Saturday, March 31, 2007

New Scholars Program


The Bibliographical Society of America each year invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present twenty minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the annual meeting of the Society, which takes place in New York City in late January. The New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined to include any research that deals with the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of texts as material objects (print or manuscript). Papers of New Scholars are published in the December issue of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America as part of the proceedings of the annual meeting.

Junior (i.e., untenured) faculty and graduate students at the dissertation level are eligible, as are professional librarians, members of the book trade, and book collectors who are at the beginnings of their careers. Candidates should submit a letter of application, an abstract of not more than 250 words, and a curriculum vitae. Graduate students should also submit a letter of recommendation from their dissertation director. For submissions to be considered for the following January, materials should be received by July 31. Please address and send applications (preferably via email) to:

New Scholars Program
Bibliographical Society of America
P.O. Box 1537
Lenox Hill Station
New York, NY 10021

New Scholars selected for the panel receive a subvention of $600 toward the cost of attendance at the annual meeting and a complimentary one-year membership in the Bibliographical Society of America. For further information on the Society, see Inquiries regarding the program may be directed to Gregory A. Pass, Chair, New Scholars Program, at

Gregory A. Pass
Chair, New Scholars Program
The Bibliographical Society of America


Joe Egert on SHAKSPER.NET points out Greenblatt's latest, on "Shakespeare and the Uses of Power", in the NYRB ...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Land, Landscape and Environment, 1500-1750

A Conference organised by the Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading
14 - 16 July, 2008

Current debates over the environment - and in particular over the exploitation or management of natural resources - find their origin in early modern discourses of mastery and stewardship. Whilst a pervasive argument saw it as man's responsibility to exploit the Earth, to what extent were those who made their living from the countryside, and those who wrote about it, ambivalent about landscape change in the name of progress and improvement, both in England, Scotland and Ireland and in the American colonies? To what extent was land, landscape and environment the subject of struggles between those who were the subjects of agrarian capitalism and those who lived off its profits at first or secondhand? How did representations of land and environment develop in this period? Landscapes are lived environments that find expression through buildings and patterns of behaviour, and bring into focus questions of belonging and the relationship between nature and civilisation. What connection can we draw between literary and visual depictions of land and environment - whether as map, image, or text - and these ideas of mastery and control? And what does the recent turn towards 'green politics' in early modern literary studies suggest about the usefulness of twenty-first century political imperatives for an interrogation of the early modern past?

Papers are invited on the following areas:

plantation and colonisation as civilising process; agrarian capitalism and sustainable agriculture in theory and practice; topography and poetry, pastoral and georgic, the chorographical and country-house poem; enclosure, disafforestation and drainage: their advocates, opponents, practice and consequences; law, property rights and tenure; husbandry and husbandry manuals; the country house and its landscapes; horticulture and gardens; rivers; writing the land; artistic representations of landscape; cartography, maps and signs; the country and the city; parks; urban pastoral; travel, travel-writing, walking tours and sight-seeing.

Proposals (max. 300 words) for 30 minute papers and a brief CV should be sent via email attachment by 1 February 2008 to Dr. Adam Smyth, School of English and American Literature, University of Reading,

Radical Pity and Tragic Violence in King Lear

Tuesday Apri 3, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in 754 Schmerhorn Extension (IRWaG seminar room). All welcome.

Enquiries to Prof. Alan Stewart:

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Call for Papers, for a Special Session at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown Atlanta, GA, 9-11 November 2007

250-word abstracts are invited on topics related to Shakespeare's late tragedies and romances. Possible topics include physical and verbal violence, gender, wonder and awe, fools and cheats, and enclosed spaces and private worlds. Deadline for abstracts: Friday, April 13, 2007. Please send abstracts via email to Dr. Keith Keith M. Botelho, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Early British Drama
Department of English
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA 30144

South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Call For Papers: Renaissance Paper Session, South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
Atlanta, November 9-11, 2007
Papers on any aspect of the Renaissance are solicited for this paper session. Please send abstracts (250-500 words) by April 15th via email to:
or by post to: Dr. Katie Kalpin, Dept. of English, University of South Carolina-Aiken, Aiken, SC 29801.
for more information on the convention visit:

Renaissance Nothings

Call for Papers
Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, 3-5 April 2008; Chicago

A panel interested in the aesthetic, philosophical, and sexual valence of "nothing" in the Renaissance. Proposals addressing mathematical zero, nihil paradoxes, the materialist abyss, and naught/y puns are all welcome.

For consideration, please submit (as Word attachments) a 250 word abstract and a CV to: by April 15, 2007

Early Modern Realities, Modern Productions

This panel for the Midwest Modern Language Association conference seeks papers on English literature and its intersections with science and medicine prior to 1800 for the annual meeting to be held in Cleveland, Ohio (November 8, 2007 -November 11, 2007). "Renaissance Drama in Performance: Early Modern Realities, Modern Productions" invites papers that explore modern stage and film enactments of early modern dramatic texts, both Shakespearean and non-Shakespearean. How do these productions broaden and/or limit our understandings of playtexts and their meanings? How do today's performances influence our perceptions of the realities governing the contexts in which early modern plays were first produced? We are particularly interested in papers that consider the potential convergences, conflicts, and complications that can result when presenting early modern political, social, and gender dynamics for modern audiences. Please submit abstracts (250 words) to Hillary Nunn, Univ. of Akron,, by April 16.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Body→Mind Conference

Thursday 12 July 2007

Plenary speaker: Professor George Rousseau, Oxford University will speak about 'Nervous Narrators: Mind and Body in G Sharp Minor'

This one-day, international conference will explore ideas about the mind’s influence on the body across a wide range of disciplines.


anxiety body dysmorphic disorder

body hair Buffy Charlton Heston

children’s writing colonised subjectivity corsets

Darwinism Descartes eating disorders epilation epiphany eye surgery

fathers and daughters feminist art Foucault

garrulous vaginas




martyrdom masochism metamorphoses

modified bodies oriental philosophy

performance proprioception

queer stylistics sensation novels sexuality

shoes somatic pragmatism soul spiritual matter

suicide The Swan

United 93

Please note that the call for papers has now closed. Further details and a booking form can be obtained from Mrs Jan Cox or ring 0118 378 8362 or contact the Organiser, Carolyn Williams (

School of English and American Literature, University of Reading, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Whiteknights, Reading, PO Box 218, RG6 6AA, UK

Tyndale, More and their circles: Persecution and martyrdom under the Tudors

Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom, 3-6 July 2008

This will be an interdisciplinary conference which will bring together scholars interested in the religious history and literature of the Tudor period. Although there will be a focus on lives, works and reputations of Tyndale and More, papers are sought on martyrdom, religious persecution and inter-Christian conflict generally and thus may range in subject from Anne Askew to Edmund Campion.

Principal Speakers: Prof. Brian Cummings, University of Sussex. Prof. Eamon Duffy University of Cambridge. Rev. Dr Ralph S. Werrall, The Tyndale Society.

Proposals for papers (title and 300-500 words) or enquiries should be directed by October 1st 2007 to Rev. Matthew Baynham, Hopkins Hall, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool L38QB, UK baynham or Dr John Flood, Balliol College, Oxford OX1 3BJ, UK.

For updates see

Monday, March 19, 2007


Thursday 21 June, 2007
Kohn Centre, Royal Society of London

How did the new philosophers of the early-modern period engage with manuscript culture? Record-keeping was central to their early institutional endeavours, and yet the production and circulation of manuscripts among the scientific community has received only partial attention from scholars. This conference seeks to understand more about the way manuscript texts were used by new philosophers, both individually and corporately.

The Royal Society Library will join with the Department of History, King’s College London, to host a conference on manuscripts and science in 17th century England. Speakers will discuss how prominent Fellows such as Robert Boyle, Robert Hooke, John Evelyn, John Aubrey, and Sir Isaac Newton shared their ideas in manuscripts circulated among the scientific community. Representatives from major scientific archives will be present to discuss and answer questions about their collections, and there will be an accompanying display of manuscripts in the library. Speakers include Kate Bennett, Frances Harris, Michael Hunter, Rob Iliffe, Lisa Jardine, William Poole and Angus Vine. All are welcome to attend. For further information and registration forms, please contact Felicity Henderson (felicity.henderson[at]

Twelfth Night of the Living Dead

This excellent thing comes via the jaunty coterie at Blogging The Renaissance ...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Women Writing 1550-1750 (Revisited)

In 1999 scholars from Australia, New Zealand, and further afield gathered together in Melbourne for a two day conference devoted to writing by early modern women. This new conference offers a chance to reassess the field almost a decade later, and to mull over and celebrate the significant and growing body of scholarship devoted to early modern women's writing. Proposals are invited for a 20 minute paper, a panel, or a round table discussion. We welcome contributions from all fields of study, and papers or round table proposals from postgraduate students are particularly welcome. The conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia, at the city campus of La Trobe University, on Saturday and Sunday, 26-27 January, 2008. Please send proposals by 17 November to Paul Salzman, English Program, La Trobe University, Australia, 3086; email:

Paul Salzman, Reader in English Literature,
La Trobe University, Australia, 3086
P: +61-3-94792395

Early Modern and the Postmodern

Call for papers for the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association
November 2-4, 2007, Philadelphia, PA

This is a call for papers for sessions 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 in film, television, comics, or fiction
–Shakespeare on the internet
–modern versions or adaptations of other early modern works in popular culture and mass media
–modern presentations of early modern figures such as Elizabeth I, Galileo, or Martin Luther
–Popular culture presentations of specific periods or events
–teaching early modern texts to modern students
–Renaissance fairs

Presentations can be in the form of individual papers, panels, workshops, roundtables or other formats. Papers or whole panels may be submitted.

Send a 250-word abstract with AV needs, by June 15, to Annalisa Castaldo (preferred) or at the snail mail address below.

For information on the conference, please visit

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


The International Spenser Society is sponsoring a panel at RSA 2008 in Chicago, “Edmund Spenser, Scholarship Boy.” Papers might examine Spenser’s status as a sizar; the shifting demographics of the universities; service and servitude in the poetry; the social implications of humanist education reform. Please email 1 page abstracts and a brief cv by Friday 20 April 2007 to

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Lambeth Palace Library On-Line

A posting at SHAKSPER.NET tells me that the Lambeth Palace Library is going on-line. See

Friday, March 09, 2007

Post in Early Modern Drama, including Shakespeare

Lecturer or Reader
Closing date: 30 Mar 2007

Applications are invited for a post in Early Modern Drama, including Shakespeare in the 5** School of English and American Literature. This appointment is full-time, permanent and starts from 1 October 2007.

Lecturer (£30,913 - £41,545) or Reader (£42,791 to £48,161) per annum

The appointment may be made at the level of Lecturer or Reader.

You will have:

- a PhD in English
- an ability to teach at postgraduate level
- interests in areas relating to the School's current and projected centres of research.


One open session on Elizabethan Poetry and Prose South Atlantic Modern Language Association Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown Atlanta, GA
9-11 November, 2007

250-word abstracts are invited on any topic related to Elizabethan non-dramatic literature. Submissions by newcomers as well as by established scholars are welcome. Deadline for submissions: Friday, 13 April, 2007. Early submissions are welcome and encouraged.

Please direct questions and abstracts (preferably via e-mail) to:

Joel B. Davis
English Department
Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8300
DeLand, FL 32720
Tel. 386-822-7724

Marriage in Shakespeare

New Essay in Criticism (Macmillan Press) Closing 30 May 2007

Essays on various issues relating to marriage in the plays of William Shakespeare are invited for a book to be edited by Prof Bhim S. Dahiya, Sarup Singh Professor of English, Kurukshetra University India.The essays may relate to, but not limited to, following issues:

Marital roles and Behaviours
Strife in Marriage
Legal, Historical and Literary approaches to Marriage
Conflict over Status, Gender, Relations, Property, Religious Beliefs and Individual Autonomy
Comlexities of Marital Law
Marriage as a Community Affair
Marriage and Clergy

Closing date for the submission of essays is 30 May 2007.we have already received a few essays by leading Shakespeare scholars. Please send email attachment on the following email alongwith a hard copy on or before 30 May 2007:

Address for Communication:
Dr Bhim s. Dahiya
Sarup Sigh Chair Professor
Department of English
Kurukshetra University
Haryana, India-136119

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Renaissance Discovery? (RSA 08)

Scholars of various Renaissance fields – including science, emblems, and antiquarianism – have observed an instability or paradoxicality around the operative concept of empirical discovery. Scholars have not, however, evaluated or explained this strange observation. In some cases, discovery seems irrelevant to the period’s production of knowledge; in others, relevant, but discouraged or abjured. Given that discovery seems basic to modern notions of evidence, and of interpretation, the hermeneutic and/or epistemological consequences of the Renaissance attitude may be considerable.

Interdisciplinary papers are invited, therefore, for a panel at RSA 2008 (Chicago) on the shape and significance of Renaissance discovery. Proposals that attempt to draw a theoretical point out of their historical material are especially welcome. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

-- books of secrets: why aren’t they absurd?
-- emblem interpretation: does it find anything out?
-- magical experiments: what do they produce?
-- alchemical manuals: what do they reveal?
-- forgery and authenticity: why such a persistent problem?
-- occult qualities: whatever happened to them?
-- the new world: both found and made?
-- romance anagnorosis: anticipated, or surprising?
-- from invention to discovery: a Renaissance transition?

Please send proposals of 200-350 words, along with a c.v., to J. D. Fleming ( by April 1st, 2007. Selected presenters will need to be members of the RSA by the time of the conference (April 2008).

James Dougal Fleming
Department of English
Simon Fraser University
(604) 291-4713
cell: 778-865-0926

Rubinstein Fellowship

Society for Renaissance Studies

The Society for Renaissance Studies is pleased to invite applications for a new annual one-year Fellowship, founded in memory of Ruth and Nicolai Rubinstein, to support postdoctoral research across the spectrum of Renaissance Studies. Applicants must be graduates of British or Irish universities, with PhDs awarded within the last five years, and currently engaged in full-time research, part-time teaching or independent scholarship. The Fellowship is for £5,000 and cannot be held simultaneously with any similar award. The period of tenure will be twelve months from 1 October 2007, during which time the Fellow will be invited to attend meetings of the Society's Council, and to present a paper at the Society's Third National Conference, to be held in Dublin in July 2008. The Fellow will also be required to make a presentation to Council at the end of the Fellowship, to submit a written report for publication in the Society‚s Bulletin, and be expected to acknowledge the Society in any publications resulting from the research.

Applications should be made in the form of a text of not more than 1,000 words, to include a brief account of the candidate‚s research to date, a description of the project to be undertaken during the tenure of the Fellowship, and a statement of the candidate‚s means of financial support, if any, during the academic year 2007-08. It is the responsibility of applicants to request letters of support from two referees.

Applications and references should preferably be sent as email attachments to Dr Stella Fletcher,, though hard copy can be posted to 32 Highfield Avenue, Great Sankey, Warrington WA5 2TW.

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2007 and the successful applicant will be informed as soon as possible thereafter.

[this from the London Renaissance Seminar]

Culture of the Book

The Medieval & Early Modern Culture of the Book: A Conference in Honor of W. Speed Hill

Friday March 9
4:00-6:00pm, Skylight Room (9th floor, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street)

Seth Lerer (Stanford University), “From Medieval to Early Modern: Books and Readers of the 1550s.”
Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania), "Common-placing Shakespeare's Sonnets"

Co-sponsored by Ph.D. Programs in English and Comparative Literature and the Renaissance and Medieval Studies Certificate Programs

Questions can be directed to Steven Kruger at

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


The Medieval and Renaissance Center of NYU presents: Leslie Peirce (Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University), Much ado about matrimony: Women's desires, family controls, and state scrutiny in the early modern Ottoman empire
March 8, 6:00 p.m.
19 (13) University Place, Room 222

How was it that, in an allegedly well-run polity, contracting and living a valid marriage could be such a problem? Broken engagements, unlivable marriages, and unintended bigamy were not infrequent occurrences, and even the line between single and married could sometimes seemed blurred. Was it merely an interest in social stability that prompted Ottoman authorities in the 16th century to tighten legal and social controls on matrimony, or was more at stake? In an attempt to answer this question, the lecture explores the nexus of womenís desires, family interests, and state intervention.

For further information on Professor Peirceís work, see:

All MARC events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact:

The Medieval and Renaissance Center
(212) 998-8698

Sunday, March 04, 2007


(this from Steve Purcell on The Shakespeare Conference ...)

On 22nd to 25th March the Shakespeare Institute Players present their production of John Lyly's 'Sappho and Phao' at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon.

The event will be held in conjunction with a symposium on Lyly at the Institute on the afternoon of Saturday 24th March.

John Lyly was the most influential writer working in the London theatre during the 1580s. His first two works, both prose narratives, were the best-selling literary works of the English Renaissance, and his subsequent eight plays, written to be performed before Elizabeth Tudor, provide a remarkably different aesthetic to the dramaturgy later established by Marlowe, Shakespeare, Kyd and co. (the dramaturgy now thought of as "Renaissance" or "Shakespearean").

'Sappho and Phao' was Lyly's second play, and his first attempt to represent Elizabeth to herself with an onstage female monarch. Sappho is the chaste queen of Syracusa, and Venus and Cupid, in divine irritation at her imperviousness to love, make her fall for the local, and extremely dishy, ferry boy Phao. The play weighs up the various class, sexual, and political intrigues resulting from this situation. This will be the first staging of the play for over 400 years.

The performance will last roughly one hour and a half, will be lit by the RSC, and include a new scoring of Lyly's song lyrics written by Kirsty McGee and performed live by Kirsty and Mat Martin ( Performances are 7.30pm 22nd-24th March, with a Sunday matinee at 2pm on 25th. Tickets are £7, £5 concession, and can be reserved at .

The symposium will be held on Saturday 24th March, from 1pm. Guest speakers include Carter Daniel, editor of 'The Plays of John Lyly', and Leah Scragg, author of a number of studies on Lyly including 'The Metamorphosis of Gallathea' and editor of 'Sapho and Phao' and 'Gallathea' for the Malone Society, 'Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit' and 'Euphues and His England' for the Revels Plays Companion Library, and, last year, 'The Woman in the Moon' for the Revels Plays. This symposium will also serve as a pre- and post-show discussion. Enquiries should go to Andy Kesson (

Borrowers and Lenders

*Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation*, is soliciting review essays on appropriations of Shakespeare in performance in connection with The Shakespeare in Washington festival. The festival, running until June 2007, features several staged "appropriations" of Shakespeare in theater, dance, and song. We are particularly interested in reviews of *The Rape of Lucrece* (Washington Shakespeare Company, Feb 9 - March 11), The Supreme Court Hears the Trial of Hamlet (Shakespeare Theatre Company / Kennedy Center, March 15), and Hamlet / The Sonnets (Tiny Ninja Theater, June 11-14).

Essays for the Appropriations in Performance section should run 1000 - 4000 words and should give substantial consideration to the performance as an appropriation. Please visit for more information, or contact Matt Kozusko directly at

(this from SHAKSPER.NET)

Boston Early Music Festival

The Tallis Scholars
Renaissance Splendor: Music of Monteverdi, Palestrina, Gombert, Lassus, and others
A new performing edition of Monteverdi’s Mass for Four Voices highlights this program, which also features music of Palestrina, two possibly linked settings of Media vita by Gombert and Lassus, Magnificat Quarti Toni by Gombert, and Stabat juxta by John Browne.

Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 8pm
St. Paul Church, 129 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA
Free pre-concert talk at 6:30pm with Peter Phillips; free parking at the Broadway Garage at Harvard University
Tickets: $25-$64 at WWW.BEMF.ORG or 617-661-1812
Masterclass with Peter Phillips on Saturday, March 24 at 1pm at First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley Street in Boston; auditors $10 at the door


Trio Mediaeval
A Medieval European Tour: Music of 13th- and 14th-century France and Italy Movements from the Messe de Tournai and Italian laude.

Friday, March 30, 2007 at 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
Free pre-concert talk at 6:30pm with Trio Mediaeval; free parking at the Everett Garage at Harvard University
Tickets: $25-$64 at WWW.BEMF.ORG or 617-661-1812


The King’s Noyse
Le Jardin de Mélodies: 16th-century French dances and songs
Renaissance French ballad and dance-song repertory from the ensemble’s Noah Greenberg Award-winning program

Monday, June 11, 2007 at 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets: $22-$56 at WWW.BEMF.ORG or 617-868-BEMF (2363)


Ensemble Clément Janequin
Les Plaisirs du Palais: A palindromic banquet of Franco-Flemish music
A selection of songs on drinking, feasting, hunting, and seduction as well as dancing, comedy, and poetry dressed in the sort of conceit a Renaissance mind would have adored: a palindrome around the intermission such that the second half of the concert is a mirror image of the first.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets: $22-$56 at WWW.BEMF.ORG or 617-868-BEMF (2363)


The Orlando Consort
The Rose, the Lily, and the Whortleberry: Medieval and Renaissance gardens in music
Music inspired by the symbolic and allegorical allure of flowers, based on their best-selling CD.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 5pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Tickets: $22-$56 at WWW.BEMF.ORG or 617-868-BEMF (2363)


Edda: Viking Tales of Lust, Revenge, and Family
A magically theatrical piece recounting one of the earliest Norse legends of the Rheingold curse: a bloody tale of revenge and seduction that also inspired Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Friday, June 15, 2007 at 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets: $22-$56 at WWW.BEMF.ORG or 617-868-BEMF (2363)


Ensemble Clément Janequin
Le Chant des Oylseaux: Works by Janequin, Le Roy, Brayssing, and Lejeune
A program exploring the fascinating connection between birdsong, love and music.

Friday, June 15, 2007 at 11pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Tickets: $20 at WWW.BEMF.ORG or 617-868-BEMF (2363)


Le Poème Harmonique
Aux Marches du Palais: Traditional French romances and laments
French songs from the oral traditions of both popular and art music—miniature masterpieces still well-known in France today.

Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets: $22-$56 at WWW.BEMF.ORG or 617-868-BEMF (2363)


Part of the 14th biennial Boston Early Music Festival
Feast of the Gods
11-17 June 2007
Featuring the North American premiere of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s spectacular 1678 opera Psyché starring Carolyn Gauvin and Karina Gauvin with the Grammy-nominated BEMF Orchestra & Chorus, Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors

Thursday, March 01, 2007



An International conference organised by the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) to be held at the University of Sussex, 11-13 September 2007. Supported by the Society for Renaissance Studies.

Plenary Speakers include: Peter Burke (Cambridge), Roger Chartier (Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris), Alex Shepard (Cambridge), Ian Moulton (Arizona State University).

This conference will seek to explore the expanding field of popular culture and build on the legacy of Peter Burke‚s influential work, Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (1978). We welcome papers from any discipline and about any aspect of popular culture in the early modern world. Deadline for papers: 31 March 2007.

Subjects: alchemy, almanacs, apprentices, art and crafts, ballads and broadsides, Biblical culture, the body, card games, carnival, chapbooks, Christmas, chronicles, clothing, clowns, crime writing, dance, diaries, dice, festivals, folklore, gambling, ghosts, guilds and associations, holidays, iconography, letters, Mayday, medicine, music, needlework, pilgrimage, popular devotion, popular fiction, pornography and erotic writing, print culture, proverbs, public theatre, publishing trade, riot and rebellion, ritual, romance, rural life, saints‚ lives, science, sex, songs, sport and games, superstition, taverns, urban life, witchcraft, woodcuts.

Costs: £120 waged; £60 postgraduates unwaged (exclusive of accommodation). Postgraduate Bursaries available - apply to the e-mail address below.

Further enquiries and abstracts of 200-300 words should be sent to Dr. Matthew Dimmock, Dept. of English, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 9QN. E-mail: Tel.: 01273 87766

[from the London Renaissance Seminar]

Authority and the Authorities in Early Modern England

University of Leeds, Saturday 21st April 2007

The Second Thomas Browne Seminar
(Apologies for Cross postings)

Details at:

Sessions will include:
'Travel and Authority', 'Education and Authority', 'Politics and Authority'.

Rosanna Cox (Queen Mary's), Chloe Houston (Queen Mary's), Christopher Johnson (Harvard), Evan Labzetta (Cambridge), Mary Ann Lund (Oxford), Philip Major (Birkbeck), Kathryn Murphy (Oxford), , Dean Thompson (Exeter), Anna Winterbottom (Queen Mary's), Benjamin Wardhaugh (Oxford)

To Register, go to:

Contact Kevin Killeen ( or Karen Edwards (

[from the London Renaissance Seminar]

Dutch Portraits

The (UK) National Gallery's summer blockbuster, Dutch Portraits in the Age of Rembrandt and Franz Hals ...,,2023010,00.html

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Michael Billington in The Guardian, on 75 years of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as it prepares to close ...,,2022978,00.html
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