Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Britain's Icons: Writing, Images and Cultural Signs 1450-1670

A Conference at Birkbeck College



23rd November Room G01 Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, Torrington Sq, London WC1.

24 November, Room 101, School of English and Humanities, Birkbeck College, 30 Russell Sq, London WC1.

A map of the area may be found on


Friday, 23 November

10:00-10:30 Registration


Margaret Healy (Sussex), 'Hieroglyphs, Emblems and the Eye of the Mind.'

Susan Wiseman (Birkbeck), Civil War Iconoclasm.

12:30-1:30 lunch (own arrangements)


Anthony Bale (Birkbeck), 'Preserving Sacramental Childhood? Boy saints and ritual murder narratives in the Reformation.'

Philip Schwyzer (Exeter) Cast down his Bones! Early Protestant responses to Catholic corpses.‚

3:30-4:00 tea


Tom Betteridge (Oxford Brookes), 'How many bloody letters been written in this book': Christ as text in the work of John Fisher, Thomas More and George Herbert.

David Loewenstein (Wisconsin), Burning Heretics and Fashioning Martyrs: Religious Extremism and Violence in John Foxe.

6:00-7:30 drinks reception.

Saturday 24 November

9:00-9:30 coffee


Isabel Davis, 'Plastic icons: Picturing the Conjugal Family in the Later Middle Ages.'

10:30-11:00 coffee


Richard Williams (Birkbeck), 'The Reformation of an Icon: The 'Portrait' of Christ in Late-Sixteenth-Century England.'

Matthew Dimmock, (Sussex) 'Anti-Icons: Alternative Christs in Post-Reformation England'

1:00-2:00 lunch


Tom Healy (Birkbeck), Elizabeth I and the Spenserian imagination.‚

Alice Hunt (Southampton), Idol ceremony?: James I's Protestant Coronation, 1603.‚

Details from Prof Thomas Healy (t.healy@bbk.ac.uk)

Prof Susan Wiseman (s.wiseman@bbk.ac.uk)

Staff/Waged: £20, Students/Unwaged £10.


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