Call for Papers. Congreso Internacional «Kings and Queens 6: At the Shadow of the Throne»

El próximo 30 de marzo finaliza el plazo de recepción de propuestas para participar en la 6ª edición del Congreso Internacional Kings & Queens: “At the Shadow of the Throne”, cita anual promovida por la Royal Studies Network. El congreso está destinado a especialistas en historia de la realeza, diplomacia, historia del arte, historia política, estudios biográficos e interesados en los estudios de la realeza y las monarquías. La temática de esta edición se centrará fundamentalmente en los personajes secundarios de las familias reales (hermanos, cónyuges, primos, amantes, favoritos, miembros del séquito real…) y el papel que desempeñaron a la sombra del trono.

Retrato del Príncipe Baltasar Carlos de Austria, a la edad aproximada de 11 años. Atribuido a Juan Bautista del Mazo, ca. 1640. Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum.

La cita tendrá lugar del 12 al 15 de septiembre de 2017 en la Facultad de Geografía e Historia de la UNED (Madrid). Al comité organizador del evento, liderado desde el Departamento de Historia Moderna, pertenecen los miembros de “Arte y Pensamiento” Cristina Agüero Carnerero, Diana Carrió-Invernizzi, Antonio Urquízar Herrera y José Antonio Vigara Zafra.

El lenguaje oficial del congreso será el inglés.

Call for Papers [English]

The Kings & Queens conference series will be travelling to Madrid in 2017 for its sixth edition. In this occasion, we aim to connect scholars across the world whose research focuses on topics related to royal history, diplomacy, art history, political history, biographical studies or any other issues included in the scope of the royal studies. In particular, this edition of the Kings and Queens congress will be focused on the secondary members of royal families, such as siblings, spouses, cousins, as well as the people closest to the king, like lovers, favourites, members of the royal entourage, etc. We look especially for studies related to figures with family ties to a monarch, who were not kings or queens in their own right, but had a significant influence in spheres such as international politics, the court, the arts, the society or dynastic strategies during their time, with the objective of obtaining a better understanding of figures that are usually in the shadow of the throne. All kind of topics related to these issues will be welcomed, from diverse chronological periods and parts of the world.

In the potential topics for papers or panels we may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Biographical, dynastical and political studies of different members of the royal families who were not kings or queens on their own right.
  • Power, role and importance of different people close to the monarch, like favorites, lovers, relatives with military, diplomatic or dynastic posts, ambassadors or diverse members of their entourage.
  • The relationship between power and art. Patronage, collecting and diplomatic exchanges.
  • Monarchy, high nobility and the representation of status, power and influence through art, culture and image.
  • The importance of the dynasty and the “dynastic mirror”.
  • Informal power, royal favour and disfavour.

Proposals should include a title, institutional affiliation, an abstract of around 500 words and a short, one page CV. In the case of panels, the proposal should include a maximum of three different papers accompanied by the same information required for individual proposals and the name, affiliation and short, one page CV of the sponsor (if they are not presenting a paper in the same panel). All the proposals should be submitted by March 30, 2017, to Kq6Madrid@gmail.com.

Please, remember that English will be the official language of the congress.

More info

Call for Papers (PDF)
Royal Studies Network and Kings & Queens Conference Series (web)


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