Experiencing Politics and Political Culture in Britain and Ireland, c.1300-c.1815

Burlington House, London, 9th October 2021
Deadline: Friday 23rd April 2021

Coronation Procession of Edward VI, Samuel Hieronymous Grimm (1785), Society of Antiquaries

We are pleased to invite postgraduates and early career researchers to submit an abstract or poster proposal for Experiencing Politics and Political Culture, a one-day conference to be held at the Society in Piccadilly, London on 9th October 2021.

Popular imagination of late medieval and early modern Britain and Ireland has been dominated by famous monarchs, cunning ministers, and intrigues within the halls of power. Yet this period also saw the rise of political society, the ‘public sphere’, and increasingly ‘national’ solidarities. What did this mean for the experience of politics across these isles? This interdisciplinary conference will explore the ways in which politics and political culture were understood, interacted with, imposed, performed, dissented from and disrupted in Britain between the fourteenth- and nineteenth-centuries. Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

● Crime and Punishment
● Colonialism
● Diplomatic Interactions
● Economy and Finance
● Experiences and Processes of Othering
● Expressions of Piety
● Gender Roles
● Materialities
● Patronage
● Political and Politicised Performances
● Roles of Institutions
● Social Inclusion and Exclusion
● Visual and Literary Depictions of Politics

We welcome contributions from scholars at the postgraduate or ECR level. For individual 20-minute papers, please submit a title and abstract of c.250-words. For a poster presentation, please include a few sentences about your research topic. Please also include your career stage, institutional affiliation/s (if applicable), and a sentence on your broader research focus.

Please submit all proposals via email to [email protected] by Friday 23rd April 2021.


Organisers: Dr Laura Flannigan, Murray Tremellen & Jen Caddick.

Laura Flannigan is a Stipendiary Lecturer in History at Christ Church, Oxford. She received her BA in History and MA in Early Modern History at the University of York and PhD at Newnham College, Cambridge, researching the principle and practice of royal justice in Tudor England. Laura’s interests lie in law, politics, and society in early modern England and she has published on litigants and the rhetoric of ‘poverty’, the royal household clergy, and criticisms of justice-giving in the early-Tudor period.

Murray Tremellen is a PhD candidate at the University of York. His current research explores the political and architectural history of the first Speaker’s House at the Palace of Westminster, 1794-1834. He seeks to recover this almost-forgotten residence from obscurity, investigating how it supported the political and social aspirations of the Speakers, and assessing its architectural significance in the context of the early Gothic Revival. His research is funded by the AHRC via the White Rose College of Arts & Humanities.

Jen Caddick is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham supported by the AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities DTP. Her research focuses on the minority of Henry VI, 1422-c.1437, and how formal and informal structures of authority map onto one another and function in the absence of the king.