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Surveillance and Control in Early Modern Italy

Posted By Celeste I. McNamara, Friday, June 2, 2017

CFP: Surveillance and Control in Early Modern Italy


Early modern Italian states and the Church all had mechanisms for controlling information and behaviour and maintaining surveillance over the people within and even beyond their territories. These ranged from specialized official committees to occasional spies and informers. Public proclamations, formal deliberations, secret denunciations, propaganda and even  more subtle rumour mills were all devised to enforce such surveillance and control of behaviour and conduct. This panel invites papers that examine the ways early modern authorities attempted to police and control the behaviour of their people and the information they accessed How did states and Church police morality and behaviour? . How was the communication of ‘sensitive’ information managed and controlled? Importantly, how was such knowledge  used and abused, both by governments and the governed?


Proposals should include a paper title (15 word maximum), abstract (150 word maximum), keywords, AV requirements, and an abbreviated CV (300 word maximum, not prose form). Doctoral students must include in their CV the title of their dissertation and demonstrate that they are within two years of defending.


Please submit proposals by June 5 to Celeste McNamara at and Ioanna Iordanou at

Tags:  early modern  History  Italy  religion  state administration 

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