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Call for papers: The John E. Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg andThe Royal Studies Network call for submissions for its 2020 Conference, “Politics, Society, Cultures: The transformative impact of monarchies


Where: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
When: July 1-4, 2020


The question of collective transformation has been a core preoccupation of social sciences since their development in the 19th century and a significant part of contemporary work in social sciences and history is dedicated to analyzing factors (if not causes) of change.

The 2020 conference will be dedicated to studying how monarchies, kings and queens, have impacted collective existence by bringing changes not only in the sphere of politics, but also in society at large, from art to economics, ethics and religion to social relations and/or hierarchies.

Particular attention will be paid to renovation and change factors (…). Beyond actual transformations in history, the conference intends to study monarchical ideologies and utopias (…) as participating in images and practices of social transformations.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the transformation of monarchical institutions under the action of kings and queens, as well as their role in societies, including democratic societies;
  • spiritual leadership of monarchs developing new religious and moral agenda;
  • figures of queens and kings as patrons of the art and “trend-setters”, promoting new forms of taste and aesthetics;
  • monarchies and economic strategies;
  • royal military commanders innovating in the field of war;
  • modernization of politics under monarchical governance;
  • symbolic social transformation around the figure of the monarchs.


Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2019.

Proposals for 20-minute presentations or for panels of 3-4 papers grouped on a theme or subject should be emailed as a 250 word abstract for individual papers or a 500 word abstract for a panel proposal, along with a brief CV or bio to the organizers at

To facilitate the circulation of the proposals, please include in the subject of your email “9th Kings & Queens conference 2020”.

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