The Intellectual Culture of the British Country House 1500-1700, July 2011

A Multi-Disciplinary Conference Hosted by the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Sussex, 13-15 July 2011

Call for Papers 

The Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Sussex is seeking proposals for individual papers or panels that address any aspect of this theme. Topics might include: the nature of the country house library; the intellectual networks associated with libraries and houses; the culture of book collecting and borrowing; libraries as regional centres; education in the country house; the book as a work of art; architecture of libraries; houses as intellectual projects; writing on houses; reading groups; the production of texts from country houses; country house culture across the British Isles; manuscript circulation; gardens as intellectual projects; royal progresses; material objects in country houses; hospitality; the impact of the civil war on country house culture.

Organizers: Matthew Dimmock, Margaret Healy

Plenary Speakers include: Maurice Howard, James Raven, William Sherman and Christopher Ridgeway

Please send abstracts (of no more than 200 words) or panel theme and list of speakers with titles, institutional affiliation and abstracts to Simon Davies ( by 13 December 2010.