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.

Society Conference

Animals at Court
Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
8-10 December 2016

The German branch of the Society for Court Studies will be hosting an international conference on ‘Animals at Court’ on 8-10 December 2016 at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. The conference aims to provide the first serious analysis of the role of animals at court between 1400 and 1918, from livestock and game to pets and exotic creatures. It will also address the significance of animals in royal symbolism. Papers will be given in German, English and French. For more information and for guidance about submitting proposals, please click here.

European Court Culture & Greenwich Palace, 1500-1750: Queen’s House Conference 2017
National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House, Greenwich
20-22 April 2017

Royal Museums Greenwich and the Society for Court Studies are holding a major international conference on the 20-22 April 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary year of the Queen’s House, Greenwich. For more details and to submit a proposal, please click here:

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.

Past Conferences

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