CFP: Precedent and Progress: Change and Continuity in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Deadline: 16 June 2013

Precedent and Progress: Change and Continuity in the Medieval and Early Modern World, Newcastle University, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Friday, 26 July 2013

Newcastle University will host a one-day symposium entitled “Precedent and Progress:  Change and Continuity in the Medieval and Early Modern World” held at Newcastle University in the Armstrong Building, Lecture Theatre 2.16 on 26 July 2013. The Medieval and Early Modern eras were times of great change, seeing the rise of humanism, vast social and political change, the Reformation and its counter, technological and medical advances, and the rise of printing and publishing. However, these same changes often stemmed from firmly held ideas of the past – whether it was the humanistic exultation of antiquity, steadfast monarchy, social and religious orthodoxy, continued medical practices, or the histories that were written onto pages by the new movable type. This interdisciplinary conference intends to explore ideas of continuity and progress and how change and stability intersected and interacted in all ranks of society between the years of 800-1800. This conference will provide an opportunity for both postgraduates and early career researchers to present their work in a friendly and constructive environment.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • religion and belief
  • politics and monarchy
  • humanism and philosophy
  • identity, gender, and social stratification
  • archaeology and material culture
  • literature and printing
  • space and the home
  • classical reception
  • technology and medicine
  • war and conflict
  • colonialism and empire
  • relationships and communication
  • government and law
  • death and commemoration

Abstracts are invited from historians, archaeologists and literary academics of 200-300 words for papers of 20 minutes to be sent to Brianne Preston and Jennifer Scammell at precedentandprogress@gmail.com no later than Sunday, 16 June 2013.

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