Politics of Counsel Project awarded British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant

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An international project based in St Andrews has been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant by the British Academy in support of a workshop and linked volume.  The Politics of Counsel Project is led by Dr Jacqueline Rose in partnership with Professor Roger Mason and two postgraduates in the School of History, Claire Hawes and Wayne Cuthbertson.  It investigates the theory and practice of political advice across a range of countries and centuries, facilitating comparative work on how counsel reflects and creates the dynamics of power and authority between political actors and the institutional and theoretical frameworks in which they operate.  More information about the Project is available on its website.

The workshop to be held on 9-10 May 2014 interrogates counsel in the late mediaeval and early modern English and Scottish polities.  It considers the problem of political counsel, comparative work on counsel at local, national, and colonial levels, the role of counsel in Anglo-Scottish politics, and the changing nature of ecclesiastical counsel before and after the Reformations.  Papers will be presented by Michael Brown, Jeremy Catto, Wayne Cuthbertson, Susan Doran, Eliza Hartrich, Alexander Haskell, Claire Hawes, Paulina Kewes, Alan Macdonald, Roger Mason, Richard Rex, Jacqueline Rose, Laura Stewart, John Watts, and John Young.  The workshop’s proceedings are planned for publication as a themed volume of The Proceedings of the British Academy, entitled The Politics of Counsel in England and Scotland, 1286-1707.

The workshop is also supported by the School of History, Institute of Intellectual History, the Institute of Scottish Historical Research, and the Reformation Studies Institute.  For more information see http://politicsofcounsel.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/may-2014-workshop/ or contact Dr Jacqueline Rose.