Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Impact in Early Modern Studies
John Rylands Library, Manchester
26th January 2013

This one-day methodological symposium brings young academics (postgraduate, postdocs and early-career researchers) together with a number of cultural partners from Manchester to think about designing and developing ‘impact’ projects relating to their work. As well as a team from the John Rylands, representatives are already confirmed from the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Manchester Libraries and the Royal Exchange Theatre; they will discuss their own work on the impact agenda, as well as what they hope to achieve from partnerships with higher education and research.

A key part of the day will be sharing best practice amongst the researchers present. As such, we invite proposals for short presentations (10-15 minutes) from postgraduates in any field of Early Modern studies whose work has already generated ‘impact’ outcomes. These presentations might cover (but are by no means limited to):

• How your research was developed to have ‘impact’, and any future impact outcomes you foresee.
• How you made contact with partners outside of Higher Education.
• Any issues that arose during the partnership, and how they were resolved.
• Experience of bidding for/securing funding.
• How has the impact agenda changed your methodologies or research practices?
• How has it taken your work beyond the academy (e.g. through widening participation or outreach programmes)?

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words to emimpact@gmail.com by Friday 9th November. Places will be limited: to register, please send an email to the same address with your name, discipline and affiliation. If you are sending an abstract, please let us know if you would like to attend irrespective of being asked to deliver a paper. There is no charge for the conference.

This event has been generously supported by artsmethods@manchester and the Society for Renaissance Studies. A number of postgraduate and postdoctoral travel bursaries are available; if you would like to be considered for a bursary, please let us know when you submit an abstract or register.

Shakespeare Lecture in Newcastle

The Inaugural Honigmann Shakespeare Lecture

13th December, 6pm, at the Literary and Philosophical Society,  Newcastle upon Tyne

The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, in collaboration with the Medieval and Early Modern Research Group at Newcastle University,  will hold an annual  public Shakespeare lecture in honour of our distinguished colleague, Emeritus Professor Ernst Honigmann, who died in 2011. The first Honigmann Shakespeare lecture will be given by Professor Gordon McMullan, King's College London, and followed by a drinks reception.

We are especially pleased that Professor McMullan is our inaugural speaker. In 1989 he was appointed as Professor Honigmann's replacement in the Department of English at Newcastle University, moving to KCL in 1995. Like Professor Honigmann, he is a renowned scholarly editor of Shakespeare.

The title of Professor McMullan's lecture is 'Cormorant: A History of Greed in Shakespeare and others'.

For further information please contact the convenor of MEMS, Ruth Connolly (Ruth.Connolly@ncl.ac.uk) and to book your place, please email library@litandphil.org.uk.

The event is free. All welcome!


The Marlowe Society lecture is to be given on Sunday 4th November by Dr Paul Quinn.
The lecture is at The George Inn, 77 Borough High Street, near London Bridge at 11 a.m. and is entitled 'Terror on the World' It will consider Marlowe's contribution to the staging of anti-Catholicism, and his mastery of anti-Catholic rhetoric.
The charge is £10 (£8 for students).  Payment can be made on the door, but it would be helpful if you could advise the society beforehand by email to the Events Secretary or Treasurer  at www.marlowe-society.org where a map and further details are available.

Popes and the Papacy in early modern English culture

An interdisciplinary conference
The University of Sussex, June 24th – 26th 2013
Confirmed speakers include Peter Lake,
Susannah Monta and Alison Shell
Proposals are welcome for individual papers or panels on any subject associated with the theme of the conference. Topics may include:
·                    Anti- Catholic satire
·                    Pre-Reformation culture
·                    Literary representations of Popes and the Papacy
·                    Lives of the Popes
·                    English Cardinals
·                    Religious controversy
·                    Recusant culture
·                    Papal Bulls
·                    Excommunication
·                    Diplomacy/Ambassadors/Nuncios/Correspondence
·                    Architecture
·                    Ecclesiology
·                    Theology
300 word proposals for papers and panels should be sent to Paul Quinn (p.l.quinn@sussex.ac.uk) by March 1st 2013.  Papers should last for 20 minutes.  Panels should include three papers.

Friday, October 26, 2012

*PhD Forum: Call for Participants*

MarineLives is an innovative academic project for the collaborative transcription, linkage and enrichment of primary manuscripts which were originated in the High Court of Admiralty (HCA), London, 1650-1669. The end product will be a publicly and freely available online academic edition.

The MarineLives PhD Forum will consider the potential relevance of High Court Of Admiralty records, as revealed by the substance of HCA 13/71 (1656-1657) to four broad research areas and to the specific research interests of participants. The research areas of interest are: (1) Material & Cultural (2) Commercial & Legal (3) Geography & Trade (4) Language with a separate SKYPE forum held for each area.

These forums will assist us in understanding the research questions of relevance to forum members which can be addressed using tools such as semantic markup, data mining, and data linking. The input will influence the second phase of our project between Januray and March, 2013.

Further details, including how to sign up are here
http://www.marinelives.org/PhD_Forum.html or by email to phdforum@marinelives.org.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Monday, October 22 UPenn

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center Presents
The Internal Lives of Biblical Figures in Early Byzantine Christian Hymns

Prof. Derek Krueger Derek (North American Byzantine Studies Association and co-editor for the Divinations Monograph Series at UPenn)
Monday, Oct. 22 at 3:30-4:30 pm
in the O'Hare Special Collections room on the fourth floor of Duane Library

Derek will speak to grad students about the state of the field in early and medieval Christianity at 3-4:30.  He will then give a public lecture at 5:15 pm in the O'Hare Room. 
All are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, October 23 Columbia University

Curatorial Discoveries: New and Newly Found in the Rare Book and
Manuscript Library
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 6th floor Butler Library, Columbia
535 W. 114th St.
Tuesday, October 23 Hunter College

Miraculous Plagues: An Epidemiology of Early New England Narrative (Oxford University Press)

Cristobal Silva (Columbia University)

October 23 at 7:30pm
Faculty and Staff Lounge, Hunter College

Tuesday October 23 Princeton

Wealth and Power in Early Renaissance Venice: The Condulmer Family

Alan Stahl, Curator of Numismatics, Princeton University
Tuesday October 23rd,  6 PM
209 Scheide-Caldwell House, Princeton University

Please note that pizza and beer will also be provided at the start of the lecture.


Tuesday October 23, Princeton University
Providence, Politics, and the Wind: Hurricanes in the Shaping of the Early Modern Caribbean
Lecture 1 of 3: Winds and God in a Spanish Sea

Stuart B. Schwartz
Tuesday, October 23
4:30 p.m. E. Pyne 010

A reception will follow–RSVP not needed

Tuesday October 23, NYU

What´s the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare?
Tuesday October 23, 6:30-8:30
19 University Place, Room 222.

Visit here for more details: http://marc.as.nyu.edu/object/marc.events.ls.rburt
Wednesday October 24, Columbia University

Panel discussion and book release party for The Best European Fiction 2013 anthology
and the first of ongoing regular events co-sponsored by the Columbia
RBML and the Dalkey Archive Press


5-8pm with official program from 6-7pm
Butler Library Room 523, Columbia University
535 W. 114th St.
Wednesday October 24, Columbia University

Feeding the Ear with the Spices of Vision: Synesthesia and the Depiction of Medieval Reading

Joyce Coleman, University of Oklahoma
5:30-7:00pm in Room 2 of Faculty House (Columbia University)

The talk will be followed by dinner at Faculty House at 7 pm. All those who wish to dine with the speaker after the talk must make reservations by contacting the rapporteur of the seminar, Jeffrey Wayno, either by phone or by email no later than one week before the talk. Phone: 607-342-5737; Email: jmw2202@columbia.edu

Dinner is a fixed buffet menu, which costs $25 per person. Payment can be made to the rapporteur by cash or check, although checks are strongly preferred. Please make checks out to "Columbia University."
Wednesday October 24, Princeton University

Providence, Politics, and the Wind: Hurricanes in the Shaping of the Early Modern Caribbean
Lecture 2 of 3: Melancholy Occasions: Empires At Risk and the Community of Calamity

Stuart B. Schwartz
Wednesday, October 24
4:30 p.m. E. Pyne 010

A reception will follow–RSVP not needed

Thursday October 25, Princeton University

Lingua Franca: Muslims, Christians and Interconfessional Communication in the Medieval Mediterranean

Professor Karla Mallette, University of Michigan
4:30pm, October 25th, 2012
219 Aaron Burr Hall
Thursday October 25, Princeton University

Providence, Politics, and the Wind: Hurricanes in the Shaping of the Early Modern Caribbean
Lecture 3: Cursed Be Your Isles and Cursed Your Institutions: Revolutions, Slavery, and the Politics of Disaster

Stuart B. Schwartz
Thursday, October 25
4:30 p.m. E. Pyne 010

A reception will follow–RSVP not needed

Monday October 29 Columbia University

Spiritual Secrecy and the Regulation of Secrets in Anglo-Saxon Monasticism

Benjamin Saltzman (University of California, Berkeley)
Monday, October 29th
2:40 pm at Columbia University
511 Hamilton Hall
Monday October 29 Columbia University

Prof. Manuel Castiñeiras, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

“Cleric or Layman:  Literacy, Learning, and the Biography of Artists in Twelfth-Century Catalonia and Tuscany”
Place:  TBA

Sponsored by the Spanish and History of Art Departments
Wednesday October 31, Columbia University

Jeanne-Marie Boivin (Université Paris-Est Créteil)

Wednesday, October 31, 5-6 pm
Philosophy Hall 507 or Maison Française upstairs
Des « Petits Ésopes » à La Fontaine : les premières fables en français

Since space is limited in 507 Philosophy Hall, send an email to Sylvie Lefevre  sl3002@columbia.edu if you are considering attending this conference. Beyond 15 people, the event will be Moved to French House, upstairs.
Friday November 2, CUNY
Medieval Club of New York Presents
“Late Medieval Spirituality and…”, a panel with Andrew Cole, Princeton University; Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, University of Pittsburgh; and Katherine Smith, New York University
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue,
in the English Department Lounge, RM 4406 at 7:30 p.m.

Crossing Borders:  Manuscripts from the Bodleian Library

September 14, 2012 -- February 3, 2013

The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York

Over 50 stunning medieval manuscripts from England's renowned Bodleian Library highlight the role of Hebrew books as a meeting place of cultures in the Middles Ages.  The majority of these Hebrew, Arabic and Latin manuscripts, many brilliantly illustrated, are being shown in the United States for the first time.

Representing Pregnancy

To celebrate the recent appointment of Karen Hearn as an Honorary Research Professor at UCL, she will give a lecture on Thursday 6th December on 'Representing Pregnancy in Elizabethan and Jacobean Portraits'. The lecture will be at 4pm at UCL in Archaeology G6; please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/find-us/ for maps and directions. All welcome.

Poetics and Prose theory in Early Modern English – call for papers

29 May 2013, CREMS, University of York

A day symposium - Speakers include Gavin Alexander (Cambridge),
Jennifer Richards (Newcastle)

Papers are invited (c. 20 minutes) on any aspect of early modern
poetics and prose theory, in (or relating to) English writing of the
period. Topics might include: how does rhetorical theory relate to
poetic practice? Why do theorists of poetry write defences, apologies
and orations in praise of poetry? Was there ever any spontaneous
overflow in the renaissance? Is there any early modern ‘prose theory’
in the way there might be said to be ‘poetic theory’? What
conspicuously different kinds of prose (as opposed to prose subject
matter) existed in the period?

Contact: Kevin Killeen,kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk

This symposium is part of a diffuse and ongoing Thomas Browne Seminar
that has digressed quite far:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Autumn lectures and Readings at Shakespeare’s Globe

Speakers include, Professor Tiffany Stern, Dr Bart van Es, Professor Martin White and Dr Farah Karim-Cooper

Staged Readings of The Court Beggar and Cynthia’s Revels.

Shakespeare and history

On Wednesday 24th October the British Museum will be hosting a forum, organised jointly with The Guardian, on 'The drama of nation building: did Shakespeare change the course of history?' 

The event accompanies the British Museum exhibition Shakespeare: Staging the World. It will follow on from a seminar of the UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges at 4.30pm on the same day, in Foster Court 114, where the exhibition will be introduced and discussed by Dora Thornton, one of its curators. This seminar is free and open to all. Please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/find-us/ for maps and directions.

Doors open at the British Museum at 7pm for a private view of the exhibition, followed at 8pm by the forum. The chair will be the writer and broadcaster Jon Snow, and the speakers will be Neil MacGregor (director of the British Museum), Lord Falconer (chair of Shakespeare's Globe), Helen Hackett (of UCL English Department), the novelist Kamila Shamsie, and Roxana Silbert of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Booking details for the British Museum forum are on the flier. The standard ticket price is £15 (to include a glass of wine, a viewing of the exhibition and the debate itself) but if you are a student you can book by phone, mentioning your student status, and get a ticket for £12.

Science and Medicine

Please join the CUNY Renaissance Studies program this Friday for a
roundtable discussion of"New Trends in the History of Early Modern
Science and Medicine"

Moderated by Monica Calabritto (Associate Professor, Romance Languages,
Hunter & Comparative Literature, GC) with Nancy Siraisi (Distinguished
Professor Emerita of History, Hunter/GC), Brian Copenhaver (Professor of
Philosophy & History, UCLA), Pamela Smith (Professor of History,
Columbia), Sheila Rabin (Professor of History, St. Peter's), Allison
Kavey (Associate Professor of History, John Jay/GC), and Dániel Margócsy
(Assistant Professor of History, Hunter)

Sponsored by the Renaissance Society of America and the Renaissance
Studies Certificate Program
*Friday, October 19, *2:00-4:00pm, Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave, between 34th and 35th Sts

Monday, October 15, 2012

Open Stages: Amateur Shakespeare Past and Present

Wednesday 17 October 2012 at 7.30 pm at the Swedenborg Hall, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH

 Professor Dobson is Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon Avon, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Birmingham.  His career as a teacher and writer about Shakespeare’s plays and poems has been devoted not just to examining them in their historical contexts, but also exploring how they have stimulated and enabled the creativity of other people across time.  His current collaborative research project examines the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Open Stages’ project, an experiment in involving amateur groups in the organization’s activities, as a way of exploring the range of aesthetic and social purposes served by the non-professional performance of Shakespeare in different local contexts around Britain. 
 In the Chair:  Dr Marion O’Connor

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Reading the Ancient Near East in Early Modern Europe

University College Dublin/Marsh’s Library
22-23 November 2012

Thursday 22nd November
Venue: Humanities Institute of Ireland (HII) seminar room, UCD
9.30-10 .15 Registration and welcome by Prof. Anne Fogarty (Head, English, Drama and Film)
10.15-11.30 Herodotus abroad
Prof. Dennis Looney (University of Pittsburgh), ‘Reading Herodotus in Renaissance Ferrara’
Dr Cristina Paravano (Milan State University), ‘When the ‘Father of History’ arrived in England: Literary and Political Reception of Herodotus’
11.30-12 Coffee
12-1 Prof. Neil Rhodes (University of St Andrews), ‘Pure and Common Greek in Early Tudor England’
1-2 Lunch
2-3.30 Travel, cosmography, ethnography
Dr Galena Hashhozheva (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich) ‘“Carried so far from my selfe”: Spenser, Scythian ethnographer’
Dr Andrew Nichols (University of Florida), ‘A World of Wonders: India in the Cosmographia of Sebastian Münster’
Image Reproduced by kind permission of UCD-OFM Partnership
Prof. Ladan Niayesh (University of Paris Diderot – Paris 7), ‘Chil-mynar, or Antiquities of Persepolis’: Rewriting and Classicising in Thomas Herbert’s A Relation of Some Yeares Travaile (1634, 1638, 1664)’
3.30-4 Coffee
4-5 Prof. Edith Hall (King’s College, London), ‘The Early Modern Cambyses’
5.15-6 Launch of ‘Reading East: Irish Sources and Resources’ website by Dr Marina Ansaldo (UCD) and Dr Elizabethanne Boran (Worth Library)
Friday 23rd November
Venue: Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close (seminar room)
9.45-11.15 Appropriations
Dr Derval Conroy (UCD), ‘Adaptations and appropriations: women rulers of the Ancient Near East in early modern France’
Simon May (Jesus College, Oxford), ‘Christopher Marlowe and the Near East’
Dr Jennifer Sarha (King’s College, London),’The Legend of Sardanapalus in the Early Modern Period’
11.15-11.45 Coffee
11.45-12.45 Dr Noreen Humble (University of Calgary), ‘The Reception of Xenophon's Persia in 15th-16th century Europe’
12.45-2 Lunch
2-3.30 Religion and Science
Dr Thomas Roebuck (University of Oxford), ‘Edward Bernard’s Josephus: Religion, Philology and the Near East in Late Seventeenth-Century Oxford’
Dr Ayelet Langer (Institute of English Studies, London), ‘The Near Eastern Gods in the Poetry of John Milton’
Dr Claire Gallien (University Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3), ‘Classical sources, Arabic material and experimental science in John Greaves’s Pyramidographia (1646)’
3.30-4 Closing roundtable
4-5 Library tour with Dr Jason McElligott (Keeper, Marsh’s Library)

For further information/to register interest in attending, contact jane.grogan@ucd.ie or marina.ansaldo@ucd.ie

This conference is kindly supported by the Government Of Ireland Research & Senior Research Fellowship Project in the Humanities and Social Sciences funded by the Irish Research Council, and by the Society for Renaissance Studies

Monday, October 08, 2012

8th International Conference of the Tudor Symposium

Adaptation and Appropriation
Northumbria University
3-4 July 2013
Confirmed Speakers: Adam Hansen (Northumbria University), Mike Pincombe (Newcastle University), Cathy Shrank (University of Sheffield)
How do adaptations fit texts to new cultural circumstances? What gains or losses are involved in transformations from page to stage or screen? What are the politics of appropriating the past? Do adaptations encourage creativity or suppress it? What is the role of publishers, readers, and the state in promoting or restricting appropriations of the classics? These questions are as relevant today as they were 500 years ago. Adaptations of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and appropriations of the Tudor past are a major feature of our culture, but Tudor literature was equally characterised by a vigorous appropriation of its classical and medieval pasts. Yet, questions of adaptation and appropriation in Tudor England and in our own time (and in the many periods in between) continue to be studied separately in disciplines with their own scholarly traditions and theories. This conference aims to bring together scholars working in a variety of fields to encourage dialogue between different perspectives and methodologies.
We invite proposals for papers that consider any aspects of the appropriation of past cultures and texts in Tudor England (1485-1603) and of Tudor texts and culture from the sixteenth century to the present in all media. This might include the techniques and processes of literary adaptation; the political uses of texts from history; the appropriation of the prestige of Tudor literature and culture in novels, on television, and in musical lyrics; literary tradition and originality; parody and spoofs; the representation of the Tudors in contemporary novels and television drama; changing ideas about plagiarism, fidelity, and originality; the role of patronage and the publishing and film industries in shaping attitudes towards the past; questions of literary value and canon formation; censorship and the involvement of the state in the representation and reproduction of the past. We particularly welcome papers that reflect on the processes of adaptation and appropriation and different methodologies.
Topics might include (but are not limited to):
·         the imitation and reception of ancient Greek and Roman literature in Tudor England
·         Tudor translations
·         staging the classical, medieval, and Tudor past in Elizabethan England
·         the publication and transformation of medieval literature in sixteenth-century England
·         Tudor plays in performance from the death of Elizabeth to the present
·         cinema, television, opera, pop music, and other versions of Tudor texts
·         the publication, editing, and re-interpretation of Tudor literature after 1603
  • the appropriation of the Tudor past in historical novels, plays, and television series
  • foreign-language translations of Tudor texts
  • critical models of adaptation, appropriation, imitation, reception, cultural memory, the canon, presentism
Please send proposals (100 words) by 22 March 2013 to Fred Schurink (fred.schurink@northumbria.ac.uk) or Monika Smialkowska (monika.smialkowska@northumbria.ac.uk).

Sunday, October 07, 2012

London Shakespeare Seminar 2012-13

The London Shakespeare Centre and Institute for English Studies are delighted to announce the programme for the London Shakespeare Seminar for 2012-13. 

This long-established annual seminar series provides a wide and significant intellectual/social resource for early modernists in the London area.
 All seminars take place from 5.15-7pm at Senate House.

15th October, Senate Room (Senate House, 1st Floor) – Chair: Gordon McMullan
·       Jemima Matthews (University of Nottingham) - Renegotiating the Early Modern Thames
·      Jennifer Young (King’s College, London) - Reading Shakespeare Through Collaboration: Nicholas Okes and Q1 King Lear

19th November, Chancellor’s Hall (Senate House, 1st Floor)  – Chair: Sonia Massai
·       Jonathan Holmes (Jericho House) - Inside out, outside in: the spaces of The Tempest
·       Arne Pohlmeier (Two Gents Productions) - Two Gents and the Miracle of Performance

10th December, Chancellor’s Hall (Senate House, 1st Floor) – Chair: Russ Mcdonald
·       Lena Orlin (Georgetown University & Executive Director, SAA) - The Private Life of William Shakespeare

28th January, Room 349 (Senate House, 3rd Floor) – Chair: Alison Shell
·       Jenny Richards (Newcastle University) - Diagnosing the Body Politic in Henry IV:2
·       Faith Acker (Sheffield University) - Ten Things We'd Change about the Sonnets: Readings from John Benson, Edward Capell, and Captain Picard

25th February, Chancellor’s Hall (Senate House, 1st Floor) – Chair: Ann Thompson
·       Elizabeth Schafer (Royal Holloway) - Arguing (Politely) with Geoffrey Rush: The Merry Wives of Windsor
·       Abigail Rokison (University of Cambridge) - Shakespearean Verse Speaking: The Actor and the Editor

29th April, Senate Room (Senate House, 1st Floor) – Chair: Hannah Crawforth
·       Chloe Houston Mandy (Reading University) - ‘The Persians still worship the rising sunne’: Persian suns and sons in early modern English drama
·       Rhodri Lewis (Oxford University) - Love in the 90s: Shakespeare on Affection and the Psychology of Misapprehension

Shakespeare and Feminism

Lecture on 12 November at 5.30 in room K4U.12, King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

Jean E. Howard (Columbia University, New York) will lecture on ‘Performing Feminism in Conversation with Shakespeare’.

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

This is the first in a series of lectures presented by the London Shakespeare Centre at King’s College London, featuring distinguished speakers whose publications and teaching have had a major impact on how we read Shakespeare today in the aftermath of the ‘literary theory’ revolution of the late twentieth century to which they all made significant contributions.

Subsequent lectures include:
4 February 2013: Catherine Belsey (university of Swansea), ‘The Eventful History of Juliet and her Romeo’
18 March 2013: Coppelia Kahn (Brown University), ‘Feminist Criticism, Queer Theory, and Shakespeare in the Twenty-first Century’

Friday, October 05, 2012

Transforming Early Modern Identities

Friday, Oct 12th, 9a-5p
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Skylight Room (9100)

8:30a-9:00a Registration

9:00a Opening Remarks
Tanya Pollard, The Graduate Center, CUNY

9:15a-10:30a Transformative Potential: Affect, Subjectivity, Identity
Chair:  Lorena Uribe Bracho, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Amelia Worsley, Princeton University
Milton´s Loneliness

Michael Shelichach, The Graduate Center, CUNY
"Being Nothing": Subjectivity and the Virtual in Shakespeare´s Richard II

Joseph Bowling, The Graduate Center, CUNY
"This fortress built by nature for herself": Material Agency and
Political Affect in Richard II

10:30am-11:30am Identity in Motion: Early Modern Travel Writing
Chair:  Gavin Hollis, Hunter College, CUNY

Lea Puljcan Juric, Independent Scholar
Transforming the Illyrian body: English and Scots Travelers on Slavery
and Piracy in the Eastern Adriatic

Eva Johanna Holmberg, University of Helsinki & Queen Mary, University
of London
Beyond ethnographies: Depiction of Eastern Christians in early modern
English travel writings

11:30am-12:30pm Break for Lunch

12:30pm-1:30pm Subject Interrupted: Temporality, Suspension, Transformation
Chair:  Linda Neiberg, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Sarah Lewis, King´s College London
`[P]uffed and reckless´ prodigality: the actions and delays of
masculinity in Hamlet

Catharine Gray, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Marvel, Militarism, and the new Commonwealth

1:30pm-2:30pm On Paper: Political Identity & Textual Production
Chair:  Will Fisher, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Michael Durrant, University of Manchester
"Flesh Prevailing Over the Spirit": Henry Hills´ Adultery and The
Prodigal´s Polemical Purpose

Julie Crawford, Columbia University
Margaret Cavendish, Orator

2:30pm-2:45pm Coffee Break

2:45pm-4:00pm Working Boys: History, Class, Performance, Identity
Chair:  Shiraz Biggie, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Ronda Arab, Simon Fraser University
Apprenticeships for Gentlemen: Transforming Young, Male Subjectivities

Pamela Allen Brown, University of Connecticut, Stamford
Glamour at Work: English Boys, Foreign Actresses, and Italian Dressing

Nancy G. Selleck, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Making Shift with Boys: Revisiting the work of the boy-heroine

4:00pm Keynote Address
Hannah Crawforth, King´s College London
"A Father to the Soul and a Son to the Body": Transforming Family
Relationships in Early Modern England

5:00pm-6:00pm Reception (Room 4406)

EMIG would like to thank the Doctoral Students' Council, The PhD
Program in English, Renaissance Studies Certificate Program and
OpenCUNY for their sponsorship of and support for this conference.

For more information or to register for the conference, please see our
website: http://opencuny.org/transformingidentities/

Tuesday, October 02, 2012


'How do we think about identity in ways that don't reflect anxiety, fear of the other, uncritical adulation of our past and all the other pitfalls that surround this subject? The Redcrosse project manages to negotiate these difficulties with immense imaginative energy and honesty: no sour notes, no attempt to overcompensate by desperately overapologetic rhetoric, simply a recovery of deep roots and generous vision. As much as it takes its cue from Spenser, it's a contemporary working out of some of the great and inexhaustible legacy of Blake, a unique contribution to what is often a pretty sterile discussion of who we are in these islands.'

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, UK

On the evening of Saturday the 17th of November the Royal Shakespeare Company will be performing *Redcrosse*, the new  poetic liturgy for England and St George which Ewan Fernie  (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham) wrote with the major poets Jo Shapcott, Michael Symmons Roberts and Andrew Motion, and the theologian Andrew Shanks,  as part of a multi-grant-winning academic project.  *Redcrosse* got considerable national press last year, in *The Guardian*, on radio and television, and even in *The Daily Star*, when it was performed in Windsor Castle and Manchester Cathedral.  Its RSC production in the modernist masterpiece of Coventry Cathedral will be its most dramatic and exciting instantiation to date, taking its audience on an exciting and affirming adventure into what England is and could be.  Don’t miss it!

For further details and tickets, please see the link below.

A book  of the project will also be launched on the 17th:

Playing Baboon

On Thursday October 11, the Department of English and Comparative
Literature's Early Modern Seminar is delighted to welcome

HOLLY DUGAN (George Washington University)

for a talk entitled

"To Bark With Judgement: Playing Baboon in Early Modern London"

Holly Dugan’s research and teaching interests explore relationships
between history, literature, and material culture. Her scholarship
focuses on questions of gender, sexuality, and the boundaries of the
body in late medieval and early modern England. She is the author of
/The Ephemeral History of Perfume: Scent and Sense in Early Modern
England/ (Johns Hopkins UP, 2011), and is currently working on a
book-length project, co-authored with Scott Maisano, that examines the
pre-modern history of primatology through the lens of Shakespeare.

6:00 PM
612 Philosophy Hall (6th floor seminar room)

All welcome!
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