Events commemorating Cecil’s birth will include a major three-day conference at St John’s College in Cambridge, 17-19 September 2020, directed by Professor Susan Doran (University of Oxford) and Professor Norman Jones (Utah State University). The conference will focus on exploring the breadth and significance of Cecil’s activities, with a day of lectures focused on key themes and aspects of his life. We will then turn our focus to new research into Cecil and his world, presented through papers and roundtable discussion sessions with the aim of promoting and galvanizing future directions of study.

Suggested themes include, but are not restricted to:

Court politics
The Law
State formation
Work as Lord Treasurer
Family connections
Relationships within government
Foreign policy
City of London
Local government
The English and Irish Universities
Artistic and literary patronage

We are now recruiting speakers for 20 minute papers. We also invite proposals for roundtables and expressions of interest in participating as well as nominations of other relevant voices. Please send proposals of no more than 300 words along with a short biography to by 31 January 2020.

We hope to be able to provide some support for those travelling long distances and also for postgraduate and recent postdoctoral students (theses awarded within the last 3 years, adjusted as appropriate for those who studied part-time). Please let us know if you are eligible and would like to be considered for support.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organiser, Dr Janet Dickinson at the conference email address.

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