Friday, January 29, 2010

Time, Space and Vision in Early Modern Culture

London Shakespeare Centre
Anatomy Theatre and Museum, King’s College London, Saturday 27th February 2010

Keynote speaker: Professor François Laroque, Université de Paris III

The London Shakespeare Centre, King’s College London, and the Institut du Monde Anglophone, Université de Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle, are co-hosting an international postgraduate colloquium on ‘Time, Space and Vision in Early Modern Culture’. The event will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 27th February 2010 at the newly renovated Anatomy Theatre and Museum at King’s College London, Strand Campus (for further details of the venue please see

As well as postgraduate papers on temporal and spatial issues in early modern poetry, drama and culture, we expect there to be a live video panel discussion with members of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania, comparing the experience of pursuing doctoral research in early modern English literature and culture in the UK, the US and France.

The afternoon will conclude with a keynote address from François Laroque entitled ‘‘Infinite riches in a little room’: Time and space in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Shakespeare's Richard II’.

This will be followed by a drinks reception. A detailed schedule will be published on the colloquium web page shortly (

If you would like to attend please RSVP to, stating your name, institutional affiliation, and contact details. There is a £10 attendance fee for all those registering who are not affiliated to King's College London. Details of how to make this payment will be emailed to you once you have registered.

Sarah Dustagheer (King’s/Shakespeare’s Globe)
Sarah Lewis (King’s)
Professor Gordon McMullan (King’s)

Shakespeare Performance Research Seminar: Thursday 11 February

Hear Here: Shakespeare’s Sound and Collective Listening

This combined workshop and seminar will explore the ‘score’ of Shakespeare’s texts; how, for example, pitch, speed, meter and collisions of prose and verse influence our sensory reception, how this aural reception is integral to the making of meaning. We will be exploring sound and meaning through excerpts from a performance of a durational version of a scene from The Winter’s Tale. At the same time, the workshop will be a practical experiment in the culture of listening at the Globe (in February admittedly one a bit on the chilly side) and of cultures of listening both early modern and contemporary that form around the event of performance. While the seminar will reflect on the practical experiments in the theatre, those who cannot attend the workshop are welcome for the talk.

P. A. Skantze is a director, scholar and writer. Currently a Reader in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at Roehampton University, London, she is the author of Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth-Century Theatre (Routledge 2003) and articles about sound, reception and the senses, gender, race, dance, gift exchange and performance practice. A founding member of the performance group Four Second Decay, her radio play All that Fell has been staged as an ‘experiment in physical radio’ at Glasgow and will be staged in New York City in April 2010. She has performed with the group in Rhode Island, Copenhagen, London and Zagreb. Her second book, Itinerant Spectator/Itinerant Spectacle combines a methodology modeled on W.G. Sebald about staging memory, attentive wandering with the proposition that gathering ‘a body of spectating, listening and seeing’ might come to furnish something very like our more customary notions of accumulating a ‘body of knowledge.’ Her next project directing Get Thee to a Gallery, a durational performance of The Winter’s Tale, will be staged at a gallery in London in 2010.

The Theatre History Seminar provides a forum for theatre historians, actors, directors and postgraduates to share current research into early modern theatre.

Time: 18.00 – 20.00

Venue: Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre

Tickets: This research seminar is open to research students, theatre practitioners and academics.

For further information and to reserve a place, please contact

Farah Karim-Cooper

Head of Research & Courses

020 7902 1439

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Renaissance events in New York ...

Tuesday, January 26
Columbia University Seminar on Medieval Studies
"Organic Metaphors and Manuscript Relations: Stemma - Cladogram - Rhizome"
6 PM (NOT 5:30 PM)
523 Butler Library
Please note that if you do not have access to the library you must RSVP to
attend: Liam Moore (917) 847-0107

Tuesday, January 26
The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library
The 16th Annual Bibliography Week Lecture
MICHAEL SUAREZ, S.J. (Rare Book School)
"Learned Virtuosity, Virtuously Displayed: Cultural Elites and Deep
Purses in Restoration and 18th-Century Illustrated English Books"
6 PM
Faculty Room of Low Library (116th St. at Broadway)
The talk is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, January 27 [at Fordham]
The Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University
Spring 2010 Lecture Series
"How Did Symmachus Become the 'Last Great Pagan'?"
O'Hare Collections, 4th Floor, Walsh Library, Rose Hill Campus
The lecture is free and open to the public. A Reception will follow the talk.
For more information, contact: Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University
(718) 817-4655

Wednesday, January 27
The Dept. of Religion & the Rare Book and Manuscript Library
"Identifying the Archpoeta: Canon Law and Latin Poetry in
Twelfth-Century Cologne"
Room 523 Butler Library

Thursday, Februar 4
The Heyman Center for the Humanities
"Race in the Renaissance"
6:15 PM
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room

Thursday, February 4 [at NYU]
NYU English Department Colloquium for Early Literature and Culture in
English (CELCE)
"Paris is Worth a Massacre: Marlowe and the Death of Ramus"
(pre-circulated paper; email the organizers for a copy)
6:30 PM
Room 222, 19 University Place
Visitors from outside NYU should bring photo ID to sign into NYU buildings
Contact Liza Blake, elizabeth[dot]blake[at]nyu[dot]edu, Katie Vomero
Santos, kathryn[dot]vomero[at]nyu[dot]edu, or Sarah Ostendorf,

Thursday, February 11 [at NYU]
NYU Medieval and Renaissance Center & The Department of French
"Nouvelles genevoises de Jean de Saintre"
6:30ñ8:30 PM
La Maison Francaise, 16 Washington Mews For more information please
contact MARC at: 212-998-8698 or

Friday, February 12
Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar
JOHN ARCHER (New York University)
"Shakespeare's Keyboard"
Social hour, 5-6:00pm; Dinner, 6-7:00 pm; Meeting at 7:00pm
Faculty House

Monday, January 25, 2010

Colloquium on Early Modern Manuscript Poetry

Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 12 noon-5.30 pm, Friday 11th June 2010

Key-note speakers: Prof Arthur Marotti (Wayne State), Prof Henry Woudhuysen

There will be a small charge for participants (£10 waged; £5 students and
unwaged) as a contribution towards lunch and refreshments.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis;
reserve a place, please send a cheque payable to ‘The University of Sheffield’
Cathy Shrank
School of English
University of Sheffield
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield S3 7RA

Enquiries should be directed to

Job in Sheffield!

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature with Shakespeare
Job Reference Number: UOS000661
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Salary: Grade 8 - £36,715 to £43,840 per annum, with potential to progress to
£49,342. Closing Date: 18th February 2010

The School of English is seeking to appoint a lecturer in Early Modern
literature, and a specialist interest in any aspect of Shakespeare studies or
Renaissance Drama may be an advantage. This new position is a key part of the
expansion of Early Modern studies at Sheffield. The appointee will produce
published research, teach and supervise research in areas broadly appropriate
to their interests. You will participate in core teaching on the BA in English
Literature; devise and teach specialist options at undergraduate and MA levels
and play a key role in the ongoing development of the specialist Masters
pathway in Early Modern Studies. There will also be involvement in the
recruitment and supervision of postgraduate students. All staff are expected to
assist as required with the administration of the School, and to develop
research projects and related ventures. Applicants should be research active,
have a PhD (or equivalent experience) and a track record of publication. The
post is available from September 2010.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Cathy Shrank (;
tel: 0114 222 8485.

Further details, information about the University and an application form can
found here.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Re-mapping the Renaissance: Exchange between Early Modern Islam and Europe

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers June 13 through
July 2, 2010 University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland


NEW THIS YEAR: Two seminar spaces are reserved for current full-time
graduate students in the humanities.

The Center for Renaissance& Baroque Studies at the University of Maryland
is pleased to announce "Re-mapping the Renaissance: Exchange between Early
Modern Islam and Europe," a 3-week summer seminar for college and
university teachers funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
From June 13 through July 2, 2010, selected scholars will explore the ways
in which the European Renaissance was shaped by interaction between Europe
and the rest of the world, in particular, the world of Islam.

In the course of this exploration of Islam's contribution to the shaping
of the European Renaissance, we will investigate networks of constant
exchange between Islamic and European courts, rulers, merchants,
travelers, diplomats, and artists during the early modern period. The
seminar will demonstrate that the trade conducted by the Italian
city-states was not exclusively an inheritance from the Roman Empire.
Rather, it also stemmed from the civilizations of the Mamluk and Ottoman
empires and their thriving systems of foreign trade. Those trading
networks, in turn, became conduits for the export not only of products but
also of ideas, scientific discoveries, and artistic exchange. This seminar
will investigate that legacy.

Participants will enjoy lectures, seminar discussions, and visits to the
Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington
DC. Time has been set aside each week so that participants may pursue
their own reading and research and consult with the directors on their own
projects. The seminar will model the use of scholarship to support

The program will be co-directed by Judith Tucker, Professor in the
Department of History and Director of the Master of Arts in Arab Studies
Program at Georgetown University in Washington, and by Adele Seeff,
Director, Center for Renaissance& Baroque Studies, University of
Maryland. Tucker and Seeff have worked across disciplines and are aware of
the challenges this sort of endeavor presents for scholars. Both are
interested in cross-disciplinary research and teaching. Both are committed
to fostering scholarly communities in which seminar participants feel
supported and nurtured. In addition, three exceptional scholars will
present sessions on cartography, art history, material goods, and travel

Complete details about eligibility and the application process are
available at the program's website,

We hope that you will add your voice, your research, and your teaching
experiences as we embark upon this journey of discovery.

For additional information, contact the Center for Renaissance& Baroque

NYU English Department Colloquium for Early Literature and Culture in English (CELCE)

Unless otherwise noted, events are held Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in 19 University Place; rooms are noted below. 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, Katie Vomero Santos,
kathryn[dot]vomero[at]nyu[dot]edu, or Sarah Ostendorf,

February 4
Paris is Worth a Massacre: Marlowe and the Death of Ramus
(pre-circulated paper; email the organizers for a copy)
John Guillory
Room 222

February 25
The Poetics of Praise
Cary Howie
Room 222

March 12 (Friday)
The Untimely Mammet of Verona
Gil Harris
Room 222

April 8
Feeling Time: Prose Aesthetics in the Cloud of Unknowing
Eleanor Johnson
Room 224

April 22
Keeping Things Still in Renaissance England
Julian Yates
Room 224

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Reformation Studies Colloquium 2010

September 7th - 9th, University of St Andrews

The Reformation Studies Colloquium is one of the leading conferences in
Britain on Reformation Studies, for both younger scholars and
established academics in the field. Plenary speakers for the 2010
Colloquium will be Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge)
and Ethan Shagan (Berkeley).

We are now inviting interested parties to submit proposals for 20-minute
papers (or for panels consisting of 2 or 3 related papers). Papers are
welcome on any aspect of the Reformation, Protestant or Catholic,
British or European. Paper abstracts should be approximately 300-500
words in length, and should be sent to the conference secretary, Dr John
McCallum, on by 26th February 2010.

If you are a PhD supervisor, we would be very grateful if you could pass
this call for papers on to your graduate students.

Conference contacts:
Dr John McCallum,
Dr Bridget Heal,

For further information on the conference please see our website,

Monday, January 18, 2010

Shakespeare and World Cinema: The Case of Latin America

Professor Mark Burnett
Queen's University, Belfast

This year the John Stachniewski Memorial Lecture, jointly sponsored by Manchester English and American Studies and Manchester UCU, will take place on the 24 February at 5pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester.


Leonardo and his Workshop: New Evidence of Working Methods

Dr Juliana Barone – Department of History of Art & Screen Media, School of Arts, Birkbeck

Birkbeck Department of History of Art & Screen Media, School of Arts
Postgraduate Seminar Series

Dr Tag Gronberg - Chair

Monday 7 June 2010
6-7.30pm Venue tbc, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, WC1

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Conference funding - 31 Jan. 2010 deadline

The Society for Renaissance Studies has launched a new scheme for conference funding, in addition to our previous provision. We are now offering two grants of up to £1,500 each to support conferences or colloquia within the field of Renaissance Studies planned for calendar year 1 January 2011-31 December 2011 and held in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. These awards will not be made to individuals to attend conferences, but to the organizers of conferences to provide assistance with organizational support and/or the travel and subsistence costs of certain participants, including postgraduate students. The closing date for the receipt of applications to support conferences in 2011 is 31st January 2010 and further details, including application forms can be found at

Professor Claire Jowitt
Conference Officer, Society for Renaissance Studies
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