DURHAM UNIVERSITY EARLY MODERN CONFERENCE

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
July 23, 2018 to July 25, 2018
Location: 
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies

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.

Contact Info: 

Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies,

Durham University,

7 Owengate, Durham, DH1 3HB, UK

Tel: +44 191 3342974

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