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Servants and Mobility in Eighteenth-Century Europe

10:00am - 2:00pm / Saturday 1st October 2022
Type: Symposium / Category: Department
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What is the symposium about?
This symposium will explore the many forms of mobility (physical, social, economic, etc) in the lives of eighteenth-century servants in Britain and Europe: What is the current state of research on servants and mobility? How did mobility influence places and spaces for servants across eighteenth-century Europe? What are the opportunities and issues with current historiographical trends and methodologies? What new perspectives can we identify?

We will hear short presentations on these questions by scholars in the field. The symposium will then leave plenty of space to discuss these issues and questions in detail. This will also be a chance to learn more about other scholars’ work in the field and form connections.

Preliminary programme:
I. Terminologies, definitions, challenges (Sophie Dunn, University of Liverpool)
II. Mobility and places / spaces (Richard Ansell, University of Leicester)
III. Historiographical trends and methodologies – chances and issues (Catriona Kennedy, University of York)
IV. Where are we heading? New perspectives, new questions (TBC)
No preparation necessary, we strive for an open discussion in a stress-free environment for productive scholarly exchange. A detailed programme and a short reading list will be sent out before the symposium, and everyone is welcome to read as much or as little as they see fit.

Who is invited?
The scope includes both Britain and Europe and we would be delighted for a wide range of scholars to participate. Whether you work with sources related to servants or the relationship between servants and other members of eighteenth-century society or your work is connected to eighteenth-century mobility in all its forms, this symposium is for you. Everyone is welcome, from commencing PhD students to established scholars.

How to join?
To sign up, please email Sophie Dunn (sophie.dunn@liverpool.ac.uk) by 1 September. You will be added to the mailing list and receive the Zoom link a day prior to the symposium. If you have any questions about the symposium, please do not hesitate to get in touch.