Worlds of Conflict: Violence in the Early Modern Period

Tintoretto, Cain Killing Abel, 1540s, oil on wood, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

CRRS Conference
University of Toronto
21-23 Sept. 2023

Conference Committee

Amanda Madden
George Mason University
Colin Rose
Brock University
Paul Stevens
University of Toronto
Nicholas Terpstra
University of Toronto

Call for Papers

In recent years, a growing number of scholars have turned their analyses towards the functions and meanings of violence in a variety of contexts. The early modern world remains a focus of scholars’ energy due to the richness of its source materials and the dynamic and shifting societies that occupied it.

Worlds of Conflict will bring together scholars for an interdisciplinary conference to examine the roles and meanings of violence in the early modern world. We invite scholars whose work engages questions of violence in both geographically-focused and global contexts, and hope to draw in work on Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania. Conference panels will be arranged thematically rather than geographically, to promote more transregional comparison in the field of violence studies. 

Our plenary speakers will be leading scholars of the field, including Dr. Stuart Carroll (University of York).

We invite abstracts of 150 words for papers presenting original research on early modern violence. The deadline for proposals is 15 Oct. 2022. Papers are invited on all aspects of and approaches to violence in the early modern world. Topics might include:

  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Early Modern Violence in Global Perspectives
  • Gendered Violence
  • Colonialism, Enslavement and Violence
  • Discipline and Violence
  • Violence and Imagination
  • State Violence
  • Digital Approaches to the Study of Violence
  • Senses, Emotions and Space 
  • Theories of Violence

To submit a proposal, please include:

  • speaker’s name and academic affiliation (or “independent scholar” as applicable)
  • the title of the presentation
  • a 150-word abstract
  • full contact information (mailing address, telephone, email)
  • a one-page CV

In the case of proposals for complete sessions, this information must be provided for each presenter and the chair (if proposed). 

Proposals should be emailed in MS Word format to by 15 Oct. 2022.