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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Intellectual Networks in the Long Seventeenth Century - 17th-Century Studies Conference

30th June 2013, 15:45 to 2nd July 2013, 15:45, Collingwood College, Durham

30 June – 2 July 2013

The 2013 conference, which celebrates the Centre for Seventeenth-Century Studies' new role within one of Durham University’s flagship research institutes, will address the topic of ‘Intellectual Networks in the Long Seventeenth Century.’

During the seventeenth century new forms of intellectual exchange emerged and were consolidated across Europe and the Atlantic world. This conference will investigate this transformation, and assess its lasting influence on the history of scholarship, literature, diplomacy, science, and religious communities.

Keynote Speakers: Jonathan C. Clark (Kansas), Howard Hotson (Oxford), and Peter Lake (Vanderbilt).

Click here to download the conference programme. 

The conference is taking place at an exciting time for seventeenth century and early modern studies at Durham. Recent significant developments include:

 • The re-opening of Cosin’s Library (1699) on the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palace Green following a major restoration project; the collection, now part of Durham University Library, was assembled by the great seventeenth-century book collector John Cosin, Bishop of Durham (1595-1672)

 • The joint custodianship of the library and archive of Ushaw College, shared between the trustees of the archive and Durham University Library

 • A related international conference on Early Modern English Catholicism taking place at Ushaw College (28 June to 1 July 2013), with which the present conference will share a joint keynote lecture from Professor Eamon Duffy (Cambridge) on the evening of 30 June

The conference will be offering study workshops and bursaries for research students.

The conference is supported by Durham University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Department of English Studies, Department of History, and School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

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