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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Events and Outreach

Cities and Citizens 17th-Century Studies Conference

13th July 2015, 09:00 to 15th July 2015, 14:00, Durham University

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Confirmed keynote speakers: 

Professor Chris Fitter (Rutgers University) 

“Gelding the youth of the city”: the reformation of manners, plebeian sceptical materialism, and the politics of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Othello. 

Professor Susanne Rau (University of Erfurt) 

From Urbanization to Urbanity: New Trends in Exploring the History of Early Modern Cities 

Professor Phil Withington (University of Sheffield) 

Early Modern English Urbanization Reconsidered

The 2015 conference focuses on the topic of ‘Cities and Citizens’ and will focus on the ways in which urban centres were perceived, experienced, understood and represented in the ‘long seventeenth century’ (c.1580-1720). The conference will be held within the World Heritage Site on Palace Green in the heart of the seventeenth-century bishopric capital of Durham.

The conference aims to provide an opportunity for scholars in a range of disciplines to meet and discuss their work on the city and citizenship.Our over-arching theme is the distinctive urban experience of the seventeenth century. How did the seventeenth-century European city arise from late medieval urbanism and become established in the New World? How did the European city stand between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment? How did cities and ‘citizenship’ function in non-European cultures? How did different urban cultures interact and influence one another?

This conference coincides with current research at Durham’s Institute for Early Modern Studies on Cities in History: Archives and Traces, 1100 –1700

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