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9-10 December 2021 - DIGITENS/GIS meetings & one-day workshop on the DIGIT.EN.S encyclopedia - BnF
More information soon.

5 & 6 March 2022 - International workshop on Dance, Song, Music, Sociability 1750-1832 - Notre-Dame London University

Organiser: Mark Philp (University of Warwick)
For more information about the event and project, please visit this website.


25 March 2022 from 5 PM to 7 PM - 'Comprendre la caricature britannique : contexte et esthétique (1789-1815)' - Talk by Mark Philp (University of Warwick) and Pascal Dupuy (Université de Rouen) at the Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris.

This will be an in-person event at the Musée Cognacq-Jay but a zoom link will also be available.


31 March 2022 - Workshop on British caricatures of revolutionary France - Mark Philp, Master TILE, UBO, Brest


Friday 8 April 2022 - One-day conference on the topic of "Nature and Sociability" - National Archives, London.

The event will examine issues such as the nature of sociability and its relation to the natural world, exploring aspects such as the natural backgrounds for sociable practices (gardens, parks, wilderness)

Organisers: Jakub Lipsi (KWU), Karl Wood (KWU) & Tymon Adamczewski (KWU)


Mid-April 2022 – GIS ‘Sociabilités/Sociability’ Master’s Thesis Prize 2021

The GIS prize will reward a master's degree student for his/her work on a topic related to eighteenth-century sociability.

Organisers : Michèle Cohen, Valérie Capdeville, Alain Kerhervé & Kimberley Page-Jones

16 - 17 June 2022 - International conference: "Emotions and the City: Urban Sociability in Britain and France, c. 1650- c. 1850" organised by the GRHS (Groupe de Recherche sur l'Histoire des Sociablités) and the GIS Sociabilités / Sociability and sponsored by DIGITENS - Montreal

This conference invites urban historians and historians of emotions to consider the connections between urban and emotional experiences in Europe during the long eighteenth century. We propose that these connections can best be explored through the lens of the history of sociability, as we will explore the ways in which ideals and practices of sociability helped to shape the emotional aspects of urban life.

Visit the website of the GRHS for further information on the programme.

Organisers : Pascal Bastien (UQAM) & Brian Cowan (MCG)


15-16 September 2022 - International workshop 'Before Suffrage: Women, Politics and Society in Europe 1789-1850' –  Lyon

The workshop will examine a series of issues about the forms of activity in which women engaged that they themselves could see as having political dimensions or that sought to influence the direction taken by the communities and society of which they were a part. We see 1800-1850 as an especially important period in large part because of the extensive disruption in Europe following the French Revolution and the Napoleonic period of rule, and because of the extent to which that revolution triggered other popular rebellions and insurrections against the status quo across Europe.

Link to CFP.

Organisers: Mark Philp (WAR) and Anne Verjus (ENS-Lyon)

22-23 September 2022 - International conference 'Levantine Sociabilities in Europe in Giacomo Casanova’s time: Spies, Impostors, Courtesans and Men of Culture' -
D'Annunzio University of Chieti - Pescara, Italy

This conference will encourage discussions and exchanges between international scholars on how national models of sociability and traditional Enlightenment values may have been affected and reconfigured by the Levantine practices of intrigue, libertinage and criminality. Through the multiple facets of Casanova (trickster, libertine, social climber, gambler, political agent …) and his European travels and networks, this conference will also address the circulation of knowledge and fashions between Europe and the East and the evolution of sociability thanks to various media: commerce, diplomacy, travel, letter-writing, translation, leisure and other sociable practices.

Link to programme of the conference

Organisers: Miriam Sette (Chieti-Pescara), Eleonora SASSO (UdA) Persida LAZAREVIĆ (UdA) Elvira DIANA (UdA), Roula-Maria DIB (American University in Dubai) Fausto DI VINCENZO (UdA) Andrea LOMBARDINILO (UdA)


13-14 October 2022 - International conference 'Sports and Sociabilities in the Long Eighteenth century' -  Sorbonne Université, Paris, France.
Event organised in partnership with the SERA (Société d’Etude du Romantisme Anglais).

The conference will investigate the intricate relationship between sports and literature and the arts in the long eighteenth century. Sports are a particular good place to reflect on sociability, while the cultural approach enables an understanding of sports which goes beyond their history. We understand the place of sports in our societies if we look at their cultural representations and at the work they do.

Organisers: Alexis Tadié (SU) and Caroline Bertonèche (Université Grenoble Alpes)


7-9 December 2022 - Closing DIGITENS conference "Sociability on the Move in the Long Eighteenth Century (1650-1850)" - Brest, University of Western Brittany

This international conference aims to explore new insights on forms, models and practices of sociability interpreted and analysed through the prism of movement. As such, it will conclude the H2020 DIGITENS project launched in January 2019 and initiate the new scientific programme of the GIS Sociabilités/Sociability.
We welcome proposals for individual papers (20-25 minutes given in English or French) or already constituted panels (3 papers) from various disciplinary fields (history, philosophy, art history, history of science, geography, sociology, anthropology, ethnology, literature, cultural studies, postcolonial studies). We encourage innovative methodologies and approaches as well as the use of digital technologies and techniques for the collection, storage, analysis and presentation of data.

Link to CFP

Organisers: Valérie Capdeville (UP13), Alain Kerhervé (UBO), Kimberley Page-Jones (UBO), Mark Philp (WAR) & Adnana Sava (UBO)