The registration deadline for The Ritual and Rhetoric of Queenship (1250-1650) Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University has now been extended to 18 August 2006. This is an international and interdisciplinary conference, which seeks to encourage debate and discussion on the image and representation of queens in a variety of genres, and on the cultural and political narratives of Queenship from the medieval to the early modern periods. Indeed, the overarching concern of the colloquium is to consider the relationships between thirteenth and seventeenth century Queenship rather than treating the period 1250 to 1650 as one bound by rigid periodisation.
The central aims and objectives of the conference will be greatly facilitated by the esteem of our keynote speakers. With its focus on Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Professor Lisa Hopkins’ monograph, Writing Renaissance Queens, is one of the key texts about Queenship in sixteenth-century England. Joanna Laynesmith is the joint recipient of the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award for 2005 for her monograph on The Last Medieval Queens.
As well as young researchers who promise ground-breaking research, for example Anna Whitelock has offered a paper based on her 2 forthcoming monographs about Mary Tudor , we have also been sent proposals by renowned academics such as Professor Elisabeth Bronfen and Dr Barbara Straumann. Their proposed discussion of Political Visions: The Two Bodies of Elizabeth I takes as its ‘theoretical point of departure the contemporary concept of stardom’. Thus the conference endeavours to explore conceptual frames of Queenship which are motivated by contemporary critical theory alongside historically driven examinations of the topic.
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