The Royal Studies Network 2020 Conference

Chateau

The Conference at a Glance

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, July 1-4, 2020

Theme: Politics, Society, Cultures: The transformative impact of monarchies

Address: Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center 1 impasse du château, L-4524 Differdange

Contact: eur-kq2020@MiamiOH.edu

The conference aims to bring together scholars working in different disciplines with an interest in royal and court studies. The 2020 conference will address the theme of the transformative impact of monarchies. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals studying political, social and societal, as well as cultural transformations in royal contexts.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the transformation of monarchical institutions under the action of kings and queens, as well as their role in societies, including democratic societies;
  • spiritual leadership of monarchs developing new religious and moral agenda;
  • figures of queens and kings as patrons of the art and “trend-setters”, promoting new forms of taste and aesthetics;
  • monarchies and economic strategies;
  • royal military commanders innovating in the field of war;
  • modernization of politics under monarchical governance;
  • symbolic social transformation around the figure of the monarchs.

General Information

Badge

All participants will receive the badge, as only registered participants will be permitted to attend the scientific sessions; you are required to wear your badge when entering and while remaining in the conference venue.

Certificates

Certificates of paper presentation and Certificates of partecipation will be issued at the desk office.

Insurance and Cancellation

By registering to the Kings & Queens Conference 2020 participants agree that neither the organising committee nor the congress office assume any liability whatsoever. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for health and travel insurance. The conference fee does not include insurance. Cancellations made after the deadline cannot be refunded for any reasons. Cancellations received before May 1 will be reimbursed 90% of the conference fees. Cancellations received after May 1 will not be reimbursed.

Coffee Breaks and Lunches

During the session breaks, refreshments (coffee, tea and water) will be served free of charge to participants wearing name badges.

Wifi

Staff

If you should have any questions, the conference staff will be pleased to help you.

Language

The official language of the congress will be English (no simultaneous translation).

Bank Services

Banks in Differdange are generally open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. (closed on Saturdays and Sundays). There are multiple bank machines (ATMs) open 24 hours a day nearby which accept all major international bankcards. The official currency of Luxembourg is the Euro (€). Major credit cards are widely accepted as are contactless payments.

Telephone Calls

The country code of Luxembourg is 352 and there are no area codes.

Time Zone

Luxembourg’s time zone is Central European Time (CET) – GMT +2 hours.

Tourist Information

Tourist information is best accessed starting from the following site: The Offical Travel Guide of Luxembourg

Deadlines and Call for Proposals

Proposals for 20-minute presentations or for panels of 3-4 papers grouped on a theme or subject should be emailed as a 250 word abstract for individual papers or a 500 word abstract for a panel proposal, along with a brief CV or bio to the organizers at eur-kq2020@MiamiOH.edu.

To facilitate the circulation of the proposals, please include in the subject of your email “9th Kings & Queens conference 2020”.

Full call for proposal

“Politics, Society, Cultures: The transformative impact of monarchies”

The conference aims to bring together scholars working in different disciplines with an interest in royal and court studies. The 2020 conference will address the theme of “the transformative impact of monarchies”. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals studying political, social and societal, as well as cultural transformations in royal contexts.

The question of collective transformation has been a core preoccupation of social sciences since their development in the 19th century and a significant part of contemporary work in social sciences and history is dedicated to analyzing factors (if not causes) of change.

The 2020 conference will be dedicated to studying how monarchies, kings and queens, have impacted collective existence by bringing changes not only in the sphere of politics, but also in society at large, from art to economics, ethics and religion to social relations and/or hierarchies.

Particular attention will be paid to renovation and change factors, whether between dynasties, monarchs, or as systems (political or social) superseding previous forms of collective organization. Beyond actual transformations in history, the conference intends to study monarchical ideologies and utopias, as well as idealized or conceptualized figures of kings and queens, as participating in images and practices of social transformations.

“Transformative impact” in this context is to be understood broadly as the outcome of the action of queens and kings resulting in significant collective changes, whether such changes have been actively pursued by monarchs or have arisen from unexpected circumstances to which they have adapted.

Submissions from all disciplines, regarding all time periods and geographical regions, are encouraged, as long as they are related to the field of royal studies. 

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the transformation of monarchical institutions under the action of kings and queens, as well as their role in societies, including democratic societies;
  • spiritual leadership of monarchs developing new religious and moral agenda;
  • figures of queens and kings as patrons of the art and “trend-setters”, promoting new forms of taste and aesthetics;
  • monarchies and economic strategies;
  • royal military commanders innovating in the field of war;
  • modernization of politics under monarchical governance;
  • symbolic social transformation around the figure of the monarchs.

Reminder: Proposals for 20-minute presentations or for panels of 3-4 papers grouped on a theme or subject should be emailed as a 250 word abstract for individual papers or a 500 word abstract for a panel proposal, along with a brief CV or bio to the organizers at eur-kq2020@MiamiOH.edu. To facilitate the circulation of the proposals, please include in the subject of your email “Kings & Queens conference 2020”.

The deadline for submitting proposals is December 31, 2019.

Scientific Committee

  • Thomas Antoine (Benelux)
  • Thierry Leterre (Local Organizer-Miami University in Luxembourg)
  • Guy de Muyser (Miami University)
  • Philippe Poirier (University of Luxembourg)
  • Cinzia Recca (University of Catania)
  • Elena Woodacre (Founder Royal Studies Network-University of Winchester)

Logistics

The conference will be held at the Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center, Differdange Luxembourg.

Address: 1, Impasse du Château L-4524 Differdange, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Phone: +352-58-22-22-1

Situated in the 15-16th century Château of the Baron of Soleuvre, the European Center of Miami University in Luxembourg has called Differdange its home for over 20 years. Located in the South of the Grand Duchy, the town has developed around a steel mill that produces to this day the longest beams in the world. It is now known for its creative industries hub and its international schools. Nested in a valley at the border of France, surrounded by wooden areas, Differdange is also home to a multicultural community of more than 80 different nationalities.

Miami University in Luxembourg is named after Miami University Vice President John Dolibois. A native of Luxembourg who emigrated to the US, John Dolibois served as an intelligence officer interrogating Nazi criminal during WWII before joining his alma mater to lead alumni relations. John Dolibois was appointed US. ambassador to Luxembourg between 1981 and 1985 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

Conference Hotels

Ibis Esch Belval Hotel

The Ibis Hotel Esch-Belval offers a special deal for the Conference. Please mention that you are attending the conference when booking your room (number of rooms limited).

The hotel is located near the new campus of the University of Luxembourg, 7 km away from the Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center, where the conference will be held at the Château of Differdange. The Conference venue is easily accessible by train (4 trains every hour from the local train station to the conference venue. The station is a 3mn walk from the hotel).

Address: Avenue du Rock’n Roll, 12, 4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

Phone: +352 26 17 31.

Email: H7071@accor.com

De Klenge Casino

De Klenge Casino is a boutique hotel down the hill from the Château of Differdange, where the conference will be held.

Address: 12 Place du Marché, 4621 Differdange.

Phone: +352 28 11 37 1.

Email: reception@deklengecasino.lu

The Gulliver Tower Hotel

The Gulliver Tower Hotel is located 400m away from the Château of Differdange, where the conference will be held.

Address: 14-16 Grand-Rue, 4575 Differdange.

Phone: +352 28 12 67 1.

Email: tower@gulliver.lu

Luxembourg City

Luxembourg City is the capital of the country and has many hotels. The city is located 25 km away from Differdange, where the conference will be held, and is well connected to Differdange by train.

Transportation

The conference is held in the “Chateau” (castle) of Differdange where Miami University European Center is located. The Château is a short 5mn walk from the Differdange train stop.

The Luxembourgish government has announced that from March 2020 on, public transportation in Luxembourg would become free, making the Grand Duchy the first country in the world to offer free public transportation on its whole territory.

Differdange, where the conference is held, is well connected by train and bus.

Public Transportation from Luxembourg Airport

Step 1: Travel from Luxembourg (Findel) Airport to the Lux City Train Station

The #16 bus line begins at the Airport. They wait outside the main entrance to the left. 

The bus runs about every 15 minutes and lasts approximately ½ hour. Your stop will be "Gare Centrale".

Step 2: Travel from Luxembourg City Train Station to Differdange

You will want a train headed to Esch/Rodange. The large schedule on the far wall will tell you what track the next train will arrive on under the word "Voie."  

The train ride will be approximately 40 minutes. Your stop is Differdange

Step 3: Travel on foot from the Differdange train stop to MUDEC

From the Differdange train stop, walk down the stairs leading to the traffic circle. Turn left and stay long the left hand side of the road.  

At the next road available on your left, turn left onto "Avenue Charlotte." Walk up the hill and once you pass the grassy community area on your left there is the driveway leading up to the Château. There will be a sign at the Avenue Charlotte Intersection pointing towards MUDEC. The entire walk will take 5 - 10 minutes.

If you are not loaded down with luggage, you will probably prefer the shortcut: after the elementary school of Differdange, turn left and go up the long flight of steps, turn right at the top of the stairs and follow the path to the Château's main entrance.  

Traveling by Taxi

The best option for taking a taxi from the airport is to use WebTaxi, which is the closest thing to Uber or Lyft in Luxembourg. The prices are usually at least 20-30% lower than the taxi stand at the airport. You can book for a specific time and include your flight number and the driver will adapt to any delays in arrival. Prices can vary depending on the day and time of day and range from around €25-30 from the airport to locations in Luxembourg City and €85-90 to Differdange.

At the airport there are also taxis waiting in front of the exit on the right side of the airport. If there aren't any available, you can call CoLux: +352 48 22 33.

From the Luxembourg Airport to Differdange standard taxis charge around €130 and can usually only carry 2 people plus their luggage (depending on the amount of luggage).

From the Luxembourg Airport to Luxembourg City standard taxis charge about €30.

Traveling by Car

Turn left into a small lane opposite a large white building on your right (Aalt Stadhaus-the Cultural Center of Differdange). Please note that parking on campus will not be available to attendants of the conference. This lane is called Impasse du Château. It leads directly to the conference venue at the Château.

From Brussels Airport

Step 1: Go to Brussels Aiport Train Station

After you arrive into Brussels, you'll get your bag, go through customs, and will exit customs on Floor 0 of the airport.  From there, take the escalators down one floor to -1 and you will already be in the Brussels Airport Train Station. If you are looking at schedules online you may see it written as "BRU Brussels Airport" "Bruxelles-Nat.-Aéroport" or "Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven."

Step 2: Buy a Ticket

Through clear glass doors you will see the ticket windows, there you can purchase a train ticket to Luxembourg.  There is only international train station in Luxembourg so you may see it written as "Luxembourg" "Luxembourg Gare" "Luxembourg Gare Central" but it is all the same place.  The ticket will be around €30, payable by cash or credit card. And the train route will run at least once an hour. Unfortunately, the train isn't directly into Luxembourg, there is one switch, but the details are below.  Your ticket will cover both trains that you take and is not for any specific train time. Meaning if you miss one train, no worries your ticket is valid on any of the trains to Luxembourg at any time.  

Step 3: Train Ride from Brussels Airport to Brussels-Noord

The first part of the train ride just takes you from the airport to Brussels's city center and then the next train takes you from Brussels directly to Luxembourg.  So this first leg is only a 10 minute ride. When you arrive at "Brussels-Noord" or sometimes written as "Bruxelles-Nord" you will hop off this train. The great news is that of all the Brussels train stations, this is the smallest, least busy, and easiest to navigate.  The next thing you'll do, is look to find what track your next train will arrive on. This can be found if you go down the stairs and look at the electronic screens. Look for Luxembourg as either the destination or one of the listed stops and the corresponding number will be the track number.  While you are waiting on that track for the train, feel free to confirm that you have the right track with one of the other people waiting... usually people are very willing to help!

Step 4: Train Ride from Brussels-Noord to Luxembourg

When this train arrives, you can relax and take in the beautiful countryside for about 2 and half hours.  This train will take you directly into Luxembourg City. At which point, depending on where you will be living and the arrival plans you determine with your host family, you can either take either taxi or public transportation to their home, they might be able to pick you up, or you can take our local train from Luxembourg City to the Chateau in Differdange.

Register

Registration Includes

Conference kit, coffee breaks, lunches, Independence Day reception.

  • Early registration (by 24th April 2020)–General fee full package: Standard € 180 Post-grad students/independent scholars € 150
  • Late registration (after 25th April 2020)–General fee full package : Standard € 220 Post-grad students/independent scholars € 180.

How to Register

  • Fill the registration form and attach the pdf of your bank transfer.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you as soon as payment is confirmed.

Program

The program for this conference will be posted at a later date.

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Deadline: May 1, 2020 (Rolling registration if spaces still available)

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Submit a Proposal

Deadline: December 31, 2019

To submit a proposal:

  • Read carefully the full call for proposals.
  • Email your full proposal as a 250 word abstract for individual papers or a 500 word abstract for a panel proposal, along with a brief CV or bio to the organizers at eur-kq2020@MiamiOH.edu. Please insure that your topic is included.
  • Make sure you submit before the deadline: December 31, 2019.
  • To facilitate the circulation of the proposals, please include in the subject of your email “9th Kings & Queens conference 2020”.
  • Feedback will be sent to you by February 2020.
  • Register for the conference. Early registration lasts until April 25, 2020.