CFP: Reading Conference in Early-Modern Studies

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Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading
Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies

10-11 July 2017

Complaints and Grievances, 1500-1750

The theme of the 2017 Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies is ‘Complaints and
Grievances, 1500-1750’. Proposals for individual papers and panels are invited on
research relating to this theme in any area of early modern literature and theatre,
history, politics, art, music and culture across Britain, Europe and the wider world.
Suggested topics for papers and panels include, although are not confined to:

Literary Complaint:
Material cultures of complaint: production, transmission, reception
Erotic complaint: narratives of abandonment, grief and loss
Early modern women writers and complaint
Voicing others: complaint as prosopopoeia
Religious complaint: satire and exhortation

Medical Complaints and Grievances:
Experiencing or witnessing suffering and pain
Learning to live with disease and disability
Painful or pain-relieving medical/surgical treatments
Sensory aspects of medicine and surgery: sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and tactile
Complaints about medical practitioners, nurses, or patients
Political and Religious Complaints and Grievances:

Petitioning and pamphleteering
From grievances to politics: the personal, the local, and the national
The popular and elite politics of complaint
Complaint, crime and the law
Travellers’ complaints: religion, politics and the lived experience of travel

Each panel proposal (minimum of two and a maximum of four papers) should contain
the names of the session chair, the names and affiliations of the speakers and 200 word
abstracts of the papers together with email contacts for all participants. A proposal for an
individual paper (20 minutes) should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper with
brief details of affiliation and career.

Proposals for either papers or panels should be sent by email by Friday 16 December
, with the subject heading ‘2017 Conference’, to the Conference Committee,