Anna of Denmark, Cultural Transfer, and Transnational Politics

Event Date: 
11 May 2019

One-day conference, Jesus College, Oxford, 09:00-18:00


Crossing the North Sea: Anna of Denmark, Cultural Transfer, and Transnational Politics (1589-1619)

Recent research on the nature of early modern queens consort suggests they could utilise their international dynastic networks and play a significant role in transnational politics. Moving to a new kingdom also facilitated the transfer of ideas and materials from their natal courts to the court that received them, and from their new homes to the place of their birth. The key claim of any transnational approach is its central concern with ‘movements, flows and circulation’. In the context of dynastic marriages, when female consorts often moved from one territory to another, transnationalism encourages us to think about the impact of their migration both at the point of departure and that of arrival. 


To mark the 400th anniversary of Anna of Denmark’s death, this one day-conference will take a fresh look at Anna’s contribution to transnational politics and cultural transfer in the context of her dynastic connections in Denmark and other European powers, and her residence in Scotland and England. 


To register and for further details please visit the conference webpage.



Keynote lecture: Professor Mara Wade, Professor in Germanic Languages and Literatures (University of Illinois)



  • Maureen Meikle (Independent Scholar) 
  • Michael Pearce (Independent Scholar)
  • Jemma Field (Brunel University)
  • Anna Whitelock (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Susan Dunn-Hensley (Wheaton College, Illinois)
  • Catharine MacLeod (National Portrait Gallery)
  • Sara Ayres (Historic Royal Palaces)
  • Kathryn Jones (Royal Collection)
  • Catriona Murray (University of Edinburgh)
  • Paulina Kewes (University of Oxford)
  • Patrick Kragelund (Independent Scholar)
  • Joanna Marschner (Historic Royal Palaces)