AUTHORITY, GENDER AND SOCIAL RELATIONS
The Durham Early Modern Studies Conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the period 1450 to 1800. For the 2018 conference, we are focusing on the linked themes of authority, gender and social relations. Viewed from outside, early modern societies often presented themselves as patriarchal, authoritarian totalities. But everyday practice was very different: women often had far greater autonomy and agency than patriarchal structures allowed. Poorer people were used to asserting themselves as subjects, litigants, rebels and petitioners. Dramatic texts, often seeming to restate authoritarian social and political conventions, frequently carried messages that allowed audiences and readers to reinterpret their social worlds in surprising ways. This conference seeks to draw together work on authority, gender and social relations in early modern studies.
Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies,
7 Owengate, Durham, DH1 3HB, UK
Tel: +44 191 3342974