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Civility and Incivility: Conference 2019

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Oriel College

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OX1 4EW

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One-day Conference: ‘Civility and Incivility in Early Modern Britain’, Oriel College, 28th June 2019

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Recent years have seen an increased scholarly interest in early modern ideas about civility. Although often associated with urbanity, gentility, or refinement, this conference will explore ideas of civility more broadly, asking how the limits of acceptable behaviour and discourse were defined, enforced, and negotiated in early modern Britain – be it in the religious, political, legal, social, intellectual, or cultural sphere.

The meaning of civility in post-Reformation Britain was both contested and complex. Religious change, developments in print and law, and social and political upheaval all served at various points to intensify ideological division and public disagreement. But contemporaries also worried about the effects of heated, vitriolic debate, and about how to ensure that difference did not tear apart the vinculum societatis (“bond of society”). Notions of civility could be both a source of, and a solution to, these conflicts – a form of tolerance or a tool of exclusion. They could place people, groups, and ideas beyond the bounds of acceptability, but also provide a principle for counteracting fissure in society and ensuring peaceful co-existence.

Papers address:

  • Inclusion and exclusion
  • Orthodoxy and conformity
  • Tolerance and intolerance
  • Morality and immorality
  • Marginalisation and subversion
  • Reformation of manners
  • Politeness and codes of conduct
  • The politics of moderation
  • Censorship and free speech
  • Polemic and invective
  • Crime and punishment

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09.15 – 09.30 Registration and coffee

09.30 – 09.45 Welcome

09.45 – 11.15 Panel 1: Rules

11.15 – 11.30 Refreshment break

11.30 – 12.20 Keynote address, Dr Teresa Bejan (Oxford University)

12.20 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 14.45 Panel 2: Virtue Signals

14.45 – 15.15 Comfort break

15.15 – 16.45 Panel 3: Uncivil Conflict

16.45 – 17.35 Keynote address, Prof Phil Withington (University of Sheffield)

17.35 – 18.00 Wine reception on the lawn

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