From Coronation to Chari-Vari: The Many Uses of Ritual and Ceremony in the Early Modern World. A Colloquium to be Held at Birkbeck, University of London, 23-24 Sep 2010

As part of Birkbeck’s thriving research culture, this event will bring together scholars to discuss the purpose and reception of ritual and ceremony in the early modern period. Early modern life was shaped by ritual and ceremony.  These rites had many functions, such as marking time, denoting power, place and order, and defining the sacred.  Ritual could provide a temporary release from the hierarchically ordered world or mark an attempt to assert and confirm social categories which were otherwise potentially unstable.

 Thursday 23 September 2010, 6.30 pm, room tbc, key-note address by Professor Jeroen Duindam, of Groningen University:

‘Exhilaration and Ossification: Ritual and Ceremony in the Early Modern World’.

Prof. Duindam is an expert on early modern rituals and has published Vienna and Versailles: The Courts of Europe’s Dynastic Rivals, 1550-1780 (New Studies in European History) (Cambridge, 2003) and Myths of Power: Norbert Elias and the Early-modern European Court(Amsterdam 1995). At the moment he is co-editing Royal Courts in Dynastic States and Empires: A Global Perspective (Brill: Leiden, 2010).

 This event is free to attend and open to all, and will be followed by drinks.

The colloquium then takes place on Friday 24 September:

09.00 Registration and refreshments
09.30 Panel 1: Early Modern FranceDr Glenn Richardson (St Mary’s University College, Twickenham),‘ “Ritual Informality” at the Court of Francis I of France’

Dr Neil Murphy (University of Winchester), ‘Royal Grace, Royal Punishment: The French Royal Entry Ceremony and the Pardoning of Prisoners, c. 1350-1570’

Prof. Stuart Carroll, ‘Stone Crosses and Satisfaction’

11.30 Break
12.00 Panel 2: The Ottoman EmpireDr Philip Mansell, ‘Ambassadors and Sultans 1530-1830’

Dr Claire Norton (St Mary’s University College, Twickenham), ‘Ceremony at the Sublime Porte: Ottoman Strategies for Asserting Power and Political Bargaining’

13.30 Lunch
14.30 Panel 3: Authority and ConflictDenise Murray (University College Cork) ‘The Carrot and the Stick’  – The Battle for the Soul of the MacUilliam Iochter Lordship of Mayo 1585-1601’

Dr Francois Soyer (University of Southampton), ‘Catholicism Triumphant: Ritual and Ceremony in the Public Baptisms of Non-Christians in Early Modern Spain and Portugal’

16.00 Closing Remarks: Prof. Jeroen Duindam
16.30 Reception

This event is organised by Stephen Brogan and Anne Byrne, for more information please contact ritualandceremony@googlemail.com

This colloquium is generously sponsored by the Royal Historical Society, the Society for the Study of French History, and the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London.

It costs £20 to attend the colloquium, which includes lunch and drinks, or £10 if unwaged/student/member of Birkbeck’s Early Modern Society.

To register please click here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hca/about/conferences/usesofritualcolloquium

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