CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Early Modern Terrorism: Atrocity and Political Violence, 1500-1700

Source of Information: CFP 2005-02-16
Date of Event: 2005-11-05
Location of event: Manchester, U.K.
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2005-06-03

Call for Papers
Early Modern Terrorism:
Atrocity and Political Violence 1500-1700

November 5th
at the Imperial War Museum North
organised by the University of Manchester

On the 400th anniversary of Guy Fawkes' attempt to destroy the Houses 
of Parliament a conference to consider issues of politicised violence, 
terrorism and atrocity during the early modern period. How useful is a 
definition of 'terror' or 'terrorism'  to our understanding of the 
period? How are incidents of political violence understood, 
interpreted, or used? How does memory of violence and terror function? 
How do discourses of 'terror' intersect with the relation ship between 
state and subject?

Papers might consider:
Atrocity; torture; martyrdom; religious violence; extremism; 
fundamentalsm; trade and colonialism; the staging of genocide and 
massacre; the performance of state violence; definitions of early 
modern terrorism; orientalism and crusading; European war and political 
violence; internment; conspiracy; the law; Islam, Christianity, 
Judaism; heresy; execution; regicide; revolt; technologies of terror; 
terror and the formation of the state; Hobbes, Machiavelli; Ireland; 
Empire; savagery; othering; ethnic cleansing; sacrifice; invasion; 
revenge; warfare; suppression; treason; barbarism; science and 
terrorism; trauma and memory; legal and illegal political acts.

Proposals from postgraduate students welcomed. Please send abstracts 
(400 words max) by email to or by post to Dr 
Jerome de Groot, English and American Studies, Humanities Lime Grove, 
University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK. 
Deadline: June 3rd, 2005.

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