Early Modern Aspirations

The Birkbeck Early Modern Society’s 5th Student Conference


Saturday 10 September 2011, 10.00-16.30, Birkbeck College

Call for Papers

The Birkbeck Early Modern Society is pleased to announce its 5th annual student conference on the theme of ‘Aspiration’.

We aim to provide a stimulating event at which students can network, present their research and exchange ideas with peers from a range of disciplines. The day promises to be an ideal forum to showcase student research and to provide opportunities to develop presentation skills.

Our theme this year is ‘Aspiration’. What did people in the early modern period aspired to: status, political favour, fame, fortune, virtue, salvation? How did aspirations relate to gender, rank, religion and nationality? These are some of the themes that the conference could address.

We are interested in aspiration during the early modern period, 1500-1800; conference papers could address a range of subject areas, such as politics, art, science, religion, music, literature, philosophy, belief, medicine, or consumption. We are looking for a diverse collection of papers that connect with our conference theme.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for papers lasting 20-25 minutes (about 2,000 words). Please email your abstract to Dr Laura Jacobs, Secretary, Birkbeck Early Modern Society, at bbkems@gmail.com by 5pm on Friday 15 July 2011.