Call for Papers


“Social Networking since 1600:

current research and new perspectives”

24th May 2013, University of Manchester

Organisers: Katherine Fennelly and Stephanie Duensing, Department of Archaeology

Call for papers deadline: 14th April 2013

‘Social networking’ is not a new phenomenon. Before Twitter and Facebook, social networks flourished and were defined by the material and space that facilitated them. Meeting houses, taverns, guilds, gentlemen’s clubs, coffee houses and shops formed hubs for extensive networks of people.  The material and spaces of social networks from the early modern period to the twentieth century form the core of much current postgraduate research. However, the gaps between disciplines and approaches are apparent.


This conference seeks to bring together researchers who are considering historical social life and interpersonal networking including leisure activities like shopping and tourism, and social spaces such as pubs and theatres. Papers are invited from early career researchers and research students from any discipline, in particular the fields of history, archaeology, historical geography and English. We intend to use this opportunity to establish a forum for researchers in this field to share any developments or approaches.


Abstracts for 15-20 minute papers should be 200 words in length and submitted before the deadline on 14th April 2013. To submit an abstract or enquire further about the conference, please email