Re-assessing dynasticism: the corporate identity of dynasties
Dynastic politics are re-emerging in the historiography of early modern Europe as a force to be reckoned with. In this context, ‘dynasticism’ should not be understood as simply tracking the marriages and births of princely individuals. Instead, we intend to re-assess dynasticsm by focusing on the question ‘what was the “corporate culture” of dynasties?’ What can we learn about the underlying principles of dynastic politics and the formal and informal rules that informed it? In what way did cultural representations (i.e. visual arts, funerary monuments, genealogies), legal structures (i.e. testaments, marriage treaties) or social relationships (i.e. with courtiers, other dynasties) provide current rulers with guidelines for dynastic politics and/or a blueprint for the dynastic future? And how did rulers deal with such guidelines? Answering these questions will return dynasticm to its rightful place in the heart of early modern international relations.
Please submit a 150-word abstract and 1-page CV (including name, affiliation, and contact information) to the session organizers, Liesbeth Geevers (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dries Raeymaekers (Dries.Raeymaekers@ua.ac.be). The organizers cannot offer financial support. Deadline: 10 June 2012.
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