Early Modern Privacy - Notions, Spaces, Implications

We are proud to say that our inaugural PRIVACY conference Early Modern Privacy: Notions, Spaces, Implications was a success. The conference took place on 9-11 April 2019 at the Danish Royal Society of Sciences and Letters.

Welcoming colleagues from multiple disciplines was a joy for the PRIVACY team. The many invited scholars presented the Centre’s methodology and they exchanged insights and disciplinary differences in relation to the view of manifestations and absences of privacy in the early modern period.

The conference offered a unique opportunity for scholars to meet and discuss the multiple facets of privacy. Historians of architecture, economy, ideas, law, literature, philosophy, andreligious culture as well as archaeologists and philosophers. All of them from all over the world, including Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the US. View the full programme here.

We spent three fruitful and inspiring days delving into historical studies of the myriad ways in which privacy was understood, protected, and challenged in the early modern period.

The invited scholars also had the opportunity to view and ponder on the exhibition, which was currated by PRIVACY scholars and their students at KADK. It is still possible to come and see the many different reflections on privacy as an architectural manifestation. Please read more through this link.

The inspiring breadth of privacy-related topics, tackled at the conference, is also visible in the chosen topics in the keynote lectures:

Willem Frijhoff, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Em.): A Privacy Case-Study of a Franco-Dutch Family Network around 1600

Mia Korpiola, University of Turku: A Legal Historical Perspective on Possibilities for Privacy in Swedish Society

Maarten Delbeke, ETH, Zurich: Privacy and Exemplarity in Roman Baroque Art and Architecture

Hélène Merlin-Kajman, Université de Paris III: Privé and Particulier in France in the 17th century.

Organising Committee 

Michaël Green, Natália da Silva Perez, Mette Birkedal Bruun, Helle Vogt

Exhibition coordinators

Fredrik Torisson
Rikke Lyngsø Christensen
Fabio Gigone
Photo credit: The Holburne Museum
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