Medieval and Early Modern


Friday 27 May, 9:00-18:00

Craig Suite, Floor 7, Sir Duncan Rice Library

Speakers: Speakers include Professor Crawford Gribbon, Dr Ian Campbell (both Queen’s University Belfast), Dr Clare Hawes (St Andrews) and Dr Christian Liddy (Durham)

An all-day workshop highlighting the historical developments and implications of political community.

This event is co-hosted by the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law (CISRUL) in cooperation with the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) by CISRUL Faculty member, Chair of Early Modern History, and Co-director of CEMS Karin Friedrich and CISRUL PhD candidate Alexander Crawford. This one-day workshop will debate political community with medieval and early modern historians.  Our guest speakers will highlight key theories for discussion.

The discussion will start with a focus on the volume entitled Political Community: The Idea of the Self-Governing People, prepared by members of CISRUL. Previous workshops on the topic and the volume have had a contemporary focus, but CISRUL would now like, in partnership with the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS), to include medieval and early modern historians in the debate. Not only will this broaden the empirical scope of the debates, but it will enrich the theoretical approach, since historians have arguably given more thought to political community than other disciplines. Meanwhile, we expect that historians will find it valuable to debate and reflect on other approaches to the topic.

For more information please view the Political Community Historical Perspectives programme.