History Lab Annual Postgraduate Conference
Country: United Kingdom
Abstr. due: 01.04.2019
Dates: 04.06.19 — 04.06.19
Area Of Sciences: History and archeology;
Organizing comittee e-mail: email@example.com
Organizers: Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Religious, political, ethnic, and social persecution are not new to us in the twenty-first century. From the persecution of the French Huguenots in the seventeenth century to the pogroms of the nineteenth and twentieth century, extreme forms of persecution have permeated our political and cultural landscape for centuries. In light of more recent examples of religious forms of persecution, particularly issues around immigration and the ‘othering’ of immigrants, persecution clearly remains a significant and resonant topic today. However, it is often claimed that we live in a more tolerant society, in which people of all genders, races, ethnicities, sexualities, and social classes can ‘get along’. Similarly, recent histories of pre-modern society emphasise ‘neighbourliness’ between those of different faiths over suspicion and conflict. A key theme of this conference will be questioning what is meant by ‘tolerance’ and how can we study it. To what extent are extreme forms of persecution outliers to a more universally tolerant society, which promotes acceptance, individuality, and cohesion?
The keynote speaker will be Dr Lars Laamann (SOAS), who researches the narcotic culture and popular religion in late imperial China. His book, Christian heretics in late imperial China: Christian inculturation and state control, 1720-1850 (2006), charts the treatment of Christianity as ‘heresy’ and explores the relationship between faith, culture, and the state.
We welcome papers that explore the following themes in any time period:
- Religious toleration;
- Community cohesion and community action;
- Social justice campaigns;
- Criminal persecution;
- Persecution and the use of ‘othering’;
- Political persecution;
- Persecution and the use of violence.