Durham’s Centre for Seventeenth-Century Studies – now part of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies – has, since its foundation in 1985, organized over a dozen high-profile international conferences. Next year’s event, which both continues that tradition and celebrates the Centre’s new role within one of Durham University’s flagship research institutes, will address the topic of ‘Intellectual Networks in the Long Seventeenth Century.’
The conference will explore the emergence and consolidation of systems of intellectual and cultural exchange during the long seventeenth century, while assessing their lasting influence on the history of scholarship, literature, diplomacy, science, and religious communities. The sub-topics listed below offer some guidance for the submission of proposals. Special emphasis will be placed on the relationship between the British Isles and the wider world.
- Erudite correspondence
- Academic networks: knowledge transmission and cultural change
- Diplomacy, high and low
- Literary circles
- Scientific institutions and the history of medicine
- Intellectual exchange among/within religious communities
- Book trade and collectorship
- Counter-intelligence and the political and religious underground
- Women and intellectual exchange
- Popular cultural exchange
Proposals for 20-minute papers and full panels should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th January 2013. Replies will be sent in early February 2013. Details concerning travel and accommodation for both speakers and delegates will be made available around the same time. It is hoped that the conference will give rise to an edited volume of selected essays.
The conference is taking place at an exciting time for seventeenth century and early modern studies at Durham. Recent significant developments include:
- The re-opening of Cosin’s Library (1699) on the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palace Green following a major restoration project; the collection, now part of Durham University Library, was assembled by the great seventeenth-century book collector John Cosin, Bishop of Durham (1595-1672)
- The joint custodianship of the library and archive of Ushaw College, shared between the trustees of the archive and Durham University Library
- A related international conference on Early Modern English Catholicism taking place at Ushaw College (28 June to 1 July 2013), with which the present conference will share a joint keynote lecture from Professor Eamon Duffy (Cambridge) on the evening of 30 June For further details visit http://www.dur.ac.uk/imrs/newsandevents/research/cfp/
The conference is supported by Durham University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Department of English Studies, Department of History, and School of Modern Languages and Cultures.