“Living Well and Dying Well in the Early Modern World” a call for papers

by Sarah-Jayne Ainsworth, Harry McCarthy, Josh Rhodes (conference organisers)

Following the success of our inaugural conference last year, the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Exeter is pleased to announce our second annual postgraduate conference. This two-day conference will explore the varied aspects of life and death and their representations in art, literature, and culture between 1500 and 1800, and we welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduate students in any humanities discipline. The conference will take place between 15-16th June at the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus.

Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

*Ideas of a good life in the early modern period

*The economic lives of early modern families

*Concepts of happiness, satisfaction, or enjoyment

*Advice on how to ensure a good life or death

*Class and society

*Celebrations and memorials (in society, art, music, and drama)

*Medical, scientific, and other advances which contributed to the quality of life

*Work and labour

*Valued relationships, beliefs, or objects

*Gendered virtue, sociability, or affection

*Stage representations of living, the life cycle, death, and dying

Proposals should comprise a 200-word abstract and a brief biography. Please email proposals to with the heading 2017 conference proposal by 31st March 2017. Any queries can also be emailed to the same address. Some travel grants will be available and will be announced closer to the conference.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Lucy Munro (King’s College, London; funded with the generous assistance of the British Shakespeare Association) and Dr Amy Erickson (Robinson College, Cambridge).

Living Well and Dying Well in the Early Modern World is a Past & Present supported conference. Past & Present is pleased to be able to support a number of academic conferences and similar events each year, more information can be found here. We are keen to receive applications from scholars at all stages of their careers. 

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