Conference on Cofinement

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on December 9, 2010

Rethinking the Foucauldian emphasis on discipline and punishment. From the Early Modern History blog (which, unfortunately, is soon coming to an end) . . .

The Disease Within: Confinement in Europe, 1400-1800
Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 4-5 May 2011

This two-day conference will bring together leading scholars from medical history, early modern social history and architectural history to exchange and debate ideas regarding the relationship between health and architecture in institutions of confinement. Two central themes will be explored: the effect of confinement on the health of those within the institutions and debates about the potential effects of unhealthy bodies of the poor, sick, criminal and dangerous inmates on wider towns and cities. Despite the best attempts by authorities, inhabitants and their diseases continued to pose a risk to communities’ health and morality from behind closed doors and beyond high walls.

The study of early modern Europe’s institution building has been overshadowed by debates regarding discipline and punishment. Only recently has a revisionist history of these sites been undertaken. The speakers at the conference have been
at the forefront of this important work. As yet, there has been little or no attempt
to consider confinement as a broad public health policy, encompassing a wide
variety of institutions, across a broad time period.

Plenary Speaker: Dr Kevin Siena (Trent University and Oxford Brookes
International Research Fellow 2010-11)

Other speakers include:
•Dr Patricia Allerston (National Galleries of Scotland)
•Dr Jonathan Andrews (University of Newcastle)
•Prof Anne Digby (Oxford Brookes University)
•Prof Guy Geltner (University of Amsterdam)
•Prof Vanessa Harding (Birkbeck College, University of London)
•Prof John Henderson (Birkbeck College, University of London)
•Prof Tim Hitchcock (University of Hertfordshire)
•Dr Peter Jones (Oxford Brookes University)
•Dr Peter Kirby (University of Manchester)
•Dr Laura McGough (University of Ghana)
•Dr Tim McHugh (Oxford Brookes University)
•Dr Alysa Levene (Oxford Brookes University)
•Dr Fabrizio Nevola (University of Bath)
•Prof Carole Rawcliffe (University of East Anglia)
•Dr Jane Stevens Crawshaw (Oxford Brookes University)
•Dr Sethina Watson (University of York)
Organiser: Dr. Jane Stevens-Crawshaw, jane.stevens-crawshaw@brookes.ac.uk

Please register via the conference website.

Research Grant Program for Using Princeton’s Library

Posted in fellowships by Editor on December 9, 2010

Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grant Program
Applications due by 15 January 2011

Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the library’s research collections. Up to $3,500 is available per award and last year the Friends made 22 awards totaling over $50,000. Applications will be considered for scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, including Mudd Library; as well as rare books in Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and in the East Asian Library (Gest Collection). Special grants are awarded in several areas:

  • the Program in Hellenic Studies supports a limited number of library fellowships in Hellenic studies
  • the Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its collection on aspects of children’s books
  • the Maxwell Fund supports research on materials dealing with Portuguese-speaking cultures
  • the Sid Lapidus ’59 Research Fund for Studies of the Age of Revolution and the Enlightenment in the Atlantic World covers work using materials pertinent to this topic.

For more information, or to apply, please visit the library’s website: www.princeton.edu/rbsc/fellowships/f_ships.html. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2011.

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