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Previous Conferences: The Society's Conferences since 2010

'Spectacular Orientalism in Early Modern Europe (1529-1683)'. The online conference on 'Spectacular Orientalism in Early Modern Europe (1529–1683)', organised by the Centre for Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London, in collaboration with the Society for European Festivals Research, was held on 8-9 June 2022. Further details on the Goldsmiths' website here, Full programme available here: 

'Celebrations, Communities and Performances: festival occasions in Coventry and the surrounding region from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries and their legacy'. 20 April to 22 April 2022 at the Drapers' Hall, Coventry. For details, including a list of speakers and papers, click here.

SEFR Annual Conference, 2019,'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)', 18-20 September 2019. This was held in collaboration with the State Archives of Turin as a Joint Initiative. For details, including a list of speakers and papers, click here.

'Crossing Boundaries: confessional, political and cultural interactions in early modern festivals and diplomatic encounters', Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, 30 April and 1 May 2018. A highly successful conference including excellent contributions by new and early-career as well as established scholars. Selected conference papers produced in a volume due for release 2020, edited by Richard Morris, in the European Festival Studies 1450-1700 series.

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

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

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

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

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