Call for Papers: International Conference Political History, on the theme ‘Informal Power’
The Dutch/Flemish Research School Political History organizes a conference which will take place in Leiden (NL) from 4 to 6 September 2014. The general call for papers and some practical information can be found on the Research School’s website: http://onderzoekschoolpolitiekegeschiedenis.nl/
The conveners particularly encourage PhD-candidates and early career researchers to submit papers.
‘Informal power’ is one of the themes the conference hopes to deal with. For the session we organize on that theme we want to focus on the early modern period without privileging a particular European geographical area. Possible topics include lobbying and corruption, the ‘informal power’ exercised by women, or the way power was displayed by (court) architecture, to name but a few examples.
Moreover, in some rather methodological papers we would like to discuss whether and to what extent ‘formal’ and ‘informal power’ are discernible categories? Indeed, can the analysis of formal decision-making processes by councillors, ministers and princes be isolated from the reconstruction of interventions from (private) individuals to influence such processes and how to study such processes?
Proposals, containing an abstract of no more than 500 words and a succinct CV can be sent before 15 March 2014 to dr. Margit van der Steen.