CfP: Food and Faith in the Early Modern World, c. 1400 – c. 1700

Deadline: vrijdag 21 september 2018

Op vrijdag 23 november 2018 vindt in Christ College, University of Cambridge, een ééndaags congres plaats over de relatie tussen voedsel en religie in de vroegmoderne tijd.

‘As the field of Food History has come into fruition in the last two decades, historians are increasingly following anthropologists in recognising that food and eating play a significant role in religious identity formation. Since through eating food literally becomes us, food is intricately connected to how we understand the body, the material world, and the functioning of the spiritual realm within this system.


This one day conference accordingly aims to explore the multifaceted connections between food and religion in the early modern world, c. 1400 – c. 1700. It takes a broad geographical view, to encourage discussion of a range of religions, in accordance with a recent historical drive to recognise the global significance of historical events.’

Voor meer informatie, zie de aankondiging.

CfP: Small Things in the Eighteenth Century

Deadline: 15 oktober 2018

Op donderdag 6 juni 2019 organiseert het Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies aan de University of York een symposium rond kleine voorwerpen. In de literatuur over vroegmoderne materiële cultuur worden deze kleine voorwerpen vaak over het hoofd gezien, stellen de organisatoren.

‘We are interested in how the scale of things shapes the cultural and / or literary significance of objects and what size might illuminate more broadly about the value and meanings of material culture.’

Voor meer informatie, zie de volledige CfP.

Nieuwe serie AUP: Spatial Imageries in Historical Perspective

Amsterdam University Press lanceert een nieuwe boekenreeks: ‘Spatial Imageries in Historical Perspective’. In deze reeks over ruimtelijke verbeeldingen vanaf de vroege middeleeuwen verschijnen zowel monografieën als bundels. De uitgever nodigt academici uit om voorstellen (tussen 55.000 en 120.000 woorden) in te sturen. Voor meer informatie, zie de flyer.

CfP – Monarchie en moderniteit, 1500-1945

Deadline: 15 juni 2018, zie de volledige CfP

8-9 januari 2019, Cambridge, Verenigd Koninkrijk

Tijdens dit internationale congres van de Royal Historical Society staat de rol van monarchieën in de vroegmoderne en moderne geschiedenis centraal. In verschillende panels analyseren historici en andere academici de politieke betekenis van monarchieën en hun socio-culturele, psychologische, religieuze en spirituele rollen. Geïnteresseerden kunnen een voorstel indienen voor een presentatie van twintig minuten. Na het congres zullen de papers worden geredigeerd en uitgegeven in een congresbundel. Bijdragen in het Nederlands en Frans worden geaccepteerd, maar de organisatie moedigt het gebruik van Engels wel expliciet aan.

CfP – Imagineering violence: A conference on the spectacle of violence in the early modern period (Amsterdam, 21-22 maart)

Deadline: 1 augustus 2018, zie de volledige CfP

Geweld werd overal verbeeld en vertoont in vroegmodern Europa. Gevechten, veldslagen en martelscenes zaten in theaterstukken, festiviteiten en prenten. In een tweedaags congres georganiseerd door de Vlaams-Nederlandse onderzoeksgroep ITEMP (Imagineering Violence: Techniques of Early Modern Performativity in the Northern and Southern Netherlands 1630-1690) analyseren onderzoekers uit verschillende disciplines de verbeelding van geweld in deze periode. Welke gevoelens werden met welke effecten opgeroepen in gewelddadige scenes en beelden? Wie werden gezien als gewelddadig? En waarom was geweld zo fascinerend?

Locatie: Vlaams cultuurcentrum De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, Nederland

CfP – Towards a New Political History of the Court, c. 1200-1800: Delineating Practices of Power in Gender, Culture, and Sociability

Deadline: 13 mei 2018. Voor de volledige CfP, zie H-Net

Towards a New Political History of the Court, c. 1200-1800: Delineating Practices of Power in Gender, Culture, and Sociability

Parijs, 14-16 november 2018

Dynastic centres, or courts, played a pivotal role in the state building processes out of which developed our modern political practices and institutions. Yet, for a long time, the court was regarded primarily as the field of anecdotal ‘petite histoire’ and consequently neglected by scholarly research. In recent years, however, the exploration of the dynastic centre made considerable progress, as historians sought to build on, and go beyond, the venerable sociological models of Norbert Elias. The exploration of symbolic communication, patronage, micro-politics, gender, the body, materiality, and transculturality are only some of the innovative approaches that have been brought to bear on the subject of court history and they have produced remarkable results. We now understand that the court was a multifaceted space for innovation in the arts, and sciences, in religious and political thought, as well as a central hub for the deployment of power relationships. But how do these different aspects interact? And how do these new approaches modify our current understanding of, for instance, state-building narratives? Do they suggest new chronologies, and do we consequently have to rewrite traditional textbook narratives in order to reflect these new impulses?

Building on such questions, this conference invites its participants to reflect and discuss on how to conceptualise the political dimension of courtly culture and sociability in the context of a new political historiography of the court. (…) In our conference, we would like to bring together scholars who are working on all aspects of court history, including historians of diverse periods and regions beyond early modern Europe. Our aim is to both take stock of the recent developments in court history, as well as to reflect on its challenges and areas in need of further development.

If you would like to join us in this endeavour, please apply with an abstract of the planned presentation of no more than 250 words, as well as a short biographical note (research interests, past and current academic affiliations, major publications, 3-4 sentences) to Regine Maritz ( and Pascal Firges ( We intend to publish both the paper abstracts and biographical notes of all participants on our conference blog. Presentations will have a length of no more than 20 minutes. Work-in-progress is welcome. The working language is English. Depending on successful funding applications, travel costs and accommodation for participants may be covered fully or partially.

CfP: The International Synod of Dort (1618-1619)

The International Synod of Dort (1618-1619): Contents, Contexts, and Effects, 17th – 21th Centuries
International Conference, Dordrecht, 14-16 November 2018

Deadline: 15 maart 2018, zie de volledige CfP

The Synod of Dordrecht was held in 1618 and 1619 on the authority of the States-General of the Dutch Republic to resolve a conflict within the Reformed Church in the Netherlands about the doctrine of predestination that had arisen at Leiden’s theological faculty in 1602. At the same time, the synod was to re-establish the unity of the young state of the United Provinces in a crucial stage of the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648), part of the broader confrontation between Catholic and Protestant powers in Europe since the Reformation. Both goals were achieved in the presence of congenial theologians from friendly states, while other ecclesiastical questions were decided by the national assembly. The synod’s results, such as the Canons of Dort, the Church Order of Dort, and the States Bible, exerted strong influence on religious life, theological tradition, and cultural identity in the Netherlands and its overseas territories up to the present day. (…) Building further on an initial conference in 2006, and profiting from new source editions, a consortium of scholars are organizing an international conference on 14-16 November 2018, to be held, of course, in the city of Dordrecht and, as in 1618-1619, generously hosted by the local government as part of a large program of public activities in commemoration of the European summit of Calvinism four centuries ago. The conference committee invites proposals for paper presentations about any topic regarding the overall theme, based on original research of sources, fresh interpretations of debates, or new insights on the continuing reception of ‘Dort’ and its impact on recent debates.



Deadline for abstract: 15 March 2018. Acceptance will be notified as soon as possible upon submission. All abstracts should be sent to Fred van Lieburg ( Proposals should include a 250 word abstract and title, as well as the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address and institutional affiliation.

CfP – Workshop over ‘material cultures of urban knowledge communities, 1500-1800’

Deadline: 23 maart 2018

Workshop on the material cultures of urban knowledge communities, 1500-1800

Histories of early modern science and technology have been transformed in recent decades by an engagement with artefacts, materials, and diverse practitioners and sites of knowledge production.

This workshop seeks to explore the connections between scientific knowledge – broadly understood as learned natural knowledge, experimental inquiry, technical know-how, and perhaps experiential craft skills – and material cultures in early modern cities. We are interested in how the built and material environments of cities impacted upon knowledge creation, display, and dissemination, and the ways in which scientific material cultures shaped contemporary understandings of the urban or civic.

We welcome papers on urban knowledge cultures that engage with:

  • material and visual cultures
  • object collections
  • materials and materiality
  • makers/practitioners
  • the material fabric of sites of epistemological production
  • urban infrastructure projects and associated technologies (e.g. fortifications, bridges, river management)
  • innovative methodological approaches to early modern material cultures and epistemic contexts
  • approaches to teaching ‘scientific’ material cultures.

We particularly encourage contributions that enrich our understanding of urban ‘scientific’ networks of exchange, and vernacular practices and knowledge cultures.

This workshop will be held on Friday 6th July 2018 at the University of Kent, Canterbury. This event is part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded Metropolitan Science project ( in the Centre for the History of the Sciences.

To propose a twenty-minute paper, please send a title and abstract of no more than 300 words, to by 23rd March 2018. Please send any queries to the same address. We intend to pre-circulate papers.

There is no registration fee for this workshop. We will offer support for travel to postgraduate students whose papers are accepted for the workshop.

Organised by Rebekah Higgitt, Noah Moxham, and Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin.

CfP: “Space, Place, and Interface: Being in the Early Modern World”

Deadline: 16 maart 2018

23-24 mei 2018, Streatham Campus, Exeter

The Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Exeter is pleased to announce our third annual postgraduate conference. This two-day conference will explore all aspects of spaces, places and the interfaces between them as they were experienced and represented between 1500 and 1800. We warmly welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduate students in any humanities discipline and seek to include a wide range of research areas.

Voor meer informatie, zie de volledige CFP.