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Out of Place: Vagrancy and Settlement

December 6, 2017 - December 7, 2017
Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research

Wolfson Conference Suite
Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

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How can exploring the images and realities of vagrancy sharpen our understanding of the histories of 'settled' communities, cities and parishes, which have otherwise been articulated from a sedentary perspective.  This two-day conference aims to trace the shifting experiences, representations and status of vagrancy in relation to the history of British settlement.

Keynote speakers are: 

  • Professor Patricia Fumerton (University of California, Santa Barbara), Crossing the limits of the Shakespearean stage: roguery, mobility, and balladry in "The Winter's Tale"
  • Professor Nicholas Crowson (University of Birmingham), Vagrant life stories: rediscovering the tramp between the 1880s and 1930s
  •  Professor Tim Hitchcock (University of Sussex), Hard choices and bad laws: Navigating crime, vagrancy and poverty in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Eight bursaries of £100 are available for postgraduate students and early career delegates.

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December 1, 2017, 9:00am BST

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