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Social History Society Annual Conference, 4-6 January, 2002 Manchester
p. 153-154

Vice and Virtue

This conference will provide a forum for debate on these key concepts as they are defined and challenged within societies and cultures of all periods and any regions, providing thereby important insights into contemporary fundamental values and cultural perceptions. Such debates are also of interest to related disciplines such as literary studies, the visual arts, anthropology, cultural studies, sociology and philosophy, and the organisers see this as an opportunity to draw together historians and other scholars to debate a range of historiographical and methodological issues, as well as providing a forum for examining particular case studies relating to these concepts. Proposals are thus invited debating aspects of definitions, and issues of continuities and discontinuities between such concepts, across societies, cultures, geographical locations and periods, utilising a range of themes, which might include but are not restricted to :

— Religions and their moral codes, including concepts of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory

— Images of vice and virtue in the arts ; literary and other print depictions of vice and virtue

— Justice and legal codes ; upholders of vice and virtue, including police, lawyers etc.

— Aids to the development of vice and virtue in societies or individuals, including climate, location, and tradition

— Industry and idleness – work and play, and time management

— Income management, personal and corporate : social and employment behaviour codes

— Nations and nationalism – race, gender and class as symbols or signifiers

— Sex and celibacy : private and public, including the home as the location of virtue or vice

— Appearance and conspicuous consumption, including shopping ; luxury, and pricing

— Philanthropy and charity ; virtuous institutions and their antithesis

— Censorship and liberalism as agents of vice and virtue

Proposals are invited for papers in any historical context, period or culture. These should consist of title and abstract (around 350 words, and no more than one side of A4). Proposals from postgraduate students are particularly welcomed. Submission of sessions or panels of three related papers (plus chair) are encouraged, and especially those for panels which would signal engagement between historians working on discrete historical periods, or for panels exploring links between history and other disciplines. Abstracts should be sent to : Mrs. Linda Persson, Administrative Secretary, Social History Society, Furness College, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YG (Tel : 01524-592605, Fax : 01524 846102 ; Email : by Friday, 8 June 2001. For further information on the conference, and its location, please visit the Social History Society's web-site : http ://

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Les circulations des objets d'occasion
The circulations of second-hand goods

Le colloque, qui se tiendra les 12 et 13 octobre 2002 à l'EUI, s'intéressera à l'ensemble des circulations des biens usagés (vêtements, meubles, livres, bijoux etc). Il considérera les différents marchés de l'occasion mais aussi les circulations des objets hors des marchés traditionnels (don, vol, systèmes d'échange plus privés, monnaies alternatives etc) dont il aimerait suivre les raisons, les modalités, les acteurs ainsi que les transformations sociales, symboliques et matérielles qui sont induites. Le colloque s'inscrit dans la longue durée (XVème-XXème siècles), la comparaison entre les pays européens (voire d'autres régions du monde) et la pluridisciplinarité.

Un titre provisoire et quelques lignes de présentation devraient être adressés avant le 15 juin 2001. Le comité scientifique sélectionnera les papiers en tenant compte des équilibres nécessaires à maintenir entre questions, périodes et pays représentés. Confirmation sera donnée dans la seconde quinzaine de juillet 2001.

Les frais de séjour seront pris en charge. Les frais de voyage seront aussi pris en charge pour ceux qui auraient des difficultés à trouver un financement partiel.

The colloquium will be held 12-13 October 2002 at the European University Institute. The topic of discussion will be the circulation of used items (clothing, furniture, books, jewelry, etc.). Various types of second-hand markets will be covered as well as the circulation of objects outside the traditional market circuits (gifts, theft, more private means of exchange, and alternative currencies). We will discuss the reasons for and methods and actors of second-hand exchange as well as the social, symbolic and material transformations that are derived. The colloquium will be plurisdisciplinary, in a long-term context (XV to XX centuries), and will compare European countries (even other regions of the world).

A provisional title and a brief presentation should be sent before June 15th 2001.

The scientific committee will choose the papers, maintaining a balance between topics, periods and countries to be represented. Confirmation will be given in the second half of July 2001.

Accommodation costs will be covered. Travel costs will be also covered for those who are not able to obtain financial assistance from their institutions.

Please send your proposals by e-mail or post and by 15 June to :

Prof. Laurence Fontaine ; Institut Universitaire Européen ; Département d'histoire et civilisation ; villa Schifanoia ; via Boccaccio, 121 ; 1-50133 Florence ; fax : 00-39-055-46 85 203 ; e-mail :

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