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SEFR Conferences for 2022
1. 'Spectacular Orientalism in Early Modern Europe (1529-1683)

SEFR in collaboration with the Centre for Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London, 24-25 February 2022.

For the full call for papers see or contact or

Deadline for proposal for papers: 29 October 2021.

2. 'Celebrations, Communities and Performances: festival occasions in Coventry and the surrounding region from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries and their legacy'.

SEFR in collaboration with the University of Warwick and Mark Webb (Historic Coventry Trust and the Prince's Foundation)

A conference to mark the year of the City of Coventry as UK City of Culture (May 2021-April 2022).

The conference will take place from 20-22 April 2022 in person, in two of Coventry's historic buildings the Drapers' Hall and the Guildhall, both of which have undergone significant restoration and renovation work.

Full details of the arrangements, plus a call for papers will follow during October 2021.



SEFR Annual Conference, 2019

To be held in collaboration with the State Archives of Turin as a Joint Initiative from Wednesday 18 September to Friday 20 September.

For details, including a list of speakers and papers, conference registration and details for visitors to Turin, click here.

Previous Conferences: The Society’s Conferences since 2010

Waterborne Pageants and Festivities in the Renaissance’, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice 2010

Dynastic Marriages 1612–1615: The Hapsburg and Bourbon Unions’, The Warburg Institute, London, 2012

The Iconography of Power: Ceremonial Entries in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe’, Università degli Studi, Bergamo, 2012

Making Space for Festivals: Interactions between Architecture and Performance’, in collaboration with the PALATIUM research network (European Science Foundation), Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice 2013

‘Imperial Festivities in Hainaut, 1549’, in collaboration with the Low Countries Sculpture Society as part of the Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture

'Crossing Boundaries: confessional, political and cultural interactions in early modern festivals and diplomatic encounters', 30 April & 1 May 2018 at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.

Topic: In the early modern world, festivals and diplomatic ceremonial often involved the movement of individuals and courtly retinues across borders. They could therefore serve as sites of interaction between religious, political, artistic and material cultures. Often this was complicated by underlying tensions, which could be made more or less explicit in the diverse 'languages' of festival. Interactions might be literal, as in the case of rulers, courtiers or ambassadors travelling between territories to attend and participate in festival or diplomatic occasions, or indirect, through visual or performed representations of cultures other than the 'home' culture. Such encounters could involve claims to, and negotiations of, status and precedence. They could permit the inclusion of multiple layers of meaning, enabling different parties to participate in the associated ceremonies.