Cultures of Exclusion in the Early Modern World: Enemies and Strangers, 1600-1800

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Date / time: 18 May - 19 May, All day

University of Warwick

Cultures of Exclusion in the Early Modern World: Enemies and Strangers, 1600-1800

Recent scholarship has drawn attention to the ways early modern people embraced sociability, and created new spaces and ‘languages’ of interaction. Yet, not all strangers who met became ‘friends’. Most remained relative strangers, and others became ‘enemies’. How did people determine who was a potential friend, ally, or enemy? Why, how, and in what ways, were individuals and groups socially ‘excluded’? Did physical appearance and conduct, status, occupation, religion, ethnicity, gender, and place of origin, determine whether one was ‘in’ or ‘out’?

Many early modern historians of social relations, popular print, urban history, gender history, criminality, material culture, and the history of the body, senses and emotions, have recently touched upon these issues. Nevertheless, many fundamental questions about the ways men and women understood and managed their social interactions remain. This timely two-day interdisciplinary collaboratory takes the idea of ‘cultures of exclusion’ as a starting point to explore how social relationships were theorised and constructed, and how and why certain groups and individuals were excluded from particular social interactions and spaces.

Professor Garthine Walker (University of Cardiff) is our confirmed keynote speaker. Her paper will hosted in the Zeeman Building at the University of Warwick on the 18th May 2017, held in conjunction with the University of Warwick’s Early Modern Seminar and Eighteenth Century Seminar.

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The organisers of this event are Naomi Pullin ( and Kathryn Woods (

The event is sponsored by the Humanities Research Centre, European History Research Centre and Department of History at the University of Warwick.