Early Modern Re-formations

Event Date: 
11 Jun 2017 to 12 Jun 2017


King’s College London


The sixteenth century is widely known as a century of reform, but the reshaping of medieval culture, traditions, materials and space in the early modern period goes beyond discussions of the political and theological contexts. This conference aims to explore the wider implications and applications of reforming, rethinking, and reshaping in the 16th and 17th centuries, focusing on spaces, gender, institutions, practices, texts, and historiography. By approaching the period of the Reformation obliquely, with an emphasis on the broader cultures of change and reform, we are interested in the ways in which these kinds of cultural re-formations intersect with or diverge from the religious and political Reformation as conventionally conceived.


Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • the rewriting of medieval, archaic, or classical tropes;
  • recycling, both material and conceptual; 
  • the redrawing of spaces, both public and private;
  • utopias and ideal worlds;
  • the remodelling of gender roles and identities;
  • shifts in reading, writing, and publishing practices;
  • commemoration, memorialisation, and rewriting histories


We would welcome offers of papers from a wide range of disciplines, and in a range of formats: papers, roundtables, responses. Please send proposals to the conference organisers, Emily Butterworth and Anna Linton: emily.butterworth@kcl.ac.uk; anna.linton@kcl.ac.uk by 8 December 2017.

Submission date for papers: 
08 Dec 2017