‘Without Let or Hindrance’: Inclusion and its Subversion from the Medieval to the Modern

Lancaster University, 7 – 9 July 2006.

How have distinctions between inclusion and exclusion, between insider and outsider, been articulated and subverted during the past millennium? This interdisciplinary conference will examine regimes of differentiation and the subversion of social, cultural and geo-political boundaries. The conference embraces a broad chronological scope with the aim of exploring historical continuities and disjunctures in the violence, hopes and anxieties associated with the definition and transgression of grouped identities.

Original research papers are invited that will allow these questions to be considered. Papers that address the following themes are particularly, though not exclusively, invited: * The material insignia and mediation of recognition in text, image and artefact. * Technologies of physical differentiation, from physiognomic description, through photograph to biometric identification. * Cultural and associational definitions of identity and their subversion. * The bureaucratic mediation of rights of mobility, both across national borders and within the space claimed by the state. * The legislative qualification or compromise in practice of ostensibly equalising signifiers of identity, for example passports or identity cards, which create new distinctions on the basis of race, gender or religion. * The regulation of pilgrimage. * The mediation of provisions and economic supply in systems of identification, for example ration cards and currency. * Imperial histories of pass laws, passports and racial discrimination. * Signifiers that secure the boundaries of cultural and social networks. * Exceptional consideration and mobility – systems of coded documentation that evolve to account for the evacuee, refugee and asylum.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent by to Dr. Deborah Sutton,Department of History, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YG, UK, [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>, by 14 February, 2006. Conference call for papers: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/history/news/hindrance.htm

Poster and plenaries: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/history/pdf/hindrance_poster.pdf