CFP: Family and Power in the Middle Ages

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Call for Papers
December 2, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, British History / Studies, European History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Social History / Studies


7-8th April 2017

Canterbury Christ Church University

North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU

Keynote speakers: Prof. Lindy Grant and Dr. Jennifer Ward



We are pleased to invite abstracts for a two day conference on the theme of Family and Power taking place at Canterbury Christ Church University on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April 2017. We are delighted to welcome Prof. Lindy Grant (University of Reading) and Dr. Jennifer Ward who will be delivering keynote lectures on Blanche of Castile and the role of the grandmother respectively. We welcome proposals for papers on a wide variety of topics (some suggestions below) connected to the theme on any aspect of medieval Europe (c. 500–c. 1500) and all levels of society.

We are hoping to secure funding in order to be able to provide a number of travel bursaries for postgraduate students and ECRs presenting at the conference.

Topics of the conference include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Gender
  • Social and cultural history
  • Households and estates
  • Childhood and the life cycle
  • Emotion
  • Familial hierarchies
  • Power at all levels of society
  • Families in times of war


Abstract: We invite proposals between 250–300 words for individual 20 minute papers relating to the conference theme. We also ask you to submit a short biography for inclusion in the programme. Please send abstracts to:

Deadline: Please send abstracts by Friday 2nd December 2016. Applicants will be notified regarding the acceptance of their paper by late January 2017.

Queries: Please direct any queries to Abby Armstrong and Harriet Kersey at or tweet us at @FamilyandPower