Conference: The British Monarchy and Modernity

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on February 2, 2012

Currently closed for the final phase of a £12m transformation, Kensington Palace will re-open on 26 March 2012. The conference would seem to offer an ideal way to see it. From the conference website:

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The Making of a Monarchy for the Modern World
Kensington Palace, London, 6-8 June 2012

There will soon be only five kings left – the Kings of Diamonds, Heart, Spades and Clubs, and the King of England.
– King Farouk of Egypt

For this conference our big theme is the British monarchy and its relationship to the modern world. Papers will address a range of inter-related topics covering the period from 1688 to the present day, including:

  • the difference between British and Continental monarchies
  • the global reach of the British monarchy
  • the relationship between royalty and the media
  • monarchical dress and material culture
  • the portrayal of monarchs in film and theatre

Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend an exclusive
tour of Kensington Palace, a musical performance and a gala
dinner in the King’s State Apartments.

Keynote speakers for the conference are:
Professor Sir David Cannadine (Princeton University)
Professor Maya Jasanoff (Harvard University)
Professor Emeritus Aileen Ribeiro (Courtauld Institute of Art)

A full programme is available here»

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Note (added 1 July 2012) — Many of the presentations are now available as podcasts from the Historic Royal Palaces and some for viewing at YouTube.

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