Call for Papers: Pre-modern Queenship and Diplomacy in Europe

EleonoraAkvCall for Papers: Pre-modern Queenship and Diplomacy in Europe

Canterbury Christ Church University on 12-13 September 2014

(Deadline for CFP, 30 April 2014).

This conference organised by Canterbury Christ Church University and Lancaster University seeks to raise important questions about the role that premodern queens played in diplomatic relations throughout Europe. Traditionally, female involvement in diplomacy has focused upon the role of queens consort as pawns within marriage alliances and military treaties, or the foreign policy agenda of queens regnant. However, queens in the medieval and early modern period were central to developing international relations; promoting certain policies and people; and balancing the intricacies of European politics. These women could act not only independently of male influence, but also on behalf of their own personal dynastic interests, placing them sometimes at odds with their marital allegiance. This conference builds upon recent interest in diplomacy and elite women’s involvement in policy-making and politics to show that diplomacy was not a male-dominated area controlled by the monarch alone.

We will consider this topic broadly, but papers or panels would be welcome, for example, on any of the following areas:

  • Factions and plots
  • Dynastic interests
  • Marital politics and diplomacy
  • Policy-making
  • Diplomacy and religion
  • Material Culture
  • Spectacle and performance

Details of confirmed speakers and the conference website can be found here:!call-for-papers/cj4v

All proposals should be sent to [email protected] by 30 April 2014


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