identity and religion and religious vocations, political ideology, social status and class, educational precepts (‘humanism’), military and institutional codes, racial or scientific discourses, and more informal concepts of virtue, honour, civility, propriety, or shame.

IMAGES & IDENTITIES: What was the role, power and significance of the idealisation of gender roles? How were gender stereotypes formed and perpetuated through time?

TIME: What was the nature of change over time in gender identities and the processes of change? In what ways did gender identities change over time, how fundamental were these shifts in relation to more enduring concepts such as patriarchy or motherhood, and over what time scales?

Royalist Religion programme 11 September

Programme below for this workshop featuring yours truly:

Royalist Religion Provisional programme, 11 September

Royalist Religion

Provisional programme

Workshop, September 11 2009, JRUL Deansgate

Arrival, coffee from 9.30


Anthony Milton (Sheffield), ‘Royalist divines and the king’s conscience in the 1640s’



Ted Vallance (Liverpool), ‘Robert Sanderson’s use of amended prayer book services’

Marie-Louise Coolahan (Galway), ‘Royalism and the 1641 Depositions’

Jason McElligott (TCD), ‘Massacre, Infanticide and Psalm 137 in Early-Modern England’

1-2 Lunch


Lloyd Bowen (Cardiff), ‘Royalist Ministers and the Royalist Message, 1642-9′

Sue Wiseman (Birkbeck), ‘Vaughan and cat baptism’



Molly Murray (Columbia),

Iain McClure (Birkbeck), ‘The development of interiority in Eikon Basilike