Crossing Boundaries: confessional, political and cultural interactions in early modern festivals and diplomatic encounters

Event Date: 
30 Apr 2018 to 01 May 2018


Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge


Call for Papers:


In the early modern world, festivals and diplomatic ceremonial often involved the movement of individuals and courtly retinues across borders. They could therefore serve as sites of interaction between religious, political, linguistic, visual, musical, literary, theatrical or material cultures. Often these interactions were accompanied by underlying tensions, which could be made more or less explicit in the diverse ‘languages’ of festival, depending on their historical contexts and the objectives of organisers and participants. This interdisciplinary conference of the Society for European Festivals Research will combine papers by doctoral/ early-career colleagues and experienced scholars, and will focus on the period from approximately 1500 to 1750. Papers will be welcome relating to any region of Europe, or any other area of the early modern world with which Europeans came into contact.


If you wish to propose a paper for this conference of the Society for European Festivals Research, please email a brief abstract, not exceeding 300 words, to Richard Morris (, adding a short cv, including current academic/museum/gallery affiliation. Papers will typically be 20 minutes in length. If current graduate students would preferto offer a shorter (10 minute) paper, they should state this when they submit their abstract.

Submission date for papers: 
23 Feb 2018
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