Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My country Penne would alwaies shun the City

Regional manuscript transmission, 1500-1700
Society for Renaissance Studies 2012, 9-11th July, University of Manchester.

While the transmission of manuscript texts in early modern England has
been understood as a phenomenon based in metropolitan centres, a number of
recent studies have now shown that hand-copied texts were an important
means of communicating literary culture all over the British Isles. As
suggested by the title’s quotation from Nicholas Oldisworth,
regional manuscripts can show a lively culture of composition and
circulation that operated quite independently of the cities, though
important exchanges were maintained between urban and non-urban

This panel will present papers that explore any aspect of the role and
significance of manuscript dissemination outside of urban centres in the
early modern British Isles. Topics for proposals may include (but are
certainly not limited to): the accumulation, collection, and anthologising
of hand-copied texts; the importance of social groupings based around
families, friends, and other institutions; the geographical spread of
copied texts; the literary forms of texts available to provincial readers
and copyists; the relationship between writing, place, and dissemination.

Please send short abstracts or informal enquiries to Joel Swann at j.swann
[at] by the 2nd of September 2011 (ahead of the general
SRS deadline). For more information on the 2012 SRS conference, go to

Friday, July 15, 2011

John Donne Society

27th Anniversary Conference, Call for Papers

Tuesday, 26 June, to Friday, 29 June, 2012

Scaliger Institute, University of Leiden, Leiden, Netherlands

Individual papers on any aspect of Donne’s life and work are welcome. We also welcome panels of papers addressing specific topics in Donne studies.

COMPLETE PAPERS (1 copy, 8-11 pages maximum, as an email Word attachment; please include your e-mail and mailing addresses in the body of the email submission).

All graduate student essays accepted for presentation will be considered for the John R. Roberts Award for Best Essay by a Graduate Student

All papers must be submitted by August 20, 2011 to
Prof Sean McDowell
Department of English
Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Saturday 22 October 2011

Venue: In the Birmingham and Midland Institute on Saturday 22 October 2011. There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm, and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

We currently intend that each session will have two papers (of approx. 25-30 minutes each), for which proposals are invited.

Please send proposals to Professor Thomas N. Corns no later than 22 August 2011.

Thomas N. Corns
Joint Convener

Monday, July 11, 2011


Registration is now open for this year's York Cultural History Conference, 'Conspiracies Real & Imagined' (6th-8th Sept). Featuring papers on subjects covering all areas of the globe from the 16th to the 21st centuries, from scholars from many disciplines and international affiliations, it is hoped that the conference will go some way to placing conspiracies towards the mainstream of historical concern.

Registration forms and details of the programme can be obtained using the following link:

For any further enquiries, please contact


University of Cambridge
Teaching Associate, Faculty of English
Vacancy Reference No: GG08378 Salary: £27,428-£35,788

Limit of tenure applies*

Applications are invited for a fixed-term Teaching Associate (Grade 7,
£27,428 - £35,788) from 1 October 2011 to 31 July 2013. The successful
candidate should have expertise in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama,
and also in some aspect of contemporary literary criticism, literary
theory, or interdisciplinary cultural research. They will be expected to
contribute to the teaching of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama in the
Faculty at undergraduate level, and to the MPhils in Medieval and
Renaissance Literature and in Criticism and Culture.

* Limit of tenure: 1 October 2011 - 31 July 2013

Closing date: 8 August 2011. Planned Interview dates: August 2011.

Further particulars and application forms are available from the 'News
and Special Events' section of

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Reading Early Modern Conference

Bookings can still be made for the Reading Early Modern Conference on 18-20 July 2011. The full programme and a booking form can be found at

The plenary lectures are

Prof. Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), ‘Lying and early modern literature’.

Prof. Howard Hotson (Oxford), ‘Cultures of communication in an age of crisis: the multi-layered network of Samuel Hartlib’.

Prof. Dror Wahrman (Indiana), ‘The media revolution in early modern England: an artist’s perspective’.
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