[H-verkko] CFP: Agency and State Building in the 16th and 17th centuries

agricola at utu.fi agricola at utu.fi
Ke toukokuu 29 13:09:10 EEST 2013

Agricolan artikkelipyyntöihin on lähetetty uusi ilmoitus:
Agency and State Building in the 16th and 17th centuries
Agency and State Building in the 16th and 17th centuries 

University of Jyväskylä 13.-15.11.2013

The aim of the conference is to provide new insights into the state building
process in the Early Modern period by bringing a new “personal level” to the
much-debated state building process, which has so far been mainly studied from a
structural perspective as a top-down or bottom-up model. During the early modern
years, many far-reaching administrative reforms were carried out, and European
monarchies developed into a prime example of the early modern "power-state". But
was state building a more diversified and personalized process than has
previously been assumed? Many individuals – noblemen, office-holders, etc. –
were also crucially important to the process, and the development itself was not
a straightforward progression but fundamentally intertwined with the abilities
and activities of these “lower-level” actors. 

In the Early Modern period, the private and the public were often closely
intertwined. By researching individual lives or careers, it is possible to take
a look at the period ‘from below’ without forgetting the broader context.
The personal approach allows researchers to identify the difficulties, setbacks
and missteps with which the state administration had to deal. In addition, this
approach makes it possible to study how personal power and institutional power
were interwoven. Research from the point of view of personal agency has long
remained in the shadow of structures and institutions. With this approach, light
can be shed on numerous important questions regarding the nature of
administration and the possibilities of state formation. 

Proposals that address any configuration of ‘Personal Agency and State
Building’ are welcomed from all disciplines. Those interested in a presenting
paper at the conference are invited to submit a proposal to
personalagency2013 at gmail.com by the 31st of August, 2013. Proposals should
include the following: the participant’s name and affiliation (if applicable),
a title and 300-word abstract, email and contact information, and A/V requests
for the presentation (we recommend using Power Point).

Keynote speakers

Øysten Rian

Professor of Early Modern History at University of Oslo

Andy Wood

Professor of Social History at University of Durham

Raine Koskimaa

Professor of Contemporary Culture at University of Jyväskylä

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Agricola <agricola at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 1.9.2013
Lisätietoja WWW-osoitteesta: http://personalagency.blogspot.fi/