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.

External Conferences

Rituals of Power: The Ceremonies of Courts and States from the Late Medieval Period to the Modern Era
Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland
6-8 October 2016

The Royal Castle in Warsaw is organising a conference on ‘Rituals of Power’, to be held on 6 to 8 October 2016.
In recent years, scholars from different disciplines have begun to give serious attention to ceremonial events, including coronations, solemn entries, openings of parliaments and the daily routines of princely courts, analysing and interpreting them as means of communication between different participants in political and courtly life.

This conference aims to address the subject of ceremonial and ritual in the sphere of politics from this perspective, bringing together scholars from the fields of cultural, political, diplomatic and court history, as well as art historians and historians of literature, to discuss different aspects of ceremonial and ritual, ranging from the late medieval period to the mid-20th century.

The keynote lecture will be given by Professor Jeroen Duindam (Leiden University). Proposals are also invited for papers addressing other aspects of court ceremony, especially the communicative power of ceremonies and rituals, the role of ceremonies and rituals as cultural and artistic events, the evolution and change of ceremonies and rituals over time, and the strengths and weaknesses of current scholarly approaches to the study of ceremony and rituals.

Proposals for 20 minute papers (in English or Polish) should be sent to by 15 February 2016. They should include a title, an abstract of up to 300 words, a brief biography, contact information, and any institutional affiliations. The organising committee will inform authors of the acceptance of their abstracts by 15 March 2016.

Lambrequins and Luxury: Ornament in the time of Louis XIV and Beyond
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
5 December 2015

The Victoria & Albert Museum is hosting a conference on 5 December entitled ‘Lambrequins and Luxury: Ornament in the time of Louis XIV and Beyond’. The conference aims to explore the tenets, impact and dissemination of the Louis XIV style in Britain and Europe. Papers will be given by a range of international speakers and will examine the work of the designers, ornamentalists and craftsmen who contributed to this style, including Charles Le Brun, André-Charles Boulle and Daniel Marot. For more information, please visit

The conference will be followed by a concert of music from the time of Louis XIV at the Little Oratory, Brompton Road. London. For more information about the concert, please visit

Past Conferences

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