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CfP: Everything Begins at Home: The Early Modern Household, SCSC 2018

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“Everything Begins at Home: The Early Modern Household”

Call For Papers – Sixteenth Century Studies Annual Meeting 2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA – 1–4 November 2018

The household has long been considered to be a microcosm for the larger parish, community, or state. In households contemporaries saw a space in which virtue should be cultivated, piety ingrained, and a host of other norms calibrated. Likewise, the household could be a place of reform – either a deliberate example offered for the community’s approval or where one was coerced or forcibly reformed. Although fundamentally quotidian, the household has produced an extraordinary amount of documentation and plays an important role in understanding both the continuities and changes seen across this period.

This Call For Papers is open to scholarly research focusing on any of the many aspects of research on the early modern household. Presentations could focus on the following issues and practices seen across the world from 1400-1700 CE:

  • The literature of household management, imagined households
  • Non-traditional households: led by clergy, women, a royal child, others
  • The family palace: many households, one building
  • The material culture of the household or provisioning the household
  • Authority structures and relations within the household
  • Multi-faith households
  • Itinerant, mobile, and migrating households
  • The household in the visual arts, literature, and drama
  • The household in legal and probate records, wills, correspondence, and other texts
  • The household as a site for patronage and information-gathering, a shelter for clients, and a social/political center
  • The household as a stage for practicing and projecting virtue and identity
  • Institutional households: hospitals, conservatories, work houses, houses of conversion, seminaries, others

Please send a half-page curriculum vitae, a presentation title, and a 200-word abstract of the proposed presentation to the session organizer Jennifer Mara DeSilva ( In addition, please detail any A/V requirements that you might have. All presenters must register for the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, be committed to attending the conference in Albuquerque, and make their own travel arrangements. For more information about the SCSC, please see the conference website: The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 07 April 2018.

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