Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Authority and Authorities

... an international conference organised by the Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading

6-8 July 2009

Programme: http://www.rdg.ac.uk/emrc/Authority_Conference_2009.htm

Monday, June 29, 2009

Medieval and Early Modern Authorship

Call for Papers

Second Biennial Conference of the Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies (SAMEMES)

30 June – 2 July 2010, University of Geneva

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Colin Burrow (Oxford)
Patrick Cheney (Penn State)
Helen Cooper (Cambridge)
Rita Copeland (Pennsylvania)
Robert Edwards (Penn State)
Alastair Minnis (Yale)

Authorship has come to the forefront of medieval and early modern English studies in recent years. The objective of this conference is to take stock of a duly socialized form of authorship which recognizes that while authors have agency, that agency is circumscribed by the multi-faceted social, legal, institutional, and intertextual pressures within which authorship takes place. Contributions are invited on any aspect of medieval and early modern authorship. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
• The history of authorship – The pre-history: authorship in antiquity; the history of medieval authorship; the reception of Chaucer and/or other medieval authors in early modern England; the history of early modern authorship; the post-history: from early modern to modern authorship
• Authorship and critical theory – Eliot, Bloom, Barthes, Foucault and beyond: theorizing the medieval and/or early modern author
• Authorship and its social contexts – Authorship and gender; authorship and censorship; authorship and patronage; the economics of authorship; early professional authorship; authorship and copyright, authorship and the law; authorship, forgery and plagiarism; authorship and the culture of authority; authorship and anonymity
• Authorship and its literary contexts – Authorship, imitation, intertextuality; authorship and literary style; authorship in medieval and/or early modern literary theory
• Authorship and the theatre – Authorship and playwriting; authorship and theatrical collaboration; authorship and acting
• Authorship and literary genres – Authorship and genre; authorship and early ‘lives of the poets’; the ‘I’ in medieval and early modern poetry; authorship and commendatory verse; authorship and miscellanies
• Authorship and the material text – Authorship and paratext; authorship and the book trade; authorship and the scriptorium; authorship and publication; authorship and media: manuscript, and print
• Medieval and early modern literary careers – Authorship and the Virgilian cursus; Spenser, Jonson, Milton and print-constructed careers; careers of medieval and early modern female writers
• Constructing the medieval and early modern author through the centuries – The Making of ‘Chaucer’, ‘Gower’, ‘Langland’, ‘Malory’, ‘Marlowe’, ‘Sidney’, ‘Shakespeare’, ‘Donne’, ‘Milton’
• Authorship attribution – Modern methods of determining medieval and early modern authorship; Chaucer and the Chaucer apocrypha: authorship and co-authorship questions; Shakespeare and the Shakespeare apocrypha: authorship and co-authorship questions; the case of Middleton: collaboration, authorship, and The Collected Works; disputed authorship attributions: from Shakespeare and the Funeral Elegy to Milton and de doctrina Christiana; editing, authorship, and authorial intention

Proposals for full panels are welcome. These should include three proposed speakers, including, or in addition to, a chair and/or a respondent. Individual papers will be grouped with two others. Parallel sessions will last an hour and a half, which means that papers should usually be no longer than 20 minutes to leave sufficient time for discussion.

The final deadline for proposals is 15 January 2010, but early submissions are encouraged. Proposals should contain a title, an abstract (ca. 200 to 400 words) as well as a short bio sketch (no more than 100 words). Proposals will be reviewed in the weeks following their submission, so that prospective participants will usually be notified of the decision within a month of reception of the proposal.

Proposals should be sent to authorship2010@unige.ch. For the conference website, see http://www.samemes.org. A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in a collection.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Society for Renaissance Studies National Conference 2010

University of York, 16-18 July 2010

Call for Papers

The 4th National Conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies will be held in the historic city of York on 16-18 July 2010. The conference will follow immediately after the Leeds Medieval Congress and will coincide with the final weekend of the York Early Music Festival--which will feature The Sixteen performing the music of Tallis and others in the York Minster, a major new performance of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers, and a partial performance of the York Mystery Plays in the streets of the city. Participants will be offered tickets for all of these events along with tours of the city and outings to historic sites. The conference will also feature workshops on publishing and research funding (including a presentation by Shearer West, Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council). Confirmed plenary speakers include Iain Fenlon (Cambridge) and Penelope Gouk (Manchester).

We now invite proposals for panels (max. 90 minutes) on any aspect of Renaissance history, art, literature or culture, and for individual papers (max. 25 minutes) on one of the following themes: *Rethinking the Medieval/Renaissance Divide *At the Boundaries of Science *Soundscapes and Landscapes, Environments and Ecologies *Possessions and Collections *Between Spirituality and Materiality *Cultural Encounters

Proposals (max. 400 words) are welcome from both established scholars and postgraduates and they should be sent by Friday 25 September 2009 to the conference organizer: Prof William Sherman Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies University of York Heslington YO10 5DD United Kingdom ws505@york.ac.uk

Further details (e.g. full programme, registration forms and information about accommodation) will be posted as they become available. Please note that speakers should normally be members of the Society and that we are particularly keen to encourage postgraduates to offer papers, and we will be able to offer generous bursaries to cover travel, registration and accommodation expenses. Also note that the SRS has come to an agreement with the Renaissance Society of America: RSA members will not have to join the SRS to participate in this conference.

For more information about the Society for Renaissance Studies: www.rensoc.org.uk

For more information about the University of York and the Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies: www.york.ac.uk/crems

For more information about the York Early Music Festival: http://www.ncem.co.uk/

For all other inquiries, please contact Prof Sherman at the address above.

The Rhetoric of Autobiography in 17th-Century Europe

Prof. Peter Burke (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)

24 June 09, 6.30 pm, room 532, Malet Steet, London


Wednesday, June 17, 2009


17th and 18th July, Birkbeck College
contact: wiseman.susan@gmail.com

Speakers: free
Waged Delegates: conference £35, 1 day £20.
Unwaged /graduate: conference £20, 1 day £10.
Please note that places at the early career publishing workshop are likely to be limited.

Provisional timetable

Friday July 17
30 Russell Square, London WC1

8.30-10am: Religious Poetry: Wright, Molekamp, Wiseman
10-10.15: Tea
10.15-12.00: Revising Critical Paradigms: Scott-Baumann, Pender, Chedgzoy
12.pm-1pm: Medicinal Poetry/Poetics: Munkoff, Bennet
1pm-2pm: Lunch: probably own arrangements
2pm-3.30: Scurrilous Women: O’Callaghan, Hudson, Smith
3.45-5pm: Early career workshop: publishing that monograph. Led by Sarah Stanton (CUP)
4.45/5pm-5.15: Tea
5.15-6.45: Wroth I: Lamb, Salzman, demonstration
6.45-7.30: NEER Reception
7.30:Dinner at nearby restaurant

Saturday July 18
Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

8.30-10am: Catholicism and Poetry: Hackett, Lander, Wallace
10-10.15: Tea
10.15-11.45: Poetic Inheritance: Grant, O’Brien, Cottegnies
12.pm-1pm: Politics and Rhetoric: Chalmers, D. Clarke.
1pm-2pm: Lunch: probably own arrangements
2pm-3.30: Poetic Form: Ross, Parsons, Trill
2.30pm –3.30pm Manuscripts: E.Clark, A.Eardley
3.45-: 5.15: Wroth II: Stapleton, Hart, Lentsch
5.15-5.30: Afternoon tea
5.30-7pm: Poetic Selves: Longfellow, Chowdhury, Lilley
7pm: Closing remarks
7.15 To the Pub

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Birkbeck Early Modern Society Film Night

Friday June 19th 2009, 6.30 room B36, Birkbeck Malet Street Building.

We are pleased to be able to screen 'Cyrano de Bergerac', a magnificent swashbuckling epic that will melt the heart, starring Gerard Depardieu.

Usual refreshments, free of charge, all welcome.

If you have any questions, contact Linda Grant on L.Grant@qmul.ac.uk.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Literary Theorists of late Renaissance Italy

[this via the LRS]
University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, 4-5 July, 2009. (Kristiansand Renaissance Seminar)
The Kristiansand Renaissance seminar is a research forum for specialists in the Early Modern period in the Nordic countries and beyond. It is part of the activities of the research programme in Early Modern Urban Culture at University of Agder, Kristiansand, which focuses on relations between literary arts and urbanism in Renaissance Europe.

The summer 2009 seminar at Univeristy of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, 4-5 July, concerns literary theorists of the late Renaissance. The seminar features papers on Castelvetro, Varchi, Fracastoro, Robortello, Tasso and Gaurini.
Speakers include: Morten Bartnfs, University of Agder/ University of Tromsx
Clare Guest, University of Agder
Claudia Rossignoli, University of St Andrews
Stefano Rota, Swedish Institute in Rome/ Libera Universita Maria Santissima Assunta, Rome
Matthew Treherne, Univeristy of Leeds.
For further details, contact clare.e.guest@uia.no

Friday, June 12, 2009

The University of Reading, Stenton Lecture 2009

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum: The Objects of History

The Palmer Building, 12th November, 2009 at 6pm.

The Stenton Symposium 2009.

12th November 2009: 2.30pm. The Palmer Building.

Collecting the Objects of History: past historic, future imperfect?

This year the Stenton symposium will be a round table to discuss themes related to and implicit in the Stenton Lecture, which follows it, which Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, will deliver on “The Objects of History”.

The symposium will focus on the issues and challenges of curating and presenting collections which were formed in the 18th century (Antiquarian and ‘Enlightenment’ collections), or the 19th ( ‘The Virtual Museum’) or early 20th centuries, often with imperialist agendas, into the globalised 21st century.

Keynote speakers:
Dr Alan Borg, previously Director of the V and A and the Imperial War Museum.
Dr Charles Gore, SOAS,
Professor Deborah Swallow, Director, Courtauld Institute,
Dr John Whiteley, The Ashmolean.

There is no charge for the symposium, but please register with Mrs Jacqui Fletcher, Department of History, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AA: tel. 0118 378 1848: e-mail: j.l.fletcher@reading.ac.uk.
Those registering for the symposium will be guaranteed a reserved seat for Neil MacGregor’s Stenton lecture, which will take place in the Palmer Building at 6pm.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


A day colloquium at Sheffield Hallam University
Thursday 16 July 2009
5503A Surrey Building, City Campus
(see http://www.shu.ac.uk/visit/city.html )

10 Arrival and coffee
10.15–11.15 Alison Findlay, Lancaster University ‘Women’s Closet Drama’
11.15-11.30 Coffee
11.30-12.30 Alison Shell, Durham University, ‘Robert Owen’s “History of Purgatory” [ca.1602/3]: A Newly Discovered Recusant Morality Play’
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-3 Richard Wood, Sheffield Hallam University, ‘“I am a man; that is to say, a creature whose reason is often darkened with error”: Sir Philip Sidney, Humility and Revising the Arcadia’; Tom Rutter, Sheffield Hallam University, ‘Magic, the provinces, and the invention of popular culture, 1588-1600’
3-3.15 Tea
3.15-4.45 Chris Butler, Sheffield Hallam University, ‘“And though I seeme to use the poet’s fained style…”: Edward Dyer’s “A Fancy” as a Disguised Religious Poem’; Dan Cadman, Sheffield Hallam University, ‘“Tax’d for wishing well”: Daniel's Philotas and Jacobean politics’.

There is no conference fee but it would be much appreciated if anyone intending to come would let Lisa Hopkins (L.M.Hopkins@shu.ac.uk) know in advance.

Monday, June 08, 2009

‘Revolution and Evolution’

The Birkbeck Early Modern Society’s Third Student Conference
Saturday 25 July 2009, 10.00-16.30
Room 532, Malet St


The Birkbeck Early Modern Society is pleased to announce our third annual student conference. We aim to provide a safe and constructive space for students to present their research and to network and exchange ideas with peers from a range of disciplines. The day promises to be an ideal forum to showcase student research and to provide opportunities to practice presentation skills.
Our theme this year is ‘Revolution and Evolution’.
We are interested in revolutionary and evolutionary change during the early modern period (roughly 1500-1800), whether it be in the field of politics, art, science, religion, music, literature, philosophy, belief, medicine, consumption, etc. Briefly, we have taken ‘revolution’ to imply a greater, more immediate change, and ‘evolution’ to imply a small series of incremental changes. We are looking for a diverse collection of papers, based on subjects that can be connected to our conference theme.
Here are some points which you may wish to consider but please do carry out your own interpretation too:
• What different types of revolution are there and what impact do they have? Political, social, cultural, ideological, intellectual, and religious revolutions can all be considered.
• How did the early moderns define a ‘revolution’? Has this changed over time? What makes a revolution ‘revolutionary’?
• Is a revolution the culmination of an evolutionary process that has reached the end of its natural life? Does evolution need the ‘big event’ of a revolution to restart the process on a new level?
• Evolution typically refers to a process of development by small, incremental steps. Are these changes planned or unplanned?
• ‘History is a process, not an event’. Given that premise, is evolution a series of tiny, but distinct, revolutions?
You are invited to submit a proposal for a paper lasting 20 minutes (approximately 2,000 words).
Please email your proposal for a paper in the form of a synopsis of about 250 words, to Laura Jacobs, Secretary of the Birkbeck Early Modern Society: l.jacobs@english.bbk.ac.uk

The deadline for proposals is Monday 22 June 2009.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

‘Ryght as it is ymad in Fraunce’: Franco-English Poetic Translation(s), 1350-1550


Saturday, 20 March 2010

St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford

Abstracts for papers are invited for a one-day colloquium on the translation of French poetry into English in the later Middle Ages, co-hosted by Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Oxford, to be held on the 20th March 2010 at St. Hilda’s College. The conference will aim to investigate the concept of ‘translation’ between the two vernaculars during this period, taking into account linguistic concerns, but also questions of the bibliographical, cultural and formal shifts which may occur through the practice of translation.

Topics for discussion could include (but are not limited to):

- The translation of poetic form and structure from one language to another

- Precise lexical choices made by a translator or translators

- Translation as physical displacement; the movement of exemplars, manuscripts and books across the channel

- The translation of texts between different or similar codicological formats; e.g. manuscript to print, different manuscript presentations of the same text.

- The contemporary reception and demand for translated texts

- The implication of contemporary political discourses within acts of translation

Proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes, in either French or English are invited; speakers from all disciplines are most welcome. Please send your proposed title and abstract (max. 300 words) to: liv.robinson@gmail.com and m.neilly@qub.ac.uk by 1st October 2009.

Confirmed conference speakers include Ardis Butterfield (UCL) and Juliette Dor (Université de Liège).

Monday, June 01, 2009

The Rhetoric of Autobiography in 17th-Century Europe

Prof. Peter Burke (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)

6.30 pm, room 532, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London

24 June 2009

Birkbeck Early Modern Society

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