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Spaces and Places of Leisure, Recreation, and Sociability in Early Modernity (c.1500–1800)


19–21 May 2016

Convener: Angela Schattner (University of Bremen)
Venue: German Historical Institute London


This conference looks at practices of leisure, recreation and sociability in pre-modern societies and how these were reflected in and shaped by spatial practices. The aim is to take stock of the current state of research, to bridge the gap between histories of recreation, leisure and sociability in the eighteenth century and earlier periods, and to facilitate conversations between historians working on different case studies in Europe and beyond in order to develop comparative perspectives.


Call for papers (PDF file)

Conference programme (PDF file)