CfP: Liefde, Passie & Erotiek

Deadline: woensdag 1 juli 2020 (abstract)

Themadossier Jaarboek De Achttiende Eeuw 2021

Als de rede de slaaf is van de passies, zo Hume het wil, wat is dan de plaats van de passies in de eeuw van de rede? In 2021 gaat het themadossier van het Jaarboek De Achttiende Eeuw over liefde, hartstocht en erotiek tijdens de Verlichting.

We zijn op zoek naar bijdragen die ingaan op diverse – literaire, historische, artistieke of filosofische – aspecten van amoureuze praktijken, gaande van kerkelijke huwelijken tot libertijnse losbandigheden en alles ertussenin. Hoe werden liefde en seks beleefd, bekeken en beoordeeld in de achttiende eeuw, en beschreven en verbeeld in, onder meer, wetenschappelijke teksten, brieven, romans, juridische documenten en de visuele cultuur? Welke verschuivingen vonden plaats in de opvattingen over liefde, seks en erotiek, en wat was hierbij de rol van de kerk, de staat en andere controlerende instanties?

De liefde laat zich niet begrenzen, dus welkom zijn artikelen over liefde in al haar (gender- en seksuele) diversiteit in de lange achttiende eeuw (1670-1830) zonder geografische beperkingen.

Geïnteresseerden kunnen tot 1 juli 2020 een kort abstract (max. 300 woorden) insturen naar en Voordien informeel aftoetsen wordt aangemoedigd.

Van de geselecteerde voorstellen worden de volledige artikelen van maximaal 6.000 woorden verwacht tegen 1 februari 2021. De artikelen worden aan redactionele peer review onderworpen.

CfP – Dealing with Disasters: Cultural Representations of Catastrophes, c. 1500-1900

De onderzoeksgroep ‘Dealing with Disasters in the Netherlands’ aan de Radboud Universiteit nodigt (kunst)historici en letterkundigen uit om abstracts in te dienen voor het congres ‘Dealing with Disasters: Cultural Representations of Catastrophes, c. 1500-1900’. Deze zal plaats vinden op 14 en 15 januari 2021 in Nijmegen. Deadline: 1 juni 2020.

U kan de call for papers vinden op de website van de projectgroep.

CfP – Privacy at Court? A Reassessment of the Public/Private Divide within European Courts (1400-1800)

Het Centre for Privacy Studies aan de Universiteit van Kopenhagen en de Society for Court Studies nodigen onderzoekers uit om een paper-voorstel in te dienen voor het congres ‘Privacy at Court? A Reassessment of the Public/Private Divide within European Courts (1400-1800)’ dat van 10 tot 11 december 2020 plaats zal vinden in Kopenhagen. Deadline: 1 april 2020. Hieronder de call for papers:

Privacy at Court? A Reassessment of the Public/Private Divide within European Courts (1400-1800)

10-11 December 2020

Confirmed keynote Speakers: Professor Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/Institute for Advanced Study) and Dr Dries Raeymaekers (Radboud University)

Grand, extravagant, magnificent, scandalous, corrupt, political, personal, fractious; these are terms often used to describe the medieval and early modern courts of Europe. Moreover, this dynamic location within the social world was central to the legitimacy and authority of the monarch or princely power, acting thereby as a machinery that shaped European politics and culture. Architecture, art, fashion, patronage and cultural exchanges relied upon and were influenced by the visual spectacle of European courts. Researchers have convincingly and innovatively emphasised the public nature of courtly events, procedures, and ceremonies. Nevertheless, court life also involved certain zones of privacy. Indeed, what was recognized as private at European courts? How were such privacies obtained or constructed within the court? How did practices of privacy impact political deliberations at court? How was privacy put on public display?

These and similar questions urge us to reassesses the public nature of the early modern European court and to reconsider our present-day understandings of privacy. Indeed, the emergence of court studies as a scientific area of investigation relied heavily upon sociological modes of explanation, political history, and cultural studies of, e.g., performance and ritualization. Can issues of courtly privacy be fitted into our existing models? Or do we have to reconsider models and their representations of court life, when we take zones of privacy into account? Such a reassessment will fertilize the grounds for a much broader discussion of the past and the future of court studies.

The conference provides researchers of court studies the opportunity to examine or reassess the role of privacy within European courts and court studies. We thus invite contributions that examine any topic related to the public/private-divide within European court culture (1400- 1800). Furthermore, we also welcome contributions that engage with discussions surrounding the methodology of court studies and the history of this line of research: contributions dealing specifically with privacy as catalyst for rethinking court studies will be prioritized.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • institution of monarchy and practices of rulership
  • physical spaces and architecture
  • literature/treatises and epistolary cultures
  • imagery, art, festivals and spectacles
  • political theory, practice and court politics
  • sociability, knowledge exchange and networks
  • diplomacy, international relations, and warfare
  • religious discourse, worship and devotion
  • law, crime and scandal
  • ceremony, ritual, music and performance
  • objects and material culture
  • the historiography of court studies or of specific courts
  • the methodology of court studies
  • a theory of court vs. a history of court life

Speakers will have 20 minutes to present their material during the course of the two-day proceedings, followed by a Q&A session. Proposals should be max 300 words with a short bio. Panel proposals will be considered and should be no more than 500 words for the panel, along with a short bio of each presenter.

Deadline for proposals is 1 April 2020. Selected papers presented at this symposium will be submitted for possible publication. Proposals and bios should be submitted via the online form.

Organizers: Dustin Michael Neighbors and Lars Cyril Nørgaard Postdoctoral Researchers at the Centre for Privacy Studies

CfP – City Lights: Urban Space and Civic Identity in the Low Countries and Beyond

De Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS) nodigt promovendi uit om deel te nemen aan het symposium ‘City Lights: Urban Space and Civic Identity in the Low Countries and Beyond’ dat van 9 t/m 10 plaats zal vinden in Londen. Deadline: 31 maart 2020. Onderstaand de Call for Papers:


City Lights: Urban Space and Civic Identity in the Low Countries and Beyond

Senate House, University of London, 9-10 July 2020

‘The cities of the world are concentric, isomorphic, synchronic … It’s the effect of their permanent revolution, their intense circulation, their instantaneous magnetism – so different from the rural universe where a sense of the global simultaneity of exchanges does not exist’. — Jean Baudrillard

The Association for Low Countries Studies is delighted to announce its third postgraduate colloquium, “City Lights”. Proposals are invited from PhD candidates and early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences. The colloquium will bring together young scholars from the UK and internationally to explore urban space and civic identity in Benelux from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The Low Countries is one of the world’s most urbanised regions. Since the Middle Ages, advances in mercantilism, industry and land reclamation had spurred Bruges, Antwerp and Amsterdam toward exponential growth. Meanwhile, claims to political autonomy and religious freedom caused tension with the powers that be, erupting most violently during the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648). Today, many Netherlandish cities retain a unique sense of identity, manifested in dialects, local legends and civic buildings.

Cities are the engines of culture for both their social connectivity and their inspiring topographies. Chambers of rhetoric were once a mainstay of burgerlijk culture, while civic guilds commissioned some of Rembrandt’s most celebrated works, not least the Night Watch. Entire sub-industries of painting capitalised upon the beauty of Amsterdam’s canals and Utrecht’s churches, and Amsterdam has continued to inspire writers and filmmakers, from Albert Camus to Paul Verhoeven. Are cities replete with utopian possibility, or are they moral and ecological miasmas? As Plato remarked in the Republic, ‘Any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich’. How does the countryside compare?

Proposals on this year’s theme are broadly welcome, but those covering cities and empire, as well as the phenomenology of urban space (including smell- and soundscapes), especially so.

How to apply?

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Adam Sammut, c/o, with “ALCS 2020” in the subject heading, together with a short biography. Bursaries will be available, with priority given to self-funded students. Please indicate should you wish to be considered.

 Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2020.

CfP: workshop ‘Working women in pre-industrial Europe’

Deadline: 15 april 2019

Op 14 en 15 november 2019 organiseren doctoraatsonderzoekers Heleen Wyffels en Nena Vandeweerdt de workshop Working women in Pre-Industrial Europe. Perspectives on the gendering of urban labour markets.

Deze workshop wil onderzoekers samenbrengen die werken op het gebied van gender en werk om  op die manier verschillende regio’s in Europa en verschillende soorten arbeid te vergelijken, zowel in de middeleeuwen als in de vroegmoderne periode. Op deze manier wil deze workshop onderzoeken welke factoren het werk van vrouwen vormden en het debat over de positie van vrouwen in stedelijke arbeidsmarkten, de impact van ambachtsgilden en het belang van gender op de informele markten bevorderen. De call for papers vindt u hier.

De voertaal tijdens de workshop is Engels. Voorstellen voor presentaties van ca. 20 minuten moeten uiterlijk op 15 april aan Nena Vandeweerdt ( worden doorgestuurd 2019. Voeg in het bericht een abstract toe van max. 400 woorden, 4 trefwoorden en een korte cv (max. 1 pagina). De deelnemers worden voor 15 mei 2019 op de hoogte gebracht.

Oproep voor bijdragen jaarboek De Achttiende Eeuw

Deadline: vrijdag 1 maart 2019

Voor het jaarboek De Achttiende Eeuw van 2019 kan u nog tot 1 maart bijdragen inzenden. De redactie staat open voor artikelen over de geschiedenis van cultuur, economie, wetenschap, literatuur, kunsten, politiek en maatschappij, voor zover deze betrekking hebben op de lange achttiende eeuw (1670-1830).

Het jaarboek wordt uitgegeven door de Werkgroep Achttiende Eeuw en uitgeverij Verloren.

CfP: Disease & Ease, 1500-1800

Deadline: 1 februari 2019

Op 3 en 4 juli 2019 organiseert de Health Humanities Research Group aan de University of Reading (VK) het congres Disease & Ease, 1500-1800. 

 This 2-day conference will investigate what exactly sickness and health felt like for patients such as Clegg. We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers on the diverse sensations, emotions, thoughts, and spiritual feelings of patients and their families and practitioners from ‘the first invasion’ of illness to ‘perfect recovery’, chronic debility, or death.

Voor meer informatie, zie de volledige call for papers.