We invite submissions for 30-minute papers (in English or French) on any theme covering medieval, early modern or later modern French history. Suggestions for panels of three papers are also invited. We welcome contributions from scholars outside of the UK and encourage submissions from postgraduate students as well as established scholars. Especially welcome are papers/panels that address this year’s theme of Spaces and Places.
A number of recent works have used the exploration of specific spaces and places as a means of revisiting established themes in French history, such as provincial and metropolitan society, the rural-urban divide, consumption, religion and secularisation, feminism or social politics. Such approaches have often pushed at the boundaries between social, political, cultural and economic history. It is hoped, then, that this theme will allow dialogue across chronological periods and across sub-disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.
Topics might include:
Places and spaces of:
Rural and urban spaces
Public and/or private space
Sacred and/or profane spaces
Thus papers might focus on:
the salon, the café, the restaurant, the cinema, the theatre, the library, the factory, the workshop, the guild, the department store, the assembly line, the port, the shrine, the pilgrimage, the church, the synagogue, the mosque, the cloister or monastery, the school, the hospital, the asylum, the family, the home, the street, the demonstration, the court, the embassy, the assemblée, the battlefield, zones of occupation, the city, localities, funerals, festivals, monuments, stadia, etc.
Prospective speakers should send titles and abstracts electronically to any of the organisers named below or by mail to Dr Joan Tumblety, History, School of Humanities, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom. Deadline for submissions: 1 October 2004.
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