Kings & Queens Conference 12: ‘Royal Success(ion)’

Date / time: 15 February, 12:00 am

Call for Papers, deadline – 15 February 2023

The Kings & Queens conference 2023 will be organized by the Department of History, Uppsala University, in collaboration with the Centre for Medieval Studies, Stockholm University, from 28 to 30 June. On 1 July, there will be a full day excursion. We hereby invite scholars in the field to submit their abstracts to the conference, which will be the twelfth in the series.

Kings & Queens is a conference series that has been arranged since 2011 by the Royal Studies Network, The network edits the Royal Studies Journal, launched in 2014, and several social media platforms.

We welcome scholars from a broad academic field – for example history of culture, politics, diplomacy, et cetera, biography, art history, music and literature. The contributions can cover any historical period, from ancient to modern, deal with diverse parts of the world, and apply a variety of theoretical perspectives.

In the upcoming conference, we aim specifically to increase our understanding of Royal Success and Succession. The contributions can focus on individuals, groups or structural perspectives. Dynasties and family are important topics, but so are strategies of success and succession, ranging from diplomatic activity and cultural transmission to political struggle and war.

We will arrange the conference on Campus at Uppsala University. During the conference, it will be possible to visits some key sites in Uppsala, and on Sunday there will be a full-day excursion. We wish to emphasise that ours will not be a hybrid conference. However, we will offer an online alternative. For delegates who are unable to travel to Uppsala in person, there will be one or several (depending on demand) entirely digital sessions. Keynote lectures will also be available digitally. Delegates must choose whether they wish to participate in person or online, and those that come to Uppsala are expected to present in real life. The fee will be reduced for those who choose online participation.

The conference will feature keynote lectures by established scholars who have vitalised the field. There will be parallel paper sessions, as well as the possibility for poster sessions and roundtables. We encourage research students and early career scholars, in particular, to test their work and ides at such sessions. There will be a limited number of bursaries for research students and young scholars, who are unable to be sponsored by academic institutions.

Individual proposals should include a title, institutional affiliation, an abstract of 250-300 words, and a short CV. Please indicate whether you wish to present in a paper session, in a poster session or in a roundtable. Proposals for panels should include a maximum of four papers, and should provide the same information as well as a short presentation of about 100 words demonstrating the focus of the panel. If a specific institution sponsors a panel, please indicate this in the proposal. If you wish to present in an online session only, please state this as well.

Deadline: All proposals should be submitted by 15 January 2023 to the e-mail address:

Please send questions about the conference to this address as well. Notifications of acceptance will come by 20 February 2023.

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