Dear colleagues:

A reminder that we are looking for panel suggestions for the 2013 Bangor conference on the Restoration (details below). We  have a number of ideas for discussion sessions, on various aspects of the image of monarchy in Britain and Ireland 1649-1714 – but before we started approaching people to get these together, we wanted to be sure we didn’t fill up space which might have been occupied by sessions other people wanted to organise. Please, therefore, could you make sure you let us know about any panels (or – with the provisos in the last paragraph below – individual papers) which you are hoping to get together by mid December. We will see what we have then, and start to work more actively on our own plans.

Many thanks,

Tony Claydon, Tom Corns

The Bangor Conference on the Restoration: The image of monarchy, 1649-1714

Professors Tony Claydon and Thomas N. Corns are delighted to announce the dates, themes and plenary papers for the Bangor Restoration conference, 2013. Once again we invite everyone interested in the politics, religion, culture or literature of Britain and Ireland in the later seventeenth century to beautiful Snowdonia in North Wales for three days of talks, panels, discussion and hospitality. For this meeting – and to honour the late Professor Kevin Sharpe, who was a great friend of the conference – we are adopting a theme, rather than examining a decade, and will be discussing the image of the monarchy between the regicide and the death of Queen Anne. We wish to take a broad and interdisciplinary approach to this topic – so contributions from the histories of political thought, art, performance, music, theology, and other areas, will be as welcome as those from political and social historians, or from literary scholars. We also stress we welcome contributions examining attacks on the monarchy and the image of the crown within popular cultures, as well as those examining high politics, or representations in elite literary or artistic forms.

The conference will run from lunchtime on Monday 29 July to lunchtime on Wednesday 31 July. Our plenary talks will be:

Paul Hammond: ‘Forms of monarchy in Dryden’s Aeneis

Ann Hughes: ‘Monarchy and patriarchy, 1649-1660’

Anna Keay: ‘Image wars: Charles II and the duke of Monmouth’

David Loewenstein: ‘Paradise Lost and monarchical image wars’

John Morrill: ‘Imagining monarchy in the commonwealths of Ireland and Scotland’

We welcome suggestions for 20-minute panel talks, particularly if they are grouped into strongly-themed sessions of 2-3 papers. Thus, although we will consider individual papers, and try to fit them into groups, we do encourage people to try to form their own panels, or to suggest other speakers who might provide papers which could complement their own.

Ideas and questions can be directed to Tony (t.claydon@bangor.ac.uk) or to Tom (els009@bangor.ac.uk), who will help getting groups together.

More information and booking forms will be available on the web in due course. Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested (particularly people new to the field or PhD students) – and ask them to request being added to the e-mail list by writing to Linda Jones: l.c.jones@bangor.ac.uk.

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