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“Politics, Society, Cultures: The transformative impact of monarchies”

Differdange, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Organization: Miami University
Categories: Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2020-07-01 to 2020-07-04 Abstract Due: 2019-12-31

The conference aims to bring together scholars working in different disciplines with an interest in royal and court studies. The 2020 conference will address the theme of “the transformative impact of monarchies”. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals studying political, social and societal, as well as cultural transformations in royal contexts.

The question of collective transformation has been a core preoccupation of social sciences since their development in the 19th century and a significant part of contemporary work in social sciences and history is dedicated to analyzing factors (if not causes) of change.

The 2020 conference will be dedicated to studying how monarchies, kings and queens, have impacted collective existence by bringing changes not only in the sphere of politics, but also in society at large, from art to economics, ethics and religion to social relations and/or hierarchies.

Particular attention will be paid to renovation and change factors, whether between dynasties, monarchs, or as systems (political or social) superseding previous forms of collective organization. Beyond actual transformations in history, the conference intends to study monarchical ideologies and utopias, as well as idealized or conceptualized figures of kings and queens, as participating in images and practices of social transformations.

“Transformative impact” in this context is to be understood broadly as the outcome of the action of queens and kings resulting in significant collective changes, whether such changes have been actively pursued by monarchs or have arisen from unexpected circumstances to which they have adapted.

Submissions from all disciplines, regarding all time periods and geographical regions, are encouraged, as long as they are related to the field of royal studies. 

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the transformation of monarchical institutions under the action of kings and queens, as well as their role in societies, including democratic societies;
  • spiritual leadership of monarchs developing new religious and moral agenda;
  • figures of queens and kings as patrons of the art and “trend-setters”, promoting new forms of taste and aesthetics;
  • monarchies and economic strategies;
  • royal military commanders innovating in the field of war;
  • modernization of politics under monarchical governance;
  • symbolic social transformation around the figure of the monarchs.

Reminder: Proposals for 20-minute presentations or for panels of 3-4 papers grouped on a theme or subject should be emailed as a 250 word abstract for individual papers or a 500 word abstract for a panel proposal, along with a brief CV or bio to the organizers at thierry.leterre@MiamiOH.edu. To facilitate the circulation of the proposals, please include in the subject of your email “Kings & Queens conference 2020”.

The deadline for submitting proposals is December 31, 2019.



Thierry Leterre