Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Renaissance in the Twenty-First Century

London Renaissance Seminar Panel Discussion

Jonathan Hart, University of Alberta

Lucy Munro, University of Keele

Jonathan Sawday, University of Strathclyde

Emma Smith, Hertford College, Oxford

Saturday May 17, 2008

Room 101, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1


2:30-5 with tea from 2 and drinks following

All Welcome

For further information contact Tom Healy (

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The beginning of the end

Bill Sherman (York) will be speaking at Columbia this Wednesday, April 30. His talk is entitled "The beginning of the end: A lecture on book history."

William H. Sherman is Professor of Renaissance/Early Modern Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies at the University of York. He received his BA from Columbia and MPhil and PhD from Cambridge. He held research and teaching positions at the National Maritime Museum (UK), the University of Maryland, and Queen Mary (University of London) before moving to York in 2005. Hs is currently the Eleanor Searle Visiting Professor at Caltech and The Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. His publications include *John Dee: The Politics of Reading and Writing in the English Renaissance* (UMass Press, 1995), and *Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England* (UPenn Press, 2008).

The lecture will take place in 717 Hamilton Hall, from 4.10 pm.

Details: Alan Stewart,

Monday, April 28, 2008

Literary London 2008

Brunel University, West London
Liminal London: Country/City, Work/Leisure, Past/Future, and States Between.

The 7th Annual Literary London conference will be hosted by the Department of English, School of Arts, Brunel University, London, at the Uxbridge Campus. The Conference will begin on the evening of Wednesday 2nd July with an opening event featuring Iain Sinclair; keynote, plenary and panel sessions will take place 3rd-4th July. (The conference is partly organised by Brycchan Carey from FASS. For more information, you can email me direct:


(Deadline extended to 1st June 2008)

Proposals of approximately 300 words are invited for 20-minute papers which consider any period or genre of English literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city's roots in Roman times to the present day.

This year, the conference theme is 'Liminal London: Country/City, Work/Leisure, Past/Future, and States Between'. Please note that the headline theme of the event does not exclude other proposals concerning any other aspect relevant to Literary London themes and contexts, which are most welcome, as are complete panels (subject to final approval by the conference organizers). Additionally, while the main focus of the conference will be on literary and cultural representations of London, the organizers actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating to film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc.. Papers from postgraduate students are welcome for consideration.

Originally founded in the 1960s expansion of Higher Education in Britain, Brunel’s Uxbridge campus lies four miles and twenty minutes taxi ride from Heathrow Airport, and is a reasonable journey by underground to central London (King’s Cross and Piccadilly approx. 50 minutes; Waterloo approx. 55 minutes; Kew Gardens and Tower of London approx. just over an hour – estimated timings Transport for London). Participants staying longer can avail themselves of various research libraries including the British Library, London’s theatreland and all of the city’s historical and architectural sights. Both Oxford and Cambridge can be visited easily in a day from Uxbridge.

London is one of the world's major cities with a long and rich literary tradition reflecting both its diversity and its significance as a cultural and commercial centre. Literary London 2008 aims to:

Read literary and cultural texts in their historical and social context and in relation to theoretical approaches to the study of the metropolis;
Explore the relationship of margins, the central and spaces between;
Investigate the changing cultural and historical geography of London;
Situate Londoners, the city’s visitors and their various psychogeographic spaces;
Consider the social, political, and spiritual fears, hopes, and perceptions that have inspired representations of London;
Trace different traditions of representing London and examine how the pluralism of London society is reflected in London literature and its cultural narratives; and,
Celebrate the contribution London and Londoners have made to English and World literature. This should be an occasion for productive dialogue between scholars of literary and material culture. Papers on any literary, theoretical, narrative and material aspects of London and its representation are anticipated. Proposals for comprised panels of three (or four) speakers are also welcome.

Nick Hubble;

Philip Tew;

Lawrence Phillips:

Brycchan Carey:

Note that your subject line must include the phrase ‘LITERARY LONDON BRUNEL 2008’ since your message will be initially retrieved and sorted automatically. If you do not do so it may well be lost in this process.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 1st June 2008.

Conference website at Brunel:

Literary London Web site:

The Annual Literary London conference is mutually supportive of the

e-journal of the same name.

Peter Holland

Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar
Friday, May 9, 2008
Peter Holland, Notre Dame
"Staging Food in Shakespeare"

Details: Adam Hooks,

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Shakespeare's Globe Postgraduate Seminar

Shakespeare's Folio: Past and Present
Thursday 15 May 2008

Shakespeare's Globe invites all postgraduates to a seminar on the First Folio. If you would like to attend please email with details of your full name, university and research subject.

Paratexts in the Shakespeare First Folio
John Miles - Royal Holloway, University of London

John will consider extra-literary aspects of the First Folio, particularly its entry in the Stationer's Register, and explore how these affect our approach to Shakespeare's plays.

Shakespeare in the British Library
Dr Moira Goff - British Library, Head of British Collections 1501-1800

Dr Moira Goff will be outlining the Library's plans to add a digital copy of one of its First Folios to the Treasures in Full collection during 2008. This will be great opportunity for postgraduates to offer responses to this project - there will be plenty of time allocated for questions and discussion.

Free wine and nibbles will be served after the seminar.

Renaissance Humour

[this, and the last, from Tom Healy's LRS list ...]
Attenborough Film Theatre,
University of Leicester,
18 July 2008

This one-day conference, co-sponsored by the Leicester Early Modern Seminar Series, will explore Renaissance humour in its various forms, tracing these from the Henrician period through the Elizabethan era to the Restoration. The comic writings and performances of figures such as More, Shakespeare, Jonson, Nashe and Rochester will be considered in the light of the varied cultural and intellectual contexts in which they operated, with a view to considering the various forms of cultural work which humour and the comic might perform in the period.

Confirmed speakers include Michael Davies (Liverpool), Andrew Hiscock (Bangor), Sarah Knight (Leicester), Kate Loveman (Leicester), Sophie Murray (Oxford), Helen Pierce (York), Dave Postles (Leicester), Peter Smith (Nottingham Trent), Matthew Steggle (Sheffield Hallam), and Greg Walker (Edinburgh).

For further information, please contact the organizers: Dr Sarah Knight (, Dr Dave Postles ( and Prof. Greg Walker (


Call for Papers
The Northern Renaissance Seminar
One-day Conference, Saturday 8th November 2008
Northumbria University at Newcastle

In collaboration with Lancaster University and the Northern Renaissance Seminar series, Northumbria University is pleased to invite abstracts for a one-day conference on 8th November 2008. Papers should be between 20-30 minutes.

The theme of the conference is 'The Country and The City'. A wealth of scholarship exists on this area, from (at least) Raymond Williams' seminal 1973 work, to collections such as The Country and the City Revisited (1995), and including contemporary investigations of landscapes and geographies, applications of eco-criticism, and urban (and suburban) studies.

Accordingly, contributors are encouraged to interpret this theme in broad terms, attending to 'the country' and 'the city' independently, or in conjunction. Papers might therefore consider addressing the following questions, though not exclusively:

* How were 'the country' and 'the city' constructed and defined in early modern Europe?

* How did these constructions reflect or impact upon issues of social conflict, geographical mobility, politics, religious and 'ethnic' difference, otherness, and criminality?

* How did early modern cities condition the production and consumption of cultural texts?

* How did 'the country' and 'the city' interact or conflict, materially and culturally?

* How might we re-think the politics and poetics, and the realities and representations of: the suburbs, the 'pastoral', enclosure, landscapes, and the 'country house'?

Please email abstracts of 200 words for 20-30 minute papers to Dr Adam Hansen ( by 30th May 2008.

There will be an attendance fee of £10 for staff and waged participants. Postgraduate students are exempt from this fee.

Postgraduate students are warmly urged to attend as both contributors and participants. Some bursaries will be available for postgraduates. Please address enquiries about postgraduate bursaries to Dr Adam Hansen (

Friday, April 18, 2008


A Conference and Exhibition, organised by The Columbia Early Modern Seminar, in collaboration with the Rare Book
and Manuscript Library of Columbia University, is pleased to announce:

Friday, April 25th
523 Butler Library (on the south side of Columbia University's 116th
street campus).

9:00 Opening Remarks
*Michael Ryan*, Columbia University
*Alan Stewart*, Columbia University

*Alan Farmer*, Ohio State University, "Forms of News: Printed Newsbooks
and the Politics of the Thirty Years' War in England"
*Zachary Lesser*, University of Pennsylvania, "Shakespeare's Crown and
Globe (Bookshops)"

Chair: *Benedict Robinson*, SUNY Stony Brook

*Amanda Bailey*, University of Connecticut, Storrs, "Reading the Hand of
Human Capital"
*Shankar Raman*, MIT, "Specifying the Unknown"

Chair: *Henry Turner*, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

*Hannibal Hamlin*, Ohio State University, "The Geneva Bible as Bible for
*Heather James*, University of Southern California, "Commonplaces,
Inventories, and the Forms of Authorship"
*Tanya Pollard*, CUNY Brooklyn College, "Translating Greek Drama:
Schoolbooks and Popular Theater in Early Modern England"

Chair: *Adam Zucker*, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

5:00 Keynote Lecture
*Peter Stallybrass*, University of Pennsylvania, "Making Commonplaces in
English Printed Books"

6:00 Reception

Please also join us for the complementary exhibition---curated by
Patricia Akhimie, Rebecca Calcagno, Saskia Cornes, Musa Gurnis, Adam
Hooks, Bryan Lowrance, Sara Murphy, and Brynhildur Heiðardóttir
Ómarsdóttir in collaboration with the speakers---on display in the Rare
Book and Manuscript Library, located on the 6th Floor of Butler Library.

With questions, contact Allison Deutermann ( and
András Kisery (

Sponsored by Columbia University's Department of English and Comparative
Literature, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Graduate Student
Advisory Council, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

London Seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture

We are pleased to announce that Professor Todd Olson (UC Berkeley) will be speaking on:

'Persistent Marks: The Migration and Transmission of Hatching in Early Modern Europe and the New World'

on Monday 21 April 2008 at 6 p.m.

The seminar will take place at UCL.

History of Art Department University College London 39-41 London WC1H 0PD

Seminar Room 3 (room 124, first floor)

Classicisms in the English Renaissance

A conference to be held in Cambridge, Thursday, 19 June to Saturday, 21 June, at the Centre for
Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

For the full programme and registration details see:

This conference is planned as a workshop in association with the writing of a volume on The
English Renaissance (edited by Patrick Cheney, Penn State, and Philip Hardie, Cambridge), part of a
new 5-volume Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature (OUP). This volume will
combine the methods of traditional studies in literary influence with more recent approaches to
allusion, intertextuality, and reception, set in the wider frame of the cultural and institutional
contexts of the English Renaissance.

The speakers at the conference will include most of the contributors to the volume, an
international group numbering many of the leading scholars in the field as well as younger
scholars. The conference is intended not as an occasion for the airing of first drafts of the
chapters in the volume, but rather to promote a more general discussion of approaches and
methods. How does one do classical reception in English literature in the twenty-first century? A
particular purpose will be to bring together experts in English literature and classics in a dialogue
over the ways in which they approach texts and their contexts. The conference will be open to
other scholars and students, and we hope that it will generate wide interest in both classics and
English literature.

Monday, April 14, 2008


The Colloquium on Early Literature and Culture in English (CELCE) is exceptionally pleased to announce our final event of the academic year: a roundtable on the problem of periodization in medieval and early modern studies. Join us, and take part in what is bound to be a lively and informative debate on some of the key issues in current scholarship.

Professor Haruko Momma
Professor Christopher Cannon
Professor Karen Newman
Angie Bennett, master’s student
Jennie Votava, doctoral candidate
Ross Knecht, doctoral candidate

Professor Ernest Gilman

Thursday, May 1
3-5 pm
Room 222, 19 UP

As always, fine refreshments will be served.

Best wishes,

Lea Puljcan Juric

Ruth Simon

Friday, April 11, 2008

Reading Group

After a little break, the Early Modern Reading Group resumes on Tuesday
22 April -- 6.30pm, in the Skinners Arms, 114 Judd Street, WC1H. We'll
discuss Thomas Browne's /Urn Burial/. There's an online text here:


The Tenth Annual Britgrad Conference

... will be held at The Shakespeare Institute, The University of Birmingham from 19th – 21st June 2008. This conference in Renaissance studies is run by graduate students for graduate students and provides a relaxed and supportive environment in which to present a paper. Undergraduates in last two years of study are welcome as auditors. See the website for more information about the event including downloadable registration forms, plenary speakers, location and accommodation:

or email us at

Monday, April 07, 2008

Early Modern Afterlives

The CUNY Graduate Center's
Early Modern Interdisciplinary Group


Early Modern Afterlives

A Graduate Student Conference in conjunction with
the Shakespeare Birthday Lecture

Sponsored by: The Ph.D. Program in English,
The Renaissance Studies Certificate Program,
and The Doctoral Students' Council

3:00pm Music Performance
Et in Arcadia Ego


Combining Baroque music, gesture, and poetry in a semi-staged production

4:00pm Keynote Address
"Shakespeare's Afterdeaths and the Debts of History"
Diana Henderson
Professor of English at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Friday, April 18, 2008, 9:00am-5:30pm

Segal Theater, The CUNY Graduate Center

Reception to follow in Room 4406

Free and open to the public

Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar

Friday, April 11, 2008

Karen Newman
Professor of English
New York University

"Sartorial Economies and Suitable Style: the Anonymous Woodstock and Shakespeare's Richard II"

Details: Adam G. Hooks at


A One-Day Conference at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Friday, April 11, 2008 -- 9:00 AM

Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall (4th Floor)
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


MAURA NOLAN (University of California, Berkeley)
“Style in the Middle Ages?: Aspects of Formalism Before Modernity”

COLLEEN ROSENFELD (Rutgers University)
“Missing the Poynt: Periodic Dissolution and Indecorous Thinking”

LARRY SCANLON (Rutgers University)
“Chaucer the Author”

SCOTT TRUDELL (Rutgers University)
“Forms of Authors: Terza Rima and Ottava Rima in Wyatt's Psalms”

CHRISTOPHER WARLEY (University of Toronto)
“Specters of Horatio”

ELLEN ROONEY (Brown University)
SUSAN WOLFSON (Princeton University)
The Question of Form: Response and Discussion

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

For more information, e-mail or call (732)

Saturday, April 05, 2008


Elizabeth I: An Old Testament King

Susan Doran, Christ Church, Oxford

29 April 2008

Arts A2 at 6pm followed by a Reception in the Meeting House

All Welcome

Friday, April 04, 2008


The Columbia Early Modern Seminar, in collaboration with the Rare Book
and Manuscript Library of Columbia University, is pleased to announce:

A Conference and Exhibition

*Peter Stallybrass*, University of Pennsylvania (Keynote)
*Amanda Bailey*, University of Connecticut, Storrs
*Alan Farmer*, Ohio State University
*Hannibal Hamlin*, Ohio State University
*Heather James*, University of Southern California
*Zachary Lesser*, University of Pennsylvania
*Tanya Pollard*, Brooklyn College
*Shankar Raman*, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

WHEN: Friday, April 25th, beginning at 8:30 am

WHERE: 523 Butler Library (on the south side of Columbia University's
116th street campus).
A reception will follow at 6pm.

Please also join us for the complementary exhibition---curated by
Patricia Akhimie, Rebecca Calcagno, Saskia Cornes, Musa Gurnis, Adam
Hooks, Bryan Lowrance, Sara Murphy, and Brynhildur Heiðardóttir
Ómarsdóttir in collaboration with the speakers---on display in the Rare
Book and Manuscript Library, located on the 6th Floor of Butler Library.

For questions, contact Allison Deutermann ( and
András Kisery (

Sponsored by Columbia University's Department of English and Comparative
Literature, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Graduate Student
Advisory Council, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
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