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CFP Violence and its Control in Early Modern Europe, University of York, UK, 4-5 July 2023

Interpersonal violence is the product of complex interactions between cultural, social, political and environmental factors and is subject to transformations that reflect on-going changes within society. In the framework of the MSCA ViolenControl research project, a conference will be hosted at the University of York between 4-5 July 2023.

We welcome papers focused on violence and its control in Early Modern Europe. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Quantitative analysis of violence

Peacemaking, public order, and policing

Interrelationships between criminal justice and violence

Factionalism, political and elite violence

Ecological factors and violence

Class, gender-based, and collective violence

Minorities and violence

Spatial patterns of violence

Key-note speaker: Dr. Amanda Madden (George Mason University)

Please send a 300-word abstract and brief biographical statement to Andrew Vidali ( by 16 December 2022.

A selection of papers will be published in a peer-reviewed volume.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101023687 ‘ViolenControl - Violence and its Control in Early Modern Venice’

Mon 07 Nov 2022, 10:11 | Tags: Call for Papers

Religion and Violence in France: 1500 to the Present, Special Issue of French History

We are delighted to announce the publication of a special issue of French History, entitled Religion and Violence in France: 1500 to the Present. This originated as a History of Violence Network workshop at Warwick, followed by a workshop at Trinity College Dublin. Several of the articles are written by members of the Network:
Tue 15 Oct 2019, 14:52 | Tags: Publication

CFP: ‘Violence and the Body in the City: Europe 1100-1800’ workshop, the University of Warwick, UK, Friday, 4 May 2018

‘The Body in the City, 1100-1800’ Focus Program of The Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (University of Amsterdam, State University of Arizona, University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, Birkbeck and Queen Mary Colleges at the University of London, Monash University, University of Warwick, Archivio di Stato di Prato) is investigating the complex, diverse, and multi-layered realities and understandings of ‘the body’ in medieval and early modern European societies and how these were shaped by the urban environment. The research program encompasses various subjects – art, architecture, literature, medicine, politics, religion, gender, society – and focusses on archival, textual, visual and environmental materials.

A workshop on ‘Violence and the Body in the City: Europe 1100-1800’ will be held at the University of Warwick, UK on Friday, 4 May 2018. Topics of interest for submission include but are not limited to:

private and public space

physical violence

verbal violence

interpersonal violence

group violence

ritual violence

riot and rebellion



gender and violence

justice and punishment

representations of violence

We welcome abstracts for 20-minute presentations. Please send a 150-word abstract and brief biographical statement to by Wednesday, 1 November 2017. Accommodation and travel within the UK will be provided for speakers.

Mon 18 Sep 2017, 16:24 | Tags: Call for Papers, Workshop

Workshop: Religion and Violence in France 1500-2000, 15-16 September 2017, Trinity College Dublin.

A workshop on 'Religion and Violence in France 1500-2000' will be held on 15 and 16 September 2017 at Trinity College Dublin. For the programme and the abstracts of the papers, please click here. This workshop is open to the public but registration is required in advance. To register please e-mail Joseph Clarke at

Thu 17 Aug 2017, 15:52 | Tags: Workshop

CFP: 'A Violent World? Changes and Limits to Large-Scale Violence in Early Modernity', University of Oxford, 29 June - 1 July 2017

This conference brings global approaches to the history of violence, reassessing the nature of violence during the early modern period. Using violence and the restraint of violence as a unifying theme, participants are encouraged to make trans-national comparisons and connections across the early modern world. By examining large-scale, organized violence alongside broader social and cultural patterns, this conference will explore the boundaries between ‘war’ and ‘violence’, as well as how they relate to ideas of morality, social order, law, and political legitimacy in the early modern world. We encourage scholars to address contemporary perceptions of violence and its restraint, framing analysis through thematic, rather than geographic, approaches. Confirmed speakers include: Wayne Lee, Alan McFarlane, Stuart Carroll, Pratyay Nath, Brian Sandberg, Cecile Vidal, Lauren Benton, Adam Clulow, Simon Layton, Richard Reid, and James Belich. We particularly welcome papers on violence in regions not covered by confirmed speakers, such as China, Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and Africa.


More details at:


An abstract of 400 words, accompanied by a short (two-page) CV, should be submitted by 31 December 2016.



Peter H. Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford

Marie Houllemare, Institut Universitaire de France, Université d’Amiens (CHSSC)

Erica Charters, Global History Centre, University of Oxford

Tue 08 Nov 2016, 11:18 | Tags: Call for Papers

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