Thursday, April 30, 2009

Shakespeare, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

A conference entitled 'Shakespeare, Ireland, Scotland, Wales' will be held in Trinity College Dublin on June 23rd. This event is sponsored by the Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies (CISCS). Confirmed distinguished speakers include:

Professor Willy Maley (University of Glasgow)
Professor Andrew Murphy (University of St. Andrews)

We are currently seeking 250 word abstracts from potentially interested speakers (final deadline 22nd May). Papers given at the conference will be 25-30 minutes long.

Papers are sought on any of the following themes:

This conference will investigate representations of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in Shakespeare's writing. Papers will be welcomed on any of the following subjects: the construction of national and cultural identities – "non-Englishness"; politicized writing and satire; characterisation and stereotyping; the Essex crisis; the incumbency conflict and the Stuart line; colonial discourse; Ireland/Scotland/Wales and the New World; subjectivity in historical renderings; censorship; Shakespeare's sources and contemporary writing on Ireland/Scotland/Wales; and Irish, Scottish, or Welsh productions of Shakespeare.
If you have any further queries, please don't hesitate to contact us at or

Further details and speaker updates are available at

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Rory Loughnane & Crawford Gribben

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate

Professor Blair Worden

Friday 8 May 2009 at 5.30pm

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
University College London

‘Roger Machado, a life in objects’

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton,

and Southampton Museum of Archaeology

AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award

Roger Machado was probably of Portuguese origin, but first comes into
English records in the Netherlands as Herald to Henry Richmond, later
Henry VII. As Clarenceaux King of Arms, he was sent on a number of
diplomatic missions, but he also became Searcher of Customs for
Southampton, and was involved in the arrest of Perkin Warbeck.

During excavations in 1976, the site of his house in the old commercial
district of the city of Southampton yielded large quantities of very
high quality Venetian glass, and French and Italian ceramics. The
student's research project will bring analysis of these material remains
to bear on the documentary records, relating the story of Machado's
official life as herald and customs officer to his economic and domestic
life as an immigrant and merchant living in Southampton. In addition to
the thesis, the project will result in a new exhibition in the Museum of
Archaeology, and an outreach programme to schools.

The supervisors are Professor Ros King (English), Professor Anne Curry
(History), Professor Matthew Johnson (Archaeology), and Duncan Brown for
the Southampton Museum of Archaeology.

Required: a good 2.1 honours degree and an MA (or equivalent) in any
relevant discipline, and a willingness to undertake interdisciplinary
research. There may be scope for creative writing in the dissemination
of the research findings, should the successful student’s skills also
lie in that direction.

The award consists of full fees plus a stipend (currently £12,940 per
annum) for three years, commencing in October 2009.

For further details please see the full description of the project
or e-mail

Application is by cv; sample of written work (5,000 words, max); and
covering letter, explaining why you feel you are suitable for this
research project. Please also arrange for two academic references to be
sent independently by the deadline. All material should be sent to

Deadline: 18 May 2009

Interviews will take place on the morning of 27 May.

*The Renaissance and Early Modern Horse*

Roehampton University

Provisional Programme

Friday 19 June 2009

10.00-11.0 Registration and Welcome

11.00-12.45 Cultural Horses
Esther Münzberg: Images of horses in the illustrated book of H.R.E. Charles V and the baroque Viennese book

Sarah Cantor: Caravaggio's horses: conflicting ideals in the two versions of the conversion of St. Paul

Kevin de Ornellas: "Passively overwhelmed": a post-Freudian analysis of Venture's reckless horse-racing in James Shirley's /Hide Parke/ Lunch

14.00-15.45 Horsemanship

Elspeth Graham: William Cavendish, Bolsover Castle and a general history of horsemanship

Elisabetta Deriu: Rare early modern documents on horses and horsemanship from the manuscript collection of the Institut de France in Paris

Donna Landry: Early Ottoman horsemanship and Ottoman difference

15.45-16.15 Tea

16.15-18.0 Training and Treating

Pia Cuneo: Visual aids: equestrian iconography and the training of horse, rider and reader in 17th. century German books of horsemanship

Lucy Worsley The material culture of the manège

Louise Curth The most excellent of animal creatures: health care for horses

18.30-19.30 Reception
20.0- Conference Dinner: Munal Restaurant. West Putney

Saturday 20 June 2009

09.30-11.15: Horse-Human Natures

Erica Fudge: The language of horses

Sonja Fielitz: "Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them ...": Representations of horses on the early modern stage

Gabriel Egan: " 'Ride me as you would be rid': the horse in Brome and Heywood's /The Witches of //Lancashire///

11.15-11.45 Coffee

11.45-13.30 Breeding

Andrea Tonni: The Renaissance studs of the Gonzagas of Mantua

Sandra Swart: Horse breeding in 17th. century South Africa

Ian MacInnes : Altering a race of jades: horse breeding and geohumoralism in Shakespeare

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.15 Horse-Human Relations

Greg Bankoff : The Caballo in Caballero: horses and social standing in the early modern Philippines

Jennifer Flaherty: Know us by our horses: equine imagery in Shakespeare's Henriad

Bruce Boehrer: Baiardo's Legacy (Ariosto)

16.15-16.45 Tea

16.45-18.30 Horse Racing

Elizabeth Tobey: The palio in Renaissance Italy

Richard Nash: "Breeding rebellion: the curious case of Byerley's charger"

Pete Edwards: Early horse racing at Epsom

19.30- Buffet supper, Richmond

Sunday 21 June 2009

We are hoping to arrange a trip to visit the Epsom race course and Epsom town as an option for participants.

Monday, April 27, 2009

"Repeat to me the words of the Echo”: Listening to The Tempest

Allison Deutermann (Amherst College)
May 8, 2009

Respondent: Leslie Dunn (Vassar College)

The talk will begin at *6:00pm*

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

If you have any questions, please contact Adam Hooks at

Marlowe's Last Poem

Dympna Callaghan
(Syracuse University)

Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 PM

The NYU English Department's Early Modern Forum and the Colloquium on Early Literatures and Cultures in English (CELCE).

19 University Place, Room 225
(Visitors from outside NYU should bring photo ID to sign into the building.)

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

Locating Early Modern Repertories: Shakespeare & the London playing companies'

British Shakespeare Association conference, King's College London & Shakespeare's Globe, 11 - 13 September 2009
Call for papers [this via the LRS]

This seminar will consider the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in relation to early modern playing companies, be that the companies who staged their plays, companies by whose repertories they were influenced, or companies whose repertories were influenced by them. It is informed by the work of critics including Roslyn Knutson, Andrew Gurr, Scott McMillin and Sally-Beth MacLean, Mary Bly and Lucy Munro who have variously examined early modern drama within a repertorial framework. It will particularly welcome papers that address the global/local theme of the conference: this could (for example) be by examining the theatrical marketplace of early modern London, or by considering the impact of changing locales on performance, whether through touring in England or abroad or through moving between theatres in the capital. Some other possible topics for discussion are suggested below:
* the relationship between playing companies and their London audiences and/or their aristocratic patrons
* competition, collaboration, or influence between company repertories
* London's play-making geography: where actors and players lived, the relationship between theatres and their surrounding communities
* playing companies and early modern civic culture: company finance, apprenticeship, relationships with the livery companies
* involvement in civic drama.

Please send your proposal (200 word max) to: Tom Rutter (
Proposals should be submitted by 31 May 2009.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


[this via the LRS list]

26 June, 2009, the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-Upon-Avon

A one-day colloquium at the Shakespeare Institute,
Stratford-upon-Avonwhich explores intellectual, diplomatic and cultural
links between England and continental Europe.

Speakers include: Raphael Hallett, Catherine Fletcher, Catherine
Gibbons, Sarah Mortimer, Toby Osborne, Aysha Pollnitz, Astrid Stilma,
Tracey Sowerby.

Registration cost £20.00, £10.00 for students and unwaged

Please email Alexandra Gajda or Margaret Small for details and
registration: ;

Monday, April 20, 2009

Spenser conference in Ireland this May

[via LRS ...] "Eterne in Mutabilitie": Edmund Spenser in the Seventeenth Century. A conference marking the 400th anniversary of the publication of Spenser's Two Cantos of Mutabilitie'. This event also incorporates the annual meeting of the British and Irish Spenser Seminar. The Mutabilitie Cantos and seventeenth-century Spenser are the primary interests of the conference, but we will also be making the most of our venue: the two magnificent castles of the Earls of Ormond at Carrick-on-Suir and Kilkenny.

The full programme, together with advice regarding transport and accommodation, can be found at

The conference takes place on 15-17th May in Kilkenny castle and Ormond castle, Carrick-on-Suir (the Earl of Ormond's 'braue mansion'). The conference will be based in Kilkenny but the annual meeting of the British and Irish Spenser Seminar on Saturday 16th will be held in Ormond castle; a special bus will run from Kilkenny on the day. Speakers include Willy Maley (Glasgow), David Edwards (University College Cork), James Nohrnberg (Virginia), Syrithe Pugh (Aberdeen), Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), Julian Lethbridge (Tuebingen), Andrew Zurcher (Queens' College, Cambridge) and Jane Fenlon, art historian and author of the OPW guidebooks to both castles.

NB: If you would like to attend the conference, we would ask that you pre-register by sending an email to Jane Grogan ( ).

Reading and Writing in Provincial Society

[this via the LRS] To be held at Canterbury Cathedral Archives
Saturday 9th of May 2009, 9:45am-4pm

Elizabeth Askey, University of Kent.
‘For the benefit, and comfort of others’: An Collins’ Quest in her Divine Songs and Meditacions (1653)

Iain Taylor, Royal Holloway University of London.
Bible Commentaries in Early Modern England - Print Culture and the Making of a Puritan Reputation

Claire Bartram, Canterbury Christchurch University
‘Discourses of Dover Haven’: The interface between pragmatic and literary narratives of Dover in the late Sixteenth Century.

Andrew Butcher
The writers of late medieval Bridgwater: Writings, Clients, Careers, and Concerns

Prof. Gordana Fontana-Giusti, University of Kent
On the early fifteenth century writings by L.B.Alberti

Dr David Shaw, CERL
The development of the Cathedral Library in 17th-century Canterbury: The Role of the Cathedral and Local Communities

There will be an exhibition of early printed books and manuscripts to accompany this event. Full details of the programme will be available on the website shortly at
There will be a £5 fee for this event payable on admission.
Light refreshments will be provided but lunch will not be available. To register for this event and reserve one of a limited number of places, please email
(Normal precincts charges apply for any delegates intending to visit the cathedral on the day)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

‘Networks, News and Communication: Political Elites and Community Relations in Elizabethan Devon’

University of Plymouth
AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentship in History

Applications are invited for a full-time 3 year AHRC-funded Collaborative PhD studentship in History, tenable from 1 October 2009. The successful applicant will receive UK/EU tuition fees (£3,390 for 2009/10) and an AHRC maintenance grant (£12,940 in 2008/9; the level for 2009/10 will be announced shortly). The studentship is funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctorate Award, and is part of a joint project between the Department of History at the University of Plymouth and Devon Record Office, focussing on ‘Networks, News and Communication: Political Elites and Community Relations in Elizabethan Devon’.
We are looking for an early modern historian with interests in social, cultural and political history. A working competency in palaeography would also be an advantage. Applicants should have completed, or be about to complete, a relevant MA; and must fulfil the normal academic requirements for acceptance for postgraduate study at the University of Plymouth.
The doctoral project (‘Networks, News and Communication: Political Elites and Community Relations in Elizabethan Devon’) will investigate the nature and social dynamics of political networks and community relations in Elizabethan Devon. It has three distinct elements – academic, archival and curatorial – which will provide a first-class doctoral training and equip the successful candidate for his/her future career. The student will be encouraged to develop his/her own particular doctoral identity, leading to the production of a stand-alone doctoral thesis. Secondly, one of the key objectives is for the project to provide an intensive practical skills training element as part of the cataloguing and digitization of an important and newly discovered corpus of relevant documents (Seymour MSS) recently deposited at Devon Record Office. The successful candidate will work as the project historian alongside conservators, archivists and cataloguers on this important body of documents, which will form the springboard to broader study of elite networks in Elizabethan Devon. Finally, he/she will also be able to assist in curating a major exhibition on Elizabethan Devon and Cornwall to be held at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter, as well as to be involved in tie-in conferences and publications.

The supervisory team consists of Dr James Daybell (Main supervisor; Reader in Early Modern British History) and Professor Mark Brayshay (Professor of Historical Geography) at the University of Plymouth, as well as Mr John Draisey (Head Archivist at Devon Record Office).

For informal enquiries and further details please email:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009



Chester 2010 will stage a Catholic version of the complete Chester Cycle of 23 processional pageant-wagon plays from the city of Chester, England, over three days 21-24 May 2010 on the campus of the University of Toronto. The new text has been edited by Alexandra Johnston (REED). The production of the pageants will be shared by PLS and acting companies from all over North America including both university and community groups. This version of the Chester Cycle enacts the Christian story from Creation to Judgment, as we believe it was either witnessed or read in 1572 by Christopher Goodman, a protestant divine who objected to its catholic content.

The symposium will be organized for morning and evening sessions around three afternoon performances: 20-minute papers are invited on any of the following topics. This list is not exhaustive, the dates under study approximate, and we particularly encourage new work from graduate students as well as new or seasoned scholars. Selected papers may be expanded for publication in a collection of essays on the Chester Cycle. Abstract due date: 15 July 2009

1. The changing relationship between religion and drama, especially in the north:

* Tudor Interludes or Other Drama 1555-1575
* Concepts of King and State in Chester
* Doubt and Faith in Chester

2. Chester: the city as performance site:

* Processional Stagings and Civic Architecture
* Pageant Wagons
* God Above, Devil Below
* Intertextuality Among Pageants Themselves, or Involving Other Texts

3. Sound and silence in Chester:

* Music
* Wordplay
* Biblical Echoes
* Expectations of 1572 Audiences

4. Words and pictures:

* The Chester Text in Relation to Catholic Iconography in the British Isles and on the Continent
* Textual Revision as a Form of Reformation Iconoclasm

By 15 July 2009, please send 250-word abstracts and short (1 page) CVs to all three organizers:

David Klausner, University of Toronto

Helen Ostovich, McMaster University

Jennifer Roberts-Smith, University of Waterloo

Monday, April 13, 2009

Virtue and Vitalism in the Restoration Tempest

SETH LOBIS (Claremont McKenna)

Tuesday April 14, the Columbia Early Modern Seminar

The seminar runs from 6.30pm-8pm in 612 Philosophy. All welcome.

For further details, please contact: Molly Murray ( or Alan Stewart (

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Utopias symposium at Reading - 11.07.09

As a literary genre, mode of discourse and tradition of political thought, the utopia has long fascinated students of literature, politics, intellectual history and theology. Being imaginary communities which consider how to live a better life on earth, utopias negotiate such problems as the relationship between the better and the best, the existence of free will, and the possibility of human perfectibility. But their socio-political 'recommendations' are also quite often embedded in multi-layered printed publications in which arms-length narration, topical jokes and fairly systematic irony create extreme interpretative

This one-day symposium at the University of Reading will bring together
scholars of utopian thought and literature from the early modern period
to the nineteenth century to re-examine utopian texts in context. In every case, attention will be focused upon the details of the first edition. Papers will consider utopias from the first utopian fiction in English, Robynson's translation of More's Utopia (1551), to Morris's News from Nowhere (1890), looking at utopian themes and contexts, before a round table and group discussion on the issues raised.

To assure yourself of a place, or for further information, please contact Professor Alan Cromartie,, or Dr Chloë Houston,

Monday, April 06, 2009

Naughty Printed Books

DAVID SCOTT KASTAN, George M. Bodman Professor of English, Yale University

Monday April 13, 6pm, 523 Butler Library
Columbia University Book History Colloquium

The Book History Colloquium is pleased to welcome David Kastan back to Butler Library. His talk will deal with censorship in Early Modern England.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

The Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies

... invites Fellowship Applications for its 2010 Summer Symposium on the topic of Literature and Religious Conflict in the English Renaissance to be held at the University of Texas at Austin May 24 through May 27, 2010

The Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies is pleased to announce its first annual Symposium. Scholars whose research concerns any aspect of the Symposium topic are invited to send proposals to the Directors of the Institute. (Applicants should feel free to interpret both "literature" and "religious conflict" in broad terms.)

TILTS Fellows receive an honorarium of $1,200, and expenses for travel as well as for food and lodging during the four-day event (air travel and lodging to be booked by the Institute). Fellows are expected to produce substantial scholarly essays which, together with other texts and materials, will be the focus of presentations and discussions at the Symposium. Texas Studies in Literature and Language will publish a special issue of selected essays from the Symposium.

Application deadline: October 1, 2009. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. and should submit the following, in a single pdf file: (1) a current CV, (2) a 200-word abstract, and (3) a three-to-four page, single-spaced project description. Successful applicants will be notified after November 15, 2009, and will then be asked to develop their proposals into essays of 25-30 pages, which must be submitted to the Directors by March 1, 2010 for advance circulation among the participants in the Symposium.

Address applications to Wayne A. Rebhorn and Frank Whigham, Directors of the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies, at

Friday, April 03, 2009

Classical Rome in the Renaissance Imagination

The London Renaissance Seminar

Organiser: Linda Grant

Saturday, May 16th 2009

Birkbeck, Room 403, Malet Street

1.30 Registration

1.50 Introduction (Linda Grant)

Panel One

Chair: Professor Catharine Edwards, Professor of Classics and Ancient History, Birkbeck

2.00 The reception of fama in Sannazaro's De Partu Virginis, Vida's Christiad, and Milton's In Quintum Novembris

Professor Philip Hardie

Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College and Honorary Professor of Latin

University of Cambridge

2.30 The Politics of Roman History in Late Elizabethan England: Henry Savile's Tacitus

Dr Paulina Kewes

Fellow and Tutor in English Literature,

Jesus College

University of Oxford

3.15 tea/coffee

3.30 Panel Two

Chair: Professor Tom Healy

3.30 (Paper title to be confirmed)

Dr Dorigen Caldwell

Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art


4.00 'Roman ruins: Spenser, Shakespeare, and Du Bellay

Dr Bart van Es

Fellow and Lecturer

St Catherine's College

University of Oxford

5.15 wine

Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies

The English Dept at King’s College London is seeking to appoint a lecturer (grade 6) from September 09, coinciding with the launch of a London Shakespeare Centre. Informal enquiries to Further details on the KCL website at Closing date for applications: 20 April 09.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


2nd Annual Conference and Exhibition

"Inside the Archive"

Keynote: Lena Cowen Orlin (Georgetown University), "Entering the Archives of Early Modern London"

Speakers include: Juliet Fleming (NYU), Thomas Fulton (Rutgers),
Matt Jones (Columbia), Natasha Korda (Wesleyan), Will Slauter (Columbia)

April 3, 2009
Butler Library
Columbia University

Please visit the website for a full conference program, as well as
online exhibits from last year's inaugural conference!

The Columbia Early Modern Seminar, in conjunction with the Rare Book and
Manuscript Library at Columbia University, will be hosting the 2nd
Annual Forms of Early Modern Writing Conference on April 3, 2009. This
year's conference asks scholars from an array of disciplines two crucial
questions: What is your archive? And how do you work inside the archive?
The speakers will present papers which discuss how they use archival
evidence in order to foster a productive interdisciplinary dialogue.

In addition, each paper will be accompanied by an exhibit in the Rare
Book and Manuscript Library, which will be available for viewing the day
of the conference and beyond. The conference website includes full
abstracts and exhibits from the inaugural conference held last year.

The conference is free to all who attend.

*Questions? Ask the Organizers!
*Rebecca Calcagno (
Adam G. Hooks (
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