Call for Papers: ‘Sensing the Early Modern’ Conference

Birkbeck Early Modern Society is pleased to announce its 9th annual student conference on the theme of ‘Sensing the Early Modern’ to take place on Saturday 20th February 2016.

We invite proposals for papers that explore perceptions of the senses during the early modern period, 1500-1800 and we welcome proposals from post-graduate students from all institutions.

This conference provides an engaged and friendly forum to showcase student research.

We aim to present a diverse and inter-disciplinary collection of papers that connect with our conference theme. Conference papers might address the five traditional senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch – or those less defined areas, such as the sense of time or place; of common sense, pain or pleasure.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for a paper lasting 20-25 minutes (about 2,000-2,500 words) to Sue Jones, President, Birkbeck Early Modern Society, by 5pm on Friday 11th December 2015. 

The abstract should be in the a Microsoft word document headed with your name, programme of study and institution.


For details of the aims and events of the Early Modern Society, please see or visit their website, The Early Modern Intelligencer at


Image: When the senses are shaken – intaglio colour etching by William Blake from his 1796 book ‘A Large Book of Designs’

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