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CFP: Materialities of Urban Life in Early Modern Europe

Submission deadline: January 10, 2013

Conference date(s):
April 17, 2013 - April 19, 2013

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Conference Venue:

Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research
London, United Kingdom


This conference seeks to bring together scholars working on the materiality of urban life from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives, in order to debate the particular qualities of public, private, commercial, domestic and civic material cultures to be found in towns across Europe. We welcome academic papers and panels from the perspectives of economic and social history, archaeology, art history and literary studies, as well as performances and visualisations, which tease out the nature of early modern urban experience. We are interested in knowing more about European goods and spaces, the actions and emotions with which they were associated, embodied experiences, the interactions between individuals and groups, urban landscapes, the ways in which all were influenced by the material practices of more distant lands, and the methods by which such topics might be addressed.
To propose a 20 minute paper or an hour and a half’s session, please send an abstract of no more than 150 words by 10 January 2013 to the conference secretary: Steph Appleton,

Please email the conference organisers with any questions:
Professor David Gaimster, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow:

Dr Tara Hamling, Department of History, University of Birmingham:

Professor Maria Hayward, Department of History, University of Southampton:
Dr Mark Merry, Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research,

Dr Catherine Richardson, Department of English, University of Kent:

Dr Glenn Richardson, School of Theology, Philosophy and History, St Mary’s University College:

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