Upcoming Conference

Courts and Viceroys: Viceregal Courts in Comparative Perspectives
The Society for Court Studies
Monday, 15 June 2015 (10am) - Tuesday, 16 June 2015 (5pm)
NYU London, 6 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RA, UK.

This international conference will explore the role of viceroys and viceregal courts in the European, American and Asian empires of Britain, Spain, Portugal and Denmark-Norway, from the early modern period to the nineteenth century. Viceregal courts allowed monarchies to establish and maintain authority in the near and distant kingdoms and provinces of their empires. While viceregal courts bore close resemblance to the royal courts they represented, they were also shaped by complex local dynamics that rendered them distinct from one another.

The conference will address aspects of legitimacy, sovereignty and court culture that arose in possessions governed by viceroys and other officials as well. Attention will be given to visual and representational culture as well as to politics and imperial structures, with the goal of exploring how viceregal systems have managed to extend imperial power and authority across vast geographic distances, and over peoples with very different cultures from those of the central imperial state. The conference will include papers on Goa, Naples, Mexico, Peru, the Spanish Empire, the Portuguese Empire, Ireland, India and Norway.

The conference is free to members but places are extremely limited. To register please click here.

Papers will include:

Tracy Anderson (University of Sussex) Picturing imperial India: Queen Victoria and her vicereines

David Edwards (University College Cork) Viceregal rule, prerogative rule: reassessing the chief governors of Tudor Ireland

Gabriel Guarino (University of Ulster) Between Habsburgs and Bourbons: Ceremonial and Festivities in the Viceroyalties of Early Modern Naples (1504-1734)

Trond Isaksen (Independent Scholar) From patriotic desire to colonial stigma: the viceroyalty of Norway, 1814-1891

Alejandra B. Osorio (Wellesley College) Where there is no viceroy, the governor is king: Political courtly culture in Viceregal Lima, and the governorship in Manila

Joan Lluís Palos (University of Barcelona) and Diana Carrió-Invernizzi (UNED-Madrid) The Viceroys of Naples and the Spanish Monarchy’s Image in the Baroque

Ângela Barreto Xavier (University of Lisbon) Political providentialism in 16th century Estado da Índia Afonso de Albuquerque, João de Castro and Luís de Camões

Past Conferences

The Society organises regular conferences on major topics in court studies and on particular aspects of court culture. Often held at locations of historical interest, the Society’s conferences combine papers from scholars, writers and research students, and always present ground-breaking research.

For a list of past conferences organised by the Society for Court Studies, click here.