Friday, April 28, 2006

RSA 2007 - Artists / Writers

A proposed panel for RSA in Miami 2007: Artists as Writers, Writers as Artists

A. DeAngelis writes: I am especially interested in papers that will explore this phenomenon in the Cinquecento: Michelangelo, Vasari, Bronzino, Danese Cattaneo, G. M. Verdizzotti,and others as topics. Please send an abstract of not more than 200 words, a short c.v., and audio-visual requirements to Adrienne DeAngelis at:
227 Bays Avenue
Morehead, KY 40351
by 15 May 2006.

A. DeAngelis

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Conferences all over the place ...

Early Modern Secrets and Lies
Friday, April 28th, 2006
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th St.)

Breakfast and Check-in: 8:00am in 4406

Panel 1: 9:00 am in Segal Theater
"A Lady's Petrarchan Body: The Role of the Waiting-Woman in The Duchess of Malfi" by Irene Middleton of Emory University
"A Man in Uniform: (Mis)Reading the Body of Catalina de Erauso" by Michelle Teti of Northeastern University
"Margaret Cavendish: Carving Textual Space" by Anne Thell of Fordham University

Panel 2: 10:30 am in Segal Theater
"Female Conduct and the Ovidian Heroine in the Poetry of Isabella Whitney" by Kimberley Ayer of the University of Connecticut
"Isabella Whitney's 'Wyll and Testament': Mapping the Economic City" by Ivy Linton Stabell of the University of Connecticut
"'Well Equipp'd to Wage in Angry Rhymes': Satires of Powerlessness in Whitney and Surrey" by Sarah Rasher of the University of Connecticut

Panel 3: 12:00 pm in Segal Theater
"I Haunt You Still: The Duchess of Malfi and the Secrets of the World Beyond" by Lynn Maxwell of Emory University
"The Performance of Social Class: Domestic Violence in the 'Griselda' Story" by Helen Fulton of University of Wales Swansea
"Fictional Realities: The Construction of Verisimilitude in Thomas More's Utopia" by Balaka Basu of the Graduate Center, CUNY

Lunch: 1:15 – 2pm

Panel 4: 2.00 pm in Segal Theater
"Public Sacrifice and the 'Hazard of Much Blood' in Shakespeare's Roman Plays" by Louise Geddes of the Graduate Center, CUNY
"Simul iustus et peccator: Luther's Two Faces" by Thomas Lederer of Albert-Ludwigs-University
"Public and Private Spaces: Hamlets and Anti-Hamlets" by Eric Retinger of Tufts University

Panel 5: 3:10pm in Segal Theater
"'To be new made': Secrecy, Artifice, and the Language of Seduction in Shakespeare's Sonnet 2" by Linda Neiberg of the Graduate Center, CUNY
"Fatal Attraction: Sex, Lies, 'Cold Love' and Deceit in Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage" by Brenda Henry-Offor of the Graduate Center, CUNY

Keynote Address: 4:00pm in Segal Theater
"The Private Life of Shakespeare's Young Man: Memory, Forgetting and the Procreation Sonnets" by Garrett Sullivan of Pennsylvania State University

5:30pm Refreshments in 4406


The Society for Renaissance Studies

Second National Conference at The University of Edinburgh, 6-8 July 2006

Plenary Speakers:
Prof. Judith Bryce (Bristol), Prof. John Monfasani (SUNY at Albany/Renaissance
Society of America), and Prof. William H. Sherman (Centre for Renaissance and
Early Modern Studies, York)

Plenary Events:
National Gallery of Scotland
National Library of Scotland
Old College, Edinburgh

Building on the success of the first national conference in Bristol in 2003 this event will once again provide an occasion for Renaissance scholars to meet and present their research. The conference programme and registration details can be found at:

For general enquiries.: Dr Stephen Bowd, University of Edinburgh, School of History and Classics, William Robertson Building, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JY,


Conference: 'Shrews' on the Renaissance Stage. Organised by the Centre for Early Modern & Renaissance Studies, University of York.

This 2-day, interdisciplinary conference will be held in the centre of York on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May. and will focus particularly on: Shakespeare "The Taming of the Shrew"; Fletcher "The Woman's Prize"; John Lacy "Sauny the Scott". It will be led by Professor David Wootton and the speakers include: Sandra Clark (Birkbeck); Michael Cordner (York), Helmer
Helmers (Leiden), Graham Holderness (Hertfordshire), Barbara Hodgdon(Michigan), and Leah Marcus (Vanderbilt). Registration details and further information about the conference venue and staying in York can be found on the CREMS website, or by contacting


The Rutgers Program in Medieval Studies hosts the final lecture of our Dispute Resolution lecture series.

Paul Hyams
Cornell University
Presenting: "Was There Such a Thing as Feud in the High Middle Ages?"

Friday, April 28, 2006, 4:30 PM
Murray Hall 303

Reception following.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Attending to Early Modern Women - and Men

Attending to Early Modern Women - and Men
November 9-11, 2006 Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

For detailed information about the conference, contact the Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies, telephone 301-405-6830, email

Keynote Address:
"Showing the Heart: Friendship, Love and Anatomy in Early Modern Portraiture"
Sarah Cohen, Art History, State University of New York, Albany

Plenary I: Theorizing Early Modern Masculinity and Maleness

Plenary II: Childhood

Plenary III: Violence

Plenary IV: Pedagogies

All plenaries will be followed by participatory workshops. For a complete list of plenary addresses and workshop topics please visit the conference website:

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

London: Prophecy and Drama


The seminar will meet on Saturday 6th May, 2-5.30, in room 152, Birkbeck, Malet Street, London.

'My prophetic soul': prophecy and early modern drama
1.30-2 coffee
2-2.45 Line Cottegnies (Université de Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle): 'Juggling Fiends: Oracles and Agency in 2 Henry VI'
2.45-3.30 Lynn Sermin Meskill (Université de Paris XIII): 'Ben Jonson and the Uses of Prophecy'
3.30-4 tea
4-4.45 Richard Wilson (Cardiff University): 'Futurity in Hamlet'
4.45 drinks

The London Renaissance Seminar is a forum which debates the texts and theoretical issues of early modern culture.

Seminars are free and all are welcome.

For further information, please contact Gordon McMullan at King's College London:

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Shakespeare Birthday Lecture: Washington DC

Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture
April 24, 2006 8pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

W. B. Worthen, Professor of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the annual Shakespeare Birthday Lecture at 8 p.m. on 24 April 2006. His talk, "Shakespeare 3.0," asks what the impact of "information culture" is on our understanding of drama, performance, and Shakespeare. How are the models we often use to describe the work of Shakespearean drama altered by the climate of decontextualized "information" flow? Or are they? Professor Worthen's Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in January.

Tickets: Free

Friday, April 21, 2006

CFP: Early Modern Women Writers Across Borders


Early Modern Women Writers Across Borders

A session at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 22-24 March 2007 in Miami, Florida

Early modern women writers are frequently examined in terms that are limited to their own countries. And yet, we might fruitfully compare women writers in different countries and look at how women writers themselves transcended national boundaries, by participating in international debates, translating texts, situating themselves in relation to writers from abroad, and in numerous other ways.

Proposals are invited for presentations on early modern women writers and their relationships to other European countries. What can be gained from looking at early modern women writers across borders?

Proposals are requested on any theme provided the papers move beyond national boundaries in their examination of early modern women writers. Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

Please e-mail an abstract and a brief curriculum vitae to Martine van Elk at as soon as possible, but no later than May 12, 2006.

This session will be sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at California State University, Long Beach

Martine van Elk , Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach, Department of English

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A Reminder: Court Culture Conference, Hampton Court

Court Culture 1642-1660

Thursday 29 June, Kingston University, Friday 30 June, Hampton Court Palace

For further information and registration please contact the organizers Jerome de Groot: or Peter Sillitoe:

Professor John Astington (University of Toronto)
Gretchen Smith (Southern Methodist University)
Patricia Phillipy (Texas A&M University)
Alice Eardley (University of Warwick)
Jerome de Groot (University of Manchester)
Peter Sillitoe (University of Sheffield)
Jason Peacey (History of Parliament)
James Knowles (University of Keele)
Edith Snook (University of New Brunswick)
Nigel Smith (Princeton University)
Ann Hughes (University of Keele)
Julie Sanders (University of Nottingham)
Karen Britland (University of Keele)
Professor Blair Worden (Royal Holloway College)
Andrew Barclay (History of Parliament)
Patrick Little (History of Parliament)
Paul Hunneyball (History of Parliament)
Geoffrey Smith (University of Melbourne)
David Scott (History of Parliament)
Simon Thurley (English Heritage)
Edward Holberton (Oxford)
Murray Pittock (University of Manchester)
Clare Jackson (Trinity Hall, Cambridge)
Toby Jackson (Hertford College, Oxford)
Edward Corp (University of Toulouse)

British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

The Eighth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

The Shakespeare Institute holds its eighth annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference this year, from 15 - 17 June 2006. We invite all graduates of Shakespearean and Renaissance studies to join us for this occasion. The conference provides a stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over the world can present their research, and meet together in an active centre of Shakespearean research and theatre: Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Our previous conferences have attracted scholars from all over the world, and we wish to sustain the mutually enriching diversity in research interests, disciplines and critical approaches that has characterized the conference in the past years. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.

Professor Kate McLuskie, the Director of the Shakespeare Institute, will open the conference, and Dr. Catherine Alexander will be one of our guest speakers. Dr. Paul Edmondson from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will also be presenting research in relation to Shakespeare's Sonnets (co-authored with Stanley Wells), and Sarah Stanton from Cambridge University Press will be speaking on academic publication. In between three days of postgraduate panel sessions, delegates will also be able to explore the beautiful and historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and have the opportunity to attend a performance of Yukio Ninagawa's Titus Andronicus, hosted by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of their ground-breaking 'Complete Works' season. There will also be the opportunity to take advantage of the Shakespeare Centre Library and RSC archives, as well as the outstanding resources of the Shakespeare Institute Library.

Papers should be approximately twenty minutes long (3,000 words or less). Delegates wishing to give papers must register by Friday, 21st April 2006. We encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.

To find out more about the conference, and for details about registration, please visit the British Graduate Shakespeare Conference website at: ... or contact the conference committee on:

Sunday, April 16, 2006

CFP: Renaissance Anatomies

RSA 2007 Call for papers

Dissecting Renaissance Anatomies

We invite paper proposals for an RSA conference panel on early modern anatomy and performance. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed a proliferation of anatomies, both physical and metaphorical, in England and on the Continent. Anatomical dissection staged the production of knowledge in that the body became a site for students to explore (and not merely to witness) the structure of the human body, leading to what Jonathan Sawday has called "a confrontation between an abstract idea of knowledge, and the material reality of a corpse" (Sawday 1995). Anatomies in Latin and in the vernacular, as well as surgical guides on the treatment of wounds, dissected in text and image the body into its parts, turning the familiar into the uncanny. Metaphorical anatomies tested the boundaries of analogies drawn between the body and its material and spiritual worlds by finding new ways to "stage" the body, altering thinking about the body and its relation to God, the universe, and culture.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

-Theatrical performance of anatomical gestures
-Embodiment and sensory experience
-Gender and sexuality in the anatomy
-Early modern renderings of Anatomia
-Intellectual or religious anatomies
-Cross-genre comparisons of anatomical work
-The anatomy in alternative discourses
-Transfers in practice and theory from the Continent to England
-Early modern stagings of Ancient anatomical practices

Abstracts and proposals, maximum 250 words, to Allison K. Deutermann ( and Lianne Habinek ( by 15 May, 2006. Please remember that in order to present a paper, you must be a member of the RSA by the time of the convention.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

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Renaissance Studies and New Technologies: CFP

CFP: Renaissance Studies and New Technologies Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference Miami, 22-24 March 2007

For the past six years, the RSA program has featured a number of sessions that document innovative ways in which computing technology is being incorporated into the scholarly activity of our community. At the 2007 RSA meeting (Miami, 22-24 March 2007), several sessions will continue to follow this interest across several key projects, through a number of thematic touchstones, and in several emerging areas.

For these sessions, we seek proposals in the following general areas, and beyond:

a) new technology and research (individual or group projects)
b) new technology and teaching (individual or group projects)
c) new technology and publication (e.g. from the vantage point
of authors, traditional and non-traditional publishers)

Proposals for papers, panels, deminstrations, and/or workshop presentations that focus on these issues and others are welcome.

Please send proposals before May 15 to

CFP: Shakespeare and Popular Culture

The Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture will hold its annual conference in Baltimore, MD, October 27-29, 2006.

Shakespeare’s position in popular as well as high culture remains strong, with new works in fiction, film and other areas. But Shakespeare is not the only Renaissance figure to have a presence in modern popular culture. Other writers, historical figures, events and debates are still part of the popular landscape. This area welcomes topics on any aspect of the overlap or intersection between the Early Modern period (roughly 1500-1700) and the Postmodern one. Topics for this area can include, but are not limited to:

–Shakespeare on film, in TV, comics or fiction
–modern versions or adaptations of other Renaissance writers in fiction or film
–modern investigations of historical figures such as Henry VIII, Elizabeth I or Mary, Queen of Scotts
–teaching Renaissance texts to modern students
–Renaissance fairs
–the Renaissance on the Internet

Presentations can be in the form of individual papers, panels, workshops, roundtables or other formats, and presenters are urged to consider choosing an alternative format if it would better suit their topic. Please send abstracts (250 words) and contact information via email to by June 15, 2006.

Annalisa Castaldo, Assistant Professor of English, Widener University, Chester, PA 19013

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Call for Papers: SHARP @ RSA 2007

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing will sponsor several panels at the Renaissance Society of America's annual meeting in Miami from 22-24 March 2007. Organized by Steven W. May, Anne Lake Prescott and Michael Ullyot, SHARP@RSA links the RSA with scholars studying the creation, dissemination, and reception of script and print. Since 2001 we have organized eighteen panels at RSA meetings.

We will have two themes in 2007, and invite submissions that consider English and Continental books and manuscripts from 1350 to 1700 in relation to either of them:

[1] Problems of Evidence in the History of Reading
Reading, writes Roger Chartier, is an activity that "only rarely leaves
traces, that is scattered in an infinity of singular acts." Historians
of reading use traces like marginalia, inscriptions, and commonplace
books to describe largely irrecoverable habits of thought. What evidence
are we missing? How do material elements of books themselves (eg. type,
punctuation, printed marginalia, editorial interventions) influence
readings past and present? And how do we relate essentialized case
studies to broader interpretive communities?

[2] Disputed Canons: Determining Renaissance Authorship
The historicist tenor of Renaissance studies is predicated (partly) on
attributions of texts to authors, associating them with known
intellectual and literary concerns. But un- and mis-attributed works to
authors including Francois Rabelais, the Countess of Pembroke, the Earl
of Essex, and John Donne problematize this historicist framework. What
tests or techniques allow us to add or remove texts, or parts of texts,
from an author's canon with confidence? The organizers are particularly
interested in non-dramatic collaborative texts.

Please send abstracts (150 words) and one-paragraph CVs to *each* of the
organizers: < > and < >
and < > by 5 May, 2006; this is earlier
than the general conference deadline to allow for adjudication. Please
note that all participants must be members of the Renaissance Society of
America by August 2006 or they cannot be included in the programme. For
more information on the RSA, see

Monday, April 10, 2006

Colin Burrow

Colin Burrow from Cambridge University will be speaking at Rutgers on "Reading Tudor Writing Politically: The Case of 2 Henry IV": April 12th, 4:30. The talk will be held in the Rutgers Student Center 411 A&B on College Avenue.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Stuart Libels ...

If you’re feeling libelous – and if you’re working on MS studies / Stuart political culture / popular print / textual tranmission / popular opinion – go to This is “Early Stuart Libels”: a web-based edition of early seventeenth-century political poetry from manuscript sources, produced by Andrew McRae (Exeter) and Alastair Bellany (Rutgers). It brings into the public domain over 350 poems, many of which have never before been published. Though most of the texts are poems of satire and invective, others take the form of anti-libels, responding to libellers with orthodox panegyric. These poems throw new light on literary and political culture in England in the decades from the accession of King James I to the outbreak of the English Civil War.

Internet resources

Take a look at ... Adrienne DeAngelis' Resources in Art History for Graduate Students, located at: Much of the information posted works also for the post-PhD crowd, including many of the dozens of Calls for Papers.

Aberbeen Fellowship


The Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen, has established an Honorary Fellowship, to enable researchers to visit Aberdeen and take advantage of the University's rare book and archival collections. The Fellowship is available to an established scholar working in any area of the humanities (broadly defined), though preference may be given to a scholar working on the Early Modern period.

The Fellowship would be tenable for up to two months during the period June to August 2006. Residential accommodation, access to computing facilities, and access to the University libraries and historic collections (including Special Libraries and Archives) would be provided. A small stipend would be provided, to cover travel and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Applications for the Fellowship should be sent to Professor Derek Hughes ( There is no application form for this appointment, but a research programme, curriculum vitae, and the contact details of two referees should be sent to Professor Hughes by 30th April, 2006. The research programme should outline the use to be made of the Special
Libraries and / or Archival collections, and the publications which will arise from the research. Informal enquiries about the Fellowship should also be addressed to Professor Hughes. The web pages of the Historic Collections are at

Friday, April 07, 2006

'Forgery, Authority, and Authenticity in the Renaissance'

An International Symposium at the University of Stirling, Iris Murdoch Centre,
Stirling FK9 4LA, 13th and 14th May 2006

Keynote speakers:
Professor Peter Ucko
Professor Emeritus UCL, Former Director of the Institute for Archaeology, UCL
Professor Brian Vickers, FBA
Distinguished Senior Fellow, London University

To register for the symposium, please fill in the attached form and return it
to Or contact Susie Dryburgh, Department of English Studies, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA. Tel. 01786 467510.



SATURDAY 13th MAY at UCL, 9am.

Metamorphosis and Transformation in the Life and Work of Lope de Vega

For Information contact
Dr Alexander Samson
Lecturer in Golden Age Literature
Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
Tel: 020 7 679 7121


Free Places on Specialist Research Training on the History of the Book

The Universities of Keele, Manchester and Leicester, with funding from the
AHRC, have joined forces to host a research training course for PGR
students on the History of the Book. The week-long residential course, based at St
Deiniol's home to the Gladstone Library in Hawarden, North Wales, includes
key note lectures and workshop from leading scholars in the field and
includes work with the rare books and archives at Chetham's Library, the
John Rylands Library local record offices. Speakers include David Pearson
(University of London), Dr Peter McDonald (University of Oxford),
Professor Martin Stannard (University of Leicester), Professor Ann Hughes
(University of Keele), Professor Brian Maidment (University of Salford), Professor
David Adams and Professor Adrian Armstrong (University of Manchester). The
course will provide an intensive introduction to the theoretical and practical
issues in the new histories of the book, examining current scholarship in
the area (such as the work of Don McKenzie, Robert Darnton, Jerome McGann
and Roger Chartier), as well as showing students how to develop their
skills as users of a wide range of printed forms (broadsides, ballads, and
ephemera) as well as books, manuscripts, and electronic resources. The
course runs from 20th May to the 26th May 2006.

Students at the three partner institutions (Keele, Leicester, Manchester)
have first call on a limited number of places, but it is still necessary
for students to apply in the normal manner. Students at the partner
institutions will also be fully-funded: the package includes travel, accommodation,
evening meals and most lunches.

Two fully-funded places are also available to PGR students undertaking
research in this field in other UK Universities. First preference will be
given to AHRC funded students in the earliest stages of their research. If
you would like to know more about the course or would like to apply for a
place, please contact the Research Institute for the Humanities at Keele

The closing date for applications is 12th April 2006.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

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