Friday, May 30, 2008

Land, Landscape and Environment, 1500-1750

14 to 16 July, 2008
University of Reading

Details, including programme and booking form, here:

Tudorism: Historical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century

An interdisciplinary symposium to be held on 5-7 December 2008


Dr Tatiana String, Department of History of Art, Tel: +44 (0)117 954 6066

Dr Marcus Bull, Department of Historical Studies, Tel.+44 (0)117 928 8879


This three-day symposium to be held at the University of Bristol will bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to explore the ways in which the Tudor period, its monarchs (Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I), its artistic expressions, and its cultural heroes (for example, Holbein, Shakespeare, and Byrd) have been appropriated by later generations. Its focus is thus ‘Tudorism’, which may be defined as the modern reception of the history, literature, art, architecture, design and music of the Tudor age. The modern cultural imagination has often derived a substantial, sometimes even predominant, portion of its ideas and images of the past from the sixteenth century, inspiring architects, artists, designers, musicians and writers. Tudorism is a topic with enormous potential for fertile inter- and cross-disciplinary exchange, and the symposium will be the first forum for the study of this remarkable phenomenon, its express purpose being to set the agenda for future research. The timing of the event anticipates the quincentenary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne in April 1509. There will undoubtedly be numerous types of commemorations of the anniversary across the UK, but this timely symposium will concentrate on the long-term impact of this monarch and his family.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Renaissance Translation

English Department Conference
Thursday May 29th Wentworth Common Room


9.30 Foregathering

10.00 -11.00

Richard Rowland (York): ‘"Plautus too light'?: translating Roman comedy onto the

academic and commercial stages of Jacobean England.’

Jason Lawrence (Hull): ‘Translating Petrarch and the Italian sonnet in sixteenth-

century modern language learning.’

11.00-11.30 Coffee


Selene Scarsi (Hull): ‘“My daintie Corse shall be thy Cowch of downe, / My Skinne shall

serue for finest sheetes in stedde”: Eroticism in Robert Tofte’s Boiardo.’

Fred Schurink (Newcastle): ‘The Meaning of Life: Tudor translations of Plutarch's

parallel lives’


Lunch at THE EDGE (Wentworth)


Helen Smith (York): ‘“No lesse grace than lernynge”: women and theories of

translation in early modern England.’

Kate Pond (York): ‘Marlowe's 'Lucans First Booke' and the question of


3.00-3.30 Tea


Anthony Mortimer (Fribourg): ‘From Petrarch to Michelangelo: A Translator's Perspective.’

Collecting Revolution: The History and Importance of the Thomason Tracts

Date: 30 June-1 July 2008
Venue: British Library / University College London

The pamphlet collection amassed by the London bookseller George Thomason
is of unparalleled importance, and has helped to ensure that the civil
wars and interregnum remain central to the study of British history.
Nevertheless, this is generally reflected in scholarly exploitation of
the tracts, rather than in critical analysis of them. This conference
seeks to explore a variety of approaches to the Thomason collection,
including the man and his milieu, his role as a publisher and
bookseller, his aims and methods as a collector, the fate of his
collection, and its significance to subsequent generations of scholars.

Speakers: Sabrina Baron, Maureen Bell, Michael Braddick, David Como, Ann
Hughes, Keith Lindley, Giles Mandelbrote, Jason McElligott, Michael
Mendle, Jason Peacey, Joad Raymond, Julian Roberts, David Stoker, Elliot
Vernon, and Steven Zwicker.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Role and Rule: History and Power on Stage

London, The Globe Theatre, 6-8 February 2009Organized by Globe Education and the Universita di Padova,
with the support of the Fondazione Cariparo

This conference means to discuss the various modes of representation of monarchy in Tudor and Stuart England: more specifically, it focuses on how Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists look at the present and past state of England, investigating through the representation of past English monarchs the role of Majesty and the relationship between power and people. Besides, we mean to discuss the celebration and comment upon the present state of England that early modern dramatists and writers offer through masques, allegorical representations, and other theatrical forms such as public speeches and proclamations.

The conference will be opened by Professor Stephen Orgel (Stanford University).

You are invited to submit a proposal for a twenty-minute paper.

Suggested topics:

1. Shakespeare's history plays:
- revisiting the past: the English fifteenth century as a model for contemporary politics
- ostlers and courtiers: high and low in the Henry IV plays
- "Know you not I am Richard?" Shakespeare's kings and the "mirror for princes" tradition
- mob scenes: the role of the people in Shakespeare's history plays

2. Staging queenly:
- Jacobean drama and its representation of female rule
- representing queenship in the Jacobean masque
- the shadow of Elizabeth: the memory of the Queen
- male and female power

3. Self-representation:
- Elizabeth and her writings
- James's triumphal entry in London
- political theory and its negotiation of the past

Proposals should not exceed 500 words and should be accompanied by a short CV and a list of publications.

Please send your proposals by the 15th of July 2008 to these email addresses: (prof. Alessandra Petrina, Universita di Padova) (dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Globe Education)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Forum II: Early Modern Women and Material Culture


/Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal/ (/EMWJ/) invites
submissions to an interdisciplinary Forum /Early Modern Women and
Material Culture/, slated for publication in Volume IV (2009).
Contributors to the forum will explore the nature of the material
culture of early modern women and girls from different socioeconomic
levels and from regions across the globe. Which objects - garments,
manuscripts, jewelry, toys, housewares, tools, furniture, and musical
instruments - - did they own or use? How did such objects construct
identity, strengthen social ties, teach social or economic roles, or
perform other cultural functions? What objects were commonly associated
with women and girls? What unusual objects did they own or use? Were
specific objects associated with certain times in a woman's life,
certain places, or particular rituals? What values, ideas, and
assumptions were linked to the material culture of women and girls?

Submissions should be 1300 words in length (plus footnotes). Building
on such recent exhibitions as the Victoria and Albert Museum's /At Home
in Renaissance Italy /(2006) and on such recent books as Jacqueline
Musacchio's /Art and Ritual of Childbirth in Renaissance Italy /(1999)
and/ /Ann Rosalind Jones and Peter Stallybrass's /Renaissance Clothing
and the Materials of Memory/ (2001)/, /contributions may focus on a
single object or group of objects that still exist, or on references to
objects in images, literary texts, or archival documents. Submissions
that explore a range of socioeconomic groups and regions across the
globe are especially welcome.

The deadline for forum submissions is *October 31, 2008.*
Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Jouranl
Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies
Taliaferro Hall 0139
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7727 USA,

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Rethinking Late Stuart Britain

A Workshop on Roger Morrice and his World

The recent publication of Roger Morrice's Entring Book was an important milestone in the study of late seventeenth century Britain, and its relationships with its European neighbours. This one-day workshop is designed to assess the impact of the Entring Book on the study of the period, and sketch the possible parameters for future research in the period.

The Breakfast Room, Merton College, Oxford.
Saturday 14 June 2008, 10.30am - 5pm.

To reserve a place at the workshop, mail either Jason McElligott ( or Mark Goldie ( before Saturday, 8 June 2008

Women’s dramatic writing

Her Make is Perfect
A seminar interrogating women’s dramatic writing, text and performance (1600-1830)

Friday 5th September at Chawton House Library and Saturday 6th September at the University of Surrey.
Keynote speakers: Professor Alison Findlay, Professor Fiona Ritchie and
Professor Gweno Williams
Further conference details see the conference website:

Rates: £130 (waged) and £65 (unwaged). Includes tea, coffee and lunch on both days as well as the conference dinner in Chawton Great Hall on Friday night.
For further information and/or offers of papers contact:

For full details and a booking form please see the conference webpage:

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Hester Pulter

The next Early Modern Reading Group will meet on Thursday 29 May, at 6.30pm, in the Skinners Arms, Judd Street, London WC1. We'll look at some of the newly-unearthed poems of Hester Pulter. Details:

CUNY Renaissance Studies Colloquium

Friday, May 16, 2008, in Room 5109, the Graduate Center,365 Fifth Avenue, 2-5 PM. The Colloquium (2-4PM) is on "New Trends in the History of Renaissance Science." The speakers will be delivering the following papers:

Pamela Smith (History, Columbia): "Objects, Practices, Techniques, and
Texts: The Movement of Knowledge in the Early Modern World";

Allison Kavey (History, John Jay) "It's Agrippa's World; we're
just playing with it";

Sheila Rabin (History, St. Peter's): "'The stars incline': Kepler
and Astrology"

The respondent will be Joseph Dauben, Distinguished Professor of

Following the colloquium, we will have a reception from 4 to 5 PM to honor the winners of the Essay Prize and the Travel Grant for students in the CUNY Renaissance Studies Certificate Program. So, please come to celebrate their good work and the end of the semester with us on May 16. Wine, cheese, and other goodies will be served.

Clare Carroll
Coordinator, Renaissance Studies
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Landscape Conference

The programme for the University of Reading's Land, Landscape and Environment Conference (July 14-16, 2008) is now available: follow the conference link at


Thursday, May 01, 2008

Gammer Gurton's Needle in Performance

[this via The Shakespeare Conference ...]

Gammer Gurton's Needle (c. 1553), presented by the Theatre Dept of Centenary College, New Jersey. Directed by Carolyn Coulson-Grigsby.

Performances are May 1 at 7:30pm, May 2 at 8pm, May 3 at 8pm, and May 4
at 2:30 pm. Centenary College is in Hackettstown, NJ, 50 miles west of NYC.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6.50 for children under 12.

For more information, visit

‘In despight of the devouring flame’

The Temple Church in London
9.45am – 6.15pm, Saturday 14 June 2008 (with registration from 9.15am)
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

700 years ago the Order of the Temple was in turmoil, its members under arrest, and its Grand Master soon to be burned at the stake. Its main church in England, at the New Temple in London, survived the suppression of the Order in 1312, and escaped (by a whisker) the Great Fire of London in 1666, only to be ravaged by fire during the Blitz in 1941. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most important surviving medieval monuments in London, with superb late Romanesque sculpture, luminous early Gothic architecture, a magnificent series of medieval monuments, and major post-Reformation furnishings by Sir Christopher Wren and others. Although the subject of much antiquarian study in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, its significance in terms of artistic, liturgical and conservation developments has never been the subject of comprehensive scholarly study. The present conference aims to address this gap. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the grant of the Temple’s Charter by James I, the conference is held in association with an exhibition at the Temple Church from 31 March to 15 June (for which see for details).

To book a place: £15 (£10 concessions and Courtauld staff and students). Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Coordinator & Administrator, Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, clearly stating that you wish to book for the ‘Temple Church conference'. For credit card bookings call 020 7848 2785/2909. For further information, send an email to

Sculpture & Touch

Friday 16 & Saturday 17 May
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

‘Marble comes doubly alive for me then, as I ponder, comparing, / Seeing with vision that feels, feeling with fingers that see’. (Goethe, Roman Elegies)

Since the Renaissance, at least, the medium of sculpture has been linked explicitly to the sense of touch. Sculptors, philosophers and art historians have all related the two, often in strikingly different ways. In spite of this long running interest in touch and tactility, in recent decades vision and visuality have tended to dominate art historical research.

This symposium aims to introduce a new impetus to the discussion of the relationship between touch and sculpture by setting up a dialogue between art historians and individuals with fresh insights working in disciplines beyond art history. The programme reflects this ambition by bringing together an international and truly diverse set of speakers who will tackle subjects ranging from prehistoric figurines to the work of contemporary artists, from pre-modern ideas about the physiology of touch to tactile interaction in the museum environment, and from the phenomenology of touch in recent philosophy to the experimental findings of scientific study.

To book a place: £35 (£15 students and Courtauld staff). Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator & Administrator, Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, clearly stating that you wish to book for the ‘Sculpture & Touch conference’. For credit card bookings call 020 7848 2785/2909. For further information, send an e-mail to
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