Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Henry VIII and the Tudor Court, 1509-2009

Conference to be held at Hampton Court Palace on 13-15 July 2009.


Tickets will go on sale on 19 January 2009.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Early Modern Research Centre

University of Reading
Seminar Programme, Spring 2009

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

Wednesday 14 January:
Prof. Susan Wiseman (Birkbeck), 'Survival of the Pagan Dogs? Metamorphosis at the Borders of Reception'

Wednesday 28 January:
Prof. Bill Sherman (York), ‘The Beginning of “The End”: Terminal Paratext and the Birth of Print Culture’

Wednesday 11 February:
Prof. Alan Cromartie (Reading), ‘The Mind of William Laud’

Wednesday 25 February:
Dr. Mark Towsey (Liverpool), 'Philosophically Playing the Devil: Readers' Responses to David Hume and the Scottish Enlightenment'

Wednesday 11 March:
Prof. Stephen Taylor (Reading) and Dr. Hannah Smith (St. Hilda’s, Oxford), 'Alexander and Hephaestion: Lord Hervey, Frederick Prince of Wales, and the royal favourite in 1730s England'.

Convener: Dr. Michelle O’Callaghan,

Friday, December 12, 2008

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.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Milton on Radio 3

Nightwaves, with Philip Dodd, on Samson Agonistes

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Happy Birthday Milton!

Eagleton on Milton, with Pullman reading from Paradise Lost ....

Monday, December 08, 2008

Antonia Fraser

The Birkbeck Early Modern Society is pleased to announce that Lady Antonia Fraser will be their Christmas speaker this year.

The topic will be ‘Is Historical Biography Worth It?’ and the talk will take place on 12 December 2008 at 6:30 pm. The event is free to members of the Birkbeck Early Modern Society, non-members £3, Membership £5. (Room B35, Malet Street, London)

As with our previous December lectures, our end-of-term Christmas party will follow. (Room 405, Malet Street).


A real skull, on stage with David Tenant ...

Friday, December 05, 2008

Institute of Historical Research


Convenors: Philip Broadhead, Peter Campbell, Filippo de Vivo, John Henderson, Julian Swann, Roger Mettam

Mondays at 17.00 in the Low Countries Room of the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), Senate House, Malet Street, LONDON WC1E 7HU

Building on last year’s success we are again placing a special emphasis on comparison, roughly every other session, in order to encourage greater discussion from a wider audience.

Autumn 2008

8 December comparative Professor Evelyn Welch (QMUL) and Dr Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge), ‘Dressing Early Modern Europe: A Comparative Approach’

Spring 2009

12 January comparative Professor James Collins (Georgetown), ‘State and Commonwealth in Early Modern Europe: The French Case in a Comparative Framework’

26 January comparative Dr Matthew Shaw (British Library and Birkbeck), ‘Show and Tell: Exhibiting the Old and New World in the Eighteenth Century’

9 February Professor Mia Rodriguez-Salgado (LSE), ‘The Duke of Alba in Italy’

23 February comparative Professor Alessandro Pastore (University of Verona), ‘Fear of Poison in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy’

9 March TBC

Summer 2009

27 April comparative Professor Hal Cook (The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL), ‘Not Comparisons but Interactions: How the Dutch Tried to Master East Asian Medicine in the 17th Century?’

11 May Giora Sternberg (Oxford), ‘Cultural Codes, Social Order, and Micro-Politics: Status Interaction at the Time of Louis XIV’

18 May comparative Professor Stuart Carroll, Dr Mark Bryant and Dr Peter Campbell, Round table to mark Roger Mettam’s 70th Birthday

‘Power and faction at the early modern court’

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Literary London 2009

Representations of London in Literature: An Interdisciplinary Conference
9-10th July 2009

Hosted by the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London. Organised by the University of Northampton, Kingston University, and Queen Mary, University of London.

Abstracts of 200 words for 20-minute papers by Friday 27 March 2009 to:

Proposals for comprised panels of three speakers are also welcome.


Dr Adam Hansen
Lecturer in English
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Northumbria University
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne

News junkies

University of Reading, Early Modern Research Seminar, Wednesday 3 December

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

Convener: Dr. Michelle O’Callaghan,

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