Transitions Conference: CFP

The research centre hosts a biannual conference devoted to early modern literary culture, place, and the history of the book. Following upon the success of our inaugural conference, Book Encounters, 1500-1750, this year’s conference will focus on the theme of Transitions, whether material, spatial and/or temporal in the period 1500-1750. This conference will held 4-5 July, 2013 at our wonderful Corsham Court centre, just outside Bath.

Plenary Speakers:
Professor Julie Sanders (University of Nottingham)
Professor Marcus Walsh (University of Liverpool)
Professor Henry Woudhuysen (Lincoln College, University of Oxford)

Transitions 1500-1750 aims to explore a wide range of transitions from a variety of critical and historical perspectives. We are particularly interested in papers that reflect on the impact that such transitions had on early modern subjects, institutions, material culture, habits of thought as well as literary, social and cultural practices. Different disciplinary perspectives are especially encouraged.

Possible topics of study include:
  • Transitional years (eg, 1534, 1558, 1603, 1660, 1707)
  • Celebrating/marking/remembering transition
  • Continuity/discontinuity
  • Succession literature
  • From stage to page
  • From manuscript to print (and vice versa)
  • Generic shifts
  • Shifting author-patron, author-readership relations
  • Progression/relocation/translocation
  • Historical/literary historical constructions of transition
  • The intersection of the residual and the emergent

Please send proposals for papers (20mins) and any queries to by 1 March 2013.