Friday, April 30, 2010

Milton in Japan

The Programme Committee for the IMS10 cordially invites the submission
of proposals for individual papers and for panels, to be presented at
the symposium to be held in Tokyo from Monday, August 22nd, until
Friday, August 26th, 2011.

Although topics such as the Miltonic legacy, Milton in translation, and
Milton and the East will figure on the programme, no central theme has
been established, and proposals are invited that reflect the rich
diversity of Milton studies at the present time.

Individual papers should take no longer than 20 minutes to deliver.
Panel presentations are limited to one hour (to be followed by 30
minutes for discussion), and panels should have no more than four
participants. Proposals (no more than 300 words for an individual paper
or 600 words for a panel) should be submitted by email to no later than September 1st, 2010.

All proposals will be reviewed by members of the Programme Committee,
and a decision will be reached no later than December 1st, 2010.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Neo-Latin and Translation in the Renaissance

Cambridge Society for Neo-Latin Studies 2010 Symposium

Monday 20 - Tuesday 21 September 2010 at Clare College, Cambridge

The focus of this year's symposium is the theory and practice of translation in the Renaissance. The papers balance interests in translation into Latin, both from the learned languages and the vernacular, with the translation of original Latin writings of the period into the vernacular. The symposium aims to discuss the linguistic and rhetorical problems facing translators, exploring how these differed with the nature of the text translated and the historical and cultural contexts. It examines the purposes translation served as it moved texts between and within reading communities. The symposium will also engage with the theory of translation as it relates to these practices.

BOOKING FORMS are available from Dr Andrew Taylor at / Churchill College, Cambridge CB3 0DS and on the CSNLS symposium webpage:


Paul Botley (Warburg), ‘Three very different translators: Joseph Scaliger, Isaac Casaubon and Richard Thomson’.

Dominic Baker-Smith (Amsterdam), ‘On Translating More’s Utopia’.

Jaspreet Singh Boparai, ‘Politian’s translation of Callimachus's 'Bath of Pallas' in the Miscellanea’.

Robert Cummings (Glasgow), ‘The Tudor Epigram: Nicholas Grimald's Beza’.

Anna Hartmann (Cambridge), ‘The Italian translation of Bacon’s De sapientia veterum (1609)’.

Brenda Hosington (Warwick), ‘“If the past is a foreign country”: Neo-Latin Histories and English Cultural Translations’.

Neven Jovanovic (Zagreb), ‘From Croatian into Latin in 1510: Marko Marulic’s Regum Delmatie atque Croatie gesta’.

Victoria Moul (Cambridge), 'Persona and self-presentation in Latin versions of English renaissance verse'.

Marianne Pade (Aarhus), ‘Guarino Veronese and Plutarch's Vita Dionis’.

Letizia Panizza (Royal Holloway), ‘Alessandro Piccolomini (1508-1578): Theory and practice in rendering Aristotle from Latin and Greek into Italian’.

Harry Stevenson (Cambridge), ‘Translating Neo-Latin epigrams in Renaissance France’.

Andrew Taylor (Cambridge), ‘Speaking of Plutarch: John Christopherson’s De futili loquacitate’.

Paul White (Cambridge), ‘The vernacular translation of commentaries in Renaissance France’.

Valerie Worth (Oxford), ‘Why were some medical work published concurrently in neo-Latin and French c.1550-1600?’.

Supported by the Department of Italian, University of Cambridge.

Medievalism Transformed 2010: Readers, Listeners and Owners of Books in the Middle Ages and Beyond

*Call for Papers*

Plenary speaker Ian Rumbold: 'Hermann Pötzlinger's Library'

The conference includes a workshop on the Bangor Pontifical manuscript

The Sixth Annual Medievalism Transformed Conference will be held on
the 11th of June 2010 at Bangor University. This is an
interdisciplinary postgraduate conference accepting papers on studies
in the medieval period, especially literature, history, theology, art
and music; other subjects will be considered as well.
We welcome proposals on the theme of the medieval audience: modes in
which a text is presented to the public and interactions between the
author and the book reader, listener or owner.
Suggested topics are as follows, but not limited to:
? Presentation methods of medieval text, e.g. performance and reading
? Editorial revision as the first response
? Target audience identified through dedication, patronage or
addresses in the text
? Miscellanies and book collections indicating the audience reading tastes
? Additions to text through music, illumination and marginalia
? Interpretation and use of medieval books in post-medieval context

Please send a 200-250 words abstract to by the 25th of May 2010 to be
considered for the presentation of a 20 minute paper with 5 minutes
for questions. Together with the abstract, please include a short
paragraph (up to 50 words) describing your area of study, institution
and contact information.

'Biblical Women: Reading and Writing Women in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries'

Call for Papers

AHRC conference

The conference will be held on 10th-11th September 2010 at Queen's University, Belfast.

For further information contact

Monday, April 26, 2010

New play about alchemy

Playwright Richard Byrne (Washington, D.C.) writes ...

I'm writing because I wanted to let you know about the production of my
play, Burn Your Bookes. It's a play about alchemy in the late 16th/(very)
early 17th centuries. I examine it through the career of Edward Kelley --
his rise and fall and strange afterlife in the person of his stepdaughter,
Elizabeth Jane Weston (Westonia) -- one of the few published women poets of
the period. The play is based on a rereading of many of the primary sources
and a deep reading of current scholarship on John Dee, alchemy and Kelley.
(The Folger Institute will be featuring an article about the play in its
summer issue.)

Our run is in Washington, D.C. from Friday, April 30 through Saturday, May

We did a sneak preview of Act II at the Kennedy Center in September 2009.
That's online here:
(Real Player required, alas.)

I've been blogging a lot about the play and the sources at my own blog,
Balkans Via Bohemia:

Here is our full press release. I'm also willing to make the script
available to you or other readers outside the DC area if they are interested
in reading it.

Emotions and health at Queen Mary, London


Registration fee: *£20 *(*£10 *students and concessions) Organiser*:
*Elena Carrera **


*Emotions and Health*


26 June 2010

9:30-9:45: *Arrival*

9:50-10:00: *Welcome and introductory comments*

10:00-10:40: *Nicholas Lombardo *(Theology, University of Cambridge) –

and Psychological Health in Aquinas’

10:40-11:20: *William MacLehose *(History of Medicine, UCL) – ‘Sleep,
Fantasy and

Fear in Medieval Medicine’

11:20-11:50: Coffee break

11:50-12:30: *Michael R. Solomon *(Hispanic Studies, University of
Pennsylvania) –

‘Non-Natural Love: Coitus, Desire, and Galenic Hygiene in Medieval and

Early Modern Spain’

12:30-1:10: *Angus Gowland *(History, UCL) – ‘Medicine, Psychology, and the

Melancholic Subject in the Renaissance’

1:10-2:10: Lunch (provided)

2:10-2:50: *Erin Sullivan *(History of Medicine, UCL) – ‘A Disease unto

Sadness in Early Modern Medicine and Culture’

2:50-3:30: *Iris Montero *(History and Philosophy of Science, University of

Cambridge) – ‘Angry War Gods, Epilepsy and Medicinal Hummingbirds

in the Spanish Atlantic,1571-1651’

3:30-4:00: Coffee Break

4:00-4:40: *Vivienne Lo and Penelope Barrett *(History of Medicine, UCL) –

‘Spirits and Emotion in Early Modern China’

4:40-5:20: *Penelope Gouk *(History, University of Manchester) – ‘Music
and Spirit

in Early Modern Thought’

5:30-6:30: Round Table Discussion

6:30-7:30: Wine

Registration fee: *£20 *(*£10 *students and concessions) Organiser*:
*Elena Carrera **

Renaissance Cultural Crossroads

A conference will be held May 20/21 2010 at the University of Warwick
entitled 'Renaissance Cultural Crossroads: Translation, Print and Culture
in Britain 1473-1640'. Speakers are from Belgium, France, the Netherlands,
the U.K. and the U.S.A. All who are interested in cultural and
intellectual exchanges in the early modern period, as well as in
translation and the history of the book, are welcome. Postgraduate
students are particulary encouraged to attend and bursaries from the
Bibliographical Society and Society for Renaissance Studies will make
some financial assistance available.

Information for registration is at

The materiality of writing

University of Manchester, Centre for Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts

May 5 2010

Professor Peter Stallybrass (English, University of Pennsylvania) 'The materiality of writing'

Venue: John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Building
Time: 5:00 - 6:30

Booking: No formal booking required. All welcome.

Details: Dr Jerome de Groot,

Friday, April 23, 2010


On May 15th the University of Leeds will host a special conference on
Love and Death in the Renaissance. In this one day event we plan to
consider the peculiar pairings of love and death that so often animate
the Renaissance mind. Medical opinion, theology, historical memoirs,
and drama are among the many kinds of discourse where love and death
are thought to come into contact with one another as a matter of


Niamh Cooney and Jana Pridalova (
Jessica Dyson (

The Northern and Southern Netherlands as a Literary and Cultural ‘Entrepôt’ for Seventeenth-Century British Letters, 1603-1688

A one-day colloquium at Ghent University, Thursday 20 May 2010
Congrescentrum ‘Het Pand’, Priorzaal, Onderbergen 1, 9000


9.30am Registration and coffee

10am Introductory lecture: Prof. J P Vander Motten (Ghent University)

10.45am Panel 1
Caroline Bowden (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Assessing the significance of the English convents as cultural centres in Flanders in the seventeenth century’
Olivia Smith (Ghent University), ‘A “puddle of popish superstition”: Spa as a place of cultural exchange and the English literary response’
Ineke Huysman (Institute for Netherlands History, The Hague), ‘The Beauty and the Bard: Béatrix de Cusance, Richard Flecknoe and the English exiles in the Netherlands (1640-1660)’

12.15pm Lunch

1.30pm Panel 2
Helmer Helmers (University of Leiden), ‘International Royalist Iconography: Dutch Images of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell’
Karen Hearn (Tate Britain, London), ‘The impact of Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) on British portrait painting’
Katrien Daemen-de Gelder & J P Vander Motten (Ghent University), ‘A Cloistered Entrepôt: the English Carmel in Antwerp in the mid-seventeenth century’
Marika Keblusek (University of Leiden), ‘Weathering the Storm. Metaphors for Civil War and Exile, 1640-1660’

3.30pm Coffee

4pm Panel 3
Sien Uytterschout & Marianne Van Remoortel (Ghent University), ‘The Late 17th and Early 18th Century Ghent Press and the London Stage’
Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Moses and Aaron, Hermann Witsius, and the international transmission of educational texts’
Frédéric Herrmann (Université Lumière-Lyon 2), ‘Menasseh ben Israel’s Dutch mission to England, or the Amsterdam Jews as the “intermediaries” of the Netherlands in England’

5.30pm Closing remarks

5.45pm Drinks

7pm Dinner


Thursday, April 22, 2010


The Birkbeck Early Modern Society’s Fourth Student Conference

Saturday 3 July 2010, 10.00-16.30, Birkbeck College, Malet Street

The Birkbeck Early Modern Society is pleased to announce our fourth annual student conference. We aim to provide a safe and constructive space for students to present their research and exchange ideas with peers from a range of disciplines. The day promises to be an ideal forum to showcase research and will also provide opportunities to practice presentation skills.
Our theme this year is ‘Restorations’.
A restoration is a process or a series of events that results in something such as a person, system, or idea being returned to its former state. We are looking for a diverse collection of papers based on subjects that can be connected to our conference theme. We define the early modern period as being roughly 1500-1800.
Here are some points which you may wish to consider:
• This year, 2010, is the 350th anniversary of the restoration of the British Monarchy after the British Civil Wars of the 1640s and the Interregnum of the 1650s. This is an example of a political system being restored.
• 2010 is also the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Society, one of the key events of the Restoration.
• The Restoration is now defined as the period 1660-88: in what ways was this era different to the first half of the seventeenth century?
• Restoration may be interpreted as a process of renovations or repairs such as those carried out on furniture, books, paintings, printed images, household goods, tools etc.
• When something is restored, it necessarily displaces the previous state. Is this always an improvement?
• Political, social, cultural and intellectual restorations can be met with resistance from those who are unlikely to gain from the new state of affairs. How does this resistance manifest itself? How is it met?
You are invited to submit a proposal of 250 words maximum for a paper lasting 20 minutes (approximately 2,000 words) to
The deadline for proposals is Monday 31st May 2010.
Please submit proposals to the Conference Organiser, Robin Rowles at

"Sickening India: On Explosive Enjoyment in Early Modern Travel Writing"

Friday April 23, the Columbia Early Modern Seminar

JONATHAN GIL HARRIS (George Washington University)

The seminar will be at 4pm, in 612 Philosophy Hall on Columbia's campus

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Courtauld Institute of Art events

Giotto’s O Double Lecture
Emeritus Professor Julian Gardner (University of Warwick)
Tuesday, 4 May 2010, from 3.00pm, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

The lectures discuss Giotto's two closely related commissions: the Bardi Chapel in Santa Croce, and the decorative programme of the crossing in the Lower Church of San Francesco at Assisi.

15.00 – 16.30
Lecture I: Giotto among the Money-Changers
16.30 – 17.00
BREAK (tea-coffee not provided)
17.00 – 18.15
Lecture II: The Lull before the Storm

Open to all, free admission
Organised by Giotto's O. Contact:


The Leonardo da Vinci Society


Martin Kemp (University of Oxford) and Pascal Cotte (Directeur de recherche scientifique, Lumiere Technology S.A.S.) will give a talk on A New Portrait by Leonardo. How do we know?

on Friday 7 May 2010 at 6.00 pm, in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
Admission free

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Special Issue of Shakespeare: ‘Shakespeare and Fletcher’

We invite submissions for a special issue of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association, on the topic of ‘Shakespeare and Fletcher’. These might include essays (c. 6000 words including notes), review-essays (2-3000 words) or reviews (1000-1500 words).

Topics might include:

-- Studies of the collaborative plays, Henry VIII, Cardenio and The Two Noble Kinsmen
-- Studies of the relationships between plays by Shakespeare and Fletcher
-- Shakespeare and Fletcher in performance from the seventeenth century to the present day
-- Shakespeare and Fletcher as King’s Men playwrights
-- Fletcher after Shakespeare
-- Shakespeare, Fletcher and inter-cultural exchange
-- Theoretical approaches
-- Genre and other aspects of literary form
-- Book history (e.g. studies in the folios; Shakespeare, Fletcher and the market for plays in quarto; reissues, etc.)
-- History of editing
-- Reviews of productions (especially outside London/the UK)

Shakespeare is a major peer-reviewed journal, publishing articles drawn from the best of current international scholarship on the most recent developments in Shakespearean criticism. Its principal aim is to bridge the gap between the disciplines of Shakespeare in Performance Studies and Shakespeare in English Literature and Language. The journal builds on the existing aim of the British Shakespeare Association, to exploit the synergies between academics and performers of Shakespeare. Please visit the website at for more specific submission guidelines and to read past issues.

Please send abstracts of approximately 200 words to the guest editors: Clare McManus ( and Lucy Munro ( by 31 July 2010. Completed essays or reviews will be due at the end of December 2010.

The Columbia University Music Performance Program

Early Music Series

Songs of Guillaume de Machaut
performed by Charites (Brooke Bryant, Brett Umlauf, Amber Youell)
Tuesday April 20, 2010
7:30 PM
St Paul's Chapel

Sing Praises: Medieval and Renaissance Music of Devotion
performed by Trio Eos (Melissa Attebury mez, Michele Kennedy sop,
Molly Quinn sop)
Wednesday April 28, 2010
7:00 PM
St Paul's Chapel

Both events are free and open to the public
For more information, please visit

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The History of the Telescope: Exploring the Boundaries Between Science and Culture

The Polytechnic Institute of NYU, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and the Humanities Initiative at NYU

April 16-17, 2010

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

On April 16-17, NYU will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the invention
of the telescope, as leading scholars come together to explore the
interfaces between the humanities and social sciences, and science and
technology. For two days, humanists, scientists, and engineers will discuss
how the instrument's use led not only to a multitude of discoveries and the
development of new branches within the physical sciences, but to probing
questions about the role and purpose of humanity in the universe. Far from
being just a crucial scientific instrument, the telescope since Galileo has
served as a potent symbol of aristocratic patronage as well as a genuine
threat to received ideas about how the heavens work. From the 18th century
to the present, it has conferred power and prestige on those who used it to
redefine the origins of the universe. Ethical, political, economic,
religious, cultural, and aesthetic ideals converge in this exciting history.
By placing the invention and development of the telescope within their
proper historical contexts, we can appreciate the role of science in culture
as well as the role of culture in framing the scientific enterprise -- and
how both scientific and cultural ventures engage creativity and ingenuity.

The Saturday talks will conclude with internationally-acclaimed actor Jay
Sanders' readings of key scenes from Robert Goodwin's recent play, "Two
Gentlemen of Florence," in which Sanders performed the role of Galileo.
Sanders' performance will be followed by a reception.

The event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP on or
before Monday, April 12: send an email to


Friday, 16 April 2010

2:00 pm: Welcoming and Opening Remarks: Myles W. Jackson, The Dibner Family
Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Director
of Science and Technology Studies, NYU-Poly, and Professor of the History of
Science, Gallatin; Susanne Wofford, Dean of the Gallatin School of
Individualized Study of NYU; Jane Tylus, Director of the Humanities
Initiative at NYU

2:30 pm: Tom Settle, NYU-Poly and Florence: "When Was the Telescope
Possible? The Catalan Background"

3:10 pm: Tom Mayer, Augustana College, "Galileo's Telescope and Roman
Elites, 1611: The Casino Malvasia and Vigna Bandini"

3:50 pm: Eileen Reeves: Princeton University, " 'Come, give me an
instrument': Telescopes, Trumpets, and Organ Pipes"

4:30-5:30 pm: Questions and Gerneral Discussion

5:30 pm: Remarks by Kurt Becker, Associate Provost NYU-Poly

Saturday, 17 April 2010

9:00 am: Coffee and Bagels

9:30 am: Mario Biagioli, Harvard University, "Did Galileo Copy the

10:10 am: Mordechai Feingold, California Institute of Technology, "Bringing
Heaven to the Capacity of All: The Telescope and the Culture of Astronomy
from Galileo to Newton"

10:50 am: Myles W. Jackson, NYU-Poly and Gallatin-NYU: "Joseph von
Fraunhofer's Artisanal Optics, Skill, and Experimental Natural Philosophers
in the Early Nineteenth Century"

11:30-12:30 pm: Questions and General Discussion

12:30-2:00 pm: LUNCH BREAK

2:00 pm: David DeVorkin, The Smithsonian Institution: "Catch a Falling Star:
Meteor and Satellite Trackers: Who Made Them and Why? Who Paid for Them and

2:40 pm: David Munns, John Jay College: "The Radio Astronomers: New
Communities and Knowledge via New Telescopes and Disciples"

3:20 pm: Robert Smith, The University of Alberta: "Telescopes Beyond the
Atmosphere: Making Space Astronomy and Building Coalitions"

4:00-5:00 pm: Questions and General Discussions

5:00 pm: Reading by Jay Sanders, from Richard Goodwin's Two Men of Florence.

6:00 pm: Reception

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Seminar in Dissenting Studies, the Board Room, Dr Williams's Library, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR. All are welcome. Those with an interest in Dr Williams's Library and its collections and in the history of Protestant dissent are especially invited to attend.

Wednesday 21 April 5.15 to 6.45 pm

Mark Burden (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘From Uniformity to Disunity: Political and Theological Controversy at the Dissenters’ Academies, 1660-1720’

Mark Burden is a third year PhD student at the Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. He was formerly educated at Oxford University (BA, MSt) and the University of Southampton (PGCE). His PhD project entails the first ever systematic study of manuscript and printed sources relating to the earliest academies for dissenters in England (1660-1720), which he is considering in relation to political, social, and intellectual history. He is preparing a Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Tutors and Students 1660-1720 for e-publication and will be a contributor to the forthcoming book, A History of the Dissenting Academies in the British Isles, 1660-1860, to be published by Cambridge University Press. As well as his thesis, his current projects include an account of the education of Daniel Defoe, and a fresh look at the attitudes of dissenters to the music of Henry Purcell.

Following the Restoration of Charles II in 1660, nonconformists found new ways to educate their children in university learning. Rather than send their sons to the universities, they established private academies across England, for the study of a wide range of academical subjects, including the learned languages, logic, ethics, natural philosophy, mathematics, and theology. Until recently, it was not possible for the political and intellectual significance of the earliest of the dissenters’ academies to be explored in detail. However, Mark Burden’s research has enabled a considerable body of manuscript and printed evidence relating to the early academies to be identified and contextualized for the first time. Previous accounts of the academies operating in the period 1660-1720 have generated a simplistic impression that tutors were passive victims of persecution, who succeeded against the odds in pioneering distinctively modern forms of learning. However, although tutors were affected by religious legislation, including the Act of Uniformity, the Toleration Act, and the Schism Act, they also contributed a range of conflicting views to many other political controversies. Furthermore, although some tutors produced new scientific works, many were intellectually unadventurous, using or adapting existing university textbooks and systems of learning. In theology, most remained orthodox, although the presence of Arian beliefs in some early eighteenth-century academies was to have important long-term consequences. A careful study of student notebooks and political pamphlets by tutors and students reveals that unity of educational method or belief was never a feature of the early academies, and that the strength of conflicting ideological forces had important political and social consequences for early eighteenth-century dissent.



A postgraduate conference organised by the Centre for Early Modern Studies to be held at the University of Sussex, 16-18 September 2010

Plenary Speakers: Brian Cummings (University of Sussex); Cathy Shrank (University of Sheffield); Martin Dzelzainis (Royal Holloway)

Deadline for Abstracts: 14th April 2010

Subjects: Literature and history, chronicles and chronicling history, national identity, romance, regional history, history plays, putting the past on the stage, encyclopaedias, the classical legacy, the medieval tradition, propaganda, reading and re-writing histories, history in art, painting the past, myth, legend and hearsay, popular histories, resurrecting and reforming the past.

Costs: £35 conference fee (exclusive of accommodation)

Postgraduate Bursaries available

Abstracts of 200-300 words should be sent electronically to

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Shakespeare’s Spaces

A two-day colloquium to conclude the 2010 Australian Shakespeare Festival at the University of Tasmania, Hobart
August 28-29 2010

Plenary Speakers
Emeritus Professor Michael Neill (University of Auckland)
Professor Stephen Orgel (Stanford University)
Professor Tiffany Stern (Oxford University)

Call for papers
The theme of this colloquium is designed to complement the new national Australian Shakespeare Festival. Held in a location Shakespeare and his contemporaries could hardly imagine: a city within a “South Sea of discovery,” Shakespeare's Spaces encourages you to think about Shakespeare's attitude to locality and localities, large and small. Ranging from the representation of locale within the plays, to playing spaces past and present, to location – including different media(s) – and its bearing on production, participants are invited to explore Shakespeare’s places and spaces as physical or intellectual locations in the present, in the past, or in ‘a world elsewhere’.

Proposals for 20 minute papers should be submitted for consideration by the programme panel by May 30th 2010, sent to

Registration will be via the Shakespeare Festival Website at from March 31st, 2010.

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Northeast Milton Seminar

... will be hosted by Prof. Achsah Guibbory at Barnard College, Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24. It begins at 4:30pm with a lecture by Dayton Haskin (Boston College), on "Milton and the
Making of an Academic Subject," which should have a broad interest since
it attends to the years when discrete literature courses were first
offered in U.S. colleges (c. 1870-1910), and is based on Dayton Haskin's
archival research.

Saturday, two papers will be discussed by the seminar, which will have
been previously circulated, one at 9:30am by RAchel Trubowitz (U of New
Hampshire) "Death and Calculus in Paradise Lost"), one at 1:15pm by Lynne
Greenberg (Hunter), "Milton's Figure of the Whore: Sex, Politics, and the
Law". The friday lecture is open to our academic community, and will be
followed by a brief reception. All sessions will take place in Sulzberger
Parlor, Barnard Hall (3rd floor). Faculty and students who are interested
in listening to the Saturday presentations and discussions are welcome.
But contact Achsah Guibbory ahead of time so she can make sure there is
adequate seating, etc. (

Rutgers Seminar in the History of the Book

William Sherman (University of York) “Renaissance Paratexts.”

Thursday, April 15:

2:30: Workshop and Seminar: “On the Threshold: Books and/as Buildings in
the English Renaissance,” in the Alexander Library 4th Floor Seminar Room
406 (To register, please sign up with Curtis Dunn at

5:00: Public Lecture, “The Beginning of ‘The End’: Terminal Paratext and
the Birth of Print Culture,” Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture
Hall, 4th floor.
Rutgers Seminar in the History of the Book

For further information, please contact Thomas Fulton at or Curtis Dunn at

Med / Ren in NY

From Alan Stewart at

Monday, April 5
The Heyman Center for the Humanities
"The Republic of Letters: Survival or Revival?"
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room

Tuesday, April 6
Columbia University Book History Colloquium
IVAN LUPIC (Columbia)
"Shakespeare, Milton, and the Battle of the Books"
6 PM
523 Butler Library
Contact: Gerald W. Cloud (

Tuesday, April 6
The New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and
the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room and Historical Collections
SYLVIE MERIAN (Morgan Library & Museum)
"Protection Against the Evil Eye? Votive Offerings on Armenian
Manuscript Bindings"
6:00PM - 8:30PM The New York Academy of Medicine Library, 1216 Fifth
Avenue and 103rd St
NYAM Library Reading Room, 3rd floor
This event sponsored by: The Guild of Book Workers, New York Chapter and
The New York Academy of Medicine Library Historical Collections
To register, please call Erin Albritton at 212-822-7364 or email
Suggested donation of $5.00 will be collected at the door

Thursday, April 8
The Robert Branner Forum
"Rereading Abbot Suger on Saint-Denis"
6:00 PM
612 Schermerhorn Hall; reception to follow

Thursday, April 8 [at NYU]
NYU English Department Colloquium for Early Literature and Culture in English
"Feeling Time: Prose Aesthetics in The Cloud of Unknowing
6:30 PM
Room 224, 19 University Place, NYU; photo ID needed for visitors
Contact: Liza Blake, Katie Vomero Santos
or Sarah Ostendrof

Friday, April 9
JORGE CANIZARES-ESGUERRA (University of Texas at Austin)
"Between the Heart of Christ and the Heart of Mary:
The Global Jesuit Mission in Quito ca. 1750"
622 Dodge Hall

Friday, April 9 [at CUNY]
Medieval Club of New York
Twentieth Annual Russell Hope Robbins Lecture
ROBERT MILLS (King's College London)
"Vezelay, Counterpleasure, and the Sex Lives of Monks: Experiences in
Respondent: CAROLYN DINSHAW (New York University)
7:30 PM, followed by reception
Room 4406 (English Program Lounge), CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue

Monday, April 12 [at NYU]
NYU Medieval & Renaissance Center/Department of Italian
PAULA FINDLEN "Rethinking 1633: writing the life of Galileo after the trial"
6:00-8:00 PM
Casa Italiana, 24 West 12th St
Contact: MARC at 212-998-8698 or

Monday, April 12-Tuesday, April 13
The Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium
MARTIN FOYS (Drew University)
Media Theory, Media History, and Old English Poetry
Lecture and Workshop
April 12 (lecture) 6 pm at Rutgers
April 13 (workshop) 4:10-6 pm at Columbia
Details TBA

Tuesday, April 13 [at CUNY]
Jessica Brantley (Yale): "Sir Thopas and the Devotional Reader"
Marlene Hennessy (Hunter, CUNY): "London, British Library
Egerton MS 1821 and the Late Medieval Somatic Book"
Pamela Sheingorn(CUNY Graduate Center): ìHearing an Illuminated
Manuscript: The Role of the Auditory System in Performative Readingî
4:30-6:30 PM
Room C-204, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave.
Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow

Tuesday, April 13
Columbia University Seminar in the Renaissance
"Human Life Span, Length of Life, and the Powers of Medicine:
Some Fourteenth- to Early-Seveneenth Century Discussions
Seminar at 7.30 PM; drinks at 5.45, dinner at 6.30
Faculty House
Contact: Ivan Lupic on

Wednesday, April 14
Columbia Early Modern Seminar
"'This Is My Home, Too': Hospitality, Spectrality and the 'Migrant Body'
of Shakespeare in Roberta Torre's Sud Side Stori. The True Story of
Romeo and Juliet (2000)"
6:15 PM
612 Philosophy Hall
Contact: Alan Stewart

Thursday, April 15
A Workshop with
Claire Waters (UC Davis)
"Unexpected Consequences: Medieval Religious Education from Lateran IV
to Margery Kempe"
2-4 PM
602 Philosophy (Conference room in the Department of English and
Comparative Literature)
Space is limited, so please email Patricia Daileuy
if you would like to attend.


July 10th 2010, at Newcastle University
Organised for the International Society for the History of Rhetoric

11.00-11.30 coffee
11.30-12.15 Mike Edwards (Institute of Classical Studies, editor of Rhetorica), 'The new Hyperides'
12.15-1.00 Jakob Wisse (Newcastle University), 'The limits of (ancient) rhetoric: some thoughts about rhetoric, literature and society'

1.00-2.30 lunch

2.30-3.15 Peter Mack (Warwick), 'Narrative and argument in Renaissance rhetoric'
3.15-4.00 Alison Thorne (Strathclyde), 'The rhetoric of supplication: ethos, pathos and the logic of identification'

4.00-5.00 coffee and roundtable discussion.

If you are interested in finding out what's new in the field of the history of rhetoric please, or talking with colleagues about all things rhetorical, please do join us for the day. Any enquiries: contact

Friday, April 02, 2010

Hoffman, or, Hamlet without the Prince

Oxford, 25 September 2010

A day-conference including a performance and panel discussion of Henry Chettle's The Tragedy of Hoffman.

10.30-4.30, Magdalen College, Oxford. Registration £25/£15 student.

Register online at, follow 'events'.

We are grateful for the sponsorship of the Malone Society, Magdalen College and the Oxford Faculty of English.

Enquiries to

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Book History Colloquium at Columbia

Ivan Lupic', Department of English & Comparative Literature, Columbia
“Shakespeare, Milton, and the Battle of the Books”
523 Butler Library, 6PM

Although literally fought only in the precincts of St. James’s Library
some centuries ago, the battle between the ancient and the modern books
continues to matter. For the student of the material book, the paper,
the binding, and the printed page--though they have no real tongue--all
speak with most miraculous organ. Silent yet stubborn, they persistently
participate in our definitions and understandings of the contested field
of literary culture. Lupic will look at what “certain Sheets of Paper,
bound up in Leather” contributed to the forging of the English classic
in the early eighteenth-century, and how the contributions they made are
in some form still with us. In addition to Shakespeare and Milton, the
indubitable heroes of the story, the distinguished company will also
feature the likes of Homer and Virgil, Dryden and Pope, Gay and Swift,
Bentley and--alas!--Theobald.
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