Durham Early Modern Studies Conference 2019

Event Date: 
22 Jul 2019 to 24 Jul 2019


Durham University, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies



Call for Papers


Deadline for submissions: Sunday 30 September 2018


An interdisciplinary conference on the early modern period is well established at Durham, first as a biennial conference on The Seventeenth-Century, and more recently as a broader Early Modern event.


The 2019 Durham Early Modern Studies Conference aims to build on this tradition, establishing an annual conference which will offer a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the period c.1450 to c.1800.


We therefore welcome proposals for panels, strands and seminars from scholars interested in any aspect of the early modern period.





Call for Panel Proposals


We welcome proposals both for Panels comprising three or four 20-minute papers.


Panel proposals should comprise:


A cover sheet, detailing the title of the panel, a short summary of its scope and purpose (no more than 200 words), the names of the participants, and the name and e-mail address of the panel organizer (who will be the contact with the conference committee)


A 200 word synopsis of each of the three/four papers


Short cvs (one page) of the 3/4 presenters, the panel chair and the commentator (the chair and commentator may be the same person)


The conference committee encourages panels which include papers from participants at a range of career stages.


We are open to the submission of panel proposals including papers not in English, but encourage organisers to contact the Conference Committee first. Panel discussions will be in English.


Call for Strand Proposals


The Conference Committee encourages the submission of proposals of ‘strands’ of between three and six panels, which would then be scheduled to run through the conference.


Strand proposals should include a short rationale for the ‘strand’ and the name and contact details of the organiser, together with the panel proposals as detailed above.


Call for ‘Seminar’ Proposals


Seminars will be two-hour sessions, including anything from six to twelve ‘participants’. Each ‘participant’ will write a paper (3,000–3,500 words, excluding references), which will be circulated in advance. ‘Participants’ will be expected to read all the papers in advance. The first 1–1.5 hours of the seminar will then consist of a moderated discussion by the ‘participants’. The seminars will also be open to ‘auditors’ from the conference delegates, who will be able to ask questions and join in the discussion for the latter part of the seminar.

Outline Seminar proposals should comprise:


The names and brief cvs (one page) of the seminar organisers. There may be up to three organisers, one of whom should be identified as the point of contact for correspondence


The rationale for the seminar (maximum 300 words)


Titles, 200-word synopses and brief author cvs for a minimum of three papers to be presented at the seminar (conference organisers may present papers, but do not have to do so)

The chair and details of further papers/participants (a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve) can by supplied following notification of the acceptance of the seminar for the Conference Programme. The deadline for the submission of the full list of papers and participants will be 30 November. Between 30 September and 30 November details of all seminars accepted for the Conference will be posted on the Conference website, with an invitation to submit proposals for papers to the seminar organiser(s).



Proposals for panels, strands and seminars should be submitted by Sunday 30 September 2018 to early.modern@durham.ac.uk.


Replies to all submissions will be circulated by the middle of October 2018.  Details of the process for the submission of full seminar proposals will be circulated at the same time.




Durham City has a range of private hotel and B&B accommodation and Newcastle is a major centre, which can be reached in just 15 minutes by train from central Durham.


Details of accommodation options in a Durham college will be made available in 2019; indicative costs for delegates choosing to stay in University accommodation are £50-90 per night.


Durham can be reached in under 3 hours from London by train. Newcastle Airport, which is within easy striking distance of the City by taxi or by metro/train, has daily flights to a number of major European hubs, including Heathrow, Amsterdam, Paris and Dublin. Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester are other major UK cities with direct train links to Durham.


It is expected that the conference fee will be in the region of £140–£150.


Further details concerning travel and accommodation will be made available when conference booking opens in early February 2019.


Further information


Visit the dedicated conference page on https://www.dur.ac.uk/imems/events/conferences/?eventno=38761


Academic enquiries to: early.modern@durham.ac.uk/


Tel: +44 0191 334 2974

Submission date for papers: 
30 Sep 2018