Monthly Archives: March 2024

Programme and Registration for “Women and Worlds of Learning in Europe: From the Medieval to the Modern Day”

Received from Anna Clark (St. John’s, University of Oxford) Event Overview ‘Women and Worlds of Learning’ is an interdisciplinary conference focused on the place of women within higher and further education. It is taking place 12th-13th April 2024 at the University of Oxford. Programme Friday 12th April 9.00-9.30: Welcome 9.30-10.30: Keynote 1 Annalisa Obeo (University of Padua) – The University of Women: On the experience of writing a history of women academics and students in Padua 10.30-10.45: Tea Break 10.45-12.15: Session 1 ​Panel 1 – The Place of Learned Ladies within Medieval Worlds of Learning​ Elena Rossi (University of Oxford/IHR) – TBC Victoria Rimbert (Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle/Universita degli Studi di Padova) – Laura Cereta’s World of Learning: itinerary of a XVth century learned woman ​Panel 2 – Framing the Feminine: The Role of Women within Art and Education Anna Clark (University of Oxford) – TBC Rose Teanby (De Montfort, Leicester) – A Woman’s Place?: Photographic Education in England 1839 – 1861 Adele Askelof (Stockholm University) – Photography education as power. Legitimation,social reproduction and positioning in the development of photographic education in Sweden1962-1997 ​12.15-13.15: Lunch 13.15-14.45: Session 2 Panel 3 – Beyond the Classroom: Alternative Models of Education Molly Cochran and Susannah Wright (Oxford […]

Reflections Upon ‘Merchant politics, capitalism and the English Revolution: Robert Brenner’s Merchants and Revolution revisited’

by Thomas Leng (University of Sheffield) In February 1973, an article appeared in Past and Present by a young American historian, with the deceptively prosaic title ‘The Civil War Politics of London’s Merchant Community’. Here, the author traced the emergence of a succession of merchant groupings linked to changes in the structure of overseas trade which unfolded in the 80 years up to the outbreak of civil war, culminating in a cohort of ‘new men’ who rose from England’s early colonial exploits, and who differed from the traditional trading company merchants who preceded them. Whereas the latter would cleave to the crown which privileged them, in the civil war these ‘new merchants’ came to occupy a pivotal position parliament’s victory, ushering in a regime that supported their commercial goals. In the case of the merchant community at least, civil war allegiance was rooted in socioeconomic position. This was not Robert Brenner’s first publication- in the previous year he had published a revisionist interpretation of English commercial expansion in the late Tudor and early Stuart periods as driven by the search for imports to feed an expanding domestic market. But his Past and Present article bought this analysis to bear on […]

Registration Opens for “Popular Knowledge of the Law in Early Modernity”

Received from Dr. Laura Flannigan (St. John’s College, Oxford) Popular Knowledge of the Law in Early Modernity – one-day online workshop (3rd April 2023) Join us for an exciting online workshop exploring Popular Knowledge of the Law in Early Modernity. This one-day event will feature short papers and discussion on the study of law and litigiousness from new and established researchers in the field. Kindly supported by a workshop grant from The Past and Present Society, papers will be given in person at St John’s College, Oxford. Due to limited capacity at the venue for this event, additional attendees are invited to register to watch the papers, and to join us for questions and discussions, through a virtual platform. Registration Provisional programme: 10am – Welcome 10:15 – Panel 1 Mike Kipling (PhD, Oxford) – ‘Elizabethan Merchants and the Court of Requests’ Mabel Winter (Postdoctoral research associate, Sheffield) – ‘Through ‘advice & promocion’: legal knowledge and mill disputes in the Court of Exchequer’ Chloe Ingersent (PhD, Oxford) – ‘Defrauding the Elizabethan judiciary’ Jason Peacey (Professor of History, UCL) – ‘Power and Practices: Litigants as Petitioners in Early Stuart England’ 11:30 – BREAK 11:45 – Panel 2 Brodie Waddell (Senior Lecturer in History, Birkbeck)- ‘Voices and […]