CFP: Birkbeck EMS Summer Student Conference: Restorations

The Birkbeck Early Modern Society Fourth Student Conference
Saturday 3 July 2010, 10.00-16.30
Birkbeck College, Malet Street


The Birkbeck Early Modern Society is pleased to announce our fourth annual student conference. We aim to provide a safe and constructive space for students to present their research and exchange ideas with peers from a range of disciplines. The day offers an ideal forum to showcase research and also provides an excellent opportunity to practice presentation skills.

Our theme this year is ‘Restorations’

A restoration is a process or a series of events that results in something being returned to its former state.
We are looking for papers based on subjects connected to our conference theme. We define the early modern period as being roughly 1500-1800. We are an interdisciplinary society and we welcome papers from a range of disciplines.

Here are some points which you may wish to consider:

• 2010 marks both the 350th anniversary of the restoration of the British monarchy after the British Civil Wars of the 1640s and the Interregnum of the 1650s
• 2010 is also the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Society – one of the key events of the Restoration.
• How was the Restoration era different from the first half of the seventeenth century?
• Restorations may be interpreted as the processes of renovations or repairs such as those carried out on furniture, books, paintings, printed images, household goods, tools, etc.
• When something is restored, it displaces the previous state. Is this always an improvement?
• Political, social, cultural and intellectual restorations may be met with resistance from those who are unlikely to gain from the new state of affairs. How does this resistance manifest itself? How is it met?

You are invited to submit a proposal of 250 words maximum for a paper lasting 20 minutes (approximately 2,000 words) to the Conference Organiser, Robin Rowles, by Monday 31 May 2010.

You can down load the CFP (as a Word Document) here:
Birkbeck Early Modern Society Summer Conference CFP 2010

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