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ECPPEC Conference 2022

ECPPEC Conference 2022

The Eighteenth-Century Political Participation and Electoral Culture (ECPPEC) conference will run on 8-9 July 2022.

Deriving from the AHRC-funded Eighteenth-Century Political Participation and Electoral Culture (ECPPEC) project, this conference seeks to understand more about how people were involved in, and contributed to, electoral processes and culture, whether as voters, consumers or electoral actors of many different kinds. How were voters affected by the culture that surrounded them? Have we focussed too much on voting as the defining element of pre-Reform elections? Do we need new ways of analysing electoral participation and behaviour?

We invite proposals of c.250 words for papers on subjects related to the project themes. These might address any of the topics suggested below, or any other aspects of political participation and electoral culture in the long eighteenth century in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland:

  • electorates: voters and non-voters, outvoters and plural voters
  • electoral processes: the canvass, the hustings, the scrutiny, etc.
  • poll books and voting behaviour
  • women and elections
  • contested and controverted elections
  • by-elections vs. general elections
  • local election practices, variance and anomalies
  • electoral corruption and regulation
  • election rhetoric
  • data-driven analyses of election results and behaviour
  • electoral theory
  • practices, rituals and processions
  • electoral emotions
  • the sociology of elections
  • children in elections
  • electoral art and architecture
  • the material culture of electoral politics (cockades, flags, porcelain, food, effigies, truncheons, etc.)
  • print culture (ballads, poetry, squibs, broadsheets, prints, caricatures, etc.)
  • feasts, treats and election balls
  • election riots and violence
  • soundscapes of electoral culture
  • electoral geographies: the spaces and places of political participation.

A special issue of the journal Parliamentary History will be based on papers from this conference, with publication scheduled for 2024. Further information call be found in the Call for Papers ECPPEC

Proposals to be submitted by email by 31 January 2022 to:

Professor Matthew Grenby, School of English, Newcastle University: 

Professor Elaine Chalus, Department of History, Liverpool University: