The conference aims to bring together scholars working in different disciplines with an interest in royal and court studies, we are particularly interested in receiving proposals that address the meaning of resilience in a historical royal context. The word resilience has become increasingly fashionable and salient in recent decades in several fields of academic research. The concept in fact has gone from being limited and specific in nature to being a more and widely encompassing construction. The title of our conference plays on the famous Latin proposition by Rene Descartes, ‘Cogito ergo Sum’ to become Resilio ergo Regno. The etymology of the word resilience came from Latin resilio– resist ,I resist so I rule.

Resilience here is understood both as an individual act to overcome adversity but also as a communal, social and relational interaction, which reveals itself in several social political forms. Expressions of resistance studies in the context of royal and court history that deal with various forms of public or private resilience are especially welcome to consider. Sources and written accounts deal with various form of resilience and resistance in various contexts would be another area to potentially explore. Resilience could be also be viewed as the ability to overcome the impact of change or negative events by a combination of resistance and adaptation by royal individuals, dynasties and/or courtiers.

  • 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
    By registering to the Kings & Queens Conference 2018 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.
  • 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
    WiFi is available throughout the conference venue. SSID: KQ8CATANIA Password:  UnictKQ19
    At the information for wireless device configuration is available.
    The identification of the wireless network is KQ8CATANIA.
    For those in possession of credentials issued by other universities or research institutes, the EDUROAM network identification can be used as described on the page
  • 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 are generally open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and an hour and a half in the afternoon between 2:30 and 4:40 (closed on Saturdays and Sundays). There are multiple bank machines (ATMs) open 24 hours a day throughout the city which accept all major international bankcards. The official currency of Italy is the Euro (€). Major credit cards are widely accepted, but please always check beforehand.
  • Emergency Services
    European Emergency Number: 112.
  • Telephone calls
    The country code of Italy is 39 and the area code for Catania is 095.

  • GSM Cell Phone Roaming
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  • Time Zone
    Italy’s time zone is Central European Time (CET) – GMT +2 hours.

  • Climate
    The weather is generally nice (average 26°C, high: 30°C, average low: 19°C) in Catania in June.
    Electricity Supply
    220-240 V – 50Hz AC, using CEI 23-50, CEI 23-5, some (older) sockets will not accept CEE 7/7 plugs, however in modern installations multiple standard sockets have been used.

  • Tourist Information Centres
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