Gender and Political Culture 1400-1800 Conference

Gender and Political Culture 1400-1800 Conference

Gender and Political Culture 1400-1800 is a conference to be held at the University of Plymouth 29-31 August 2013.

Confirmed keynote speaker are: Professor Barbara J. Harris (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

The conference will explore the following themes:
  • the relationship between gender, power and political authority
  • gendered aspects of monarchy; representations of power and authority
  • gender, office-holding, policy-making and counsel
  • courts, patronage and political influence
  • elite culture and political networks
  • gender, the public sphere and political participation
  • popular politics, protest and petitioning
  • manuscript, print, oral, material and visual cultures
  • news, intelligence and the spread of information
  • political ideas, ideologies and language
  • conceptualizations of ‘public’ and ‘private’ spheres and what constituted ‘power’ and ‘politics’
  • the family as a ‘political unit’
  • the politicization of social activities: marriage-arranging, placing children in other households, gift-giving, hospitality and letter-writing

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