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CFP: “An Emporium for many Nations”: London shaped by trade.

Submission deadline: April 9, 2018

Conference date(s):
November 17, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Museum of London
London, United Kingdom

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London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) Local History Conference

Saturday 17th November 2018, Museum of London

"An Emporium for many Nations”: London shaped by trade.

Call for papers

Since its founding, London has been at the centre of national and international trade. From Londinium to Lundenwic (Bede's 'Emporium for many Nations') and Lundeburh through to the present day, the city has endured as a marketplace in which the world’s business and commerce has taken place or passed through. Imports and exports, goods and people, large and small, legal and illegal, by land, sea and air, here to stay or just passing through; trade has unquestionably shaped London, its hinterlands, and those who have dwelt here.

The aim of this one-day conference is to investigate and explore the history of ‘trade’ in Greater London, in all its various forms, and across different periods in history. The organisers of the conference are seeking proposals from local historians, academics, postgraduate students, and anyone with a scholarly interest in the history of trade in London for engaging and accessible talks or presentations of around 20-25 minutes.

The LAMAS Local History Conference attracts a keen ‘general interest’ audience as well as many members of local history societies from across London and its surrounding counties who have more specialised interests. Papers on any aspects of ‘trade’ from any period in the history of London and its hinterlands are welcomed.

Themes might include:

  • Influences on population and migration

  • Markets, of all kinds and constituencies

  • Trade in people

  • Transportation (land, sea and air)

  • Ancillaries (eating places, lodgings, services linked to trade)

  • Cultural changes driven by trade (music, art, religion)

  • Trading infrastructure

  • Legal and illegal trade

  • Taxation and insurance

  • Influence of trade on financial origins of the City

Proposals comprising an abstract of no more than 500 words should be sent, preferably via e-mail, to John Price or via the Department of History, Goldsmiths University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW.

The closing date for proposals is Monday 9 April 2018. Speakers will be selected and contacted by the end of May 2017.

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