Welcome to the Society for Court Studies!

Founded in September 1995, the Society for Court Studies is the leading international academic society for the examination of royal and princely courts and households from antiquity to the present. The Society for Court Studies has become an integral part of the study of the past from multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary and international perspectives.

In the pages that follow, we bring you the latest information, opportunities, and resources on court studies to support students and educators, early career researchers, and established scholars. Check out the Society’s journal, The Court Historian, the leading periodical in the field of court studies for the past 25 years. We encourage you to become a member, make use of the resources contained here, and let us know how we can assist you. Thank you for visiting the Society for Court Studies!

News and Announcements

Open Executive Committee position

The Society for Court Studies is looking for an Outreach Secretary to join the Executive Committee. As a voluntary and visible post, the Outreach Secretary will play a key part in the Society’s mission to grow and develop a strong community of interdisciplinary scholars, will support all members from early career researchers to independent scholars, and will develop research and engagement opportunities in the field of court studies. The successful candidate will be someone with a passion for court studies, have a strong commitment to support researchers and scholarship, be proactive and take initiative, and work collaboratively. In particular, the Society is interested in candidates who will lead our work in supporting new research and young scholars and assist with increasing membership and wider outreach. The Society encourages enquiries from scholars at all stages of their career. Expressions of interest should be directed to the Society’s President, Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, and Executive Committee’s Administrative Secretary, Anastasia Utke. For consideration, please send an email and CV to

Call for Images

With the Society’s website re-launch, the Executive Committee would like to request images from the Society’s members. There are two categories of images that the Society is seeking. First, we would like members to submit images (adhering to copyright permissions) that reflect their research within court studies. The purpose of these images is to reflect the diverse and inclusive research that is being conducted in the field of court studies. These images will be used on the website and in the newsletter to members. Second, the Society would like to appeal to its members, particularly those that have been with the Society since its inception, for images or photographs of past court studies events (i.e., conferences, seminars, and meetings). If members have physical photos, the Society would welcome digitally scanned copies of those photos. The aim of collecting these images is to chronicle the history of the Society and showcase our growth. Please send all images (with captions, details, copyright information, and credit) via email to

New publication: Fabian Persson, Women at the Early Modern Swedish Court: Power, Risk, and Opportunity (Amsterdam University Press, 2021)

The Society’s own Dr Fabian Persson has had a book published with Amsterdam University Press. In Women at the Early Modern Swedish Court: Power, Risk, and Opportunity, Persson demonstrates the opportunities open to women who served at court and the complexities of women’s agency in a court society.

Details of Dr Persson’s new book can be found here: