Negotiations And Negotiating In Historical Perspective

Event Date: 
03 Jun 2019

A Conversation In Early Modern Studies (Centre for Early Modern Studies Graduate Conference)

Kings College London

The ability to publicly negotiate, to have conversation and to utilise political language appears to be in crisis. Yet, it has never been so easy to talk to one another: the use of Twitter by movements such as Black Lives Matter and #metoo shows the benefits and limitations of a new public sphere. This is not the first time that civil discourse has expanded or broken down. The early modern period saw a dramatic increase in people talking, debating and arguing with each other; religion, colonialism, nationalism and political ideology separated people from each other as much as they brought them together. This was a period defined by debate, conversation, misunderstanding and caricature.


This conference aims to bring together scholars from across the humanities to facilitate greater interdisciplinary work, to discuss how the study of the early modern era is entwined with our understanding of the current world, and how such work may impact the present. We aim to inspire thought on structures of empowerment and disempowerment in settings of law, politics and institutions, and also within trade and writing. We want to address the question of what it means to negotiate, to converse, and to foster productive political debate. We invite papers that focus specifically on negotiations within the period, and also papers that address the themes of negotiation and conversation more theoretically or broadly. Perspectives on gender, class, race and religion are particularly encouraged especially those that utilise academic training to engage with these questions more expansively. We will be able to cover some travel costs for postgraduates and early career researchers. Please send abstracts of no longer than 300 words to

Submission date for papers: 
01 Mar 2019