IHR Wolfson Conference Suite, NB01/NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
- Without visible means: the living histories of those who were ‘marked’ by vagrancy and experienced lack of access to food, clothing, shelter or health provision.
- Rural wanderers/urban rogues: unsettling the divisions between urban centre and rural periphery through patterns migration, mobility, itinerancy and seasonal labour.
- The imaginary offence: the history of vagrancy in law, policy, legislation and the Poor Laws.
- Suspicious legacies: ‘Sus’ Laws, control orders (PSPOs) & ‘defensive architecture’ in public space.
- Wondrous characters: fantasies of imposters, shiftless and idle rogues, ‘professional’ beggars.
- Moving on: the dispersed geographies, modes of conveyance & placeless networks of vagrancy.
- Vagabond capitalism: vagrancy, dispossession and propertylessness as precondition to capitalist accumulation and the fluidity of capital.
- Undesirable dispositions: accounting for irreclaimable vagabonds vs. industrious labourers.
- Houses of correction: modes of policing, punishment, imprisonment, passing and transportation.
- ‘Rome, it is said, was built by vagabonds’: the vagrant as homo sacer (accursed man) and embodiment of ‘bare life’ who is both an exception to and founding element within the city-state.
- Tramping fictions: rogue literature, canting dictionaries and incognito social investigation.
- Mass departure: patterns of dispossession during war, famine, plague and acute rural poverty.
- Romantic vagrancy: the poetic valorization of vagrants as free from economic imperatives.
- Christ in the beggar: vagrants as recipients of almsgiving, supporting the ideals of caritas and delivering spiritual sustenance.
We invite proposals for papers (20 minutes in length) that address these and/or other questions.
Proposals should include an abstract (200 words maximum) and a short (half page) CV (preferably in .doc or .docx format), and should be sent to Peter.Jones@sas.ac.uk by Friday 30 June 2017.
PLEASE NOTE: Booking for this conference will open in July 2017