Please find attached the programme for 'Cultures of Conflict Resolution in Early Modern Europe'. This day-long conference seeks to trace cultural codes of conflict resolution in the early modern world. How did these vary from man to woman, old to young, and village to village? What methods of peace-making were available, and to whom? How did courts work? What were the languages of conflict and reconciliation, and who had recourse to them? What role did emotions, factions and the law play in conflict resolution? Did ‘official’ ideas of conflict resolution clash with local ones? The methods and resources available to pursue enmities, to make peace and resolve conflict could depend on gender, social standing and age. Reconciliation could be both a formal and informal process. The pursuit of conflict resolution, moreover, could involve whole villages, and all manner of personnel including local magistrates, legal faculties, priests, government officials and the nobility. The end of feud and the triumph of the state and the law has often been seen as markers of modernity. Norbert Elias’s ‘civilizing process’ was tied to the restraint of violence, and Weber’s ‘monopoly of violence’ is still referred to often in histories of the state. This conference gathers new perspectives of conflict resolution to provide revised accounts of processes of ‘civilization’, emotional ‘restraint’, and state formation.
To register please email Stephen Cummins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is free, but places are limited.
For more information please see our website http://www.culturesofconflictresolution.com
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