Tuesday, May 24, 2011


This year's Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture will be given by H. R.
Woudhuysen (University College London): ' "Ha-ha-ha. Hi-hi-hi. Ho-ho-ho.
Ha-hi-ho": Representing sounds in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century
English literature': Thursday 2 June 2011 at 6.00pm in the Beveridge
Hall, Senate House, University of London. This is a free public
lecture, followed by a wine reception. Anyone wishing to reserve a seat
should contact jon.millington@sas.ac.uk | tel. 020 7 664 4859.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dissenting Academies Online launch 11 June

Saturday 11 June 2011, Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AR

This event marks the public launch of Dissenting Academies Online, an innovative
digital resource for the history of the dissenting academies and the first major
outcome of the Dissenting Academies Project, a collaboration between the Dr
Williams’ s Centre for Dissenting Studies and the Sussex Centre for Intellectual

The resource is in two parts. Dissenting Academies Online: Database and Encyclopedia, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, contains details of academies, students, tutors, and archives, with accompanying articles; Dissenting Academies Online: Virtual Library System, funded by the AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme, is a reconstruction of some of the key academy libraries and their loans. The project team will explain how the two parts have been created, and demonstrate what they can offer users.


1.45pm Registration
2.00pm Introduction

Presentation by Dr Simon Dixon (Queen Mary) and Dr Inga Jones (Sussex) of
Dissenting Academies Online: Database and Encyclopedia


Presentation by Dr Rosemary Dixon (Queen Mary) and Dr Kyle Roberts (Queen
Mary) of Dissenting Academies Online: Virtual Library System


Attendance is free but limited to 60 places. Registration is required.
Please email the details specified below to: conference@DWLib.co.uk

I shall attend the launch of Dissenting Academies Online

Please give details if you have any special requirements:

Web page: http://www.english.qmul.ac.uk/drwilliams/events/l2011.html

Professor Isabel Rivers
Co-Director, Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

Friday, May 20, 2011

Francis Bacon

The UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges is delighted to announce a
special lecture by Professor Alan Stewart of Columbia University, New
York. Professor Stewart will be known to many of you as the author of
'Shakespeare's Letters', biographies of Sir Francis Bacon, Sir Philip
Sidney, and James I, and 'Close Readers: Humanism and Sodomy in Early
Modern England'.

Professor Stewart will speak on 'Francis Bacon in International
Collaboration'. The lecture will cover how Bacon co-opts other scholars
into writing his work, concentrating on his translations into Latin,
French and Italian.

The lecture is at 5pm on Wed 8 June, in Malet Place Engineering 1.03, UCL.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Call for Papers – The Senses in Early Modern England, 1485-1668 (21st-22nd October 2011)

A conference hosted by the London Renaissance Seminar, Shakespeare’s Globe and Birkbeck, University of London

Prof. Erica Fudge, University of Strathclyde (Keynote Speaker)
Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare’s Globe (Keynote Speaker)

“Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect /By your eyes' anguish” (King Lear, 4.5.5-6)

What did early modern subjects understand by the term “the senses”? What relationships and hierarchies were posited amongst the senses? How reliable were they in facilitating communication, understanding or knowledge? What kinds of sense experiences were implied in the production and consumption of texts in manuscript, print and performance?

There has been increased attention in early modern studies to various aspects of sense experience. Recent work is increasingly sensitive to the ways in which the senses were conceptualised at a particular historical moment, in terms of their relative significance, the physiological processes that they entailed, and the forms of experience and knowledge that they might facilitate for a subject. Such research foregrounds the importance of cultural context to sensory experiences, necessitating close attention to the particular ways in which early modern subjects both understood and experienced their own senses. This is visible in the posited ‘hierarchy of the senses’, and in the different understandings of the workings of the body and its relationship with the world; indeed, the place and nature of sensory experience in the relationship between outside phenomena and inner knowledge was central to the many epistemological questions being explored during the period. This conference aims to examine these culturally specific configurations and their importance to texts and performances; this importance is visible in many ways – in performance and reception at the theatre, in reading habits and indeed in conceptions of ‘reading’ itself, in the various ways in which senses appear in texts for rhetorical or other purposes, even in the relationships between the exterior, the body, cognition and selfhood explored in canonical texts of the period. We aim to bring together the latest research on this significant and critically current topic.

The conference will consist of a Friday evening postgraduate forum at Shakespeare’s Globe, and a day-long Saturday postgraduate conference at Birkbeck, University of London, with keynote papers from Dr Farah Karim-Cooper and Professor Erica Fudge. We welcome submissions in the form of 20 minute papers on subjects including, but not limited to, the following:

• Theoretical and practical understandings of the experience and/or functioning of the senses,
• How the senses appear in texts of various kinds,
• How understandings of the senses shaped theatrical practice in England,
• How such understandings may have shaped audience experience of drama,
• The various sensory experiences of reading ,
• Differing relations with the senses in different fields of artistic production,
• The relationship between the senses, cognition and selfhood,
• More recent theories of sensory experience/aesthetics and their relevance to early modern texts and contexts.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words to Jackie Watson, Birkbeck College, at jwatso05@mail.bbk.ac.uk by Friday 24th June 2011, including your name, institution, position (e.g. PhD Student) and email address. We would also welcome joint submissions of 2-3 abstracts that could form a panel of 20 minute papers.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Objects reading group, Birkbeck, London

The next two Feeling Objects reading group meetings are on Monday June 6 and Monday June 20, 3-5pm, in the Keynes Library (room 114), 43 Gordon Square.

Details (and all the readings / viewings) here:

Do come. Please forward to anyone who might be interested.

Adam Smyth and Aoife Monks
adam.smyth@bbk.ac.uk and a.monks@bbk.ac.uk

Lecturer in Shakespeare & Early Modern Drama, University of Nottingham

Reference : CE04185A
Closing Date : 09 June 2011
Salary : £32,751 to £44,016 per annum, depending on skills and experience, salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
This full-time, permanent post is available from 1 September 2011

Applications are invited for the above post based in the School of English Studies.

The person appointed will cover undergraduate teaching on core, team-taught first- and second-year modules and the provision of specialist option modules in drama and literature for third year students in the area of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama, as well as contributing to MA teaching within the School. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to team teaching on the Theatre Research MA and a new planned collaborative Masters programme with the School of Education, an MA in Creative and Professional Practice, and may be asked to help with the development of short courses as part of the School's work in the area of continuing and professional development. In addition they will also be expected to contribute fully to the recruitment, supervision and examination of doctoral students.

Candidates should have a PhD in Shakespeare and/or Early Modern Drama and be able to teach on core modules on drama and performance and early modern literature and drama. They should also be willing to use their current research interests in order to develop new modules, and assist with team teaching at MA level, including contributing to delivery of the School's Distance Learning MA and continuing and professional development programmes where appropriate. Teaching experience in higher education will be an advantage.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Julie Sanders, Head of School,
tel: 0115 846 7040 or email:julie.sanders@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. Further information about the School is available at:http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/english.

Provisional interview date: 15 July 2011

Two Jobs in London!

Two fixed-term Lectureships in Early Modern English Department of English Language and Literature King’s College London

The Department wishes to appoint two fixed-term lecturers in Early
Modern English Literature to contribute to teaching at BA and MA level,
including the highly successful MA in Early Modern English: Text and
Transmission (with the British Library), and MA in Shakespeare Studies
(with Shakespeare's Globe).

1 x Lectureship in Early Modern English, Fixed Term (2 years) full-time

1 x Part-Time Lectureship in Early Modern English, Fixed Term (1 year),
0.5 FTE (A6/AAE/329/11-SC)

Applicants should have a strong record of research and publication
appropriate to their stage of career. The successful candidates will
join a dynamic group of early modern scholars in the Department of
English and the London Shakespeare Centre. The appointment will be made,
dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 6
scale. The range will be £30,870 to £36,8632 per annum, plus £2,323
London Allowance.

See http://www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/pertra/vacancy/external/pers_detail.php?jobindex=10248 for further details.



Regius Professor of History at Oxford University, will give the 2011 Dacre Lecture, which will also be a valedictory lecture,

on MONDAY 23 MAY at 5 p.m.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the building, to which all attending the lecture are welcome.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Medieval and Early Modern Texts and Contexts-seminar

Tuesday 17 May, Queen Mary, University of London,
Lockkeeper's Cottage, 2pm-4pm

* Travel and Encounters in the Early Modern Levant *

Dr Eva Johanna Holmberg (University of Helsinki/Queen Mary): English
travellers and their companions in the early modern Ottoman Empire

Dr Felicità Tramontana (University of Palermo): British travellers and
Franciscan friars in seventeenth-century Jerusalem

Professor Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary, University of London): Afterword and

Historicizing Performance in the Early Modern Period

The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester
January 20, 2012

Plenary Speakers:
Professor Julie Sanders (Nottingham)
Professor Tiffany Stern (Oxford)

This one-day academic conference aims to bring together scholars working on all aspects of performance in the early modern period (taken broadly to include the fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries). We intend to interrogate what performance and its related terminologies and practices might have meant to early modern readers, playgoers, and congregations; how performance shaped and/or undermined distinctions between private/public bodies and selves. Although drama is an essential point of reference for this discussion, we encourage that “historicizing performance” be taken as broadly as possible. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

- Plays and play-going

- Music and singing

- Public spectacles, ceremonies and architecture
- Ritual, devotional expression, spirituality / the sermon as performance

- Autobiography and Performative Texts

- Performing gender/ sexuality/ the domestic
- Performance and the performative in theory

Please email abstracts (400 words max.) for a 20 minute paper to Michael Durrant and

Naya Tsentourou at: Historicizing.Performance@manchester.ac.uk

Deadline for abstracts: September 23th, 2011

Notifications of acceptance to be sent out by October 14th, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Society, Culture and Belief, 1500-1800, 5.30, IHR (Ecclesiastical History Room)

Pratik Chakrabarti will be speaking on 'Globalization, Conquest and the Making of European Medical Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century'.

Birkbeck Early Modern Society

Stephen Brogan writes ...

Dear Early Modernist,

Details for your diaries of our next two events.

20 May: Dr Carmen Fracchia, ‘Slavery and Visuality in Imperial Spain: The Miracle of the Black Leg’, 6.30 pm, Clore 101.

Dr Fracchia works in the Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies at Birkbeck, and is an expert on early modern Spanish art. She last spoke to the society in January 2007, when she discussed Velasquez and his painting of his slave, and she is currently writing a monograph entitled Black but Human: Slavery and Visual Culture in Imperial Spain (15th to 18th centuries).

Our end of term lecture has now been finalized and is as follows.

23 June: Professor Stuart Carroll (University of York) 'The Duel', 6.30 pm, room B36, Malet Street; followed by our end of year party in room B02, Malet Street. Professor Carroll works on the political, social and cultural history of early modern France, and has published widely on violence and vengeance.

I look forward to seeing you at these exciting lectures!

Best wishes

Stephen Brogan

For details of our aims and events please see http://www.bbk.ac.uk/history/current-students/societies-student-groups/early-modern-society

For a whole lot more visit http://www.emintelligencer.org.uk

/Henry V/, Oaths and Ireland

John Kerrigan
Tuesday, 17 May
8.45pm, The Parlour, Magdalene College
All Welcome
Wine and whiskey served

Sunday, May 08, 2011

London Theatre Seminar

9 June – Jerome de Groot (Manchester),‘Performing Remains and Renactments’

Venue: G37, Senate House, Ground Floor (WC1E 7HU), 6.30-8.30pm

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Royal Body

Call for Papers
Centre for the Study of Bodies and Material Culture,
Royal Holloway, University of London
2-5 April 2012

‘For the King has in him two bodies … a Body natural and a Body politic.’

The idea of the king’s two bodies, the body natural and the body politic, founded on the distinction between the personal and mortal king and the perpetual and corporate crown, has long been of interest to scholars of medieval and early modern kingship. In later centuries the natural body of the monarch remained a contested site, with the life, health, sexuality, fertility and death of the king or queen continuing to be an important part of politics. Now royal sex and scandal is the very stuff that sells newspapers, and royal christening, weddings and funerals continue to capture the popular imagination. Indeed the ‘royal touch’ of Aids victims or sick children remains a potent image. So what is the significance of the natural body of the monarch to their subjects now and the importance of it for the concept, and survival, of monarchy?

This conference will explore the bodies of monarchs across Europe ranging from the medieval period to the present. By considering how the monarch's body has been washed, dressed, used, anointed, hidden, attacked and put on display, it will investigate how ideas of king/queenship have developed over time.

Abstracts of 300 words, for papers of approximately 20 minutes, should be submitted by 15 September 2011 to Dr Anna Whitelock, Department of History, RHUL, anna.whitelock@rhul.ac.uk

The conference will take place at Royal Holloway, Egham, Surrey, on 2-5 April 2012.

Topics might include:

• Body service – dining, dressing, washing
• Rituals and ceremony
• Bodyservants and bodyguards
• Royal sleep –dreams and nightmares
• Assassination attempts
• Age, health and pregnancy
• Deformity and disability
• Royal births and deaths
• Regicide
• Royal touch
• Divine bodies
• Christenings, coronations, weddings and funerals
• Sexuality
• Fertility, chastity, virility
• Royal doctors
• Effigies and monuments
• Royal Dress
• Sex and Scandal
• Historiography
• Iconography and representation
• Drama and literature
• Political theory

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Nathan Field’s and John Fletcher’s The Honest Man’s Fortune (1613)

Saturday 7th May 2011. Laud Building (Lg25)

12.30 – 17.15

A Staged Reading of the Entire Play

Hosted by the English and Language Studies Department at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Concluding with a Round Table Discussion of the Play.

Participants will be reading from Johan Gerritsen’s edition (1952).

For full details see http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/arts-humanities/english-language-studies/AnnualRenaissance.aspx

Admission is free but to reserve one of a limited number of places left please contact Steve Orman sro3@canterbury.ac.uk

Friendship, Politics, and the Uses of History

Early Modern Research Centre University of Reading, Thursday 12 May 2011
Keynote speaker: Professor Blair Worden


Jacqueline Rose (Newnham College, Cambridge):

Friendship and Flattery in the Politics of History and Counsel


Kate Loveman (University of Leicester):

Pepys, patronage and scholarly service

1.00–2.00 Lunch


Freyja Cox-Jensen (Christ Church, Oxford):

‘Et tu, Brute?’: friendship, betrayal and the uses of Roman history


Abigail Williams (St Peter’s College, Oxford):

Friendship and the intimacy of letters in Swift's Journal to Stella

4.00–4.30 Tea

4.30–5.45 Keynote lecture

Blair Worden (University of Oxford/Royal Holloway University of London):

Friendship, Politics, and the Uses of History: Clarendon and Ben Jonson

There will be a charge of £10 for refreshments (postgraduates free). If you wish to attend, please book a place by e-mailing Astrid House (a.house@reading.ac.uk), stating that you wish to attend the EMRC colloquium on 12 May 2011.
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