Sunday, December 27, 2009


SPRING MEETING, 2010, Saturday 13 March 2010


Venue: In Birmingham Central Library on Saturday 13 March 2010. There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

We currently intend that each session will have two papers, for which proposals are invited.

Please send proposals to me no later than 14 January 2010.

Thomas N. Corns
Joint Convener

Monday, December 21, 2009

Making Publics

The Making Publics (MaPs) Project and Concordia University
invite applications
A Research Seminar for Dissertation-Stage and Recent PhDs and Junior Faculty
Leaders: Robert Tittler (Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus,
and Brian Cowan (Canada Research Chair in Early Modern British History,
24 May – 23 June, 2010
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
Co-sponsored by MaPs and our host, Concordia University, the 2010
seminar will explore the
issues of cultural networks and the translation of styles, conventions,
and tastes across
geographic and temporal boundaries. We seek to observe both
intra-regional and transregional
experiences of cultural communication: how such patterns developed over the
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and their influence thereafter, and
the tensions between
traditional (folkloric and/or 'vernacular'), local, and regional forms
of cultural expression on the
one hand and the more formal, or ‘polite', and widespread forms on the
Canadian and non-Canadian dissertation-stage students, recent PhDs, and
junior faculty from
any field relevant to the subject are invited to apply. As many as 12
successful applicants will
take part in the seminar, which will bring together scholars interested
in early modern cultural
networks, the formation of publics, and the development of public and
private life. The travel
and accommodation expenses of the participants in the seminar will be
covered by the MaPs
The end of the seminar will dovetail with the annual meeting of the MaPs
research team and
seminar participants will present a summary of their work in a special
session, as well as
participate in the research discussions of the meeting.
Making Publics: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe,
1500-1700, is
headquartered at McGill University and funded by the Social Sciences and
Research Council of Canada – Major Collaborative Research Initiatives
program. Concordia University is a Co-Investigator institution of the
MaPs Project.
Note New Application Deadline: 15 February 2009
Application Materials and additional information may be found on the
MaPs website:

*Shakespeare and the City*

Call for Papers

The /Shakespeare Jahrbuch/ 2011 will be a special issue devoted to
“Shakespeare and the City”. At the end of the sixteenth and the
beginning of the seventeenth centuries London was a dynamic and
expanding city; a political, cultural and economic metropolis where
different classes and ethnicities met and interacted with one another.
Contemporaries stressed the contrasts co-existing side by side. Thomas
Dekker, for example, saw early modern London as “the goodliest of thy
neighbors, but the prowdest; the welthiest, but the most wanton. Thou
hast all things in thee to make thee fairest, and all things in thee to
make thee foulest; for thou art attir’de like a Bride, drawing all that
looke upon thee, to be in love with thee, but there is much harlot in
thine eyes.” This issue of the /Jahrbuch/ will seek to discuss these
contradictory perspectives on early modern London, focusing in
particular on the multilayered relationships between the city and the
theatre as well as on Shakespeare’s engagement with the metropolis. This
will be complemented by contributions discussing the role of Shakespeare
for the metropolis from the sixteenth century until today.

The editorial board invites essays on the following topics:

· London as the cultural metropolis of early modern England

· The scene is set in London: theatre and urban space

· Shakespeare in London

· The city on the early modern stage

· Shakespeare’s cities

· The country and the city in Shakespearean drama

· The urban underworld in Shakespearean drama

· Shakespeare and the city comedy

· The city in early modern tragedy

· Representations of the city in film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays

· London’s Shakespeare

· Shakespeare and the modern metropolis

The /Shakespeare Jahrbuch/, the Yearbook of the German Shakespeare
Society, is a peer-reviewed journal. It offers contributions in German
and English, scholarly articles, an extensive section of book reviews,
and reports on Shakespeare productions in the German-speaking world. It
also documents the activities of the Shakespeare Society.

Papers to be published in the /Shakespeare Jahrbuch/ should be formatted
according to our style sheet, which can be downloaded from our website:

Please send an electronic version of your manuscript (of about 5,000
words) to the editor by 31 March 2010.

Professor Sabine Schülting

Shakespeare Jahrbuch

Institut für Englische Philologie

Freie Universität Berlin

Habelschwerdter Allee 45, D-14195 Berlin


Friday, December 18, 2009

Early Modern Libraries / Women and Libraries

Call for Papers

Thursday 18th March 2010

The Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of
York invites proposals for a half-day symposium on early modern libraries.
Papers on any aspect of the topic are welcome - intellectual libraries,
material libraries, knowledge and libraries - but we would particularly
welcome papers on women and libraries in the early modern era.

This seminar forms the 4th Thomas Browne Seminar, a forum for early modern
studies and intellectual history.

Contact Kevin Killeen:

Shaping Europe: Imagined Spaces and Cultural Transactions 1450 - 1700 ...

... is the subject of a series of three summer schools to be held at the Universities of Basel, Sussex and Frankfurt from 2010 to 2012. The summer schools are organised by Susanna Burghartz, Basel, Gisela Engel, Frankfurt, Ina Habermann, Basel, Margaret Healy, Sussex, Tom Healy, Sussex and Susanne Scholz, Frankfurt.

From a historical moment at which Europe – both as a concept and as a geopolitical entity – is redefining its boundaries and its political status, these summer schools will look back to the time when the values, institutions and spatial boundaries of what is today seen as European emerged. The thematic focus will be on the ways in which early modern subjects, groups and institutions shaped the spaces they lived in, and how they produced and negotiated social, cultural and political structures through the interaction of texts and images, the transfer of ideas, values and material objects, as well as rites of inclusion and exclusion.

The summer school aims to bring together graduate students and leading academics who will investigate these issues through a series of seminars and lectures with an emphasis on intense debate and an interdisciplinary approach to literature, history, art history and the history of science.

The Basel summer school is supported by the Basel Centre of Competence Cultural Topographies and the Department of History, University of Basel.

Further summer schools will focus on “Fields of Exchange” (University of Sussex, United Kingdom, early September 2011) and “Contested Spaces” (University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany, early September 2012). The Sussex summer school will be supported by the Centre of Early Modern Studies of Sussex University; the Frankfurt summer school by the Zentrum zur Erforschung der Frühen Neuzeit (Centre for Early Modern Studies).

CROSSROADS 29.8.2010 - 4.9.2010

After an earlier emphasis in historical research on boundaries and ruptures, historians and critics have become increasingly interested in the continuities, connections and transitions which always complicate the confident assessment of new departures. As such transitions necessitate research on the micro-level, the summer school 2010 Crossroads explores the significance of specific figures, places and discursive fields which were, through exchange and interaction, part of the process that shaped Europe between 1500 and 1600. Basel as a centre of humanism, printing and science offers an ideal setting for a discussion of the first summer school’s three topics:

“Networks of Communication” places two figures, Erasmus of Rotterdam and Hans Holbein, at the centre. Both acted locally but contributed at the same time to the reformation of European culture. The second topic, “Sites of Mediation”, examines two specific sites of production and dissemination of European knowledge: the press of the Frankfurt editor de Bry, who specifically produced for a European market, and the collection of the internationally active merchant banker Manuel Ximenez in Antwerp. The third focus “Intersections of Knowledge” explores the cultural exchanges in fields such as anatomy, alchemy and natural philosophy, which proved to be formative for early modern Europe.

The summer school offers keynote addresses by high profile scholars, talks by specialists who will be available for extended discussion, as well as preliminary reading material. Excursions in relation to the summer school’s topics, advice about PhD projects, informal exchange with other graduate students and networking opportunities complete the Shaping Europe summer school.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

John Donne post

[this via the LRS]

AHRC Post-doctoral Research Assistant (Oxford Edition of John Donne's sermons)

The Faculty of English at Oxford University is seeking to appoint an AHRC Post-doctoral Research Assistant (a 5 year, full-time post) to work on the Oxford Edition of John Donne's sermons with Dr Peter McCullough.

Full details are available on the website:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellowship in Bibliography and Book History

The Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto is offering
the second Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellowship in Bibliography and Book
History, in the amount of $1000, for research to be conducted during

The Fellowship will be awarded to a scholar outside the University of
Toronto who works in the field of bibliographical studies or book
history. The recipient will conduct research for up to one month at
Toronto libraries and/or archives. This year, the Fellowship will be
awarded to a scholar whose research focuses on non-Canadian topics.
Applicants with Canadian research interests may apply next year and
in alternate

In addition to the $1000 stipend, the recipient will receive
University of Toronto library privileges and office space at the
Faculty of Information during the period of the Fellowship. A brief
report must be submitted upon completion of the Fellowship. The
recipient may also give an informal talk at the Faculty of Information
relating to the research and may participate in the Collaborative Program
in Book History and Print Culture.

Applicants should submit a resume, two confidential letters of
recommendation, and a 1-2 page research proposal describing the
project and the importance of the library or archival collection(s)
in Toronto where the research will be conducted. The proposed timing
of the Fellowship must be specified.

Applications should be sent by regular post or emailed with PDF
attachments to:

Patricia Fleming Bibliography and Book History Fellowship Awards
c/o Adriana Rossini, Registrar
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Room 211- 140 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G6 Canada

The deadline for application is 28 February 2010.

The fund was created in 2005 to honour Professor Fleming on the
occasion of her retirement from the Faculty. Faculty members, staff,
friends, former students, and colleagues raised funds to establish the

Monday, December 07, 2009

Reassessing Gerrard Winstanley

Keele University 5-6 February 2010

Speakers include Chris Rowland, Nigel Smith, John Gurney, Ariel Hessayon, Ann Hughes, Tom Corns.

The conference will discuss Winstanley as political thinker and activist, as radical theologian, and as prose stylist. It is held in connection with the publication for the first time of a complete edition of Winstanley’s writings, and marks the 400th anniversary of his birth.

Plenary lecture admission free (Friday); conference registration £25 to include lunch on Saturday. Accommodation available.

For further details contact Ann Hughes:
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