Marriage in Early Modern Political Thought

An Open Forum

Sponsored by:
The Center for the History of British Political Thought
Friday, December 01, 2017, 1:00 pm
Folger Board Room

This free, public forum from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. welcomes experts in gender, literature and political thought (Mary Nyquist, Toronto); Hebraism and Natural Law theory (Jason Rosenblatt, Georgetown); and Milton and radicalism (Nigel Smith, Princeton), speakers bringing key frameworks needed to approach the question of ''Marriage in Early Modern Political Thought." They will discuss the question:  "How does thinking about marriage contribute to the history of political thought?"  These participants will consider marriage in relation to topics such as jurisdiction, divine law, natural law, civil law, international relations, jurisprudence, theology, social history, ideologies and practices of gender, the regulation of sexuality, the public and the private. This range of approaches and methodologies will contribute to refreshing important questions in the history of political thought. 

The associated fall semester seminar, “Conjugality and Early Modern Political Thought,” directed by Sharon Achinstein (Johns Hopkins), explores marriage thinking in a range of early modern writers, considering how thought on marriage contributed to political ideas, drawing upon the Hebraic, Natural Law, and humanist traditions. The seminar participants have considered writers including Erasmus, Luther, More, Bodin, Grotius, Selden, Hobbes, Milton, Cavendish, Astell, Locke, and Pufendorf, and engaged with theology, jurisprudence, and politics. 

Tickets for this event are free, but please contact to reserve a seat.