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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


Durham Early Modern Studies Conference 2019

22nd July 2019, 09:00 to 24th July 2019, 17:00, Durham University, tbc

Durham Early Modern Studies Conference 2019

Durham University, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Monday 22 July – Wednesday 24 July 2019

Applications for this Call for Papers has now closed.

An interdisciplinary conference on the early modern period is well established at Durham, first as a biennial conference on The Seventeenth-Century, and more recently as a broader Early Modern event.

The 2019 Durham Early Modern Studies Conference aims to build on this tradition, establishing an annual conference which will offer a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the period c.1450 to c.1800.

We are delighted to confirm the following plenary speakers;

  • Professor Valerie Worth, MA DPhil, Senior Tutor, Trinity College, Oxford

  • Professor Joshua Scodel (The University of Chicago)

  • Professor Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge)

Sample of confirmed panel/seminar topics

·Material culture of early modern diplomacy

·Language and the Body on the Early Modern Stage

·Preserving Englishness in English Convents in Exile: Continuity and Change

·The Global Mediterranean

·Christian-Muslim relations through Art in Southern Europe

·The Technologies of Ordering in Early Modern China

·Disease, deservingness, and the unfortunate pauper under the old poor law

·A glimpse behind the curtain: letter writing and political power in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy

·Women and Civil Social Customs in the Hispanic World


Durham City has a range of private hotel and B&B accommodation and Newcastle is a major centre, which can be reached in just 15 minutes by train from central Durham.

Details of accommodation options in a Durham college will be made available in 2019; indicative costs for delegates choosing to stay in University accommodation are £50-90 per night.

Durham can be reached in under 3 hours from London by train. Newcastle Airport, which is within easy striking distance of the City by taxi or by metro/train, has daily flights to a number of major European hubs, including Heathrow, Amsterdam, Paris and Dublin. Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester are other major UK cities with direct train links to Durham.

It is expected that the conference fee will be in the region of £140–£150.

Further details concerning travel and accommodation will be made available when conference booking opens in early February 2019.

Further information

Visit the dedicated conference page on

Academic enquiries to:

Tel: +44 0191 334 2974

Contact for more information about this event.