Gender and Political CultureA Joint Conference organised by History and the Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts (HuMPA) at Plymouth University and Umeå Group for Pre-modern Studies

Plymouth University, 29-31 August 2013

This conference investigates gender and political culture during the period 1400 to 1800. Themes explored include the relationship between gender, power and political authority; gendered aspects of monarchy; representations of power and authority; gender, office-holding, policy-making and counsel; courts, patronage and political influence; elite culture and political networks; gender, the public sphere and political participation; popular politics, protest and petitioning; manuscript, print, oral, material and visual cultures; news, intelligence and the spread of information; political ideas, ideologies and language; conceptualizations of ‘public’ and ‘private’ spheres and what constituted ‘power’ and ‘politics’; the family as a ‘political unit’; the politicization of social activities: marriage-arranging, placing children in other households, gift-giving, hospitality and letter-writing.

Keynote speakers include Professor Barbara J. Harris (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

Speakers include Professor Susan Broomhall (The University of Western Australia), Professor Elaine Chalus (Bath Spa University), Dr Nadine Akkerman (University of Leiden, The Netherlands), Professor Ralph A. Houlbrooke (University of Reading), and Professor Stanley Chojnacki (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

For full conference details and programme, please visit the website here.

If you have any queries please contact Professor James Daybell, Plymouth University or Professor Svante Norrhem, Umeå University, Sweden.

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