Thursday, June 28, 2007

Embodying Shakespeare

The Australia-New Zealand Shakespeare Association conference (ANZSA) will be held in Dunedin, NZ from 7-10 February 2008, with the topic of "Embodying Shakespeare." Confirmed speakers include:

Gail Kern Paster, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
Bruce Smith, University of Southern California
Dypmna Callaghan, Syracuse University

In memory of Associate Professor Lloyd Davis, the best post-graduate paper at the conference will receive the Lloyd Davis memorial prize in the amount of $AUS400. To apply for the Lloyd David prize, please send a copy of the full paper, with citations, to by 1 December.

In addition, Joyce Williams Post-graduate bursaries in the amount of AUS$500 are available for Ph.D. level students studying in Australia and New Zealand. To apply for a bursary, please send an abstract of about 500 words, a brief cv, and a letter of support from your advisor to by 1 August. Note that this is one month prior to the official conference deadline of 1 September.

Registration fees have now been set.

By 1 December: 250NZD, with a concession of 200NZD for post-graduates and unwaged.

After 1 December: 300NZD, concession 250NZD.

The fee includes a reception and morning and afternoon teas. The fee does not include ANZSA dues.

Papers are invited on any subject related to the central theme of "Embodying Shakespeare." Possible topics might include, but are not limited to: Shakespeare and histories and theories of the body, representations of the body, the actor's body, cultural appropriations, Shakespeare and the senses, phenomenology, embodiment and gender.

We welcome abstracts of 200 words for 20-minute paper presentations. Please include a brief cv. Panel sessions are also welcome. Please provide a list of participants, a proposal for the entire panel, and brief abstracts for each paper. A cv of no more than 1 page is also required. Deadline: 1 September.

[this from Evelyn Tribble, via SHAKSPER.NET]

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Milton and the Law

A one-day symposium at QMUL on Friday 29 June 2007.

The symposium will bring together new work and explore Milton's complex and detailed engagements with legal subjects, debates and vocabularies. Panel sessions will focus on free speech and censorship, gender and the law, and legal discourse in Milton's texts and thought.

Registration begins from 9.30am in the Foyer of the Laws building. The fee for the conference is £20, or £15 student/unwaged, payable on arrival by cash or cheque. Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the day, as will a wine reception to close the symposium at 6.00pm.

Details from:

Chloë Houston and Rosanna Cox
School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
tel: 020 7882 2855/6

Seminars in Early Modern Preaching: Uses of Secular Language

3 November 2007
Graduate School in Arts & Humanities, Old Whiteknights House, University of Reading

09.30-10.00 Registration and Welcome
10.00-11.20    Panel 1: Trade and Commerce
Chair: TBA
                       Pascal's Wager and Bunyan's Bargain
Dr Roger Pooley (University of Keele)
Prayers for Purses: Sermons and the Rhetorics of Compensation in
Early-Modern English Colonial Discourse
Dr Francisco J. Borge (University of Oviedo, Spain)
11.20-11.45 Coffee/Tea
11.45-13.00    Panel 2: Music and Satire
Chair: TBA
                       Lancelot Andrewes's Use of Music Theory in Preaching
Dr Peter McCullough (University of Oxford)
                       Sermons and Satire at Paul's Cross
Dr Roze Hentschell (Colorado State University, US)
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.20    Panel 3: Natural Philosophy and Medicine
Chair: TBA
                       Light, the Œchurlysshe beest‚, and the Court of Heaven
Ms Cecilia Hatt (University of Oxford)
           The Interplay of Medicine and Preaching: Matthew Griffith's The Catholike Doctor and his Spiritual Catholicon to Cure Our Sinfull Soules (1661)
Dr Alicia Rodríguez-Álvarez (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria,
15.20-15.45 Coffee/Tea
15.45-17.00    Session 4: Language of War
Chair: TBA
                       William Bridge's Sermons and the Case for Resistance during the
English Civil Wars
Professor Jackie Eales (Canterbury Christ Church University)
                       Heaven is inherited by the violent: The Presentation of the Military in
Early Modern Sermons
Dr David J. Appleby (University of Nottingham)

There will not be a formal conference dinner, but we will book a table at a moderately priced restaurant in town (close to the train station) for anyone who would like to have an informal meal afterwards. If you would like to come along, please let Dr Mary Morrissey know, so that we will have some idea of numbers. For details of registration and further information, please email Dr Mary Morrissey ( or Dr Hugh Adlington (


Saturday 7th July 2007, 10.00-16.30
Room 152, Birkbeck College, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck Early Modern Society is delighted to announce our first student conference. We aim to provide a safe and constructive space for students to present their research, network and exchange ideas with peers from a range of disciplines. The day promises to be an ideal forum to showcase student research and to provide an opportunity to practise presentation skills.

The theme, Centres and Margins‚ is open to broad interpretation, and will include the following speakers:

Stephen Brogan MA (Birkbeck College) - A monster of metamorphosis‚ reassessing the Chevalier/Chevalière d‚Eon‚s change of gender

Karen Chester MA (Birkbeck College) - On the Trail of Moll Cutpuse

Alexander Douglas - Human Nature in Early Modern Political Philosophy

Oliver Harris MA History Student UCL - Shakespeare's Early Triumphs: The Iconography of Conquests in Titus Andronicus and Henry VI

Laura Jacobs MA (Birkbeck College), 3rd year PhD student - John Foxe (1516/17-1587) and English Anti-Semitism

Paul Lay BA History Student Birkbeck - The Influence of Venice on England's Troubles: Restoring the Balance

Nadiya Midgley Birkbeck research student - The Sacred Theory of the Earth‚ and the Anatomy of the Earth: using data and controversy to form Early Modern geological ideas

Jan Ravenscoft Birkbeck 3rd year PhD student - Imagining monsters: a reinterpretation of Bartolomè Gonzalez's portrait of Queen Margarita of Austria with her Dwarf, c 1603 (Vienna, Kunsthistorisches)

Richard Tilbury - The Renaissance of the Bearded woman: An examination of Ribera's problematic portrait of Magdalena Ventura

For tickets or further information contact the secretary, Laura Jacobs:

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Reading Group

The next meeting of the Early Modern Reading Group will be on Thursday July 26th, 6.30pm, at the Duke of York, 7 Roger Street, WC1N, just off Gray's Inn Road. I thought we could take a look at John Earle's 'Microcosmography: Or Pieces of the World Discovered in Essays and Characters' (1628), his collection of short vignettes of characters. Don't feel you have to have read it all to come!

There's a good online edition here:

Let me know if you fancy it.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Scandal and Disgrace in the Early Modern Period

A One-Day Colloquium at the University of Sheffield in Association with the Yorkshire Forum for Early Modern Studies
13th September 2007

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute papers on any aspect of scandal or disgrace in early modern culture. In keeping with the remit of the Forum, the scope of the colloquium is deliberately broad, ranging across disciplines and covering the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Topics might include (but need not be restricted to): scandal, disgrace and their readers; scandal and popularity; disgrace and privacy; scandal and religious controversy; scandal, disgrace and the verbal or visual arts; scandal, obscenity and politeness; the censorship of disgrace and scandal.

All abstracts and enquiries should be sent to Dr Marcus Nevitt, The School of English, Sir William Empson House, University of Sheffield S10 2TN. e:

Friday, June 08, 2007


[this from Stephen Clucas via the London Renaissance Seminar list ...]

The list may be interested in this conference to be held next week at the British Museum, which includes papers on the Roanoke voyages from a variety of perspectives, including the history of science, the history of ethnography and the history of art.

Speakers include:

Joyce Elizabeth Chaplin, Stephen Clucas, Michael Gaudio, Deborah Harkness, Michael Leroy Oberg, James Duncan Phillips,Stephanie Pratt, Karen reeds, Joan-Pau Rubiés, Sam Smiles

£45 full conference fee, £35 concessions. NB there are still a number of free student places.

For the full programme see the conference website:

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The Third British Shakespeare Association Conference

Interpreting Shakespeare: the director, the actor, the editor, the teacher, the critic

The CAPITAL Centre, University of Warwick (UK) 31 August - 2 September 2007

CFP: Nineteenth-Century Shakespeare

In the nineteenth century, Shakespeare attained unprecedented circulation. On the stage, aquatic and equestrian spectacles vied with antiquarian and original practices productions. On the page, inexpensive editions and articles in the penny press disseminated knowledge of Shakespeare to a general readership while scholars and critics discovered (and invented) facts about his life and works. Papers are invited on any aspect of nineteenth-century Shakespeare (popular or elite, national or international, page or stage). Those interested in contributing to this seminar should submit abstracts of 150-200 words to the seminar leader for consideration by 4 June 2007. The deadline for completion and pre-circulation of accepted papers will be 30 July. All delegates are invited to register for any seminar, and auditors will be welcome at all seminars.

To submit an abstract, or for more information, please contact the seminar leader Kathryn Prince at or visit the conference website at


... a quarterly performance-studies journal
published by the Johns Hopkins University Press is now accepting
proposals for and submissions of theatre reviews for the 2008 volume.
The format of the Theatre Reviews section, nd the submissions policy
for theatre reviews will be changing significantly in 2008. The
changes are outlined below. Please direct all questions to the Theatre
Review Editor, Jeremy Lopez, at

Editorial Philosophy and Goals
We are seeking to liberate ?the review? from its highly
conventionalized format: 1000-or-so words, generous description of
production choices, concise and balanced, quasi-objective evaluation
of the relationship between production and audience, performance and
text, etc. While such conventions certainly need not be avoided simply
for the sake of doing so, we are interested in encouraging
contributors to pursue formal innovation and to develop vivid,
idiosyncratic, singular critical voices and perspectives. Reviews
will no longer be limited to 1000 words and, indeed, need not deal
with a single production or a group of geographically or otherwise
closely related productions. We encourage contributors to write in the
most interesting way possible about the most interesting productions
of early modern drama that they see.

Review Assignments
The bulk of review essays will now be solicited by the Theatre Review
Editor. A number of these have already been solicited for the 2008
volume. The Theatre Review Editor will be happy to receive (by email)
ideas for review essays and to work in collaboration with prospective
authors on developing proposals that can be scheduled for publication.
In each volume, we seek a certain amount of geographical range, as
well as a range of kinds of productions?student, professional,
mainstream, fringe, etc.

Unsolicited Reviews
We are pleased to receive theatre reviews, of any length and in any
format, at any time. All theatre reviews will now be subject to
editorial review: unsolicited theatre reviews are not guaranteed
publication. We do not mean this to discourage submissions. Quite
the contrary. Our goal is not to remake the Bulletin?s
theatre-reviews section as a collection of scholarly articles
resembling the material in other parts of the journal; rather, we hope
to display in each issue a variety of kinds of
writing-about-performance?reviews in a variety of shapes, sizes, and
modes. Contributors can be assured that the editorial-review process
will be swift and that every effort will be made to publish reviews in
a timely fashion with respect to the production?s run-dates.

Upcoming issues
We are pleased to invite submissions and proposals for the 2008
volume. Productions to be reviewed in this volume must have a
start-date of no earlier than June 1, 2007.

Genres and Cultures

APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature and Culture
Volume 1: Genres and Cultures
Submission Deadline (Abstracts): September 1, 2007
Conference Dates (Papers): December 1-2, 2007
Publication Date (Essays): March 1, 2008

Call for Papers: The inaugural issue of Appositions: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature and Culture seeks conference papers (critical, scholarly, theoretical) examining relationships between literary texts and social contexts that hinge upon the significance of genres and forms of discourse. How and why do literary genres emerge and change within and against fields of cultural production? Or, alternately: how and why do social discourses shape distinctive modes and forms of literary art? Or, antithetically: how and why do literary works evade generic/modal classifications and cultural narratives? Beyond such chiastic formulations, what other factors (e.g., audience, gender, identity, occasion, politics) also contribute to the synergy between genres and cultures? Comparative, interdisciplinary, and trans-historical papers are encouraged. Panel proposals are also invited.

Limitations: No image or sound files. Abstracts (200 words). Conference papers (2,000 words). Journal essays (3,000 words). New work. No simultaneous submissions.

Guidelines: Selected papers from the digital conference (December 1-2, 2007) will be considered for publication (as essays, revised and expanded) in the electronic journal, Appositions, which will launch on March 1, 2008.

Conference Location:

Electronic Submissions: Abstracts to by September 1; completed conference papers, by November 6.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Early Modern Reading Group, London

For our first meeting we'll discuss Thomas Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica: his (often hilarious) catalogue and analysis of errors and misconceptions. I suggest we try to read Book I, chapters I-VII, and then as much as you fancy of Book III – which runs through certain ‘received Tenents concerning Animals’, including ‘That a Badger hath the legs of one side shorter then the other’.

Let’s meet at The Duke of York, 7 Roger Street, at 6:30pm on Wednesday June 20th. Roger Street is just off Gray’s Inn Road.

If you'd like to come, or if you want more details, please email me:
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