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The Great Lakes History Conference: The History of Sociability
From Friday, October 22, 2021
To Saturday, October 23, 2021
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Contact Department of History (616) 331-3298

The theme of the conference is the history of sociability. Although the Internet Age and now, COVID-19 have brought some changes to sociability, humans continue to interact in ways, including through material routes (food, alcohol, public houses, sport, manners), hierarchy and power (the theatre state, competition, courtly decorum), and communicative realms (literary sociability, gender, class belonging, opinion formation), that were similar across various historical eras. The goal of the conference is to analyze the various ways humans have socialized and continue to socialize during four epochs: the Medieval World, the Early Modern World, the Modern World, and the Internet Age. The theme is intentionally broad to encourage scholars from different disciplines with various geographical and chronological concentrations to present works that will allow for comparison across a wide breadth. Given sociability’s relevancy, particularly with the pandemic, this will also encourage community engagement, a goal of the conference.

Location: The Loosemoore Auditorium in the DeVos Center
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