Women and Community in the Ancien Régime: Traditional and New Media Scholarly Focus

MargotThe Fourth International MARGOT Conference
June 18-20, 2014
Barnard College, New York City

Women and Community in the Ancien Régime: Traditional and New Media Scholarly Focus

This three-day conference will feature research and teaching approaches that explore how women participated in and contributed to different kinds of community in medieval and early modern Europe.  Conference sessions will feature presentations based on texts and images in traditional manuscript and print format, as well as work that employs new technology and media projects. The conference will be interdisciplinary, and will consider the function and importance of female communities in the natural and social sciences, religion, literature, history, music and fine arts.

Presentation topics may explore women in:

Medical communities; midwifery

Religious communities and non-orthodox or heretical groups

Salons and académies

Women and the Republic of Letters

Epistolary communities

Literary circles

Artists’ and performing artists’ communities


Oral communities; storytelling

Resources and approaches used may include:

Print and Manuscript format

Digital resources of all kinds

Online publication of texts and images

Database design and creation

Material culture and artifacts


This conference is co-sponsored by the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. For information about the conference, including submissions, registration and accommodation, please go to MARGOT.


We welcome three types of submissions:

  1. Demonstrations/showcasing of existing projects which will include discussion of their creation and implementation for research and/or teaching
  2. Abstracts for regular paper presentations
  3. Proposals for entire sessions (including the names, titles, and abstracts of three/four presenters)

Regular papers will last for 20 minutes, and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Project demonstrations will last for 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes of discussion. We ask participants to include the following information in their proposal:

  1. Paper or Session title
  2. Session type – Regular or Project Demonstration
  3. 250 word abstract
  4. Contact information and bio paragraph

The Committee will look at all the proposals and their compatibility with the sessions that are planned. As far as possible, we will try to avoid parallel sessions.

The language of the Colloquium will be English.

The deadline for submitting your proposal is October 1, 2013

Please submit proposals by e-mail to the conference committee:

Prof. Laurie Postlewate: lpostlew@barnard.edu.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by October 15, 2013. Information about the conference, including registration, accommodation at negotiated favourable rates, will be provided early in 2014. We will periodically update the conference website.

We look forward to your participation,

The Conference Committee:
Laurie Postlewate (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Christine McWebb (University of Waterloo)
Catherine Dubeau (University of Waterloo)

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