Privacy at Court? A Reassessment of the Public/Private Divide within European Courts (1400-1800)

10-12 December 2020

Grand, extravagant, magnificent, scandalous, corrupt, political, personal, fractious; these are terms often used to describe the medieval and early modern courts of Europe. Moreover, this dynamic location within the social world was central to the legitimacy and authority of the monarch or princely power, acting thereby as a machinery that shaped European politics and culture. Architecture, art, fashion, patronage and cultural exchanges relied upon and were influenced by the visual spectacle of European courts. Researchers have convincingly and innovatively emphasised the public nature of courtly events, procedures, and ceremonies. Nevertheless, court life also involved certain zones of privacy. Indeed, what was recognized as private at European courts? How were such privacies obtained or constructed within the court? How did practices of privacy impact political deliberations at court? How was privacy put on public display?

 

These and similar questions urge us to reassesses the public nature of the early modern European court and to reconsider our present-day understandings of privacy. Indeed, the emergence of court studies as a scientific area of investigation relied heavily upon sociological modes of explanation, political history, and cultural studies of, e.g., performance and ritualization. Can issues of courtly privacy be fitted into our existing models? Or do we have to reconsider models and their representations of court life, when we take zones of privacy into account? Such a reassessment will fertilize the grounds for a much broader discussion of the past and the future of court studies.

 

The symposium provides researchers of court studies the opportunity to examine or reassess the role of privacy within European courts and court studies.

The symposium will also inaugurate and launch the new European branch for the Society for Court Studies. This launch will be celebrated with a wine reception during the symposium proceedings.

 

Keynotes:

Privacy at Court? Reconsidering the Public-Private Dichotomy

Professor Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/Institute for Advanced Study

 

The Monarch Exposed. Privacy in Practice at the Early Modern Court

Dr Dries Raeymaekers

Radboud University

 

 

Provisional Symposium Programme

A PDF of the full and detailed conference programme will be available at the end of July 2020.

 

Thursday, 10 December 2020

 

Keynote: Privacy at Court? Reconsidering the Public-Private Dichotomy

Professor Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/Institute for Advanced Study

 

Panel 1: Women, Gender, and Domesticity within the Private Sphere

 

Ellie Woodacre, University of Winchester

Influence and Interference in the Queen's Private Sphere: The Case of Joan of Navarre

 

Barbara Arciszewska, University of Warsaw

Architecture, Gender and the Private Sphere: Women and Early Modern Court Residences around 1700

 

Britta Kägler, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelig universitet (NTNU) / Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Institutionalized Privacy? - The Need to Achieve and Defend Privacy in the Frauenzimmer

 

Panel 2: Notions of Privacy within Architecture, Sounds and Material Culture

 

Fabio Gigone, Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen

The gilded balustrade: Solar Imagery and its Architectural Implications at the Court of Louis XIV

 

Karin Schrader, Independent Scholar

Intimate Tokens and Public Emblems - Portrait Miniatures in Eighteenth-Century European Court Culture

 

Christine Jeanneret, Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen

Soundscapes of Rosenborg Castle: Hearing Privacy at Court

 

Panel 3: Access, Protocols and Rituals of Privacy I

 

Jonathan Spangler, Manchester Metropolitan University/Society for Court Studies

Not Always on Display? The Hybrid Public/Private Life of the Court of Lorraine at the Palace of Lunéville, 1698-1736

 

Oskar Jacek Rojewski, Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen

Spreading of Court Culture from the Burgundian Court to the Kingdom of Castile: Sovereign's Privacy and its Relationship with Court Artists

 

Mirella Marini, Independent Scholar

From the Privacy of Death to the Public Ritual of Mourning: the Testamentary Dispositions of Anne of Croy (1564-1635), duchess of Aarschot and the Reversal of the Burgundian Court Ritual

 

Panel 4: Historiography, Narratives, and Depictions of Privacy

 

Cathleen Sarti, University of Oxford

Court, Historiography, Historical Fiction, and Privacy?

 

Heta Aali, University of Turku,

Narrating the Private Sphere in France: Reinterpreting the Early Modern Royal Family through Eighteenth-Century Notions of Privacy

 

Vasileios Syros, University of Jyväskylä

Venice and the Ottoman Court: Revisiting the Public/Private Divide in 16th-Century Europe

 

Friday, 11 December 2020

 

Keynote: The Monarch Exposed. Privacy in Practice at the Early Modern Court

Dr Dries Raeymaekers, Radboud University

 

Panel 5: Privacy and Power

 

Lars Cyril Nørgaard and Bastian Felter Vaucanson, Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen 

A Secret Network at the Court of Louis XIV?

Dustin M. Neighbors, Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen

Maximilian II's Visit to the Court of Elector August of Saxony: Private Politics or Politics of Privacy? 

 

Panel 6: Privacy, Courtly Practices and Movements

 

My Hellsing and Kristine Dyrmann, The Danish Research Centre for Manorial Studies / Stockholm University and Aarhus University

Privacy and Political Sociability in the Suburbs of Stockholm and Copenhagen in the Late Eighteenth Century

 

Ineke Huysman, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands

Silent Power: Privacy Practices of the Dutch and Frisian Stadholder's Wives (1605-1725)

 

Paige Emerick, University of Leicester

Seeking Privacy within the Royal Visits of George III, c. 1760-1805

 

Panel 7: Notions of Privacy within Politics, Diplomacy, and Patronage

 

Michael Brauer, University of Salzburg

Royal Presence and the Framing of Privacy Observations on Charles V "the Wise" of France (1364-1380)

 

Bram van Leuveren, University of St. Andrews

Negotiating the Public and the Private: Dispatches of European Diplomats at the Late Valois and Early Bourbon Court

 

Anna Penkała-Jastrzębska, Pedagogical University of Kraków

Noble Matrimonial Policy at the Royal Court in Dresden during the Reign of King August the Strong (1697-1733): Public Affairs, Individual Interests

 

Søren Frank Jensen, Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen

Private Devotion in Public? Mapping The Book of Psalms at the Electoral Court of Saxony 1553-86

 

 

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Panel 8: Privacy at the Courts of the Last Kings of the Jagiellonian Dynasty

 

Marta Wojtkowska-Maksymik, Warsaw University

Where I’m not... About the Lack of Privacy at Court in 16th -Century Anticourt Literature

 

Anne Gallewicz, Warsaw University

Castiglione and Górnicki - Literary Perspectives of Otium at Court

 

Jolanta Dygul, Warsaw University

Court Ceremonies and Performative Arts at the Courts of the Last Jagiellonians

 

Anna Horeczy, Polish Academy of Sciences

Intellectuals at the Court of the Last Jagiellonian Kings - Between Public and Private Spheres

 

Panel 9: Access, Protocols and Rituals of Privacy II

 

Fabian Persson, University of Oxford

Public Displays of Affection: Creating Spheres of Royal Intimacy in Public

 

Jose Eloy Hortal Muñoz,

Regulating Access to the Rulers: the Codification of the Royal Chamber of the Spanish Monarchy at the Seventeenth Century

 

Sara Ayres, Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen

 The Madness of Christian VII: The Uses of Privacy at the Danish Court, 1766-1772

 

Panel 10: Court Personnel, Physicians and Private Functions

 

Agnieszka Pawłowska-Kubik, Medical University of Gdańsk

Be as close to the ruler as possible: The Royal Physician at Court in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

 

Michaël Green, Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen

Privacy Aspects of the Household Instructions by Henry VIII Concerning the Infant Prince Edward

 

Bethany Bourn Williams, University of Bristol

Performing and Representing Domesticity at the Protectoral Court of Oliver Cromwell

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION 

Open Attendance:

The symposium will be open to non-presenters. However, traveling/accommodation and sustenance at the symposium will be at the attendee’s expense.

SCS Reception:

The reception to mark the launch of the European branch of the Society for Court Studies is open and free for attendees and SCS members. However, due to limited capacity, individuals will have to reserve a spot separately from the registration. Spots are based on first come, first served. Please reserve your spot by clicking on the reservation link below.

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SCS RECEPTION RESERVATION

Registration is free. Please fill out all fields within the registration form. Should you have any questions, please contact the organisers by email at dmn@teol.ku.dk.

 

Organizers: Dustin Michael Neighbors, Postdoctoral Researcher, and Lars Cyril Nørgaard, Assist. Professor, at the Centre for Privacy Studies