CfP: Experiencing Politics and Political Culture in Britain and Ireland, c.1300-c.1815 Back

The organising committee and the Society of Antiquaries of London are pleased to invite postgraduate students and early career researchers to submit an abstract or poster proposal for Experiencing Politics and Political Culture, a one-day conference to be held at Burlington House, London on 9th October 2021.

Popular imagination of late medieval and early modern Britain has typically been dominated by famous monarchs, cunning ministers, and intrigue unfolding within the halls of power. Yet, as historians recognise, this period also saw the rise of political society, the ‘public sphere’, and more ‘national’ solidarities. What did this mean for the experience of politics across these isles? This conference aims to bring together scholars from all disciplines interested in understanding the ways in which politics and political culture were understood, interacted with, imposed, performed, dissented from and disrupted in Britain between the fourteenth- and nineteenth-centuries. Topics to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

Crime and Punishment
Diplomatic Interactions
Economy and Finance
Experiences and Processes of Othering
Expressions of Piety
Gender Roles
Political and Politicised Performances
Roles of Institutions
Social Inclusion and Exclusion
Visual and Literary Depictions of Politics

We welcome contributions from scholars at the postgraduate or ECR level. For individual papers of 20 minutes in length, please submit a title and abstract of c.250-words. For a poster presentation, please include a few sentences about your research topic. Please include with your proposal the following information: career stage, institutional affiliation/s (if applicable), and a sentence on your broader research focus.

Please submit all proposals via email to by Friday 23rd April 2021.