Monday, February 28, 2011

Feeling Words

The Early Modern Interdisciplinary Group at the CUNY Graduate Center
invites you to a lecture by Professor Benedict Robinson entitled
"DISGUST," which is part of a new book project, Feeling Words: An
Early Modern Philology of the Affections.

Friday, March 4 / 2:30 PM / Room 5409 of the Graduate Center, 365
Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets)

Benedict Robinson is Associate Professor of English at SUNY Stony
Brook and the author of Islam and Early Modern English Literature: The
Politics of Romance from Spenser to Milton (Palgrave 2007).

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Michael Plunkett and Colin Macdonald
EMIG co-chairs
For questions, please contact

Monday, February 21, 2011

“Representations of Childhood”

Columbia University's Heyman Center presents James Fenton in two events:

“Representations of Childhood”
[This paper focuses on early modern representations of childhood]
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 6:15pm
Second Floor Common Room, the Heyman Center
Co-sponsored by the Department of English

Poetry Reading
Thursday, 24 February 2011 6:15pm
Second Floor Common Room, the Heyman Center

Both events are free and open to the public.
No tickets or registration necessary.
Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Photo ID required for entry.

Click the following link for the location of the Heyman Center:

For more information on the Heyman Center, please visit

Friday, February 18, 2011

Intellectual Geography: Comparative Studies, 1550-1700

St Anne's College, University of Oxford on 5-7 September 2011.

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 1 April 2011.

This conference, the second in a series of three, forms part of 'Cultures of
Knowledge: An Intellectual Geography of the Seventeenth-Century Republic of
Letters'. Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Project is based
in the Humanities Division of the University of Oxford and, in collaboration
with partners in both Britain and abroad, is dedicated to reconstructing the
correspondence networks central to the revolutionary intellectual
developments of the seventeenth century. Full details concerning the
conference and submissions may be found on the conference microsite:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Why Allegory Now?

A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference

Registration for the 'Why Allegory Now?' conference is now open.

Keynote speakers: Prof. Jeremy Tambling (Manchester) and Dr. Roger Pooley (Keele).

The conference is hosted by the University of Manchester with the support of the Royal Historical Society, the Society for Renaissance Studies, SAGE and Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). It will take place on Friday 1st April 2011 at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester.

A provisional programme can be found at

Please email for a copy of the registration form and information regarding travel, accommodation and eating out. The registration form can either be completed electronically and emailed to the conference address or completed by hand and returned to the address on page 1 of the form. Registration closes on Friday 25th March 2011.

The conference fee is £14. Please note that there are 20 x £5 fee reduction bursaries available from the Royal Historical Society and 20 x £5 fee reduction bursaries available from the Society for Renaissance Studies. Postgraduates working in either History or Renaissance-related areas are eligible for these bursaries and they will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Please tick the relevant box on the registration form if you would like to be considered for either of these fee reductions.

If you have any queries regarding the conference please do not hesitate to get in touch with Jade and Matt at

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Catholic Culture

Arthur Marotti and Robert Miola will be speaking at the CUNY Graduate
Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 9204, on February 25, 2011, 5-7PM.

Arthur Marotti on "In Defense of Idolatry: Residual Catholic Culture
and the Protestant Assault on the Sensuous in Early Modern England"
Robert Miola on "Publishing the Word: The Sacred Poetry of Robert
Southwell, S.J."

All are welcome to attend the talks and the reception to follow. For
further information, please contact Clare Carroll at

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Thirteenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

26-28 May 2011, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
We invite graduate students with interests in Shakespearean and Renaissance studies to join us in May at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon for The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.
The conference is run by students, for students, and is now in its thirteenth year. It has a reputation for providing a friendly but stimulating academic forum and attracts delegates from around the world. Delegates have the opportunity to present their research in front of an audience of peers, to attend several plenary sessions organised across the three days of the conference, and to see the RSC production of The Merchant of Venice, starring Patrick Stewart, at group-booking price. The Institute is also ideally situated for students who want to visit the beautiful and historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, to explore the world-class resources of the Shakespeare Institute Library and the Shakespeare Centre Library or to watch further exciting shows at the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre (see for the full season).
The conference will feature talks by Martin Wiggins (The Shakespeare Institute), Catherine Richardson (The University of Kent), Matthew Frost (Manchester University Press), Jacquelyn Bessell (The Shakespeare Institute) and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, who will provide First Folio and archive viewing. Jacque MacDonald will direct a performance of a court masque. Lunch will be provided on each day.
We invite abstracts of approximately 200 words for papers of twenty minutes length (3,000 words or less). Delegates wanting to give papers must register by April 15 2011. Undergraduates in their final two years may attend the conference as auditors, as indeed may postgraduates. We encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.
The website contains more information about the event and the venue, including prices and downloadable registration forms. See or email us at
Registration Opens: 1 March 2011
Deadline for Papers: 15 April 2011
Deadline for Auditors: 10 May 2011


The 2011 Thomas Harriot Lecture will be given by Dr Surekha Davies
(Birkbeck College, London) at 5 p.m. on Thursday 19 May 2011 in the
Champneys Room, Oriel College. Dr Davies's subject will be ‘Thomas Harriot,
John White and the Invention of the Algonquian Indian, 1585-1650’. The
lecture will be followed by drinks in the Champneys Room at 6 p.m. All

For further details, please contact Robert Fox (

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Global Shakespeare

Call for Papers

Shakespeare (The Journal of the British Shakespeare Association) Announces a Special Issue on "Global Shakespeare"

Deadline: September 30, 2011

The special issue welcomes papers on Shakespeare in performance in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that participate in or initiate debates—theory, praxis, reception—worldwide. During his lifetime, Shakespeare’s plays were performed in Europe and subsequently taken to remote corners of the globe, including Sierra Leone, Socotra, and colonial Indonesia. Performances in England also had a global flair. European visitors such as Thomas Platter witnessed the plays on stage at the Globe (1599) and left behind diary records. Four centuries on, there has been a sea change. In theatre, Shakespeare has been recruited, exemplified, resisted, and debated in post/colonial encounters, in the international avant-garde led by Ariane Mnouchkine, Ninagawa Yukio, Peter Brook, Tadashi Suzuki, and others, and in the circuits of global politics and tourism in late capitalist societies.

As artists reconstruct notions of tradition, critics are no longer confined by the question of narrowly defined cultural authenticity. However, what are the new paradigms that can help us avoid replicating the old author-centered textuality in performance criticism? What critical resources might we bring to the task of interpreting the behaviors and signs in performance? What is the role of local and global spectators? More importantly, what is the task of criticism as it deals with the transformations of Shakespeare and various performance idioms?

Articles in this issue will take stock of the worldwide histories of performance and criticism to uncover any blind spots in current methodologies to study the theoretical and artistic implications of Shakespeare and the cultures of diaspora, Anglophone countries, Europe, Russia, Africa, the Arab world, Asia, Latin America and elsewhere.

In addition, this issue will also feature a section devoted to recent adaptations in English and other languages, including those staged and screened during the 2011 SAA in Bellevue: The Bond (dir. Lü Boshen), a Chinese opera adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, and The Prince of the Himalayas (dir. Sherwood Hu), a Tibetan film inspired by Hamlet.

We invite two types of submissions --

• Standard length journal article: criticism
• Short performance reviews

Please follow the Journal's Instructions for Authors (

Queries or submissions--WORD (.doc) file, double-spaced, 12-point font; no .docx files please--to be emailed to Alex Huang at

Thursday, February 03, 2011


Birkbeck, University of London, 24-5 June, 2011

The conference programme, abstracts and speakers' biographies are now
online at:

Registration details will be mounted here in due course.

If you wish to be added to the conference mailing-list, please contact the
conference organizer, Dr Surekha Davies,

This conference is sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, the Society for
Renaissance Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, the Royal Historical
Society and the Journal of Early Modern History.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Golden Age and Renaissance

Originally founded at Queen Mary, the seminar has been based at UCL since 1998.

We are interested in papers on any aspect of early modern Spanish culture and particularly welcome contributions from postgraduates. If you would like to offer a paper then please contact the organizer Alexander Samson:
2011 Events
Early Colonial History Symposium, Wednesday 20th April, Foster Court 101


9.30 – 10am Registration.

10 – 11.30am Session 1.

Iris Montero Sobrevilla (Cambridge), New-World nature in Old-World coating: the hummingbird in the emblematic tradition

Andrew Redden (Qeen’s University Belfast), ‘Animo hijos míos. Ved aquí los ángeles q' vienen a serviros': Angelic Sickness in Early Modern Hispanic America

Estefania Yunes Vincke (UCL), Pedro de Gante and the Catecismo en pictogramas

11.30 – 12am Coffee Break.

12 – 1.30pm Session 2.

Victoria Rios Castaño (Ulster), Juan López de Velasco's Relaciones topográficas and geográficas

Robert Goodwin (KCL/UCL), The perpetuation of sixteenth-century misrepresentations in modern historiographical readings of a relación

Alexander Samson (UCL), Informaciones de servicio as Administrative Instrument

1.30 – 2.30pm Lunch.

2.30 – 5pm Session 3.

Elizabeth Baquedano (UCL, Institute of Archaeology), Aztec Gold.

Caroline Dodds Pennock (Sheffield), Was there an Indigenous Atlantic?

Barry Ife (Guidlhall School of Music and Drama), Where was Bernal Díaz when Cortés needed him?

Zoltan Biedermann (Birkbeck), How to Map an Alien Empire: Safavid Persia in some Iberian texts and maps
This event is free of charge and open to all. Please contact the organizer for more details Location maps as to how to get to UCL and the venue are available here:

Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global

NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

At the Folger Institute Center for Shakespeare Studies

Directed by Michael Neill (Emeritus Professor, University of
Auckland), with visiting faculty Graham Bradshaw (University of
Queensland), Mark Thornton Burnett (Queen’s University Belfast),
Thomas Cartelli (Muhlenberg College), Mary Floyd-Wilson (University of
North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Alison Games (Georgetown University),
John Gillies (University of Essex), Kim F. Hall (Barnard College),
Coppélia Kahn (Brown University), Bernhard Klein (University of Kent),
Peter Lake (Vanderbilt University), Katherine Rowe (Bryn Mawr
College), and Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University).

Application deadline: 1 March 2011

Institute convenes 13 June – 14 July 2011, at the Folger Shakespeare
Library in Washington, DC.

All details, including the syllabus, bibliographies, and application
materials, may be found at

"John Milton's 'Philosophic Freedom': How to Improve the World with Books"

Thursday, February 3 [at Rutgers], 26th Annual Louis Faugeres Bishop Lecture
NIGEL SMITH (Princeton)
Scholarly Communications Center, Archibald S. Alexander Library,
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
4.30 pm

Nigel Smith, Professor of English and Co-director of the Center for
the Study of Books and Media at Princeton University, will give the
Rutgers University Libraries' 2011 Louis Faugères Bishop III lecture
on February 3, 2011 at the Alexander Library in New Brunswick. Nigel
Smith, the author of "Is Milton Better than Shakespeare?," came to
Princeton from the University of Oxford in 1999. His lecture will
celebrate the opening of the exhibition Milton and the Cultures of
Print, on display in the Special Collections and University Archives
Galleries until May 31, 2011. The exhibition in Alexander Library,
curated by Rutgers Associate Professor of English Thomas Fulton, will
focus on Milton as a historical figure, placing him in the context of
the turbulent times in which he lived. In addition to a number of
first editions by Milton, the exhibition will include a changing
digital display of Milton's manuscripts.
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