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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. The topic of the conference will be:

The Role of Courtly Spectacle in the Politics and Diplomatic Entanglements of the House of Savoy in the Renaissance and Early Modern Periods (1450–1750).

Il ruolo dello spettacolo di corte nelle politiche e nelle relazioni diplomatiche di Casa Savoia dal Rinascimento all’età moderna (1450–1750).

The conference will be hosted in the auditorium of the State Archives of Turin. The call for papers, which is in both English and Italian, can be accessed here. Deadline 10th May 2019.

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.

Planned Conferences

Conference locations under active planning include TURIN (2019), VERSAILLES (2020, by invitation of the Palace of Versailles) and WARWICK/COVENTRY (2021).