Call for Papers | Work, Rest, and Power

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 8, 2021

From the Call for Papers:

Work, Rest, and Power: Architecture, Space, and Political Life, 1500–1815
Online Workshop Hosted by the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York, 27 May 2021

Proposals due by 12 April 2021

Joseph Goupy, Sir Robert Walpole Addressing the Cabinet, 1723–42, drawing, 36 × 29 cm (London: The British Museum, 1920,0214.4).

This workshop explores the role of the home in politics and political life, taking a broad view to explore the lived space of political figures, materiality, and the role of women and the household. The workshop will commence with a keynote paper from Dr Manolo Guerci, University of Kent, before leading into a series of panel discussions and optional thematic breakout sessions for those who wish to continue the discussion.

Interested scholars are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by 12 April 2021. We are seeking abstracts that relate to the home as a political space, broadly conceived, in any place or time period within the early modern era. We welcome submissions from all scholars, but particularly encourage postgraduate and early career researchers.

Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
• Definitions: what makes a home political?
• Homes of political figures or homes located in political institutions
• Political sociability
• Materiality, art, architecture, and archaeology
• The household: wives, family, and servants
• Uses of space: orientation, gendered space, public and private
• Town and country houses
• Social history of the home: class, economics, and ritual

Please submit abstracts and any questions via email to the organisers Kirsty Wright (kmw532@york.ac.uk) or Murray Tremellen (mat550@york.ac.uk). For further information, please see our website.


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