Thursday, October 30, 2008

Francis Bacon, in London

Birkbeck History Research Seminar

Oct 30th, 6pm - Francis Bacon and the politics of attribution, Professor Alan Stewart (Columbia University)

For further information contact

Monday, October 27, 2008

Martin Luther

And his house. And his quills. And his cooking pots. And his toilet.

"Shakespeare and the Law"

Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar
November 14, 2008

Harry Keyishian
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Richard Weisberg
Yeshiva Law School

707 International Affairs Building
118th St., between Amsterdam and Morningside Drive

If you have any questions, please contact Adam Hooks at

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Early Modern Parish Church

CONFERENCE, 6 – 8 April, 2009
Worcester College, Oxford


Across Europe, the parish church has stood for centuries at the centre of local
communities; it was the focal point of its religious life, the rituals performed there
marked the stages of life from the cradle to the grave. Nonetheless the church itself
artistically and architecturally stood apart from the parish community. It was often the largest and only stone-built building in a village; it was legally distinct being subject to canon law, as well as being consecrated for the celebration of religious rites. The buildings associated with the ‘cure of souls’ were sacred sites or holy places, where humanity interacted with the divine. The accretions of the centuries make the parish church a palimpsest which provides a record of continuing and changing attitudes towards religion and sacred space. Linked to the AHRC funded ‘The Early Modern Parish Church and the Religious Landscape’ research project, this conference will provide a forum to assess the role and significance of the parish church in the early modern period. This is intended to be an interdisciplinary conference and papers from a range of disciplines are welcome, including art historians, architectural historians, legal historians, archaeologists, as well as historians and ecclesiastical historians. Rather than providing a series of case studies of particular churches, it is hoped that this conference will facilitate a better understanding of the evolution and importance of this religious building within communities across Europe during the confessional, economic, political and social changes of the early modern period.

Andrew Spicer
Oxford Brookes University

If you are interested in offering a 20 minute paper for this conference, please send a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words and, if you wish, a short CV (no more than one side of A4) to The deadline for submissions is
30 November 2008. Further details about the conference will appear in due course on
the project website.

Further details about the AHRC ‘The Early Modern Parish Church and the Religious
Landscape’ project can be found at:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"A Doctor's Religion: Thomas Browne's Uneasy Profession of Faith."

Brooke Conti
Assistant Professor of English
SUNY Brockport

Columbia Early Modern Seminar
Tuesday October 28 at 6:00 PM (note earlier time!)
612 Philosophy Hall

**All are welcome**

Details: Molly Murray,

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Exploring the Renaissance

The Society for Renaissance Studies, 2008-2009

The Society is pleased to announce the following series of free public lectures at venues around the UK and Ireland. These will address the state of studies in the Renaissance across a range of disciplines. For further information, see the Society’s website at

‘The Instruments of Renaissance Science’
Wednesday 29 October 2008 at 5.00 pm

Jim Bennett (Director of the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford)
Milburn House, University of Warwick
‘British Enthusiasm for the Italian Renaissance in the “Long” Nineteenth Century’
Tuesday 2 December 2008 at 5.00 pm

John Law (Department of History, Swansea University; Chair, Society for Renaissance Studies)
Research Beehive, Room 2.22, University of Newcastle
‘Renaissance Encounters: The Invention of Printing and the Crisis of the Renaissance’
Monday 2 February 2009 at 5.15 pm

Andrew Pettegree (Professor of Modern History, University of St Andrews)
Arts Faculty, Lecture Room 3, 17 Woodland Road, University of Bristol
‘Touching the Renaissance’
Friday 6 February 2009 at 7.00 pm

Evelyn Welch (Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, University of London)
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
(The event is free but tickets must be pre-booked. Please visit
‘The Renaissance in Global Context’
Thursday 26 February 2009

Peter Burke (Emeritus Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge)
Trinity College Dublin (for venue and start time, contact Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey,
‘Art or Material Culture? Reinterpreting the Renaissance Collections of the V&A’
Thursday 26 February 2009 at 5.00 pm

Peta Motture (Chief Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries Project)
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
‘Why Did the Renaissance Value Rhetoric?’
Wednesday 4 March 2009 at 5.00 pm

Sir Brian Vickers (Distinguished Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, University of London)
Ramsden Room, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge
‘How Does the Archive Change the History of Renaissance Ideas? The Case of Montaigne’
Wednesday 6 May 2009 at 5.30 pm

Warren Boutcher (Reader in Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, University of London)
Sydney Smith Lecture Room, The Medical School, Teviot Place, University of Edinburgh
‘Reading, Writing, and Travelling in the World of Columbus’
Tuesday 19 May 2009 at 5 pm

Barry Ife (Principal of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama)
St John’s College Auditorium, University of Oxford
‘Changing Patterns of Musical Dissemination in the Early Renaissance’
Tuesday 13 October 2009 at 7 pm

Margaret Bent (All Souls College, Oxford)
MALT Lecture Theatre, New Main Arts Building, College Road, Bangor University

Monday, October 20, 2008

Teaching Milton and his time

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University of Manchester, Centre for Enquiry Based Learning
07 Nov 08, 10:00
No charge, but we reserve the right to charge a £15:00 non-attendance fee.
Last Date for registration: 31 Oct 08

This day conference will examine new pedagogies and new technologies for the teaching of John Milton and his time. Sessions already scheduled will address:

*Interdisciplinary teaching
*The problems and challenges associated with making Milton relevant
* New teaching styles such as Enquiry Based learning
*The impact of information technologies and web 2.0 practices upon pedagogy
*Teaching textual and material culture in partnership with libraries and archives

Sessions have been planned in partnership with a range of institutions, including Chetham's Library, John Rylands Library and the MIMAS service (

Scheduled speakers and participants include Sharon Achinstein, Gordon Campbell, Tom Corns, Rosanna Cox, Jerome de Groot, Karen Edwards, Thomas Luxon and Marcus Nevitt.

Programme: (subject to alteration)


Registration and coffee

10.00 - 10.45
Multiple Miltons: relevance, discipline, text
Karen Edwards (Exeter); Sharon Achinstein (Oxford); Discussant: Roger Pooley (Keele)

11.00 - 11.45
Round Table Discussion on interdisciplinary Milton
Led by John Coffey (Leicester)with respondents Martin Dzelzainis (Royal Holloway) and Gordon Campbell (Leicester)

11.45 - 12.15

12.15 - 1.00
Electronic Milton 1
Marcus Nevitt (Sheffield); Rosanna Cox (Kent); Discussant: Jerome de Groot (Manchester)

1.00 - 2.00
Lunch and Competition: Best teaching tip for seminars

2.00 - 2.45
Electronic Milton 2
Tom Luxon (Dartmouth) via video conference; Tom Corns (Bangor); Discussant: Jonathan Gibson (English Subject Centre)

2.45 - 3.00
Short Break

3.00 - 4.15
Material Culture
Developing and teaching a new MA course using EBL
Staff from the John Rylands Library and Chetham's Library with academics from the Manchester English Department

3.00 - 4.15
Material Culture
Discussion Groups: New technologies, new pedagogies, new possibilities?
Chaired by postgraduates: Jonathan Olson (Liverpool), Joel Swann (Keele), Matthew Yeo (Manchester)

4.15 - 4.30
Tea and closing discussion

Programme Enquiries :
Jerome De Groot

To register or express interest in an English Subject Centre event please contact the Subject centre:


PARADISE LOST [these details via the LRS ...]
Thursday 23 October 2008, 9 am-9 pm approx., Judith E. Wilson Drama
Studio, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, AND ONLINE

Join us on 23 October for an all-day reading of Milton's great poem
Paradise Lost. This epic retelling of the fall of the rebel angels and
of Adam and Eve will be read by members of the Faculty of English in
collaboration with students, colleagues, artists, and musicians, and
broadcast live online. Drop in and out at any point, and join us at the
end of the day for a glass of wine.

Further details and link to audio stream:

Book I - Gavin Alexander
Book II - Drew Milne
Book III - Helen Cooper
Book IV - Eric Griffiths
Book V - Fred Parker
Book VI - Paul Hartle
Book VII - Daniel Wakelin
Book VIII - Jean Chothia
Book IX - Jeremy Hardingham
Book X - Abigail Rokison
Book XI - Clive Wilmer
Book XII - Adrian Poole

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

City and Country

Northumbria University in Newcastle on 8th November.

In addition to a plenary from Liz Oakley-Brown (Lancaster), and a paper from Northumbria’s Alexander Cowan, we have a range of exciting speakers, featuring established and emerging talent:

JONATHAN HOPE (Strathclyde University) ‘‘Rustice’/ ‘Countryman’: dialect and linguistic value in Ovid, Golding, and King Lear’

STEPHEN LONGSTAFFE (Cumbria University) ‘Country clowns? Theatrical clowns and the London audience’

JOHN MABBITT (Newcastle University) ‘Town Walls and Civic Identity in the English Revolution’

RÓZSA RÉKA (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano) ‘The Encounter of ‘the City’ and ‘the Country’ in Italian Renaissance Comedy’

TOM RUTTER (Sheffield Hallam) ‘Country matters and wilful women: the country, the city, and the Admiral’s Men’

MONIKA SMIALKOWSKA (Doncaster College), ‘The country and the city in the early Stuart court masque’

You can find information about visiting Northumbria University here:

You can also visit the event website at:

Dr Adam Hansen
Lecturer in English
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Northumbria University
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 232 6002 (switchboard)
Tel: 0191 243 7193

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Research Assistant in Early Modern Travel Writing Collections (0.5)

Nottingham Trent University, School of Arts and Humanities
£18,710 p.a. pro rata (Grade E)
POST NO: M2327
12 months - Fixed term contract. Clifton Campus

The English Division has an excellent teaching reputation and an internationally recognised research profile awarded a 5 rating in the RAE 2001. We are seeking to appoint a research assistant with the skills and energy to contribute to the planning and production of a new Critical Edition of Richard Hakluyt's The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation (3 vols., 1598-1600), under the General Editorship of Dr Daniel Carey (NUI, Galway), Professor Andrew Hadfield (Sussex) and Professor Claire Jowitt (NTU).

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professor Jowitt. You will have completed your doctorate and be able to demonstrate the potential of your research and pedagogic interests in the field of Renaissance Travel Writing Collections.

Confidential informal enquiries may be made to Professor Claire Jowitt via e-mail: or the Head of English, Professor Nahem Yousaf via e-mail:

Interview date: Monday 17th November 2008
Closing Date: 27/Oct/2008

For further details see:

Monday, October 13, 2008

“The Tamer Tamed” by John Fletcher

Progress Theatre
The Mount | Christchurch Road | Reading

Thursday 20th to Saturday 29th November 2008
Performances at 7.45pm

Shakespeare’s friend John Fletcher wrote this ribald, hilarious, revolutionary play in 1610, and it enjoyed constant success until Victorian prudishness ended its triumphant run. Revivals in the Naughty Noughties show its time has returned.

The Tamer Tamed stands alone, but is also a sequel to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Shakespeare’s play raises many questions. When Petruchio turned the feisty Kate into a submissive wife, were his methods justified? Was Kate’s submission really a happy ending? Was she truly tamed, anyway?

The Tamer Tamed works on the assumption that Petruchio and Kate quarrelled constantly until her death. It begins on the day Petruchio marries Maria, who resolves to succeed where Kate failed. She engages Petruchio in a rapidly escalating battle of wits: no weapon is too dirty or dangerous to use.

Carolyn Williams's adaptation preserves Fletcher’s style and spirit, while appealing to a modern audience. Progress Theatre will be taken over by formidable women and desperate men, not to mention two bears and a very large sausage. Can you afford to miss it?

Tickets available from Reading Arts Box Office on 0118 960 6060,
in person at the Hexagon or the Old Town Hall
or click here to book online now! Carers accompanying disabled patrons go free. Group booking rates available: call 0118 939 0011 for details. Full event details can be found at Book online anytime at Please note that a booking fee may apply

Contact for further details

EMBlazoned: Body Bits and Clothing Parts in Early Modern Cultures

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Friday 28 November 2008

9.30 – 4.30

Papers (top to toe) from:

Marcus Nevitt, University of Sheffield:

‘The Politics of William Davenant’s Nose’


Nicky Hallett, University of Sheffield:

‘The Body in the Convent: The Case of the Severed Hand’


Hamish Mathison, University of Sheffield

‘The Belly and its Contents in Eighteenth-Century Scottish Poetry’


Karen Harvey University of Sheffield

‘Men of Parts, Shapes and Style: Men’s Legs in the Eighteenth Century’


Lisa Wynne Smith, University of Saskatchewan

‘Fundamental problems: Gender and Haemorrhoids in Eighteenth-Century England and France’


Catherine Richardson, University of Kent

‘Jewellery and Early Modern Identity, of How Parts Make Up the Whole’

A one-day colloquium hosted by the School of English, University of Sheffield

Pre-registration by 21 November. Convenor: Nicky Hallett,

Fee (to include lunch and drinks) £15/ £10 registered postgraduate students

Outside In / Inside Out: Shakespeare, the Globe and the Blackfriars

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Shakespeare's Globe and The American Shakespeare Center

Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 October 2008

Shakespeare's Globe and the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia,

are joining forces to present two conferences to celebrate the work of

Professor Andrew Gurr.

The first will mark the 400th anniversary of the re-acquisition of the Blackfriars

Playhouse and will take place at Shakespeare's Globe from 23 to 26 October 2008.

Professor Gurr will deliver the 2008 Theo Crosby Fellowship Lecture at 7.00pm on

Thursday 23 October.

Scholars and theatre practitioners will explore: Repertory and Space; Staging; and


Contributors will include: John Astington, Philip Bird, Ralph Cohen, Michael

Hattaway, Franklin J. Hildy, Farah Karim-Cooper, Rosalyn L. Knutson, David

Lindley, Lucy Munro, Patricia Parker, Bruce Smith and Ann Thompson.

The conference will inform the plans for the Shakespeare Globe Trust's second theatre

building, an Indoor Jacobean Theatre. The second conference will take place at the

Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton, Virginia in autumn 2009.

Conference fees for 23/24/25/26 October 2008:

£85.00 (£25.00 post-graduate concession)

Closing Date: 17 October 2008

For further details please contact Deborah Callan:

Tickets available from the Globe box office: 020 7401 9919

Old Bailey Online

A little bit late for us, but this is astonishing ...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Columbia Early Modern Seminar

Tuesday, October 14
Dr. Catherine Bates, University of Warwick
"George Turberville: The Man and His Birds"
6:00 PM
612 Philosophy Hall

Details: Molly Murray (

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

University of Reading Early Modern Seminars

Early Modern Research Centre
Seminar Programme, Autumn 2008

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

Wednesday 8 October:
Dr. Mary Morrissey (Reading), ‘Writing a History of Paul’s Cross Sermons’.

Wednesday 22 October:
Prof. Simon Dentith (Reading) 'Ben Jonson’s ‘Inviting a Friend to Supper’ and the Limits of New Historicism’.

Wednesday 19 November:
Prof. David Sacks (Reed College), ‘The Blessings of Exchange: Commerce and Commonwealth in Richard Hakluyt's Political Economy’.

Wednesday 3 December:
Dr. Jason Peacey (UCL), ‘Provincial news junkies: the circulation and consumption of civil war pamphlets’.

Convener: Dr. Michelle O’Callaghan,

Authority and Authorities

Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading: Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies 2009

The next annual meeting of the Reading conference on early modern studies will be held on 6-8 July 2009. The Reading conferences are as broadly based as possible, reflecting the most interesting developments in current research. Accordingly we welcome proposals for either complete sessions or individual papers from scholars in any discipline or any area of early modern studies, including Atlantic, European and imperial perspectives.

The informal theme of the conference in this year of particular significance for the history of monarchy (1509, 1649, 1689) will be Authority and Authorities. Plenary lectures will be arranged around this theme and papers or entire sessions on authority and authorities are particularly welcome. Participants might think of addressing the following themes:

Literary and visual representations of authority
The rituals of authority including coronations, progresses, civic entries and civic ceremonial, the punishment of malefactors
The exercise of authority by monarchy, landlords, urban, rural and colonial governors
Challenges to authority and authorities: rebellion, resistance, subversion
Patriarchialism and authority within the household
Authoritative texts (Classical, scriptural, Patristic, authorised service books and government proclamations): their uses and their circulation, in manuscript and print
the emergence of new sites of authority in cities, in print, medicine and other spheres
The basis of authority in the Reformation and post-Reformation churches
Reformations of manners and the exercise of authority over marginal groups

Proposals for panels should consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of four papers. Each panel proposal should contain the names of the session chair, the names and affiliations of the speakers and short abstracts of the papers.

A proposal for an individual paper should consist simply of a 200 word abstract of the paper with brief details of affiliation and career.

Proposals for either papers or panels should be sent by email to the chairman of the Conference Committee, Professor Richard Hoyle, by 31 January 2009,

Proposals are especially welcome from postgraduates. The conference hopes to make some money available for postgraduate bursaries. Anyone for whom some financial assistance is a sine qua non for their attendance should mention this when submitting their proposal.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Late Shakespeare: Texts and Afterlives

"That for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts. There is always a kind of contempt in the act of speaking." Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols (1888).

We are pleased to announce that a two-day conference on "Late Shakespeare: Texts and Afterlives" will take place in Trinity College Dublin on December 5th & 6th interrogating things recent, late, and belated in the study of Shakespeare. The conference is kindly supported by the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. We are delighted to announce that the plenary speaker for this event is Professor Michael Hattaway.

Many of the later quarto texts of Shakespeare's plays boast that they are copies of plays 'latelie Acted'. This conference proposes to investigate things recent, late, and belated in the work of Shakespeare. On one level the conference promotes new writing in the field of Shakespeare studies with the papers themselves being lately written. The conference also encourages an investigation of what it means for a work to be late, what happens to a text once the writing is finished, and what implications there are for an author who is writing late in his career or even who is 'late' (i.e. who is published posthumously).

To that end, the conference organisers would welcome papers that include, but are not limited to, the following themes: The writing process; 'late' trends/events that influence a text or its production; late-authorship; the relationship between the author and the text after the writing is finished; textual ephemera, marginalia, or dedication; authorship and death; bardolatry; issues of time, decay, or time-keeping in texts; the afterlife of the text; representations of the afterlife in a text; lost, forgotten, or neglected texts; performance/textual history.

Papers should be no longer than 20mins in length. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit a 100 word abstract to Dr. Andrew J. Power & Mr. Rory V. Loughnane at before November 3rd 2008. More information on the conference is available at

Monday, October 06, 2008

“Considerations of Audience in Medieval & Early Modern Studies”

Deadline Extended to 10th October 2008

Call for Papers: Postgraduate Humanities Colloquium, University of Kent, Saturday 6th December 2008

Besechyng yow that ye audience therof not disdeigne
But consider the trew intent of my hert in euery veyne

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Raluca L. Radulescu, University of Bangor

The aim of this postgraduate interdisciplinary colloquium is to explore the nature and character of audience to foster a greater understanding and utilisation of strategies that can be employed to construct audience in relation to Medieval and Early Modern studies. Ultimately audience is a topic that unites rather than divides us.

Audience forms a vital consideration for all postgraduate students of the Medieval and Early Modern Period embracing studies of literature, history, art, architecture and artefacts. The evidence and sources around which enquiries are centred, regardless of discipline, topic or approach, be those sources, textual, visual or physical are created with an intended audience in mind. This primary audience forms a significant component that is inseparable from considerations of form and function. There is also a second audience - that is the actual audience. Yet inevitably both the intended audience, who often are only a projection in the mind of the creator, and the actual audience rarely leave us the information that we seek. Thus although an appreciation of audience is encompassed in all relationships between producer and recipient(s) this appreciation and anticipated appreciation mostly has to be constructed afresh. Therefore, although identifying the Medieval & Early Modern Audience secures the foundation of our understanding of the period’s culture paradoxically this knowledge and awareness of the audience is frequently assumed with the result that neither the intended or actual audience is explored, clearly identified, or even alluded to.

Proposals for papers of strictly twenty minutes delivery are invited for this friendly, relaxed day that is particularly targeted at novice speakers. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:

The difficulties in identifying audience
Individual case studies
How important is the consideration of audience?

* Selected papers will be put forward for publication by Skepsi [the peer reviewed, interdisciplinary, online journal of European Thought & Theory in the Humanities & Social Sciences based in the University of Kent.

Please send a 200-word abstract of your proposed paper by 10th October 2008 to Gaynor Bowman at and Julia Cruse at


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The Early Modern Studies in Scotland Seminar (EMSIS)
The Scottish Institute of Northern Renaissance Studies (SINRS)
The Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (GCMRS)
present a Colloquium:

Saturday 1st November 2008

School of English and Scottish Language and Literature (SESLL)

4 University Gardens, Room 202

University of Glasgow

11 am: Arrivals and Coffee

11.30-12.45: SESSION ONE

‘Remembering Aemilia Lanyer’, Kate Chedgzoy, University of Newcastle.

‘Would the real Moll Cutpurse please stand up?: (mis)remembering Mary Frith’, Vicky Price, University of Glasgow.

12.45-1.30: lunch

1.30-2.45: SESSION TWO

‘Memory, affect and responsibility in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde’, Ruth Evans, University of Stirling.

‘“Whiles of my selfe I shall have memory”: Henry Howard and the Tudor business of remembering’, Andrew Hiscock, University of Bangor.

2.45-3.15: tea

3.15-4.30: SESSION THREE

‘Mourning and Remembering in Middleton’s Puritan Widow’, Andrew Gordon, University of Aberdeen.

‘Forgotten Ophelias: Shakespeare’s heroines behind barbed wire’, Michael Dobson, Birkbeck College, University of London.

4.30-4.45: break

4.45-5.45: SESSION FOUR

Informal round-table discussion, led by Willy Maley, University of Glasgow.

5.45: Concluding remarks and close.

NB: If you plan to come to this event, please contact Rob Maslen (, so he can get an idea of numbers. Registration will take place on arrival. We will ask for the following fee to help cover our costs: waged £10; unwaged free. Fees will be collected on the day. There are a limited number of bursaries available to help students with travel; please contact Andrew Gordon for details ( All other correspondence should be addressed to Rob Maslen.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

EMPHASIS: Early Modern Philosophy and History of Science Seminar, 2008-9

[this from Stephen Brogan]
Venue: Room ST273 unless otherwise stated, Stewart House, 2nd Floor, 32 Russell Square. Time: 2-4pm. Refreshments provided.

4 October 2008

Sven Dupré (University of Ghent)

‘Material culture and the pursuit of natural knowledge in early-seventeenth century Antwerp’.

25 October 2008

Ian Hunter (University of Queensland, Australia)

‘Cosmos and Jurisdiction in Kant’s Cosmopolitanism’.

1 November 2008

Johannes Machielsen (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford)

‘Demonology 101? Magic and the University of Leuven’.

6 December 2008

Stephen Pumfrey (University of Lancaster)

‘Galileo, Liar: Theory Ladenness, Lunar Theory and the Lunatic History of “Galileo’s Last Great Discovery”’.

10 January 2009

Aurélien Ruellet (Université de Tours)

‘Patterns and networks in the patronage of mathematics (France-England, 1625-1661)’. ok

7 February 2009

Nicholas Jardine and Natalie Kaoukji (HPS, Cambridge)

‘Wilkins’s enigmatic astronomical engraved titlepage’.

7 March 2009 (Room ST274)

Adam Mosley (University of Swansea)

‘Heaven on Earth: Cosmography and the Divine’.

4 April 2009 (Room ST274)

Marcos Martinón-Torres (University College, London)

‘Hands-on research: early modern chymistry and modern archaeology’.

2 May 2009

Angus Gowland (University College, London)

‘Melancholy and dreaming in Renaissance learning’.

6 June 2009

Rob Ralley (HPS, Cambridge)

‘Climacteric years: astrology and ageing in early modern England’.

For the most up-to-date information on the seminar please consult our website:

To be added to the EMPHASIS e-mailing list, please contact the organiser:

Dr Stephen Clucas:

Society, Culture and Belief, 1400-1800

[this from Stephen Brogan]

The programme for the academic year 2008-9 continues our series on The Senses, with the theme Touch.

Convenors: Laura Gowing (KCL), Kate Hodgkin (University of East London), Michael Hunter (Birkbeck), Miri Rubin (Queen Mary), Adam Sutcliffe (KCL).

Seminars will take place in the Ecclesiastical History Room at the Institute of Historical Research on the following Thursdays at 5.30 p.m. All are welcome!

23 October 2008 Mary Kovel (IHR)
Ecclesiastical vestments and the tradition of the untouchable priest in early modern England

6 November 2008 Dr Jonathan Durrant (University of Glamorgan)
Contaminating to the touch’: the ambiguities of touching taboos in the early modern period

20 November 2008 Dr Peter Elmer (Open University)
The politics of touch in 17th-century England

4 December 2008 Dr Melissa Hollander (Open University)

Possessions and possessing: The politics of sex and touch in the early modern church courts

22 January 2009 Dr Alex Cowan (Northumbria University)
Touching her reputation: marriage, gossip and social networks in early modern Venice

5 February 2009 Dr Willem de Blécourt (Huizinga Institute, Amsterdam)
Touching witches and the witch’s touch

19 February 2009 Professor John Walter (University of Essex)
Gesture and the politics of touch in early modern England

5 March 2009 Stephen Brogan (Birkbeck)
The sacred touch: scrofula and the restored Stuarts, 1660-88

19 March 2009 Dr Lauren Kassell (History & Philosophy of Science, Cambridge)
The magical and medical powers of touch in early modern England

Greenblatt on Comedy Central

Via S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List, Patty Winter writes that "Stephen Greenblatt...appeared on Comedy Central's show "The Colbert Report" on Thursday, Oct. 2 to discuss parallels between the U.S. presidential candidates and Shakespeare characters...The entire Oct. 2 episode is available here:

Colbert's shows are also available on iTunes.

The lead-up to the discussion with Greenblatt starts about 4:15 into the show."

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Early Modern Research Centre

University of Reading
Seminar Programme, Autumn 2008

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

Wednesday 8 October:

Dr. Mary Morrissey (Reading), 'Writing a History of Paul's Cross Sermons'.

Wednesday 22 October:

Prof. Simon Dentith (Reading) 'Ben Jonson's 'Inviting a Friend to Supper' and the Limits of New Historicism'.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

London Shakespeare Seminar

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Monday 13 October 2008, 5.30pm

Institute of English Studies, NG18, Senate House, Malet Street
(Please check noticeboard at entrance to Institute for seminar room.)

Paul Yachnin (McGill University, Montreal): Making Public Spaces in Shakespeare Theatre

Eric Langley (UCL): 'Unlike my Self, and like my Self I am: Self-fond, Self-furious': The preposterous subjects of narcissism and suicide

All welcome. Wine will be served after the papers.

For future events, please see the Institute of English Studies website. There will be London Shakespeare Seminar events in November, January, February and March.

Gordon McMullan
Professor of English, King's College London
General Editor, Arden Early Modern Drama

Department of English
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS

Early Modern Literature, Culture, and Society

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University of Birmingham

Seminar Programme 2008-2009 – Semester 1

Wed 1 October: John Jowett (Shakespeare Institute):

The Paper Trail: “The Booke of Sir Thomas Moore”

Wed 15 October: Jacqueline Eales (Christ Church, Canterbury):

National Political Culture and Provincial Preaching as a point of contact in Early Modern England

*Wed 29 October: ANNUAL LECTURE, CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN EARLY MODERN STUDIES: Susan Brigden (Lincoln College, Oxford):

To Dethrone a King: The Papal Crusade against Henry VIII

Wed 19 November: Lucy Munro (Keele University):

Archaic Shakespeare

Wed 3 December: Wendy Trevor (Birmingham):

Seneca’s De Beneficiis and Commodity Measuring Amity in Early Modern Drama

*All seminars to take place in Room 103, Arts Building, 4.15 pm, except for the CREMS annual lecture, which will take place in the Barber lecture theatre at 5.15 pm.

For further information contact Dr Alex Gajda ( or Dr Hugh Adlington (

Literature, Medicine and the Law in Early Modern England

A one-day workshop
University of Sheffield, Friday 6th Feb 2009.
Call for Papers

Key speakers: Lorna Hutson (St Andrews); Margaret Healy (Sussex)

250-word proposals are invited on any aspect of this topic. Please email these
proposals to Cathy Shrank ( by Friday 14th November 2008.
Any queries, please direct to this same email address.

Dr Cathy Shrank
Reader in Tudor Literature/Director for MA Programmes in English Literature
University of Sheffield
Sir William Empson House
Shearwood Road
Sheffield S10 2TD

The Witch of Edmonton at Dalhousie University (Oct 15-18)

Readers in Atlantic Canada may be interested in a rare revival of The Witch of
(1621) by John Ford, Thomas Dekker and William Rowley. One of the
masterpieces of English domestic tragedy, the play depicts a bigamous marriage,
an old woman who turns to witchcraft, and a lovesick clown, in three storylines
linked by a sinister devil in the shape of a black dog.

The play will be performed by the graduating class of acting students at
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, from October 15-18. The director is
Roberta Barker, professor of Theatre Studies at Dalhousie. Performances take
place in the David MacMurray Studio Theatre in the Dalhousie Arts Centre at
8.00. As seating is limited, pre-booking is strongly recommended.

Information on the production is here:

Information on dates, times, and box office is here:
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