Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Bible in English from the Early Middle Ages to 1611

A one-day colloquium to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the
King James Bible
12 November 2011
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
This colloquium will explore English translations of the Bible from the
Early Middle Ages up to the publication of the King James Version in
1611. The day includes a series of lectures, a private view of the
Cathedral’s exhibition of Bibles in English from Tyndale to King James
Version, and morning and afternoon refreshments. The speakers are Dr
Alixe Bovey, Dr Helen Gittos, Dr Sarah James, Professor John Thompson,
and Dr Ryan Perry, and the day will culminate in Professor Stephen
Prickett’s keynote address on the King James Version.

All are welcome. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. £15,
with reduced rates for Friends of the Centre for Medieval and Early
Modern Studies (MEMS); seniors and unwaged (£10); and students (£5).
To register, please contact Claire Taylor at the Centre for Medieval and
Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent:
To see the programme and to find out more about becoming a Friend of
MEMS, visit our website:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Birkbeck Early Modern Society

‘Aspirations’ Conference
Saturday 10 September, 2011 Birkbeck Malet Street Building
room tbc


Registration, coffee


Birkbeck Early Modern Society AGM


Conference 'Aspirations'

Opening Remarks: Karen Chester

Session 1: Chair: Timothy Alves

Susan Gane, Birkbeck

The Aspirations of Common Soldiers in the Early Eighteenth Century.

Laura Bolick, Open University

Cherishing Greece: Cardinal Bessarion and the Attempt to Save a Culture.



Lunch Break

Session 2: Chair : Laura Jacobs

Sarah Watkins, Birkbeck

‘The Wonder of all Wonders’ or ‘a mind hardened in sin’? The Aspirations and Motivations of Early Modern Fasting Women and Their Commentators.

Steve Orman, Canterbury Christ Church University

“Nathan Field’s Literary Aspirations in the Early Seventeenth-Century”

Jackie Watson, Birkbeck.

Portrait of Aspiration: Thomas Overbury and Jacobean courtiership



Closing remarks: Karen Chester


Wine reception

For details of our aims and events please see

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Attending to Early Modern Women: Remapping Routes and Spaces

Call for Proposals
Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 21-June 23, 2012

Attending to Early Modern Women, which has been held seven times at
the University of Maryland since 1990, is moving to the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, thanks to the generous support of the College of
Letters and Science at UWM. The conference will retain its innovative
format, using a workshop model for most of its sessions to promote
dialogue, augmented by a keynote, and a plenary session on each of the
four conference topics: communities, environments, exchanges, and
pedagogies. It will be held at the UWM School of Continuing Education
Conference Center in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, within easy
walking distance of the lakeshore, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the
Milwaukee Public Museum, and the Amtrak station. Attendees will stay
in the near-by and newly renovated Doubletree Hotel. The conference
will run from Thursday June 21 through Saturday June 23, 2012, and
attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a special
pre-conference seminar on Wednesday June 20 at the Center for
Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Detailed instructions on submitting workshop proposals may be found
on the conference website:


Attending to Early Modern Women: Remapping Routes and Spaces

How did women situate themselves in the early modern world, and how
did they move through it, in both real and imaginary locations? How
did gender figure in understandings of spatial realms, from the inner
space of the body to the outer spaces of the cosmos? How do new
disciplinary and geographic connections shape the ways in which we
think, write, and teach about the early modern world? Taking as our
inspiration the move of Attending to Early Modern Women from Maryland
to Milwaukee, we will consider these issues in relationship to the
following topics:

Women’s actions in neighborhoods, villages, cities, states, and
empires; family and kinship networks; establishing and breaching
boundaries in sexual and gender expression; religious communities;
exclusions, exiles, and expulsions.

Gendered landscapes and soundscapes; the body and its borders; built
and invented realms and frontiers; cartographic spaces; gender and the
new cosmology and anatomy.

Travel, migration, and displacement; imagined spatial crossings; new
interdisciplinary connections; the circulation of manuscripts, books,
objects, and ideas; consumerism and material culture; transnational
and transoceanic links.

Traveling new routes in teaching; the virtual spaces of technology and
teaching; early modern women in the realm of museums and galleries for
adults and children; issues in academic institutions and in publishing.

Detailed instructions on submitting workshop proposals may be found on
the conference website:

For further information, please contact:

Merry Wiesner-Hanks
Chair of the Organizing Committee

Friday, August 19, 2011

Eating Words: Text, Image, Food

A one-day workshop organized by the Cambridge Centre for Material Texts

Some of our most material interactions with texts are
grounded in the very food that we eat. Comestibles are
eloquent objects; they come stamped with words, festooned with
decorative designs, and wrapped in packaging that is at once
visually and verbally loquacious. The kitchen has long been a
textual domain, regulated by cookery books and recipe
collections and noisy with inscriptions on pots, pans, plates
and pastry-moulds. This one-day workshop will explore
numerous aspects of the relationship between writing, eating
and domestic life across a broad swathe of history, in order to
illuminate the unsuspected power of words and pictures in a
paradigmatically practical locale and to shed light on the
textual condition more broadly.

Plenary Speakers: Deborah Krohn (Bard Graduate Centre) & Sara Pennell (Roehampton University)

Gonville and Caius College. Cambridge , 13 September 2O11
For further details please contact Harriet Phillips (hp278

Monday, August 15, 2011

Family in the Renaissance

Wheaton College is excited to host the 2011 New England Renaissance
Conference on "Expanding Relations: Family in the Renaissance" on Saturday,
November 12, 2011. Along with panels, Professor Anthony Grafton of
Princeton University and 2011 President of the American Historical
Association will give the keynote address.

The conference flyer and call for papers is attached. Please send us a
250-word abstract and CV by August 15, 2011.

On-site registration of $15 will include light breakfast, lunch, and a

Wheaton College is conveniently located between Boston and Providence, at
the intersection of I-95 and I-495. More information, including directions
and lodging, can be found at out website: Please feel free to contact us with
any questions.

All are welcomed to attend and we look forward to seeing you in November.

Touba Ghadessi

Gen Liang

Monday, August 08, 2011

Alchemy and Medicine from Antiquity to the Enlightenment

CRASSH, University of Cambridge
*Registration now open*
22-24 September 2011
Venue: Peterhouse, University of Cambridge

Alchemists pursued many goals, from the transmutation of metals to the
preservation of health and life. These pursuits were continually informed
and modified by medical knowledge, while alchemical debates about nature,
generation, and the achievability of perfection in turn impacted on
medicine and natural philosophy. This three-day international conference
will investigate these interactions, from alchemy's development in late
antiquity to its decline throughout the eighteenth century. It will ask how
alchemical and medical ideas changed over time, how they reflected the
experience of individual readers and practitioners, and the extent to which
they responded to significant currents in intellectual, political,
religious, and social life.

Keynote lecture: *Bruce T. Moran* (University of Nevada at Reno)

Panel themes include: Elixirs and the prolongation of life; Medicine,
alchemy and patronage; The eighteenth-century transmutation of chemical
medicine; Books, recipes and secrets; Medical practitioners as alchemists;
Shared materials, practices and technologies; The transmission of
alchemical and medical knowledge; Histories of alchemy and medicine.

Speakers include:

¢ Chiara Crisciani (Università degli Studi di Pavia)
¢ Andrew Cunningham (University of Cambridge)
¢ Hiro Hirai (Radboud University Nijmegen)
¢ Didier Kahn (CNRS, Paris)
¢ William R. Newman (Indiana University, Bloomington)
¢ Michela Pereira (Università di Siena)
¢ Lawrence M. Principe (Johns Hopkins University)
¢ Nancy Siraisi (City University of New York)
¢ Emma Spary (University of Cambridge)

Programme and online registration at:

Organised by Jennifer Rampling, Peter M. Jones and Lauren Kassell
(Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge). Sponsored by
the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
(CRASSH), the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC), the
Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Wellcome Trust 'Generation to
Reproduction' Strategic Award, and the Society for Renaissance Studies.

For further details, please contact Jennifer Rampling at
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