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  • Oxford

    Conference, symposium - History

    Rethinking Right-Wing Women

    Gender, Women and the Conservative Party, 1880s to the Present

    This two-day international conference explores the relationship between women and conservatism since the late 19th century. In the media frenzy and the re-enactment of the visceral political divisions of the 1980s that greeted the death of Margaret Thatcher in April, 2013, it soon became clear that Britain’s first woman Prime Minister was being portrayed as an aberrant figure who had emerged from a party of men.  It appeared that the media and the public had not been well enough served by academics in making sense of and contextualizing the Thatcher phenomenon and, more broadly, the paradoxical sexual politics of the Right.

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  • Aix-en-Provence

    Call for papers - History

    Voicing Dissent in the Long Reformation

    The 8th Triennial Conference of the International John Bunyan Society

    The conference will concentrate on the expression and representation of Protestant Dissent, Nonconformity and Puritanism (1500–1800), with an emphasis on the relationship between written and oral cultures. Topics might include: preaching, singing and praying; public and private devotion; conferences and disputations; epistolary conversation; religion and politics; rumour and defamation; reading and publishing Dissent; the representation of emotions...

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  • Villetaneuse

    Study days - Europe

    Towards a British model of sociability: adaptation and opposition

    Dans le cadre du projet interdisciplinaire HIDISOC « History and Dictionary of Sociability in Britain (1660-1832) », la journée d’étude du 13 mars 2015, organisée par PLEIADE (université Paris 13) et HCTI (UBO Brest) vise à appréhender, dans une perspective comparatiste, l'évolution de la sociabilité britannique au cours du long dix-huitième siècle, sous l'angle des dynamiques et conflits entre pratiques et modèles nationaux de sociabilité.

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  • Lyon

    Call for papers - History

    Defining and defying the concept of deviance and degeneration in the British Isles and North America in the 19th century

    This one-day conference aims at exploring the definition(s) and contours of deviance and degeneration as it was conceived in the British Isles and North America in the 19th century. PhD students, postgraduate students and junior scholars whose research pertains to the study of deviant groups, whether self-defined or not, are particularly welcome to participate. Speakers will be invited to focus on the processes of definition of the standards of normality – whether religious, social, political, legal, medicalor sexual – as well as what those processes entailed for those who were labelled ‘deviants’. The role of scientists, doctors but also political authorities is of considerable interest in this respect, as are the ways in which normative standards were circumvented and challenged.

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  • Call for papers - Early modern

    Scotland: migrations and borders

    Revue « Études écossaises » n°19, 2016

    The 2016 edition of the journal Etudes écossaises will focus on Scottish culture, history and politics through the prism of migrations and borders. Papers in English or French will be welcomed from specialists in all fields of Scottish studies including arts and literature, civilization studies, history, political science, culture and the media. 

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  • La Rochelle

    Conference, symposium - Europe

    Travel in France and Ireland: Tourism, Sport and Culture

    11th AFIS Conference, University of La Rochelle

    Travel is one of Man’s main driving forces. The sea is an important feature of the geography of both Ireland and France, so it is perhaps unsurprising that waves of migration have been such an important aspect of the history of both countries. In ancient times and still today, we travel through necessity (wars, persecutions, economic, political and climatic reasons), by vocation (religious and humanitarian) and for pleasure (tourism, culture and sport).

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - Language

    Brevity is the soul of wit

    Angles, French Perspectives on the Anglophone World

    For its inaugural issue, Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World welcomes original proposals inspired by the celebrated aphorism: ‘Brevity is the soul of wit’. Often used to describe a literary and social form (humor or sarcasm) or to illustrate commonplaces, the dictum encapsulates beliefs about the relationship between ‘brevity’ and ‘wit’ which have numerous implications in different disciplines and forms of expression. The aphorism not only suggests that brevity is a gateway to revelatory truths, it also implies that true ‘wit’ exists only in shortened form, paradoxically positing depth of meaning (‘soul’) in brevity of form, and also hinting that humor loses its essence when explicated. Additional contradictions emerge when one recalls the context in which the line appears in Hamlet, when Polonius tires the audience by giving some words of wisdom to his departing son.

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  • Paris

    Study days - History

    Police and Public Order in France and England (1750-1850)

    Perspectives from current historiography

    Traditional historiography has often opposed the French police model to its English counterpart. However, for twenty years, many researchers relativized the differences of these models and focused more on the interactions between cultures of social control. Recent studies have shown the limits of approaches focused on the only national police models as well as the importance of the circulation of police knowledge and technics in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Everywhere in Europe, this period is marked by the will to reform and by reflections on the procedures for the exercise of the police. Through a panel of international researchers, the conference aims to investigate beyond the national perspective by questioning the permanence and changes in police practices on both sides of the Channel. We will ultimately highlight the major trends of contemporary historiography and identify new paths of work.

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  • Nantes

    Call for papers - Modern

    Representations of Power and Power of the Image in British and American Contemporary Photography

    Représentations du pouvoir et pouvoir de l’image dans la photographie contemporaine américaine et britannique

    From the power of images to images of power, this workshop will explore the representations of power and the power of representation in contemporary American and British photography. What is photography capable of doing? Whether in the form of a public person, the environment of power (emblematic places and explicit or underlying forms) or its symbolism, what is photography capable of revealing about power itself? Political, institutional, economic or social power all depend upon a system of relations or tensions between groups or individuals (accepted, rejected, questioned, expressed visually or internalized) participating in the construction of the identity, myths or memories of the American or British nations. In what manner does photography enhance or contribute to this construction or deconstruction of the notion of identity and nation?

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  • Villetaneuse

    Study days - History

    1660-1688: A Landmark Period in the History of British Sociability

    1660-1688: un tournant dans l’histoire de la sociabilité britannique ?

    Dans le cadre du projet interdisciplinaire « History and Dictionary of Sociability in Britain (1660-1832) », la journée d’étude du 14 novembre 2014, organisée par PLEIADE (université Paris 13) et HCTI (UBO Brest) vise à étudier la période de la Restauration à la Glorieuse Révolution (1660-1688) comme une période charnière dans l’histoire de la sociabilité britannique, portant en elle les germes d’une sociabilité nouvelle. Il s’agira d’identifier les facteurs politiques, sociaux, économiques et culturels propices à l’essor de la sociabilité britannique et d’interroger le caractère novateur des formes, des pratiques et des vecteurs de cette sociabilité.

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Early modern

    How do we globalize the long eighteenth century?

    Quelle globalisation pour le long XVIIIe siècle ?

    Every student of the 17th or 18th century encounters in his or her own way the global historical dimensions of the more or less ‘domestic’ (provincial, national) subject being addressed. For decades, perhaps, many of us ignored these ramifications, which among other things were hard to treat because we are generally hardpressed to bring to such subjects the kind of specialized knowledge we are used to. (There are of course exceptions, involving colleagues who consciously adopt a global approach, e.g. Atlantic studies, though even these are no doubt truncated in different ways.) In all, the global was not an ‘aporia’ of our studies, so much as something more or less difficult to draw into the discussion and, in that sense, an ‘impensé’. 

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - Europe

    Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures

    2015 International Conference of Europeanists in Paris

    The Council for European Studies (CES) calls for proposals for its 22nd International Conference of Europeanists is organized around the theme "Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures". The CES invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers that consider the many potential futures emerging from the European crisis. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and, in particular, proposals that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations.

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  • Nanterre

    Call for papers - Europe

    English journeys past and present, explorations of the condition of England

    The conference will address the following hypothesis: the illustration of a certain  way of being English, of a specific English way of inhabiting and making sense of the world, were given definition and cultural force through a series of writings which record the impressions of things seen in the course of a journey dedicated to the exploration of a territory, whether the land of England  in its national extension or the more local territory of a particular community. The organizers are calling for papers which will examine a corpus of writing  proposing a first-person observations of a condition of England at various moments in the history of a territory. 

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  • Paris

    Study days - Language

    Christianity, language contact, language change

    The present workshop addresses questions of language contact and language change, as well as language standardization in the Christian context both in Europe and in the New World (Americas, Africa) through a study of diachronic and synchronic corpora. Special attention is paid, on the one hand, to the role of translation as a sight of language contact, and on the other hand, to register variation as an indicator of differential propagation of innovations appeared in Christian context.

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  • Oxford

    Lecture series - History

    Nation and Globalisation

    Maison Française d'Oxford conference cycle

    L'axe de recherche « Nation et mondialisation » a notamment privilégié un programme pluridisciplinaire relatif à l’analyse des élites. D’un point de vue politologique, il concerne l’analyse comparative des représentants politiques au sein des démocraties européennes et d’autre part celle de la symbolique, appréhendée notamment du point de vue des rituels politiques. Dans une perspective davantage sociologique, il ambitionne de favoriser le développement d’études comparatives autour de la question de la distinction élitiste, y compris avec le concours d’historiens ou d’anthropologues susceptibles d’introduire, pertinemment, des dimensions temporelles et culturelles.

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  • Tours

    Call for papers - History

    Freedom and oppression in 1960s Britain

    Appel à communications pour le colloque international et interdisciplinaire « Liberté et oppression dans le Royaume-Uni des années 1960 » / "Freedom and oppression in 1960s Britain" qui se déroulera à l'Université François-Rabelais de Tours du 17 au 19 novembre 2011.

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  • Call for papers - History

    Revisiting the “Great Labour Unrest”, 1911-1914

    Appel à communication pour un colloque international : à la redécouverte de la « Grande Fièvre Ouvrière » (1911-1914), Universités Paris 13 et Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris 3, jeudi 15 et vendredi 16 septembre 2011.Call for Papers, International conference : Revisiting the “Great Labour Unrest” (1911-1914), Paris 13 & Paris 3 (Sorbonne-Nouvelle) Universities, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September 2011.

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Language

    Shakespeare et les arts de la table

    Congrès 2011 de la Société française Shakespeare

    Congrès international sur « Shakespeare et les arts de la table », réunissant des spécialistes de trois continents.

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  • Dijon

    Call for papers - Representation

    Irish self-portraits: the artist in curved mirrors

    Si l’Irlande peut se targuer de posséder une collection nationale d’autoportraits, l’art de l’autoportrait en littérature et dans les arts visuels reste encore largement inexploré. Certes, la pratique de l’autoportrait marque une tentative de plonger au fond de soi-même mais la représentation qui en découle n’est ni simple ni directe. Les artistes mettent en scène leur propre identité et leur propre personnage, se jouant de la célébrité et de leur rayonnement d’artiste, montrant de l’irrespect ou du mépris pour toute forme de canon ou d’usage. Le miroir dans lequel l’artiste se contemple est ainsi souvent un miroir courbe. L’objet de cette conférence, organisée par le Centre Interlangues TIL de l’université de Bourgogne, est d’analyser les diverses stratégies à l’œuvre dans l’art de l’autoportrait.

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  • Villetaneuse | Paris

    Conference, symposium - History

    Revisiting the “Great Labour Unrest”, 1911-1914

    Un siècle après les débuts de la « Grande fièvre ouvrière », l’heure est propice à une redécouverte de cette lame de fond qui secoua les îles Britanniques quatre années durant. Si l’ampleur du mouvement n’est plus à démontrer (un million de grévistes en 1911, quarante millions de journées de grève en 1912, des syndicats qui franchissent le cap des quatre millions d’adhérents en 1914), les événements sont moins connus qu’on ne pourrait le croire et méritent d’être examinés sous des angles nouveaux. Loin d’être uniforme, le bouillonnement prit des formes très variées selon les localités et les régions : le colloque se propose donc d’éclairer spécificités et similitudes, à travers des gros plans sur les principaux ports du Royaume-Uni, mais aussi sur le pays de Galles, l’Ecosse et l’Irlande. Il se penchera aussi sur des aspects parfois occultés du phénomène, tels que l’implication des femmes dans la vague de grèves, les rapports interethniques ou encore la gestion des conflits sociaux par le patronat et l’État.

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