Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in January 2019

Crime and Criminals in the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Anglo-American World
Paris, France, 18-19 January 2019
Deadline for proposals: 20 May 2018

An International Conference of the French Society for Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies on the Anglo-American World (Société d’Etudes Anglo-Américaines XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles SEAA 17-18)

Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Trevor Burnard (University of Melbourne)

We are grown old; I am come back to England, being almost seventy
years of age, husband sixty-eight, having performed much more than
the limited terms of my transportation […], and he is come over to
England also, where we resolve to spend the remainder of our years
in sincere penitence for the wicked lives we have lived.
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, 1722

Returning from exile as a convict in Virginia, Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders embodies the mythical figure of the English criminals deported in the colonies, who were made popular by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and the press. Archives have given access to criminals’ profiles, relationships and networks, enabling historians to draw a more accurate picture of their lives and activities that were distorted and refashioned in drama, such as John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera (1728), featuring one of the leading figures of the underworld, Jonathan Wild, in sensational novels (e.g, Captain Alexander Smith’s History of the Lives of the Most Noted Highway-men, Foot-pads, House-Breakers, Shoplifters and Cheats, 1714) or in some reports by journalists who had connections with the underworld. Historians have also studied the deportation of English, Scottish and Irish convicts in the colonies (G. Morgan et P. Rushton (Eighteenth-Century Criminal Transportation, Palgrave, Macmillan, 2003, Gwenda Morgan and Peter Rushton, Banishment in the Early Atlantic World. Convicts, Rebells and Slaves, Bloomsbury, 2013, Elodie Peyrol-Kleiber (Les premiers irlandais du Nouveau Monde: une migration atlantique (1618-1705), 2016), Roger Ekirch (Bound for America. The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775, 1987).

At the intersection of social, legal history, colonial studies, literature and visual culture, this international conference seeks to re-assess the mythical and imaginary constructions of the criminal figures in literature (e.g the 17th century genre of the murder plays, 18th century novels) the press, the visual arts, travel narratives/accounts or trial reports. Archives also prove to be an invaluable source of information to study criminal activities and the complex structures of the English legal systems and those implemented in the colonies.

Among the great variety of possible topics, participants may like to consider:

  • the legal relation between England and its colonies. How were convicts and slaves treated in these new territories over the period? Are narratives or accounts always reliable sources?
  • Witches are recurrently portrayed in varied media of the time, both literature and the press. What was the reality of these women’s imagined or supposedly illegal practices?
  • Is there any variation in the way female and male criminals were portrayed in those days? May the press and literature, and even some contemporary historians, have distorted the representation of female criminals?
  • The figure of the pirates, travelling between different worlds and continents, remain highly ambiguous Anglo-American heroes and/or anti-heroes.
  • The geography of crime. Beyond the capital of crime that used to be in London, was there any criminal network in the rest of Britain and in the English colonies, maybe crossing the borders with other European nations such as France, Portugal and Spain? Did literature or the press account for this geography of crime?
  • What is the impact of new technologies on recent studies devoted to crime in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries?

We would also welcome contributions on other criminals such as thieves, prostitutes, murderers or any other criminal figures and/or any other aspect of this subject.

Potential speakers are invited to submit a title and an abstract of 300 words along with a brief bio-bibliography to seaa2019@gmail.com
Deadline for submissions is May 20th 2018

(posted 26 March 2018)


From “Old Corruption” to the New Corruption? Public Life and Public Service in Britain, c. 1780–1940
Oxford Brookes University, UK, 24-25 January 2019
Deadline for proposals: 29 June 2018

Keynote speakers: Professor Graham Brooks (University of West London); Professor Angus Hawkins (University of Oxford); Dr Kathryn Rix (History of Parliament)

Context and aims: The problem of “corruption” has proved decidedly more tenacious than post-war theorists of modernization had once predicted. This much is evident globally, where corruption constitutes one of the most pressing problems facing emerging democratic states; but it is also evident in established, Western-style democracies, which remain gripped by recurrent scandals regarding the abuse of public office and widespread concerns about the decay of public life. Scholarship on corruption has flourished; and although much of this has focused on the present, historians have begun to grapple afresh with its multiple manifestations and meanings in the past, reaching back to the early modern period and beyond.

This conference seeks to revisit the wide-ranging struggles against corruption in Britain during the period c. 1780 to 1940, ranging from the conduct of ministerial office and central administration to parliamentary, electoral and local government reform. The period is still considered crucial in terms of the demise of forms of corruption inherited from previous centuries—“Old Corruption”—and more broadly Britain still holds a pre-eminent place among those nations that first embraced modern values of public service and accountability.  Yet, beyond the struggles to enact particular reforms and their peculiarly British realization, it is also clear that the very meaning of “corruption” was transformed in the process, as new problems, anxieties and scandals arose regarding the boundaries between the public and private interests of ministers, officials, councillors and MPs—and all in the context of an emerging market-driven, “mass society” that was at once more bureaucratic, democratic and industrialized. Arguably, the problem of corruption was less conquered than refashioned and revitalised, opening up a culture of public vigilance, suspicion and even cynicism that still prevails today.

In sum, the aim of the conference is to:

  • encourage a more integrated approach to the study and conceptualisation of political and administrative corruption during the period when Britain became a mass democracy
  • open up new historical perspectives through which we might better grasp the present

Format and themes: This will be a two-day conference: 24-25th January, 2019, held at Oxford Brookes University and is supported by Newman University, Birmingham, and the History and Policy Unit, King’s College, London.

Papers (of 20 mins in length) might include discussion of—but are not limited to—the following subjects:

  • Conceptualising and historicising “corruption” over the long-term
  • Britain and the British Empire in comparative perspective: cultures of corruption and trajectories of reform
  • Conceptions of public service and corruption: office as private property and office as public trust
  • Patronage, privilege and salaried service in Whitehall and Westminster: from the Northcote-Trevelyan Report (1854) to the payment of MPs (1911)
  • Public and private interests: ministerial and official corruption and scandal
  • The business of politics: party financing, party managers and the practice of mass elections
  • Class and corruption: aristocracy, plutocracy and democracy
  • Corrupt practices and the reform of local government: “Civic Gospels” and “Tammany Halls”
  • The role of the national and provincial press in exposing corruption
  • Representing and imagining corruption: images, narratives, conspiracies

Contacts: Expressions of interest to: I.Cawood@newman.ac.uk and tcrook@brookes.ac.uk

These should include:

  • a brief ‘bio’ (detailing institution, publications, research interests, etc.)
  • a proposal/abstract (of roughly 300 words)

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 29 June 2018. Alternatively, if you are interested in attending as a delegate please email to reserve a place.

Conference fee: £95 (registration will open in September 2018)

Conference organisation enquiries:  tcrook@brookes.ac.uk

Organisers: Dr Ian Cawood (Newman University, Birmingham) and Dr Tom Crook (Oxford Brookes University)

(posted 26 March 2018)


The Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics
Ahwaz, Iran, 31 January-1 February 2019
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2018

Please visit the Conference website for more information no Conference themes, important dates, fees, etc.

Academics and university lecturers are cordially invited to present their research in English, Arabic or Persian.

Such an approach suggests that a linguistic study is no longer limited within a certain field; knowledge from different fields cultivates diversity in linguistic study. Recognizing this trend, the conference organizing committee aims to provide a platform for researchers and scholars from various fields to exchange ideas.

The selective full papers of the conference will be published as the book of conference and also will be indexed in CIVILICA (however, the book of abstracts will be published too).

Optional Services for Non-Iranian Nationality Presenters (If they wish to use)

  • A) Free Accommodation: ((1) accommodation will be in the university hostel or guest house, (2) Accommodation will be for four days (30th & 31st January & 1st & 2nd February 2019, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday). (3) Three or four participants will stay in each room).
  • B) Free Transportation: All transportation from Ahwaz airport to the accommodation place, to the conference venue and vice versa will be free.
  • C) Free Food: During 31st January & 1st February 2019 (Thursday, Friday) lunch and dinner will be free.
  • D) Free Tour: One Day Shoustar Historical City Tour – 2nd February, 2019 (Saturday) will be free. 
  • E) Other Notable Free Services.

For the last year, the articles were received from more than 30 countries.

Download the Conference poster.

Please feel free to write if there is any query.
The Conference Secretariat,
Pazhoheshgaran Andishmand Institute,
Ahwaz 61335-4619 Iran

Email: info@pahi.ir
Tel: (+98) 61-32931199
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(posted 4 April 2018)