Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The London Shakespeare Seminar

Monday, 12 November 2007
Senate House, Room NG16, 17:30

Andrew Murphy, 'The Decline and Fall of William Shakespeare'
Jane Kingsley-Smith 'Love's Labour's Scorned: The Absence of Cupid on the Shakespearean Stage'

Details: Sonia Massai, sonia.massai@kcl.ac.uk


EMPHASIS: Early Modern Philosophy and the Scientific Imagination Seminar
Saturday 3 November 2007
Venue: Room NG14 (Senate House North Block)
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Speakers: John AW Lock, 'Practical applications of a mid-sixteenth-century English alchemist and metallurgist'.
Guest co-chair: Jennifer Rampling (Cambridge, HPS)


Sunday, October 28, 2007

The London Renaissance Seminar

Performance: Early Modern/Postmodern
Organisers: Dr Lucy Munro, Professor Gordon McMullan
Saturday 3rd November, 2-5:30pm (tea/coffee available from 1.30pm)
Council Room, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, WC1

This seminar aims to create a dialogue between scholars working on early modern performance and on the postmodern performance of early modern plays.

Pascale Aebischer, 'Filming "Jacobean" Drama: Mike Figgis' Hotel'
John Astington, 'Bright Swords and Rusty Swords'
Bridget Escolme, 'Coriolanus in Minneapolis: The Spatial Politics of Promenade Performance'
Edel Lamb, 'Staging Age in the Early Modern Theatre'

The London Renaissance Seminar meets regularly to discuss the literature, history and culture of the period 1500-1700. For further information about this event please contact l.munro@engl.keele.ac.uk or gordon.mcmullan@kcl.ac.uk.

To join the seminar‚s e-list contact t.healy@bbk.ac.uk.

Anne, Lady Halkett

The Columbia Early Modern Seminar is delighted to welcome SUZANNE TRILL (Edinburgh) speaking on
'Royalism and Romance: Re-reading the lives‚ of Anne, Lady Halkett (c.1621/2-99)'

Tuesday October 30 at 6.30pm (until 8pm), 507 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University campus

Dr Trill is the co-editor of *Voicing Women: Gender and Sexuality in Writing, 1500-1700* (Edinburgh UP,1996/1998) and *Lay by Your Needles Ladies, Take the Pen‚: Writing Women in England, 1500-1700* (Arnold, 1997) with Kate Chedgzoy and Melanie Osborne, and of *Writing and the English Renaissance with William Zunder* (Longman, 1996). Her edition of *Lady Anne Halkett: Selected Life Writings* has just been published (Ashgate, 2007). Her publications include articles on early modern English and Scottish women's writing (c.1550-1700), with a particular emphasis upon Protestant devotional literature and archival resources. She is currently visiting at the University of Connecticut.

All welcome. Contact: Alan Stewart (ags2105@columbia.edu).


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Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London
7-8 December 2007
Organiser: Elena Carrera, Dept of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary, London (e.carrera@qmul.ac.uk)


1:30-2:00 Registration and coffee

2:00-2:15    Introduction

2:15-3:00 Christine Orobitg (Hispanic Studies, University of Provence) ˆDebates on Melancholy, Inspiration and the Devil in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spain‚

3:00-3:45 Teresa Ordorika (Sociology, Autonomous University, Mexico) ˆWomen‚s Madness in Seventeenth-Century Spain‚

3:45-4:15  Coffee

4:15-5:00   Javier Moscoso (Philosophy of Science, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid) ˆPain and Madness in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Mysticism‚

5:00-5:45     Manuel Lucena Giraldo (Early Modern Spanish History, CSIC, Madrid) ˆMadness and the Jungle in the Crónicas de Indias‚

6:00-6:45 Round Table Discussion

6:45-6:30 Wine reception

Saturday 8 December / Sábado 8 de diciembre (SATURDAY PAPERS WILL BE IN SPANISH):

9:30-10:15    Prof. Jose Luis Peset (History of Science, CSIC, Madrid) ˆ Médicos y escritores en la cultura barroca‚

10:15-11:00    Dr María Tausiet (Independent Scholar, Madrid) ˆ El triunfo de la locura. Discurso moral y alegoría en la España Moderna‚

11:00-11:30   Coffee

11:30-12:15   Dr Hélène Tropé (Hispanic Studies, Paris III Sorbonne) ˆ Locura e inquisición en la España de los siglos XVI y XVII‚

12:15 -1:00     Dr Felice Gambin (Hispanic Studies, University of Verona) ˆ Melancolía y política en la España del siglo XVII‚

1:00-1:30       Mesa redonda / Round table discussion

Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar

Friday, November 9, 2007
Cocktails 5:00-6:00; Dinner 6:00-7:00; Meeting commences shortly after 7:00

Michael Shapiro, Professor of English, Emeritus
Former Director, Program for Jewish Culture and Society
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"The Faginizing of Shylock"

Irene Dash
Hunter College

Details: Adam G. Hooks, agh2108@columbia.edu

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Women's Literary Networks: 1580 to the present day

Call for Papers [this from the LRS ...]

This one-day conference seeks to explore from a variety of perspectives the ways in which women‚s literary achievements have been shaped by their relationships with one another. In what ways have female communities enabled creativity, and how have such communities changed over time? To what extent does the history of female friendship overlap with the history of women‚s writing, and how have women‚s professional and personal alliances shaped the development of print culture? And to what ends have women represented networks - literary or otherwise - in their poetry, prose and drama?

Topics may include, but are not limited to: salon culture, literary coteries, manuscript circulation, clubs and rivalries, women's presses and literary inheritance. We welcome papers on literary networks/friendships in Britain, Europe and America.

Keynote Speakers: Prof Hermione Lee and Prof Elisabeth Jay

The Conference is a joint venture between the English Department at Oxford Brookes University, England and the Institute of English Studies, University of London, England.

It will be held on March 8, 2008 at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, England.

Please send paper proposals (300 words) by December 1, 2007 to Dr Nicole Pohl, Oxford Brookes University, England: npohl@brookes.ac.uk

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Shakespeare on Silver Street

... a very nice piece by Charles Nicholl in the Guardian, on Shakey and the 1612 Mountjoy legal case, and archive romance in general ... at http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/classics/story/0,,2195034,00.html

Thursday, October 18, 2007

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: Dr Hugh Adlington

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: Dr Mary Morrissey

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: Professor Stephen Taylor

Light, the ‘churlysshe 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, Spain)

15.20-15.45 Coffee/Tea
15.45-17.00 Session 4: Language of War
Chair: David Trim

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 (m.e.morrissey@reading.ac.uk) or Dr Hugh Adlington (hugh@adlingtonc.freeserve.co.uk).


A seminar exploring the period’s cultures of cutting, pasting and stitching, the books they created (and destroyed), and the problems they pose for study, cataloguing and conservation.

Juliet Fleming (Cambridge/NYU), Adam Smyth (Reading), Jeff Knight (Cambridge), Georgia Brown (London), and Bill Sherman (York)


The event is open to everyone and there is no need to register. For more information contact Professor Bill Sherman at ws505@york.ac.uk.

1:00-3:30: MEETING ROOM 14

Bill Sherman (York):
‘Toward a Prehistory of Collage’

Juliet Fleming (Cambridge/NYU):
‘Hannah Woolley and the Death of the Book’

Adam Smyth (Reading):
‘“With nice knives, and scissors”: Little Gidding’s Incomplete Harmonies’

Jeff Knight (Cambridge):
‘Sewing in Books’

Georgia Brown (Cambridge):
‘Cutting, Sticking and Material Meaning’

3:30-4:00: TEA


Open discussion (including questions of cataloguing and conservation) and examination of items of special interest.

Call for Papers: Hamlet-Reception in European Cultures

Cardiff University, 11-13 September 2008

Conference organisers: Prof Gerrit-Jan Berendse, Dr Ruth Owen

Shakespeare's _Hamlet_ exemplifies a source text prolifically appropriated by countless national cultures throughout Europe. The Cardiff Conference will examine adaptations and transformations of storylines, characters, motifs, and text from the play. Papers are invited that examine the reception of _Hamlet_ in one or more instances of literary or visual culture. Plays, poetry, novels, films, and graphic art have all engaged with _Hamlet_. Adaptation makes the _Hamlet_ material fit for new cultural contexts and different political ideologies to those of Shakespeare's time and place. Many of these works are iconoclastic, talking back to Shakespeare. The relationship to the original remains present and relevant, but a grafting takes place, to produce an entirely new artifact.

The reception of _Hamlet_ is a form of collaboration across time and across languages. It can involve the revaluation of a character, provide a back-story, or offer a voice to figures originally marginalized. The movement into a different genre can present a re-reading of _Hamlet_ from a revised viewpoint. We are thinking of prolonged engagement, rather than passing allusion. A political or ethical commitment often shapes a writer's or artist's decision to re-interpret _Hamlet_. Theoretical concerns from post-colonialism, feminism and queer studies figure in many of the adaptations. With this in mind, the aim of the conference is to consider the processes by which aspects of Shakespeare's play have been transmitted and received within European cultures.

We welcome papers which relate to cultures operating in every European language. However, we can only accept papers given in English.

We welcome submissions in the following areas:

I. _Hamlet_ -reception and language; and gender; and images of war; and the body; and current affairs; and aesthetic innovation
II. Shakespeare as a European icon; as a vehicle of literary evolution/revolution; as representative of Britishness
III. Hamlet and various individual modern European texts
IV. Hamlet in European visual arts

Please submit your abstract to Ruth Owen, as an email attachment.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 14 January 2008
Submission address: OwenR12@cardiff.ac.uk
Other expressions of interest in the conference may also be made to the same address.

Conference website:

Shakespeare Globe Theatre History Seminar

An interdisciplinary forum for academics and postgraduates working in the field of Shakespeare studies and early modern theatre.

Making and Unmaking "The All-Male Stage"

Dr. Clare McManus (Roehampton University)
Thursday 1 November 6-8pm
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Please contact Dr Farah Karim-Cooper if you'd like to attend.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Reading Group

The next meeting of the Early Modern Reading Group will be at 6.30pm on Tuesday 6th November, at The Skinners Arms, 114 Judd St, London, WC1H 9N. We'll look at Thomas Nashe's 'The Choice of Valentines'. It's in the Penguin edition of Nashe's 'The Unfortunate Traveller and Other Works.'

Material Readings in Early Modern Culture, 1550-1700

A Symposium at the University of Plymouth, 11-12 April 2008

This conference explores the significance of the materiality of manuscript and printed texts in the early modern period. By comprehensively focussing on the material aspects of texts (both in terms of their physicality and the materiality of social practices) as a new and valuable way of reading and decoding meaning, it aims to provide a thorough reassessment of the intrinsic natures of and developing relationships between cultures of manuscript and print from the late sixteenth century through to 1600. Avowedly interdisciplinary, a central purpose of the conference is to foster vigorous dialogues between print and manuscript studies, critical bibliography and history of the book, palaeography and diplomatics, and social and cultural history. It is intended that papers will examine a broad range of texts, both canonical and non-traditional, print and manuscript, and will treat the following key areas:

The material, practices and processes of textual composition and production; manuscripts, drafting and editions
The technologies and tools of writing
Interpreting the uses of paper, quills, ink, desks, presses
The significance of space and the design of texts; the layout of the manuscript and printed page; script and white space; type and typography; paratextual apparatus
The space of textual production; the social context and location of writing
The social signs, codes and cues inscribed within texts
The distribution and dissemination of texts
Environments of reading and reception
Marginalia and practices of reading
The material text as object or thing

Key Speakers include

Professor Maureen Bell (University of Birmingham)

Professor Cedric Brown (University of Reading)

Dr Christopher Burlinson (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)

Professor Victoria Burke (University of Ottawa, Canada)

Dr James Daybell (University of Plymouth)

Dr Jonathan Gibson (Royal Holloway)

Dr Peter Hinds (University of Plymouth)

Professor Mark Knights (Warwick University)

Professor Arthur F. Marotti (Wayne State University, USA)

Professor Steven N. Zwicker (Washington University, St. Louis)

For further details please email: james.daybell@plymouth.ac.uk, or peter.hinds@plymouth.ac.uk.

The Republic of Letters: Between Renaissance and Enlightenment

An international conference at Stanford University
November 30 - December 1, 2007
Stanford Humanities Center
Sponsored by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

The "Republic of Letters," as the autonomous community of scholars in
early modern Europe was known, constitutes the venerable ancestor for
a wide range of intellectual societies: the seventeenth-century
salons, early modern Academies, the Enlightenment "société des gens
de lettres," and the modern university all owe numerous
characteristics to this Renaissance creation. As a non-State network,
moreover, it arguably provided the foundations for the bourgeois
"public sphere," in which critical discourse and opinion could
challenge governmental authority.

Our knowledge about the Republic of Letters, however, remains
remarkably patchy. What was its reach, in terms of territory and
social groups? How long did it last? What were its relations with the
State? How did gender factor as a significant element? Were there
separate "republics," and if so, how did they differ? What were the
politics of this Republic? In an attempt to provide richly detailed
answers to these and other questions, we are organizing a two-day
conference on "The Republic of Letters: Between Renaissance and
Enlightenment," that will bring together an international group of
intellectual historians, historians of science and philosophy,
literary scholars, and bibliographers-a group, in other words, that
mirrors the very object it proposes to study.

Traditional challenges confronting the study of the Republic of
Letters are periodization and a narrow geographical focus. To
overcome this first difficulty, we have invited scholars whose
research concerns the 17th- and/or 18th-century to consult and debate
with specialists of the Renaissance, the period when the Republic of
Letters was first formed. We hope to uncover in this manner, possibly
for the first time, some of the later avatars of this Republic. In
response to the second challenge, we are assembling a diverse group
of scholars, whose combined expertise encompasses a vast
international breadth (including the Americas, Austria, England,
France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain)


Jean Boutier - Directeur d'études, EHESS
Liam Brockey - History; Princeton
Bianca Chen - History; European University Institute
Dan Edelstein - French; Stanford
Paula Findlen - History; Stanford
Anthony Grafton - History; Princeton
Margaret Jacob - History; UCLA
Victoria Kahn - English, Comparative Literature; UC Berkeley
Antoine Lilti - History; Ecole Normale Supérieure
Gary Marker - History; SUNY, Stonybrook
Peter Miller - History; Bard Graduate Center
Paola Molino - History; European University Institute
Elena Russo - French; Johns Hopkins
Caroline Sherman - History; Catholic University of America
Jacob Soll - History; Rutgers University, Camden


Dan Edelstein
Paula Findlen
Jacob Soll


George Bloom - Comparative Literature; Stanford


Early Modern Playing

A new seminar series from Shakespeare's Globe Research Department.

Inviting papers from all disciplines on any aspect of Early Modern Playing including but not restricted to:

Word play
Stage play
Child's play
Work and play

Thursday December 13th 2007, 18:30-21:00

Globe Research is launching a series of seminars aimed at the postgraduate community. We will hold a seminar at the end of each term, offering a chance for researchers from different universities to meet and discuss their work on a regular basis. We invite abstracts for papers lasting 15-20 minutes on Early Modern Playing‚. Abstracts should be received by 15th November. The seminar is free, refreshments will be provided and auditors are welcome. For further details and a registration form, please contract globeresearch@hotmail.co.uk

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London Seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture

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Monday 22 October @ 6.00pm. Research Forum.

Dr Arno Witte (University of Amsterdam):

Landscapes and music: religious iconography in Seicento media

Monday 5 November @ 6.00pm. Research Forum.

Dr Michel Weemans (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en sciences sociales, Paris):

The Holy Cunning of Landscape. Herri met de Bles's Way to Calvary: a Silenic landscape

Monday 19 November @ 6.00pm. Room Seminar 4.

Dr Denis Ribouillault (Courtauld Institute):

Sacred Landscape in Early Modern Rome: The Villa Montalto reconsidered

Monday 3 December @ 6.00 pm. Research Forum.

Professor David Solkin (Courtauld Institute):

Turner's Gleanings

Monday 10 December @ 6.00 pm. Room Seminar 1.

Dr Sarah Monks (University of York):

On the horizon‚


Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House
London WC2R 0RN

Organised jointly by Denis Ribouillault: denis.ribouillault@courtauld.ac.uk Mechthild Fend: m.fend@ucl.ac.uk

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Land, Landscape and Environment, 1500-1750

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, a.smyth@reading.ac.uk

"Lords of Wine and Oil": Community and Conviviality in the work of Robert Herrick and his contemporaries

This conference comes halfway through the process of editing The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick (Oxford UP, 2010) and will be held on the 18th-20th of July 2008 at Buckfast Abbey, near Herrick's vicarage of Dean Prior, in Devon. The conference will focus on the part played by Community, Conviviality and Friendship not only in Herrick's work, but in all forms of literary discourse in the early Stuart period (c.1600-c.1650). Discussions of writers who, due to rank, gender or conviction, cannot enter or are critical of certain communities or communal identities are also welcome.
Topics will include (but are not limited to):
· studies of individual clubs, coteries or salons and their literary output
· studies of individual writers working within such groups
· the formation, entrance criteria and exclusionary practices of these groups
· the treatment and significance of friendship
· composition and circulation of manuscript verse miscellanies
· the involvement of coteries and salons with wider political and social events
· the exploration or discussion by writers of communal identities
· competition and/or collaboration between writers
· relationships between writers, their patrons and/or their publics
· community, sociability and genre, including the country house poem and non-literary genres such as letters and sermons
· conflicts within and between communities
· the socio-cultural implications of print publication for literary communities
· verse exchanges, dedicatory poems and prefaces in print and manuscript
· relationship between orality, manuscript and print

Please send title and abstract of no more than 300 words by January 18th 2008 to Dr Ruth Connolly, School of English, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU or email: ruth.connolly@ncl.ac.uk

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

University of Reading Early Modern Research Centre

Seminar Programme, Autumn 2007

Seminars will take place on Wednesdays at 5 pm in the Seminar Room, Graduate School in Arts and Humanities, Old Whiteknights House.

10 October: Dr. Chloe Houston (SEAL, Reading), ‘From Muslim to Christian: the prospect of conversion in The Travails of the Three Sherley Brothers (1607)’

24 October: Dr. David Trim (Newbold College), ‘The Art of War: Martial Poetics and Prose from Henry Howard to Philip Sidney’

7 November: Dr. Arnold Hunt (British Library), tba

21 November: Dr. Astrid Stilma (Canterbury and Christ Church University), ‘James VI: Manuscript, Print and Presbyterians in 1580s Scotland’

5 December: Dr. Phil Withington (Leeds University), ‘An “early modern muddle”?: The history of an historical category’

Convenor: Michelle O’Callaghan

Performing Pedagogy: Gender and Instruction in Early Modern England


Editors seek articles of 5000-7000 words, including notes, for a proposed
book-length collection entitled Performing Pedagogy: Gender and
Instruction in Early Modern England. We seek essays discussing models of childhood (particularly girlhood)
educability as they were applied in domestic, religious and school
settings and as they were rehearsed in the dramas of Shakespeare and his

Articles may address questions such as
* How is the instruction of children gendered?
* What effects result from the gender of the parent/teacher and the
gender of the child?
* How do early modern educational theories and practices intersect with
popular ideas about gender, class and national identity?
* In what ways is the cultural narrative of parental schooling under
pressure during the Tudor and Stuart era?
* How did women understand their own educational experiences and how did
they imagine their roles in the education of their children, particularly
their daughters?
* What is the relationship amongst non-literary texts and the
representation of pedagogy on the early modern stage?
* With regard to dramatic representation, how is pedagogy performative
and how it is performed on stage?

Send detailed proposals or finished articles along with a 1-2 page
curriculum vitae by December 1, 2007 to both editors, preferably

Professor Kate Moncrief, Department of English, 300 Washington Avenue,
Washington College, Chestertown, MD 21620. kmoncrief2_at_washcoll.edu

Professor Kate McPherson, Department of English, Mailcode 153, Utah
Valley State College, 800 West University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058.

Britain's wars of religion revisited: a salute to John Morrill

11 - 12 July 2008. In a lecture delivered to the Royal Historical Society in December 1983, John Morrill concluded with the observation that 'The English civil war was not the first European revolution: it was the last of the wars of religion'. Coming as it did during the seed time of 'revisionism', Morrill's interpretation placed ideology back among the causes of what he now calls the war of the three kingdoms.This symposium aims to recognise the importance of Morrill's discussion of religion and politics, and to move it forward with reference to scholarship on political and religious thought that has emerged since 1983. While it will be partly concerned with the period of the 1640s, it also aims to draw out elements of the links and tensions between politics and religion that define the long seventeenth century. Central to the symposium will be a critical engagement with Morrill's original argument: in what ways is it still persuasive, and in what areas might it be revised?

Conference organiser: Charles W. A. Prior, Glenn Burgess
University of Hull
Tel: 01482 466 328
Address: c/o Department of History University of Hull Hull, UK HU6 7RX

Intellectual Royalism

12 April 2008. A one-day conference considering Royalist intellectual life during the 1640s and 1650s. Proposals for 20-minute papers are welcomed. Topics might include but are not limited to: translation; travel writing; theological debate; universal languages; philosophy; transmission of continental ideas; intellectual coteries; mathematics; marginal commentaries, explication and methodologies; the sciences including chemical, physical, astronomical and biological theory and experimentation; publishing; political science; law; architecture; otium; economic theory; invention; educational theory; libraries; antiquarianism; cartography; fishing; medicine; patronage; collecting; surveying; weapons technology; collection, collation, transmission and compilation of scholarly MSS; technologies of print and composition; historiography.

Venue: Chetham's Library, Manchester

Conference organiser: Jerome de Groot, jerome.degroot@manchester.ac.uk
English and American Studies, S1.16 Humanities Lime Grove, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

Call for papers: 14 December 2007

Thursday, October 04, 2007


Tolerance and Intolerance.

Organiser: Dr Eliane Glaser

Room 101, Birkbeck College, Department of English and Humanities, 30 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP
Saturday, 13 October

Tolerance is frequently cited as a core British value in contemporary political rhetoric, but the historical origins of the idea are not widely known. This symposium will explore conceptions and genealogies of toleration both inside and outside the academy. Were 17th-century tolerationists idealistic or pragmatic? In what ways is toleration concerned with the relationship between public and private; church and state? Who is to be tolerated, and who isn't?

2pm: Welcome; Blair Worden (Oxford), John Milton and Religious Liberty

2.40: Justin Champion (Royal Holloway), Private is in Secret Free: Hobbes, Locke and Bayle on the Limits of Toleration, Atheism and Heterodoxy

3.20: Susan Menus (York), Religious Toleration: John Locke versus John Rawls

4pm: Tea

4.30-5pm: Questions, discussion and close

The London Renaissance Seminar meets regularly to discuss the literature, history and culture of the period 1500-1700. For further information, or to join the e-list contact t.healy@bbk.ac.uk. For further information about this event please contact elianeglaser@hotmail.com.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Birkbeck Early Modern Society


Events 2007-8

All events start at 6.30 pm, unless otherwise stated, and are followed by refreshments and Q and A.

26 Oct 07: Prof. Sandra Clarke, Macbeth and the Weird Sisters‚

Room 152, Malet St

12 Dec 07: Dr Richard Williams, Holbein at the Court of Henry VIII‚

Room 101, Clore Building. Followed by Xmas party

21 Jan 08: Dr Vanessa Harding, Research into the Family in Early Modern London‚

11 Feb 08: Dr Malcolm Gaskill, The History of Witchcraft: Where Do We Go From Here?

6 March 08: Prof Ronald Hutton, Plague and Famine in Early Modern Europe‚ Room 407, Malet St

7 May 08: Dr Laura Stewart, 'Serving God and Mammon: the Anglo-Scottish Relationship in the Mid-Seventeenth Century

30 June 08: Prof Natalie Zemon Davis, 'Pursuing "Leo Africanus" and other Enigmas: Some Thoughts on Historical Method'

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How true are the established 'facts' about The Fire of London?

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Did only six people die in the fire? Did the fire stop the plague? Leading experts will discuss these and other questions about London's infamous disaster in this study day at Museum in Docklands.

Saturday 6 October 10am-5.30pm
Tickets £20 (£15 concs)

For further information or to book, call 0870 444 3855 or email info@museumindocklands.org.uk

Museum in Docklands, West India Quay E14
DLR: West India Quay, Tube: Canary Wharf

Museum in Docklands Study Day

The Great Fire of London: Myths and Realities

6 October 2007

10am ˆ 5.30pm

How true are the established Œfacts‚ about the Great Fire of London? Did only six people die in the fire? Did the fire really bring about a revolution in London‚s architecture? Did the fire stop the plague? Leading experts will discuss these and other questions about London‚s infamous disaster. Can we tell myth from reality?

10.00 Registration

10.15   Introduction, Meriel Jeater, Museum of London

10.30   How many people died in the Great Fire?, Neil Hanson, author, and Gustav Milne, University College London

11.30   Did the fire radically change London‚s architecture?, Stephen Porter, author, and Dr John Schofield, Museum of London

12.30 Lunch (provided for speakers)

13.30   Why was it claimed that the fire was started by a Catholic conspiracy?, Dr Colin Haydon, University of Winchester

14.30   Did the fire stop the plague?, Professor Justin Champion, Royal Holloway, University of London

15.30 Coffee

16.00   How has London coped with fires since 1666?, Alex Werner, Museum of London, and Phil Butler, Fire Borough Commander for Enfield

17.00 Final questions and close

Each session will include a panel discussion and time for questions. The day will be chaired by Dr Vanessa Harding of Birkbeck, University of London.

Tickets: £20 (£15 concs). For further information and to book tickets call: 0870 444 3855, email: info@museumindocklands.org.uk

Ninth International Milton Symposium

Call for Papers

2008 marks the quatercentenary of John Milton's birth in Bread Street, London - the city in which he was to live and work for much of his life. It is therefore appropriate that the Ninth International Milton Symposium will be celebrating this event with a five-day conference, 7-11 July 2008, under the auspices of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London. Plenary speakers include Ian Archer, Stanley Fish, Achsah Guibbory, Ann Hughes, Laura Knoppers, Nicholas von Maltzahn, John Rumrich, Regina Schwartz, and Quentin Skinner.

The Planning Committee (see below) invites papers on - but not restricted to - the following broad themes:


London itself provides one obvious focus of interest since Milton was unquestionably the most important writer the city has ever produced. But places, whether real or imaginary, play a large and arguably under-examined part in his writings.


There has recently been a resurgence of interest in Milton‚s religious beliefs, sparked off in particular by the debate over the authorship of De Doctrina Christiana. We would therefore welcome papers on such themes as heresy, orthodoxy and unorthodoxy, and radicalism.


Papers will be welcome on such topics as the texts, contexts, and conditions of publication of Milton‚s writings in various genres on various occasions.


Papers dealing with key events in Milton‚s life and times will be welcome as will those dealing more generally with his responses to the revolutionary upheavals of the seventeenth century.

Proposals for papers (500 words maximum, and preferably in the form of an email attachment) should be submitted in the first instance to Professor Martin Dzelzainis, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX; m.dzelzainis@rhul.ac.uk. Deadline for submissions has now been extended to 12 October 2007.

Planning Committee: Warren Chernaik (King‚s, London); Martin Dzelzainis (Royal Holloway, London); Karen Edwards (Exeter); Stephen M. Fallon (Notre Dame); Tom Healy (Birkbeck, London); Michael Lieb (Illinois, Chicago); Peter Lindenbaum (Indiana); David Loewenstein (Madison-Wisconsin); Regina Schwartz (Northwestern); Kevin Sharpe (Queen Mary, London)

Detailed information about registration fees and fringe events will be available shortly. For the Institute of English Studies, contact: ies@sas.ac.uk


The Warburg Institute
Seventeenth Series: 2007-2008

Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano Smith
(Institute of Historical Research) and Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library,
British Library). Meetings are held on selected Thursdays at The Warburg
Institute, University of London,Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB at 5.00 pm.
Admission is free. Meetings are followed by refreshments. All are most
welcome. Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Dr Delano Smith) or
< t.campbell@ockendon.clara.co.uk >.

November 1. Dr Keith Lilley (Department of Geography, Archaeology and
Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast). 'Mapping the Realm: New
Perspectives on the Gough Map of Great Britain (c.1280-c.1360)'.

November 29. Dr Margaret Small (Modern History, University of Birmingham).
'Complementing the Text: The Maps of G. B. Ramusio's "Navigazioni e Viaggi"

January 24. Professor Valerie Kivelson (Department of History, University of
Michigan). 'Angels in Siberia: Maps and Empire in the Age of Peter the

February 28. Dr James Kelly (Worcester College, University of Oxford).
'Daniel Defoe's "Captain Singleton" (1720): Spectacular Speculative

March 13. David Milbank Challis and Andy Rush (Industrialogical Associates /
Railway Record of the British Isles). 'Mapping the Railway: An Overview and
Case Study of Britain's Extensive and Largely Unexplored Record'.

April 24. Dr Nick Baron (School of History, University of Nottingham).
'"Miracles on a Geographical Map": The Cultures of Soviet Cartography under
Lenin and Stalin, 1918-1941'.

May 8. Professor Tom Koch (Department of Geography, University of British
Columbia; and Department of Gerontology, Simon Fraser University, B.C.).
'Cholera in 1850s London: John Snow, His Contemporaries, and the Broad
Street Map Revisited'.

May 29. Rose Mitchell (The National Archives, London). 'Castles in the Air?
Sixteenth-Century Fortification Plans in The National Archives'.

This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of
The International Map Collectors' Society, Jonathan Potter of Jonathan
Potter Ltd., and Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books. It is supported by Imago
Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography.
The web version of the programme can be bookmarked, as it will
always contain the current details. For a comprehensive list of talks and
meetings in the history of cartography, see John Docktor's 'Calendar' <
http://home.earthlink.net/~docktor/index.htm >
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