Journeys and Encounters – Call for Papers!



Saturday 12 July 2008, 10.00-16.30,

Room 538, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX


The Birkbeck Early Modern Society is pleased to announce our second student conference. We aim to provide a safe and constructive space for students to present their research and to network and exchange ideas with peers from a range of disciplines. The day promises to be an ideal forum to showcase student research and to provide opportunities to practice presentation skills.

Our theme this year is ‘Journeys and Encounters’.

We are interested in ideas of ‘journeys and encounters’ in early modern travel but also more broadly in relation to art, consumption, material culture, literature, politics, law, medicine, religion, magic, science and ideas. We are looking for a diverse collection of papers, based on any subject that can be connected to our theme ‘Journeys and Encounters’ in the early modern period (roughly 1500-1800). Here are some points that you may wish to consider but feel free to carry out your own interpretation:

• Types of journey – geographical, religious, political, psychological, philosophical
• Encounters and their outcomes – between people, cultures, ideas
• When does a journey, of any kind, begin and finish?
• Is it helpful to use encounters as milestones when writing history?

You are invited to submit a proposal for a paper lasting 20-30 minutes (approximately 2,000-3,000 words).

Please email your proposal for a paper in the form of a synopsis of about 250 words to the Secretary of the Birkbeck Early Modern Society, Laura Jacobs.

The deadline for proposals is Monday 2 June.