Remembering, memory, and commemoration: uses and perceptions of the past in the Stuart World, 1658-1715
The Bangor Conference on the Restoration: 30th July - 1st August, 2019
The past cast a long shadow over the Restoration period. Most obviously memories of the civil war shaped identities, loyalties, and divisions: but perceptions of earlier periods also influenced culture, society, and politics. These included the protestant sense of a reformation history; classical civilisation, literature, and art, as a models and lessons; the notion of an ancient constitution to defended in the current era; nostalgia for an Elizabethan golden age; and so on. Scholars have also debated understanding of the past in the Restoration era at a conceptual level, asking – for instance – if people in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century had linear or cyclical views of history, whether they had an idea of progress, or whether there were differences between elite and popular attitudes to the past.
In 2019, the Bangor Conference on the Restoration will meet in beautiful Snowdonia to consider such issues, and any other dimension of the people’s perception and representation of earlier years and periods. The plenary lectures are given below: we welcome ideas for panels (2-3 papers of 20 minutes each) which can take any disciplinary approach to topics within the broad theme of uses and understanding of the past in the decades after the Restoration; or for individual papers that might fit into such panels. As always, the conference particularly welcomes contributions about areas outside England and Wales – this naturally includes the Stuarts’ territories in Ireland and Scotland, but can extend to anywhere which had extensive relations with Stuart realms, such as colonial America, the Netherlands, or France.
The conference also welcomes proposals from post-graduate and research students, for whom generous bursaries are available if their papers are accepted. There are also a limited number of awards available for post-graduates who just want to attend the conference. Please bring these opportunities to the attention of anyone who might benefit.
Clare Jackson: Ghosts of Stuart Past
Elaine Hobby: “I have a pretty memory for mischief”: Aphra Behn’s Remembering, 1670-89
James Raven: Books and the past in the late Stuart world
David Womersley: Innoculating Carolean England with Cosmopolitan Republicanism: Henry Neville's "Political Discourses and Histories worth reading”
There will also be a plenary round table discussion on early modern conceptions of time, memory, and the past: led by Tony Claydon, Andrew Hiscock, Jacqueline Rose, and Andy Wood.