Thursday, November 27, 2008

Representing the British Civil Wars 1660-2009

Adaptation, Reflection, Transmission, Debate
University of Manchester, 4-6 December, 2009

Call for Papers

This conference considers the ways in which the conflict period of the 1640s and 1650s have been manifest in culture, political thought, historiography and popular imagination, from Southey’s Life of Oliver Cromwell to Clarendon, from To Kill a King to the imminent film of Paradise Lost. The conference looks at cultural appropriation and the ways in which particular representational tropes have been developed and perpetuated.

Sessions and panels might consider immediate post-Restoration versions of the conflict, or consider how radical theories of liberty and rights influenced political philosophy during the eighteenth century. Why is the notion of civil dispute still so potent in British culture, and why is the Cavalier/ Roundhead binary so difficult to get rid of? How have the complexities of the conflict been represented? What of the complex and continuing historiography? Which cultural clichés have become associated with the wars of this period? How have writers, dramatists, novelists, poets and filmmakers adapted texts from the time and how have they imagined the period?

Papers might consider the versions of the war found in popular novels, in drama, in film and in poetry, portraiture and song. Of particular interest might be the following: Iain Pears, David Kinloch, Cromwell, Witchfinder General, Great Britons, Tristram Hunt, popular historical writing, The Devil’s Whore, Scott’s Woodstock, Antonia Fraser, documentary series, docudrama, By the Sword Divided, historiographical paradigms (conflict/ contention, civil war/ revolution/ war of three kingdoms), wargames, boardgames, adaptation, bespoke computer game hacks, museums and exhibits.

Please send abstracts (300 words) or panel proposals by April 30 to

Dr Jerome de Groot
English and American Studies
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL
0161 275 3170

Monday, November 24, 2008

Shakespeare’s Globe Postgraduate Seminar

[this via the LRS]
Early modern indoor and outdoor playing spaces and staging practices
6-8pm 15th December 2008

We invite papers (15-20 minutes in length) on the early modern playing at indoor and outdoor playhouses for the third postgraduate seminar held at Shakespeare’s Globe. Papers may include discussion of repertory, theatre space, staging, lighting, music, playwrights and texts at indoor and outdoor theatres. Issues speakers may want to address include:

• Arguments for and against a tangible difference between indoor and outdoor playing
• Plays which offer an insight into the staging conditions at indoor or outdoor playhouses
• Playwrights who wrote for specific playing spaces
• Visual or aural staging effects

Last month, Shakespeare’s Globe held ‘Outside In/Inside Out – Shakespeare, the Globe and Blackfriars’ a conference on the issues of indoor and outdoor playing in honour of Professor Andrew Gurr. In 2009, the American Shakespeare Centre in Virginia Staunton will hold the second part of this conference at the reconstructed Blackfriars. We hope that this seminar will be an opportunity for postgraduate community to address and respond to the same issues that these major conferences have and will cover.

Please send 200 word abstract to by Monday 8th December 2008.

Best Wishes,

Sarah Dustagheer and Gwilym Jones.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Private Parts: Early Modern Bodies, Spaces and Texts

The Early Modern Interdisciplinary Group of the City University of New York Graduate Center invites abstract submissions for its annual conference
Friday, April 3, 2009

In 1860, Jacob Burckhardt asserted that the English Renaissance witnessed the emergence of the individual. This new “private man” operated in two distinctly different spheres—maintaining a public face while experiencing a sense of privacy not compatible with medieval sanctions. Though Burckhardt’s arguments have met opposition and criticism, the dialectic of public and private realms has remained a force in early modern scholarship, with recent work addressing issues of privacy from material culture, feminist, queer and textual perspectives. This conference aims to interrogate this dialectic as it manifests in early modern literature, art, architecture, culture, music, science and philosophy. How do our notions of privacy impact our study of Renaissance life? Did privacy mean the same thing for men as for women? How did the emergence of private rooms shape notions of personal privacy or intimacy? In what ways did the rise of private reading change the dissemination and reception of texts?

Topics for papers or panels might include, but are not limited to:

∑ private chambers
∑ diaries and letters
∑ domesticity
∑ apocrypha, palimpsests and deleted scenes
∑ the study, the studiolo and the reading room
∑ body image, body parts
∑ private art and book collections
∑ silent reading
∑ the hidden and unseen
∑ the forbidden and taboo
∑ medical studies of the body
∑ self-fashioning vs. the private self
∑ covert organizations
∑ the private person
∑ hermetic life
∑ private or underground worship
∑ spying and violating privacy
∑ quarantines, hospitals, and asylums
∑ private chapels and prayer spaces
∑ privilege and privacy
∑ life-writing
∑ manuscript circulation
∑ backstage/off-stage action
∑ clandestine relationships
∑ clothing the body

Please send abstracts of 250 words to by January 15, 2009.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


The next Early Modern Reading Group will meet on Thursday 4 December, at 6.30pm, in the Skinners Arms, Judd Street WC1. We'll look at January, February and March (or more if you like) from Spenser's The Shepheardes Calender (1579). There's an edition here:


Wednesday, November 19, 2008


School of Arts and Humanities
Lecturer in Renaissance Literature
Starting salary: £31,514, rising annually to £34,435
This is a fixed-term appointment from 1 September 2009 to 9 January 2011


researching and publishing at a level commensurate with entry in the Brookes submission to the REF

attracting external funding to support personal research

contributing to curriculum development in renaissance literature

teaching and assessing renaissance literature

contributing to the administration of the undergraduate programme

an active and on-going programme of research appropriate for entry in the Brookes submission to the REF

an ability to make a contribution to the research culture of the school

an ability to secure external funding for personal research

research and teaching expertise in any renaissance literature

a PhD or equivalent in renaissance literature or a closely-related discipline

experience of teaching and researching in higher education

Closing date: 12 December 2008
Ref: 426/16665/MM
Apply online at or contact Human Resources
Tel: 01865 484537 (answerphone) Minicom: 01865 485928

"No other but a woman's reason": Women on Shakespeare


[this via S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List]

It is a common practice nowadays to look at various areas of academic activity
from a gender-specific perspective. However, a publication that would focus on
often marginalized women, standing in the shadow of Shakespeare's genius and his
male commentators' fame, as far as we know, has never been ventured. Thus, our
aim is to illuminate these often neglected, forgotten and seldom appreciated
women placing them in the spotlight of attention on the international stage.

We are planning to publish a collection of essays devoted to Shakespeare and
women -- women who made a significant contribution to Shakespearean studies and
performance as actresses, directors, designers, translators, and scholars.

We expect essays ca 5000 words (or 15 pages), in MLA format, with all the titles
and references in foreign languages to be translated into English. Illustrations
and photographs are welcome, but please remember to include copy right waivers
for any images.

The deadline for proposals is 30 March 2009, however, we would appreciate your
earlier response concerning your contribution and possibly an abstract of your

Your suggestions, response, enquiries about contributions should be addressed to
Prof. dr hab. Krystyna Kujwinska Courtney at or Dr Katarzyna
Kwapisz Williams at

British and Commonwealth Studies Department Institute of International Studies
University of Lodz
ul. Narutowicza 59a
90-131 Lodz, Poland
Phone: (+48) 42 665 515, Fax: (+48) 42 665 516

Newberry Library Fellowships in the Humanities, 2009-2010

The Newberry Library, an independent research library in Chicago,
Illinois, invites applications for its 2009-2010 Fellowships in the
Humanities. Newberry Library fellowships support research in residence
at the Library, and all proposed research must be appropriate to the
collections (excluding the Terra Foundation Fellowship and certain
short-term awards). Our fellowship program rests on the belief that all
projects funded by the Newberry benefit from engagement both with the
materials in the Newberry's collections and with the lively community of
researchers that gathers around those collections. Long-term residential
fellowships are available for periods of six to eleven months to
postdoctoral scholars who must hold the Ph.D. at the time of
application. The stipend for these fellowships ranges from $25,500 to
$70,000. In 2008-2009 the Library inaugurated a new Terra Foundation for
American Art Fellowship in Art History carrying an academic-year stipend
of $70,000 for a full professor (or its equivalent outside the academy)
and $50,400 for all other awardees. Short-term residential fellowships
are intended for postdoctoral scholars or Ph.D. candidates from outside
the Chicago area who have a specific need for Newberry collections. The
tenure of short-term fellowships varies form one week to two months. The
amount of the award is generally $1600 per month. Applications for
long-term fellowships are due January 12, 2009; applications for most
short-term fellowships are due March 2, 2009. For more information or to
download application materials, visit our website at:

If you would like materials sent to you by mail, write to the Committee
on Awards, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610-3380. If you have
questions about the fellowships program, contact
or (312) 255-3666.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

‘Church, State and Toleration’

Convener: Dr Eliane Glaser

Council Room
Ground Floor, main building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

Saturday, 29th November 2008, 1.30-5.30pm

(please note change of room)

This seminar will explore connections between the church-state relationship and religious diversity, in the early modern period and today. To what extent are 16th- and 17th-century debates about religious toleration concerned with the structural arrangement of sacred and secular jurisdictions? And how can research on the early modern period shed light on contemporary debates about religious discord and the place of religion within civil society?

Alan Cromartie, University of Reading: ‘Church, state, and reason’

Feisal Mohamed, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: ‘Donne's Pseudo-Martyr and the Challenges of Liberal Toleration in a Climate of Terror’

Ann Hughes, Keele University: ‘Understanding Intolerance: Presbyterian campaigns in the 1640s’

Michael Questier, Queen Mary, University of London: ‘Apostates’

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 For further information about this event please contact

El viejo celoso/The Jealous Old Man

by Miguel Cervantes, in a new translation by John O'Neill,
Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín / The Love of Don Perlimplín, by Federico García Lorca. A new version by John O’Neill

[these details via the LRS]

The Department of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies, King's College, London presents a semi-staged performance.

Wednesday 10th December - 8pm
Thursday 11th December - 8pm
Friday 12th December - 6pm and 8.30pm


The Old Anatomy Museum
6th Floor, Strand Building
King’s College London, The Strand, WC2

The combined duration of the performances is approximately 90 minutes including interval. Tickets are free but are available on a limited basis so we will obviously try to accomodate everyone's requests. To reserve a place via email please contact:

Friday, November 14, 2008


University of Reading Early Modern Research Centre

Wednesday 19 November:

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

5 pm in the Seminar Room, Graduate School in Arts and Humanities, Old Whiteknights House. All Welcome.

Convener: Dr. Michelle O’Callaghan,

Thursday, November 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 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

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sexing the Book

The English Graduate Students Association of McGill University is
pleased to announce its 15th annual Graduate Conference on Language
and Literature. This year’s conference is entitled “Sexing the Book:
Bodies, Texts, Practices.” The conference will be held in Montreal,
Canada on March 27-29th, 2009.

From Chaucer to Butler and beyond, writers, critics, and theorists of
English literature have been writing about sex in conventional as well
as controversial ways. The recent scholarly interest in sexual
practices and sex work has not only reemphasized the material nature
of sexual acts; it has also offered detailed and fascinating views of
human sexuality’s particular socio-historical forms. The study of sex
in literature contributes towards our understanding of the cultures in
which the texts we study are produced and consumed. It also raises
important questions about the nature of human inwardness and social
relationships, as well as aesthetic creation. How do literary
representations of sex reflect the socio-historical moment of a text’s
creation? How, if at all, can we distinguish between pornographic
texts and ‘literature’? How can we/do we read sexually-suggestive
lacunae in our texts? In what ways is the literary text itself a
sexualized body? What problems arise when discussing/representing a
physical act in the nonphysical medium of language? We invite and
encourage panels on writing of any genre or period, on a broad range
of topics relating to sexual practices and their representation(s) in

Possible topics might include:

Literary representations of sex work
Textual representations of sexual practices
Pornography as/and/vs. literature
Sex and technology
Sex and the spirit: sex and sin, religious ecstasy, libido
Sex and gender
Sexual spaces: brothels and bawdy houses, sex and/in the home, sex clubs
Sociology of sex: infidelity, monogamy, polygamy, polyandry, incest
and other taboos
Censorship and criminalization
Sex and health/disease
Critical theory on sex: feminist criticism, queer and gender studies,
power and discourse
Sexual metaphors of literary creativity

Please send panel proposals (300 words) via email to Emily at or to Sara at by
Friday, November 21st, 2008. Approved panels will then be posted on
the UPenn site by the beginning of December, along with a general call
for papers.

Monday, November 10, 2008

"My Self, My Sepulchre: Melancholy and Masculinity in Samson Agonistes"

Prof. Drew Daniel, The Johns Hopkins University


Thursday, November 14 (note, NOT our usual Tuesday!)
6:00 PM
612 Philosophy Hall

Details: Molly Murray,

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Region, Religion and Early Modern Literature: A One-Day Conference

Institute of English Studies, University of London, 2 April 2009

Keynote Speakers: Tom Healy, Willy Maley

Confirmed Speakers include: Rebecca Bailey, Francisco J. Borge, Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen, Helen Hackett

Thanks to the generous support of the Society for Renaissance Studies, a number of postgraduate travel bursaries are available for postgraduates wishing to participate in this event. Preference will be given to those postgraduates speaking at the conference; to this end, the conference organiser is republishing the CFP (see below), and interested postgraduate students are requested to submit a proposal by 28 November 2008. Further information is available from the conference organiser.

Call For Papers: The first decade of the twenty-first century has witnessed an explosion of interest in religious texts and communities among scholars of early modern literature. While this is in part a reaction to global politics – religious politics have been in the media spotlight for the best part of the decade – the intensity of the interest also derives from more local concerns, from a professional dissatisfaction with the failure of earlier generations of historicist critics to illuminate fully the relationship between religion and literature in the early modern period.

This one-day conference aims to build on this renewed interest in early modern religion, to explore the significance of ‘regional’ religious and/or textual communities in early modern Britain and Ireland. Papers are sought which address the conference themes, although contributions will be particularly welcome which focus on any of the following: the development of sectarian identities and/or religious intolerance; the relationship between the ‘religious’ and the ‘secular’; the network of discourses surrounding religion, ethnicity and culture which emerge in the early modern period and/or their links with contemporary issues; the regional context of both canonical writers and lesser-known texts and communities; the political/intellectual implications of critical/historical methodology.

250-300 word proposals should be sent to the conference organiser by 28 November 2008.

Conference Organiser: Dr David Coleman, School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University, UK (

Enquiries: Jon Millington, Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1 7HU; tel +44 (0) 207 664 4859; email

‘Republican exchanges, c.1550-c.1850’

Thursday 16-Saturday 18 July 2009
Newcastle University

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Sharon Achinstein (University of Oxford)

Professor Paul Hamilton (Queen Mary, University of London)

Professor Markku Peltonen (University of Helsinki)

Dr. Phil Withington (University of Cambridge)

Professor Blair Worden (Royal Holloway, University of London)

The history of republicanism in the long early modern period is a topic of the last sixty years. Almost completely unexamined before the publication of Zera Fink’s monograph The Classical Republicans (1945) the field has since expanded dramatically. Yet, despite the wealth of works, the focus of investigations into republican ideas between the sixteenth and early nineteenth centuries has been too narrowly defined and there are important issues and areas that remain insufficiently explored. Scholarly effort has focused on developing a canon of sources, but, as a consequence, the variety of contexts in which republican ideas were disputed and adapted is still not fully understood, and the range of participants often overlooked. Moreover, relatively little attention has been paid to the exchange of republican ideas both within and across national boundaries and, indeed, over time. The aim of this conference is, therefore, to open up the discussion of republicanism and to explore the variety of uses to which the vocabulary of republicanism was put in different times and places as well as the transmission, reception and transformation of republican ideas. We are concerned with these ideas as they were experienced and utilised in a wide range of contexts rather than with an approach which defines republicanism in terms of its agreement with the tenets of classical sources.

To facilitate this, the chronological, geographical and disciplinary range of this conference will be broad. The period covered will extend from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries and panels will be organised thematically rather than chronologically to facilitate discussion across the centuries. Similarly our intention is not simply to focus on British, European or American republicanism, but to explore similarities, differences and interrelationships between republican thought and practice in these places.

Questions we envisage our speakers and delegates addressing include:

• How useful are the labels ‘republican’ and ‘republicanism’?

• How is the word ‘republic’ used in different contexts?

• How are republican ideas represented by groups with different political interests?

• Are there different vernacular republican traditions?

• Are there distinct vocabularies for describing what we might recognise as ‘republicanism’?

• How does the meaning of key political terms associated with ‘republicanism’ (e.g. ‘reason’, ‘law’, ‘interest’, ‘virtue’) change over time?

We welcome proposals for papers (of twenty minutes in length) not just from historians and literary scholars, but also from lawyers, philosophers, art historians and those working in other disciplines. Proposals of 300 words should be e-mailed to by Friday 30 January 2009.

Dr. Ruth Connolly

Dr. Rachel Hammersley

Professor Jennifer Richards

Dr. Michael Rossington

Medieval and Early Modern Studies @ Newcastle

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Reading Material: Technology, Text, Interpretation

Chetham's Library Postgraduate Conference - January 23rd, 2009

With Keynote Speaker Professor William H. Sherman

Call for Papers

We invite postgraduate students from any discipline to submit
abstracts on aspects of their book history related research.
Submissions that respond to the title 'Reading Material: Technology, Text,
Interpretation' in any way are welcomed; but some issues you may wish to
consider include:

.The effects of technology on the material nature of texts in any
historical period. Are concepts such as the 'book' losing their
currency in contemporary culture and scholarship?
.The methods & approaches needed to successfully read material. How do
established fields of enquiry act as a help or hindrance for
interpreting text? Does reading material present a challenge to what have
become established fields of study?
.The benefits of a reading of materiality. What sorts of novel
interventions in critical discourse can the interpretation of material

Participants might reflect on the place of texts in museums, archives and
libraries and their curation, collection and interpretation; the concept
of ownership, copyright & materiality; the role of multiple agencies
involved in the production of texts - publishers, authors, readers and
others - and how these may affect the form, function and reception of the
text; the emergence of digital fictions, hypertext, e-libraries, or the
implications of technology for archiving.

This one-day conference is intended to foster intellectual and social
interaction and we look forward to a diverse range of responses to these

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words to Christopher Plumb - and Irene Huhulea - by Friday, 14 November.
Participation in this conference has been generously funded by The
University of Manchester School of Arts, Histories, and Cultures, and the
Bibliographical Society. Lunch will be provided at the Manchester
Cathedral Refectory. Please join us after the conference for a wine
reception at Chetham's.

‘Mal occhio’: Looking Awry at the Renaissance

Saturday, 29 November 2008
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

In art history, the Vasarian paradigm of perfection has dominated the study of the centuries grouped under the concept of rinascita, or, since the nineteenth century, the period term Renaissance. The idealising view of the Renaissance has been challenged by scholars working in the wake of writers such as Aby Warburg and Michel Foucault and this conference aims to continue questioning the humanist construct of the “civilisation of the Renaissance”. It will do so in part by examining alternative temporalities – models of time (anachronism, archaism, Nachleben) that disrupt familiar categorisations. It will consider what is at stake in the “Renaissance” as a period label and how it has been positioned against the “Early Modern”: should modernity be unmasked? Looking at the overlooked, the in-between, and the repressed, the papers presented will consider the discrepancies, disjunctions, and interferences that disrupt master narratives and destabilise comforting perspectives on specific artists or works of art. Reflecting upon concepts of time, space, and memory in the material histories of the period, some of the issues to be addressed include: What use can we make of period labels? Are certain materials still excluded from the culture of the Renaissance? How can we rethink artistic experience within the spatio-temporal reconfiguration of the “Old” World and “New” World? Have new hierarchies been instituted in the study of “Renaissance” art? If so what are they and what critical paths can we take?

To book a place: £15 (£10 concessions) Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, clearly stating that you wish to book for the ‘Mal’Occhio: Looking Awry at the Renaissance conference’. For credit card bookings call 020 7848 2785/2909. For further information, send an e-mail to

9.00 – 9.30
9.30 – 9.45
Welcome and Introduction: Patricia Rubin
9.45 – 13.00
Morning Session – Chair: Alison Wright (UCL)
9.45 – 10.15
Christopher Heuer (Princeton University), 'Hieronymus Cock (d. 1570) and the Decay of Reference'
10.15 – 10.45
Alexander Nagel (NYU, New York), ‘Alternative Antiquities in the Renaissance’
10.45 – 11.15
11.15 – 11.45
Alina Payne (Harvard University and Max Planck Institute, Rome), Renaissance Periodisation and the Materiality of Architecture’
11.45 – 12.15
Ulrich Pfisterer (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich), ‘Downcast Eyes or Renaissance Sex Reborn’
12.15 – 13.00
13.00 – 14.30
14.30 – 18.00
Afternoon Session – Chair: Rose-Marie San Juan (UCL)
14.30 – 15.00
Robert Maniura (Birkbeck College, University of London), 'Image, Ritual, Miracle'
15.00 – 15.30
Francisco Prado-Vilar (Universidad Complutense, Madrid), ‘Painting the Arrival: Granada, America, Jerusalem and the Last World Emperor’
15.30 – 16.00
16.00 – 16.30
Rebecca Zorach (University of Chicago), 'Revolution and Renaissance'
16.30 – 17.00
Jill Burke (University of Edinburgh), 'The Renaissance Brand: Teaching, Research and the Bottom Line'
17.00 – 18.00
Concluding remarks: Maria Loh (UCL)

Monday, November 03, 2008




Although public opinion in Kent has been depicted as strongly anti-Parliament in the aftermath of the Second Civil War, a petition calling for the trial and execution of the King was circulated in the county early in January 1649. It attracted 1,135 signatures including some of the town councillors of Canterbury, Sandwich and Hythe and members of independent church congregations. Their names were headed by William Kenwricke of Boughton under Blean, who was one of the five representatives from Kent to the Nominated or Barebones Parliament of 1653. The petition has been regarded as a fraud, but it can also be argued that the petition demonstrates that there was active, but limited, support for the regicide in Kent.

To contextualise the Kent Petition a day conference will be held at Canterbury Christ Church University, on Saturday 7th February 2009.

PARTICIPANTS: Professor Barry Coward, (Birkbeck London University), Professor Jackie Eales (CCCU), Professor Clive Holmes (Oxford), Professor Ann Hughes (Keele University), Dr Jason Peacey, (University College, London), Dr Stephen Rowlstone (CCCU). Speakers will address the petition, the trial, the Kent regicides, and the justification of civil war and regicide by Parliamentarian preachers.

Registration for the conference costs £12 (£8-50p for postgraduates), lunch will be available at a further cost of £10-50p. For further details and registration form please contact Professor Jackie Eales, History Department, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU. E-mail:

Young Milton Conference.

Worcester College Oxford, 24-26 March 2009

Young Milton will concentrate on the early poetry and prose writings of John Milton, the former published as ‘Poems 1645’, and the latter confined to the rash of anti-prelatical tracts that appeared from May 1641.

The aim of the conference is to gather an international field scholars working on the early poetry and prose writings of John Milton in order to share, discuss, and publish new knowledge in a volume of essays that will shape the study of Milton’s early writings for the foreseeable future.

Contributors are invited to send an abstract of no more than 250 to Dr
James Kelly, Worcester Oxford, by 19 December 2008.
Papers should last no more than 20 minutes.

Gordon Campbell Leicester
Warren Chernaik King’s College, London
Tom Corns Bangor
Karen Edwards Exeter
Roy Flannagan University of South Carolina, Beaufort
John Hale University of Otago
Margaret Kean St Hilda’s College, Oxford
Edward Jones Oklahoma State University
John Leonard University of Western Ontario
Diane McColley Rutgers
Annabel Patterson Yale
Stella Revard University of Southern Illinois
Jonathan Sawday Strathclyde
Nigel Smith Princeton
Andrew Zurcher Queens' College, Cambridge

For Further Details:

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Greenblatt on Shakespeare ...

APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature and Culture

Volume Two: Dialogues & Exchanges (writers/readers/texts/fields)

Call for Abstracts & Articles: APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature and Culture,, seeks new work addressing the theme of dialogues & exchanges (writers/readers/texts/fields). How and why do literary texts emerge and change within and against fields of cultural production? Or, alternately: how and why do social forces or technologies shape distinctive modes and forms of literary art? Or, antithetically: how and why do literary works celebrate or challenge cultural narratives? Beyond such chiastic formulations, what other factors (e.g. audience, gender, identity, occasion, politics) also contribute to the dialogues & exchanges that literary texts invite and receive? Comparative, interdisciplinary, and trans-historical approaches are encouraged. APPOSITIONS is an electronic, peer-reviewed, international, annual conference and consequent digital journal for studies in Renaissance/early modern literature and culture. APPOSITIONS is an open-access, independently managed conference and journal. ISSN forthcoming.

Conference Abstracts (200-words): November, 2008.

Conference Proposals (500-words): January, 2009.

E-Conference: February, 2009.

Manuscripts (articles): November, 2008-March, 2009.

Journal Publication: May, 2009.

Guidelines: APPOSITIONS seeks submissions simultaneously on both tracks: abstracts and proposals for the e-conference; and articles for Volume Two of the journal. Selected proposals/presentations from the e-conference will be solicited as completed articles for submission and review. Article manuscripts may also be submitted separately from the e-conference.

Electronic Submissions: Submissions should be attached as a single .doc, .rtf, .pdf or .txt file. Visuals should be attached individually as .jpg, .gif or .bmp files. Please include the words "Appositions Submission" in the subject line of your message.
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