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Where Was Political Thought in England, c. 1600-1642?

A symposium

Sponsored by the Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought

Friday and Saturday, 20 and 21 September 2013

Foulke Conference Room at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Haskell Center

301 East Capitol Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

This symposium asks about the spaces and places within which political thought was conducted, circulated, and debated in the decades leading up to the Parliamentary crisis of 1642, and it does so with a format that is designed to open up to general discussion from comments and framing questions set by session leaders. All political thinking occurred within identifiable institutions, arenas, and even buildings, but the ways in which these spaces shaped political thought have rarely been comprehensively assessed. What value might there be if the history of political thought were to follow a variety of other historical fields in taking a “spatial turn”? Sponsored by the Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought, this symposium will bring together several dozen scholars interested in the early seventeenth century to address the distinctive kinds of political thought that emerged from country houses and aristocratic households, in universities and theatres, at the Inns of Court and the common-law courts, or from chartered companies and colonial settlements. How did they differ from, and how might they have converged with, the political thinking conducted in Westminster Hall or at Paul’s Cross? How did political thought circulate among these spaces, in what forms, and with what transformative effects as it moved?


Friday, 20 September 2013

9:00 am – 9:25 am

Coffee and pastries (in the Foulke Conference Room lobby)

9:25 am – 9:30 am

Welcoming Remarks

Kathleen Lynch, Executive Director of the Folger Institute

9:30 am – 11:00 am


Chair: Julia Rudolph, Associate Professor of History, North Carolina State University

Thomas Cogswell, Professor of History, University of California, Riverside

Noah Millstone, Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics, Harvard University

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Aristocratic Households and University Halls

Chair: Gordon Schochet, Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University

Richard Serjeantson, Fellow and Lecturer, Trinity College, Cambridge University

Sarah Mortimer, Lecturer and Tutor in Modern History, Christ Church, Oxford University

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Lunch on your own (suggestions provided in folders)

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Spaces of Religion in Early Modern London

Chair: Nigel Smith, William and Anne S. Paton Foundation Chair of Ancient and Modern Literature, Princeton University

Mary Morrissey, Lecturer in English Literature, University of Reading

David Como, Associate Professor of Early Modern British History, Stanford University

Saturday, 21 September 2013

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Coffee and Pastries

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Spaces of Law

Chair: J.G.A. Pocock, Harry C. Black Emeritus Professor of History, The Johns Hopkins University

Christopher Brooks, Professor of History, Durham University

Alan Orr, Chair, Humanistic Studies, Maryland Institute College of Art

Barbara Shapiro, Emerita Professor of Rhetoric in the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Court and Country

Chair: Lois G. Schwoerer, Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History Emerita, The George Washington University

Ann Hughes, Professor, School of Humanities (History), Keele University

Cynthia C. Herrup, John R. Hubbard Chair in British History and Professor of History and Law, University of Southern California

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Lunch on your own (suggestions provided in folders)

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Trading Companies and Colonies

Chair: David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor and Chair of History, Harvard University

Philip J. Stern, Associate Professor of History, Duke University

Andrew Fitzmaurice, Associate Professor of History, University of Sydney

Carla Gardina Pestana, Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair of America in the World, University of California, Los Angeles

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Reception (Board Room, Folger Shakespeare Library)

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