Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Ruin of a Multitude: Marlowe's Jew of Malta

A Marlowe Society Lecture

* Speaker: Dr. Andrew Duxfield
* Date: Saturday 25 September 2010, starting at 11:00am.
* Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
* Cost: No charge. At their own discretion, attendees may wish to make a small donation towards The Rose's efforts to raise funds for further excavation work, and development of the theatre.
* Places: This event is open to both members and non-members. Although the event is free, it would help us gauge numbers if you can let event organiser Barbara Wooding ( know in advance that you plan to attend.
* Summary: Dr. Duxfield will give a lecture developed from his 2009 Hoffman Prize winning essay in the very theatre on Bankside where Marlowe's play The Jew of Malta was first performed in the early 1590's. The lecture will begin at 11am and last for approximately 50 minutes, after which Dr. Duxfield will be happy to take questions. Note that The Rose has very limited toilet facilities, although patrons are able to use the facilities at The New Globe around the corner. Tea and coffee will be on sale.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Power of the Word: Poetry, Theology and Life

An International Conference, 17-18 June 2011

Heythrop College, University of London

This conference is organized by Heythrop College and the Institute of
English Studies, University of London.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Gianni Vattimo (University of Turin),
Professor Helen Wilcox (University of Bangor), Professor M. Paul
Gallagher (Gregorian University, Rome), Professor Paul Fiddes
(University of Oxford), tba.
Other invited speakers include: Professor John Took (UCL), Professor Jay
Parini (Middlebury College, Vermont), Prof. Georg Langenhorst
(University of Augsburg), Olivier-Thomas Venard (Professor Ecole
Biblique, Jerusalem), Dr Antonio Spadaro (Gregorian University, Rome),
Dr Stefano Maria Casella (IULM University, Milan), Dr Florian Mussgnug
Conference organizers: David Lonsdale (Heythrop College, University of
London) and Dr Francesca Bugliani Knox (Heythrop College, University of
Conference committee: Professor John Took (UCL), Dr Anna Abram (Heythrop
College), Dr Antonio Spadaro (Gregorian University, Rome), Dr James
Sweeney (Heythrop College), David Lonsdale (Heythrop College), Dr
Francesca Bugliani Knox (Heythrop College), Dr Michael Kirwan (Heythrop

Religion has always been part of Western literary traditions. Many
canonical literary texts engage extensively with theology and religious
faith and practice, and theological and spiritual writers make liberal
use of literary genres, tropes and strategies. Recent work in philosophy
of religion, theology, the study of religions and literary criticism has
once again brought to the fore issues which arise when literature,
faith, theology and life meet, whether in harmony or in conflict. This
international conference aims to:
 foster a dialogue among scholars in theology, philosophy, spirituality
and literature and between these and creative writers;
 discuss the ‘truth’ of poetry and the ‘truth’ of theology in relation
to each other;  reassess the idea of poetry as a criticism of life; 
discuss the relationship between faith, theology and the creative
imagination through an
examination of theoretical issues and the study of specific texts; 
examine the importance of poetry for personal and social identity,
social cohesion and relations
between faiths and cultures.
The organisers invite scholars currently working in the subject field to
offer panel papers (30 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion) to address
the following titles and themes. Please email
abstracts of 500 words max. by Friday 14 October 2010 to: and
Titles and themes of panels:
1. Why poetry matters
 The activity of reading  ‘Tolle, lege’: reading as transformative 
Poetry and the development of the reader  The purpose and value of
religious poetry  Is religiously committed literary criticism possible,
desirable, necessary?  Specific writers and texts
2. Poetry, faith, religion and theology
 Faith and the poet  Poetry and poets in theological perspective 
Religious experience and the experience of poetry  Devotional poetry 
What makes a work of poetry theologically or religiously significant or
relevant?  Metaphor, symbol, faith and theology  Is the writer/poet as
such theologically significant?  Specific writers and texts
3. Poetry and the mystical
 Relationships between mysticism and poetry  Mystical poetry  Poets
as mystics, mystics as poets  Specific writers and texts
4. Imagination, faith and theology
 The place of imagination in religion, faith, theology, spirituality 
The ‘sacramental imagination’; poetry as sacramental  Reason and
imagination in faith and theology  Theology, spirituality and the
poetic imagination
 Specific writers and texts
5. Poetry and sacred texts
 ‘Secular’ and ‘sacred’ poetic texts  ‘Secular’ poetry and sacred
texts  Specific writers and texts
6. Poetry and society
 Does poetry make anything happen?  Poetry, literary criticism and
ethics  Poetry and politics  Specific writers and texts

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The Earl of Essex

Monday 16 August 2010 Tudor-Stuart Midsummer Seminar
Institute of Historical Research, University of London

In response to many requests that the Tudor-Stuart seminar should not shut down completely during the summer, we have arranged an extended day-seminar on the Earl of Essex (d. 1601) for Monday 16 August 2010. The provisional programme is below. The plenary paper will be 40 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Each subsequent paper will be 25 minutes followed by 10 minutes’ discussion, with opportunities for more discussion at the end of each session.
We ask participants who cannot stay for the whole day to attend either the morning or afternoon sessions. Please DO NOT disrupt the seminar by attending only for an individual paper.
Seminar committee: Pauline Croft, RHUL: Simon Healy, History of Parliament Trust: Richard Hoyle, University of Reading: Michael Questier, QMUL: Rivkah Zim, KCL, with Professor Malcolm Smuts, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Morning Session

10.00 Welcome : Pauline Croft

10.10 Plenary paper
Paul Hammer Why does Essex still matter?

11.00 Malcolm Smuts “Patriot Essex” and his concept of the State

11.40 Lisa Ford Soldier, Statesman, Traitor, Martyr: the shaping of
Essex’s persona in visuals and text

12. 15- 12.45 general discussion of the papers (chair, Pauline Croft)

12.45 Lunch Sandwiches, fruit and coffee may be purchased in the IHR common room, or feel free to bring your own.

Afternoon Session

2. 00 Hiram Morgan Essex and Ireland before 1599

2.40 Alexandra Gajda Essex and the languages of counsel

3. 15 Michael Ullyot Essex and his Exemplars

4.00 general discussion of the papers (chair, Paul Hammer)

4.30 concluding remarks Malcolm Smuts
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