This conference will showcase the current state of research on vagrancy, migration and mobility, the criminal history of petty offenses, and studies of the contemporary perceptions of poverty and deservingness. Practices of literary criticism will be intertwined with social history and the topics of the papers are diverse. Participants in this conference can expect to cross disciplinary boundaries and to expand possible research horizons. Topics include: the Vagrancy Removal Crisis in London of the 1780s, the marginalised poor in English landscape painting, 1750-1850, Underdown Revisited: Migration, Poverty and Forests, as well as a plenary address on Contemporary Views of Vagrancy and the associated social theories.
A.L. Beier (Illinois State University) Plenary Address, Audrey Eccles, John Gilmore (Warwick), Andrew McRae (Exeter),
Joanna Innes (Oxford), Tim Hitchcock (Hertfordshire) and K.D.M. Snell (Leicester).
University of Warwick
The Humanities Building
Department of History
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