Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Made in Italy": Faking Cultural Exchange in Shakespearean England

Bianca Calabresi, Fairleigh Dickinson University
February 13, 2009

Respondent: Julie Crawford, Columbia University

The talk will begin at *6:00pm*

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

Questions? Please contact Adam Hooks at

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March 2009

A colloquium to be held at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, to share the results of three major research projects:

The Records of Government Taxation in England and Wales: Clerical Taxes 1173-1664 (University of York, funded by the AHRC)

The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540 to 1835 (King's College, University of London, Universities of Kent and Reading, funded by the AHRC)

Cause Papers in the Diocesan Courts of the Archbishopric of York 1300-1858: a database project (University of York, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation).

The Colloquium will encompass introductions to all three databases and related papers by

Arthur Burns

Helen Carrel

Daniel Cummins

Kenneth Fincham

Simon Harris

Maureen Jurkowski

Bronach Kane

Alison McHardy

Mark Ormrod

Nia Powell

James Sharpe

Bill Sheils

Stephen Taylor

Emma Watson

Helen Watt

For further details, contact Dr Rosemary Hayes, 18 Murrayfield Drive, Edinburgh EH12 6EB; email

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Literature Beyond Words


Bruce R. Smith (USC), "Learning to Read What Silent Love Hath Writ"

Overseers Room, Huntington Library
January 31, 10am-12n

Refreshments from 9:30am, and

A Graduate Student Panel:

James J. Condon (UC-R),"Curtain, Cue, and Mask: Setting the Stage for Revenge"
Robert Stefanek (USC), "Student Spies on the Early Modern Stage"

Overseers Room, Huntington Library
January 31, 1:30-3pm

Sponsored by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute

For further information, please contact

Heather James ( or Heidi Brayman Hackel (

Friday, January 23, 2009

NYU English Early Modern Forum Events, Spring 2009

Unless otherwise noted, the Early Modern Forum meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm.

Please note that our talks will be held in various locations around NYU this semester. (Visitors from outside NYU should bring photo ID to sign into NYU buildings.)

All are welcome!

If you have questions, contact Liza Blake, elizabeth[dot]blake[at]nyu[dot]edu, or Katie Vomero, kathryn[dot]vomero[at]nyu[dot]edu.

NYU English Early Modern Forum

February 12
"The Portingale: exploring the Portuguese community in late Elizabethan London"
Alan Stewart
(Columbia University)
Silver Center, Room 503, Department of Classics, 100 Washington Square East
Co-sponsored with CELCE

February 26
Renaissance Typos and Philosophies of Chance: A Colloquium
Jacques Lezra and Juliet Fleming
19 University Place, Room 222

March 12
"Kermes Trismegistus: Dyes and Deceit in Chapman's Hellespont"
Miriam Jacobson
(Wake Forest University)
Silver Center, Room 503, Department of Classics, 100 Washington Square East

March 24 (Tuesday)
"Richard Hakluyt, Translator, and the Early Modern Global Imaginary"
Henry Turner
(Rutgers University)
19 University Place, Room 222
Co-sponsored with the Medieval and Renaissance Center (MARC)

April 30
Title TBA
Dympna Callaghan
(Syracuse University)
Location TBA
Co-sponsored with CELCE

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Faith in Shakespeare

Professor Richard McCoy (CUNY Graduate Center)
Tuesday 2/27
The Columbia Early Modern Seminar
6:30PM, 612 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University

For further information, please contact Molly Murray ( or Alan Stewart (

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Seminars in Early Modern Preaching: Regional and Parochial Preaching

3 April 2009
Constance Naden Room (103)
Department of English
University of Birmingham

09.30-10.00 Registration and Welcome

10.00-11.00 Panel 1: Politics: centre & periphery
Chair: Dr Hugh Adlington (University of Birmingham)

The Political Pulpit: ‘Scandalous’ Ministers and the Royalist Message
during the English Civil Wars
Dr Lloyd Bowen (Cardiff University)

Commemorating the 6th of August: The Jesus Day Assize Sermons in
Exeter Cathedral
Prof Jackie Eales (Canterbury Christ Church University)

11.15-11.45 Coffee/Tea

11.45-13.00 Panel 2: Ecclesiastical politics
Chair: Dr Mary Morrissey (University of Reading)

‘The Improvement of the Clergy’: The Work of Archdeacon Thomas
Sharp of Northumberland, 1723-57
Prof William Gibson (Oxford Brookes University)

Dead Men’s Quarrels: Martin Fynch’s Funeral Sermon for John
Collinges and the Grantham Dispute
Dr Penny Pritchard (University of Hertfordshire)

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.15 Panel 3: Theory and practice
Chair: Dr Gillian Wright (University of Birmingham)

Parochial and Regional Preaching in the Banbury Area: The Case of
Robert Harris
Dr Mary Ann Lund (Mansfield College, Oxford)

Richard Bernard’s Ruths Recompence: A Theory of Preaching Applied
Arlene McAlister (University of Edinburgh)

15.15-15.45 Coffee/Tea

15.45-17.30 Panel 4: Preaching & accommodation: gender, rhetoric, piety
Chair: TBA

‘The office of a man and wife’ in Donne’s marriage sermons
Dr Erica Longfellow (Kingston University)

Parochial and Elite: the sermons of Nicholas Oldisworth considered
Richard Webster (Lincoln College, Oxford)

Practising Piety from the Pulpit: Local Preaching in 1611
Professor Helen Wilcox (Bangor University)

A registration fee of £10 includes colloquium fee, morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea. Please book by Friday 27 March. For details of registration, travel and further information, please email Dr Hugh Adlington ( or Dr Mary Morrissey (

The venue address is:

Constance Naden Room (103)
First Floor, Arts Building
Department of English
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The End

Early Modern Research Centre
University of Reading

Wednesday 28 January:

Prof. Bill Sherman (York), 'The Beginning of "The End": Terminal Paratext
and the Birth of Print Culture'

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

Details: Michelle Frances OCallaghan (

Monday, January 19, 2009

Plebeian Cultures in Early Modern England: 35 Years after E. P. Thompson

Saturday, 21st February 2009
University of Warwick

This one-day conference will provide a forum for scholars who are using insights from social, cultural and political theory to reconstruct the experience of the common people in early modern England. Thirty-five years after E. P. Thompson published his pioneering article on ‘Patrician Society, Plebeian Culture’ in the Journal of Social History, an essay which has deeply influenced the historiography of early modern England, we aim to evaluate recent developments in the study of plebeian cultures by providing a forum for scholars and students alike to both celebrate and reflect critically upon Thompson’s legacy. Crucially, this will also provide the foundation for constructing a new framework for future research into the experience and mentalities of the common people in early modern England.

Speakers: Keith Wrightson (Yale), Bernard Capp (Warwick), Craig Muldrew (Cambridge), David Rollison (Sydney), John Walter (Essex), Phil Withington (Cambridge), Andy Wood (East Anglia) .

For more information, including a provisional programme and booking forms, see the website:
Or email Sue Dibben at

Note: A limited number of postgraduate bursaries are available to cover the cost of conference fees on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, January 16, 2009


c. 400 – c. 1550

School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester
8-9 June 2009

Keynote Speaker: Dr Anthony Bale (Birkbeck)

‡ Prayer, pilgrimage, sacrifice, private and public devotion ‡

All these might be safely thought to fall in to the category of ‘religion’. But does this category, particularly as it is understood by modern scholars, correspond with the practices and beliefs held by the premodern peoples we hope to understand? What were the roles of religion, belief and superstition in medieval cultures? This conference seeks to explore the boundaries of these categories, examining the diverse and often ambiguous ways in which religions, beliefs and superstitions become central to the ways in which peoples define and understand themselves and their communities. Moreover, what methodological presuppositions do twenty-first century medieval scholars bring to the study of religions and beliefs? What do we stand to learn from each other?

The conference committee invites proposals from postgraduate students and recent post-doctoral researchers in all disciplines working on any aspect of medieval cultures. Papers from researchers working on non-Christian cultures are particularly encouraged.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

• Religion and Morality
• The impact of religious dicta on the lives of ordinary people
• Philosophy and Political Thought
• Constructing religious ‘Others’
• Intersections of Muslim, Jewish and Christian Beliefs
• Deviance, Heresy, Magic, Popular Belief
• Literary and Material Culture
• Architecture, Sacred Space and its Uses
• Religion and Performance

Abstracts of no more than 250 words for 20 minute papers should be submitted to by 14 February 2009.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Early Modern Research Centre

Spring Term Seminars

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 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,

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Literature, Medicine and the Law in Early Modern England

A one-day workshop at University of Sheffield
Humanities Research Institute

Friday 6th February 2009

10.30-11: coffee, welcome

Lorna Hutson (St Andrews), Tis probable and palpable to thinking: law and likelihood in Renaissance drama

12.30-1.15: lunch

Panel 1 Moral Discourses
Jennifer Richards (Newcastle), Moralising health in the sixteenth century
Eric Langley (UCL), Trust not the physician; his antidotes are poison:
Friendly Medicine and Poisonous Friendship in Othello

2.30-3: tea

Panel 2 Languages of Authority
Daniel Andersson (Max Planck Institute) Between Feminism and Rhetoric: The scope of civil legal argumentation in Lord Henry Howard’s defence of female rule
Nicky Hallett (Sheffield), Vital Witness: Medicine and Miracle in an Early
Modern Convent

4.15-4.30: short break

Discussion of William Bullein’s Dialogue against the Fever Pestilence (1564), led by Margaret Healy (Sussex)

5.30: wine

There is no charge for this event.
To register, please contact before Wednesday 28th January.


The Birkbeck Early Modern Society

16 Jan 2009

Dr. Mike Smith, ‘William Byrd’s “Why do I vse my paper incke & pen”: a song and its context’, Clore 101.


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Shakespeare and Learning

Manchester University's The John Stachniewski Memorial Lecture.

This year’s speaker is Professor Kate McLuskie, Director of the Shakespeare Institute. Her title is ‘Shakespeare and Learning’.

The lecture will take place at 5pm on the 25th February in the Samuel Alexander Lecture Theatre. The event will be followed by a wine reception. There are maps here:

All welcome. Please circulate these details.

Dr Jerome de Groot

English and American Studies

Monday, January 05, 2009

Self-Fashioning and Community in the Early Modern University, 1500-1700

Call for Papers
Workshop at Trinity College Dublin, 14-15 May 2009

The notion that university academics recognised themselves as a distinct social category in the early modern period is one that has typically received a cautious response from historians. This is in large part a consequence of a general lacuna in existing scholarship on questions of academic social identity. In recent years, however, scholars investigating various facets of early modern academic culture have begun to fill this gap. New research presents much evidence of an increased self-consciousness among university scholars during this period and an awareness of academic social distinction and difference. This growth in academic self-consciousness coincides with the rise in the importance of the university within the confessional state. In the Holy Roman Empire, for example, the frequency of university foundation increased considerably in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a sign of the perceived and actual utility of such institutions. Inevitably, this new prominence resulted in a dispensation of agency to those responsible the university’s operation, namely the professoriate (loosely defined).

This increase in institutional power was no doubt an important factor in affecting a change in the social disposition and self-perception of university academics. Professorial social networking in this period, for example, has been found to reveal efforts to consolidate distinctly academic social power, reflecting a high level of self-recognition. Certainly, during this period a significant increase in representational output from universities is evident. Academic self-characterisations are ubiquitous in this output which has a wide formal range from the ceremonial to the architectural, from printed pamphlets to funeral monuments. It will be the purpose of this workshop to explore these representational practices. In particular, participants will be asked to consider the relationship between the fashioning of individual scholarly identities, representations of an academic social category and the generation of university-based academic communities in this period. Papers presented at the workshop should be revised subsequently for the purposes of publication in an edited volume.

Proposals for papers on relevant topics are now being sought. Interested scholars should submit an abstract of c. 400 words to Dr Richard Kirwan ( by 9th February 2009.

The workshop is being organised by Dr Richard Kirwan of NUI, Maynooth ( and Dr Crawford Gribben of Trinity College Dublin ( The workshop is being sponsored by the arts and humanities research institute for Trinity College Dublin, the Long Room Hub, and is held in association with the International Commission for the History of Universities.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

"Play'd to Great Applause"

Early Modern Audience and Audiences of Early Modern Drama

Editors seek articles of 5000-7000 words, including notes, for a proposed book-length collection entitled "Play'd to Great Applause": Early Modern Audience and Audiences of Early Modern Drama

We seek essays discussing the behaviors, beliefs, attitudes or composition of either contemporary or current audiences of early modern drama. Part One will look at audiences from 1580-1640, while Part Two will focus on late-twentieth and twenty-first century productions of early modern drama. This collection will focus on live performance, not film and television productions.

Articles may address such issues as:

. the audience and civic pageants
. the audience and dumb shows
. the audience and censorship
. the audience and other "entertainments" (hangings, bear-baitings, and sermons)
. antitheatrical tracts' definition of audience
. actors as audience, audience as actors
. cult of personality
. power of the spectator
. non-Shakespearean plays and the modern viewer
. Shakespeare festivals
. modern staging in reconstructed theatres (London Globe)
. directing the early modern play for the 21st century audience

We welcome submissions from scholars, actors, directors, and others.
Send detailed proposals and brief CVs by January 31, 2009 to both editors, preferably electronically. Completed essays will be expected by May 31, 2009.

Annalisa Castaldo, Humanities Division, 1 University Place, Widener University, Chester, PA 19050

Rhonda Knight, Department of Communications, Language, and Literature, 300 E. College Ave., Coker College, Hartsville, SC 29550
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