CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Revisiting the London Livery Companies of Early Modern London

Source of Information: FICINO 1999-10-13
Date of Event: 2000-04-13
Location of event: London, United Kingdom
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 1999-11-30

============ CALL FOR PAPERS ============


one-day conference, 13 April 2000

Centre for Metropolitan History,
Institute of Historical Research, London

As Londoners prepare to go to the polls to elect a new Mayor for the
metropolis, it seems an appropriate time to revisit the institutional
heart of an earlier form of City government and society: the London
livery companies. With, as some suggest, perhaps as many as 75% of
London's early modern adult male population as members, the companies
were integral to all aspects of the City's political, social and
economic life. Yet what were the livery companies? Contemporaries and
historians have offered vastly differing judgements. From one
perspective, these oligarchic 'Petit-States' exercised unhealthy
monopolies over trades and crafts preventing economic and technical
innovation. From another, the companies have been celebrated as 'Hives
of Bees': maintaining and enforcing standards in manufacture and retail;
supplying money, men and munitions for the city and the crown; and
caring for the life-long welfare of their members and families.

This one-day conference aims to bring together new research and insights
into the livery companies of early modern London. While recent
scholarship has successfully questioned many traditional assumptions
about their political, social and economic roles, substantial parts of
their histories still remain unexplored. Papers which address the
following themes will be particularly welcome:

 ·Companies and citizenship
· Relations with crown and city
· Economic regulation - searches, patents and licenses
· Charity
· Manufacturing and trading
· Role and influence beyond London
· Rituals and representations
· Companies as cultural patrons
· Inter-corporate relations
· The nature of membership
· The 'decline' of the companies
· Formal and informal relationships with other institutions and

We welcome proposals of 300 words for papers of 20 minutes in length
that in some way reassess traditional views of a London livery company
or explore an aspect of the companies in general between 1500 and 1750.
Proposals by post or e-mail should reach the organisers by 30 November

Ian Gadd, Darwin College, Cambridge CB3 9EU
Patrick Wallis, Lincoln College, Oxford OX1 3DR

A full programme will be available from the Centre for Metropolitan
History early in 2000.
Patrick Wallis,
Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine,
45-47 Banbury Rd., Oxford, OX2 6PE    (01865) 274619

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