Friday, November 30, 2012


Charterhouse Square, QMUL, London, 15-17 July 2013
We invite paper and session proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on English responses to the Psalms, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Civil War. Keynote addresses to be given by Daniel Anlezark (Sydney), Brian Cummings (Sussex), Vincent
Gillespie (Oxford), Hannibal Hamlin (Ohio State), James Simpson (Harvard) and Eric Stanley (Oxford).
The Psalms have been at the centre of English religious life, language and identity since the Augustinian mission. This conference aims to bring together scholars working in different periods and disciplines to open up new avenues of discussion and debate. We are interested in all aspects of the English Psalm tradition, from the conversion to the Civil War, and possible areas of exploration might include:
  • The authority of the vernacular, and the controversy of translation
  • Specific contexts for translation (monastic production, translations by prisoners, etc.)
  • Psalms as political commentary
  • Musical settings of Psalms, on the page and in performance
  • Psalm books as physical objects and works of art
  • Iconography
  • Ecclesiastical and private devotion
  • Psalms and the formation of an English literary canon
  • Literary borrowings and intertextuality
  • Reading, annotating and glossing
  • Comparative analysis of individual Psalms across languages and periods
  • The Psalms as a site of inter-cultural dialogue (between faiths, between countries)
We welcome proposals for papers (no more than 20 minutes) and panels (of 3 papers) from both established scholars and graduate students. It is envisaged that selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited, peer-reviewed collection.
Using the forms provided on our website  please submit all proposals and correspondence to
Deadline for proposals: 7th January  2013
Organisers: Ruth Ahnert (QMUL), Tamara Atkin (QMUL), Francis Leneghan (Oxford)



Durham University, 30 June-2 July 2013

Durham’s Centre for Seventeenth-Century Studies – now part of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies – has, since its foundation in 1985, organized over a dozen high-profile international conferences. Next year’s event, which both continues that tradition and celebrates the Centre’s new role within one of Durham University’s flagship research institutes, will address the topic of ‘Intellectual Networks in the Long Seventeenth Century.’

The conference will explore the emergence and consolidation of systems of intellectual and cultural exchange during the long seventeenth century, while assessing their lasting influence on the history of scholarship, literature, diplomacy, science, and religious communities. The sub-topics listed below offer some guidance for the submission of proposals. Special emphasis will be placed on the relationship between the British Isles and the wider world.

    Erudite correspondence
    Academic networks: knowledge transmission and cultural change
    Diplomacy, high and low
    Literary circles
    Scientific institutions and the history of medicine
    Intellectual exchange among/within religious communities
    Book trade and collectorship
    Counter-intelligence and the political and religious underground
    Women and intellectual exchange
    Popular cultural exchange

Proposals for 20-minute papers and full panels should be submitted to by 15th January 2013. Replies will be sent in early February 2013. Details concerning travel and accommodation for both speakers and delegates will be made available around the same time. It is hoped that the conference will give rise to an edited volume of selected essays.

The conference is taking place at an exciting time for seventeenth century and early modern studies at Durham. Recent significant developments include:
    The re-opening of Cosin’s Library (1699) on the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palace Green following a major restoration project; the collection, now part of Durham University Library, was assembled by the great seventeenth-century book collector John Cosin, Bishop of Durham (1595-1672)
    The joint custodianship of the library and archive of Ushaw College, shared between the trustees of the archive and Durham University Library
    A related international conference on Early Modern English Catholicism taking place at Ushaw College (28 June to 1 July 2013), with which the present conference will share a joint keynote lecture from Professor Eamon Duffy (Cambridge) on the evening of 30 June
The conference is supported by Durham University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Department of English Studies, Department of History, and School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

George Herbert Conference

George Herbert Society
Regional Conference

April 4-6, 2013

Grove City College

 Conference Theme:

“Is There in Truth no Beauty?”

George Herbert, the Beauty of Truth, and Christian Aesthetics

Plenary Speakers:

Helen Wilcox, Professor of English, Bangor University, Wales

Christopher Hodgkins, Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “Impossible Art: Groaning Beautifully at Herbert’s ‘Church’ Door”

Christine Perrin, Poet and Creative Writing Faculty, Messiah College and Gordon College’s Orvieto Program, “A Poetry Liturgy: Meditating on Herbert”

Papers & creative writing on any aspect of the theme are welcome.

Length should be about 8 pages (15-20 minutes).

Proposals from scholars and exceptional undergraduates of 250-300 words for papers or panels should be emailed as attachments to Dr. Andrew Harvey ( by January 30, 2013 (acceptances sent by February 15).

Registration ($60) must be completed by February 28, 2013 and

includes Thursday’s reception as well as lunch and dinner on Friday.

Information regarding travel to campus and local accommodations can be found at

Grove City College is a one-hour drive north from Pittsburgh, PA

All participants must be members of the George Herbert Society

($50 faculty, $40 unaffiliated, $30 students/retired).

See the George Herbert Society website for complete membership information:

Please do not send GHS dues to the conference chair or to Grove City College.

GHS Regional Conference 2013 is sponsored by the Department of English at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania as its Thirteenth Annual Christian Writers Confe

Call for Papers: Tobacco in the Early Modern imagination

A one-day conference at Chetham’s Library, Manchester, 15 March 2013

Plenary speaker: Dr Lucy Munro (Keele University)

We are looking for several 20 minute papers on any aspect of the way that tobacco was represented, formulated, desired, commodified, traded and investigated in the early modern world.

Papers might consider: tobacco and internationalism; maritime disputes and piracy; destruction and violence; the medicalization of smoking; smoking and gaming; tobacco and gender; physiology, psychology and addiction; pipes and prosthesis; performance; early modern drugs more generally; colonial dominion and the early modern subject; mapping; portraiture; death; tobacco and encounter; sexuality; medical tobacco; youth culture; taxation and legal issues; the development of druggist shops; the abject; smoke as revenant; purgation and disgust. We might also consider that the word ‘tobacco’ does not appear in the works of Shakespeare.

Papers will also be considered that are more methodological in focus (such as those that consider interdisciplinary approaches or arise from the medical humanities, new directions in theory, collaborative research and presentation, impact or knowledge exchange)

The day will also involve some workshop sessions with the magnificent collections held by the library:

Please send abstracts of 250 words to:

Deadline: 30 January 2013

Bess of Hardwick

Unsealed - The Letters of Bess of Hardwick, now at The National Archives, from 27 November 2012 to the end of February 2013.

The correspondence of Bess of Hardwick (Elizabeth, countess of Shrewsbury) will be explored in a new exhibition at The National Archives – ‘Unsealed: The Letters of Bess of Hardwick’.

One of Elizabethan England's most famous figures, Bess of Hardwick was an influential matriarch and dynast, lady at Elizabeth I's court, and the builder of great stately homes like Hardwick Hall. All of the Elizabethan world populated her letters: dukes and spies, queens and servants, friends and lovers. She wrote hundreds of letters throughout her life - they were her lifeline to her travelling children and husbands, to the court at London and news from the world at large. This travelling exhibition, on loan from Hardwick Hall, features images and letter facsimiles that bring Bess and her correspondents to life,  and visitors can explore Bess’s world through a series of podcasts on food, fashion and gossip. 

To mark the launch of the exhibition Dr Alison Wiggins will be giving a free talk on the letters at The National Archives on 29 November at 14:00, where there will also be the chance to see some of Bess’s original letters.

Unsealed: The Letters of Bess of Hardwick can be seen at The National Archives from Tuesday 27 November 2012 to the end of February 2013, and is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and supported by the National Trust and the University of Glasgow.

 The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Tel: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Catholic Archives

The next seminar of the UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges will take place on Wed 28 Nov. Our subject is 'Catholic Archives', and we're delighted to have two extraordinary speakers: Jan Graffius, archivist of Stonyhurst College; and Father Peter Harris, archivist of the English College at Valladolid. They're each custodians of remarkable collections of documents and relics which shed light on early modern English identity from an alternative and internationalist angle. Their subjects are as follows:

Jan Graffius: Bullworks Against Heresie': Some Relics from the Sodality at St Omers
Fr Peter Harris: 'And did those feet in ancient time ...': The archives of exile: the holdings of the Royal English College, Valladolid, Spain
Alison Shell will be in the chair. It should be a fascinating seminar, and we hope you can join us. We meet at 4.30pm on Wed 28 Nov, in Foster Court 114, UCL. For maps and directions, please see more on the UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, please see

Thursday, November 22, 2012

NY Renaissance events ...

Monday November 19, UPenn

William Noel (University of Pennsylvania)
"Picking up the Pieces: What happened to a Manuscript Illuminated by W. De Brailes"

Monday November 19, 5:15PM
Martin and Margy Meyerson Conference Room
Monday November 26, NYU

Artisan Drama and the Transformation of Work in the Premodern City
Nicole Rice and Maragaret Pappano

19 University Pl, Great Room, 6:00PM
Monday November 26, NYU

Maria H. Loh
Veronese’s Story of the Eye
Monday, November 26, 2012
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor 

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Fine Arts, the Department of Italian Studies, and the Humanities Initiative at NYU. Click here to download poster. Please RSVP for this event at
This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Tuesday November 27 Fordham

Europe’s Mother: The Virgin Mary in the Public Sphere”
Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval History and Head of the School of History Queen Mary, University of London

Fordham University, Lincoln Center, 6PM
12th-floor Lounge Lowenstein Center
113 West 60th Street (Columbus and West 60th Street), New York City
Thursday, November 29, Columbia University
The Ambiguities of Machiavellian Virtue <>
John P. McCormick

Respondent: Benedetto Fontana; Chair: Nadia Urbinati
Thursday, 29 November    4:00pm
Second Floor Common Room, Heyman Center
Thursday November 29 Fordham
Thursday, November 29, 12:45 p.m.
Lucy Freeman Sandler (New York University)
The Bohuns and Their Books: Illuminated Manuscripts for Aristocrats in Fourteenth-Century England
McGinley Center, Faculty Lounge
A Reception follows each talk.  All are invited.
Saturday December 1 Barnard
Charting the Future and the Unknown in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
The twenty-third Medieval and Renaissance Conference at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York City.
Saturday December 1, 2012
Barnard College
Barnard Hall
Broadway at 117th Street
New York, New York 10027

For a complete schedule of events, please visit here.
To register, please visit here.
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 t

“Not Shakespeare"

Call for essays for a special issue of *Shakespeare Quarterly*

We are seeking essays on Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline drama by
theater-poets other than Shakespeare for a special issue of
Shakespeare Quarterly entitled “Not Shakespeare,” edited by Lars Engle
and David Schalkwyk, which will appear in summer 2014. To be
considered for this issue, all essays must be received by 1 September

Submission guidelines are available here
), or contact Mimi Godfrey (

Monday, November 12, 2012

Barnard Med-Ren Conference

Charting the Future & the Unknown in the Middle Ages & Renaissance
A conference
Saturday, December 1 at 9 AM - 6:15 PM
Locations across campus

Barnard´s 23rd Medieval and Renaissance Conference takes up the question of how writers, artists, historians, scientists, and the masses imagined and plotted the future and the unknown. How did they envision the future in their scientific and literary discourses? How did they articulate the new, the unexpected, the unforeseen? How did they conceptualize the end of the world, chart terrae incognitae, or devise the realms of divination and astrology? More than 20 scholars offer answers to these and other fascinating questions. Keynote speakers are Rebecca Bushnell, University of Pennsylvania, and Laura Ackerman Smoller, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Sliding-scale registration fees apply.

For more information, please visit

Nicole Sebring
Coordinator, Medieval & Renaissance Studies Program

Warburg Postdoc

Dear Colleagues,

The publishing house Brill (Leiden) is generously sponsoring an annual research Fellowship at the Warburg Institute’s Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE). The Fellowship has been made possible by the “Sheikh Zayed Book Award” which was awarded to Brill Publishers in March 2012 for publishing excellence in Middle East and Islamic Studies.
The Brill Fellowship at CHASE to be held in the academic year 2013-14 will be of two or three months duration and is intended for a postdoctoral researcher. The Fellowship will be awarded for research projects on any aspect of the relations between Europe and the Arab World from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
The closing date for applications is the 30 November 2012. Please visit our website for application details (

We would be grateful if you could let this announcement circulate among your staff and students and pass it on to all interested scholars.
Many thanks!

Jan Loop

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Symposium on Reading and Health in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800

Medieval and Early Modern Research Group, Newcastle University
5th-6thJuly 2013

Keynote speakers:
Katharine Craik
Helen Smith
Richard Wistreich

This symposium will explore how early modern texts engage with the regulation of the body and mind through reading. It will investigate the connections between reading and health and consider how reading was understood as an embodied practice in the period with profound implications for both personal well-being and conception of the healthy body politic.
We invite proposals that address the relationship between health and reading in any genre in print or manuscript in any European language. The genres might include medical, scientific, literary, religious, or pedagogical and rhetorical writings. We encourage proposals that recover diverse readers/hearers, reading communities and practices. We also welcome papers that consider problems of evidence: e.g. manuscript marginalia; print paratexts (and directions to readers); visual representations; non-material evidence (voice; gesture; touch).

Topics might include, but are not restricted to:

    •    Reading as therapeutic (devotional; recreational etc.)
    •    Reading medical writing
    •    The physiology of reading
    •    Reading and well-being
    •    Reading and disability
    •    Health and the senses
    •    Health as a literary theme
    •    Reading and the healthy body politic (censorship; free speech; reading communities etc.)

300-word abstracts for 20-minute papers from individuals and panels (3 speakers) to be sent to the symposium organisers – Jennifer Richards ( and Louise Wilson (

The deadline for abstracts is Thursday, January 31st, 2013.

For further information on the symposium, visit:

Wednesday, November 07, 2012


English Professor Laura Mandell, Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC), along with two co-PIs Professor Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna and Professor Richard Furuta, are very pleased to announce that Texas A&M has received a 2-year, $734,000 development grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP, ).  The two other project leaders, Anton DuPlessis and Todd Samuelson, are book historians from Cushing Rare Books Library.
 Over the next two years, eMOP will work to improve scholarly access to an extensive early modern text corpus. The overarching goal of eMOP is to develop new methods and tools to improve the digitization, transcription, and preservation of early modern texts.
 The peculiarities of early printing technology make it difficult for Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to discern discrete characters and, thus, to render readable digital output.  By creating a database of early modern fonts, training the software that mechanically types page images (OCR) to read those typefaces, and creating crowd-sourced correction tools, eMOP promises to improve the quality of digital surrogates for early modern texts. Receiving this grant makes possible improving the machine-translation of digital page images with cutting-edge crowd-sourcing and OCR technologies, both guided by book history.  Our goal is to further the digital preservation processes currently taking place in institutions, libraries, and museums globally.
 The IDHMC, along with our participating institutions and individuals, will aggregate and re-tool many of the recent innovations in OCR in order to provide a stable community and expanded canon for future scholarly pursuits. Thanks to the efforts of the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC) and its digital hubs, NINES, 18thConnect, ModNets, REKn and MESA, eMOP has received permissions to work with over 300,000 documents from Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO), totaling 45 million page images of documents published before 1800. 
The IDHMC is committed to the improvement and growth of digital projects and resources, and the Mellon Foundation’s grant to Texas A&M for the support of eMOP will enable us to fulfill our promise to the scholarly community to educate, preserve, and develop the future of humanities scholarship.

Monday, November 05, 2012


Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship Focused) in Early Modern Literature

Ref HUM0325
Location Canterbury
Job Type Academic
Contract Type Fixed Term
Salary Type Pro Rata
Salary (£) 31020 - 44166
HUM0325, School of English, Closing Date: 18 Nov 2012 

The School of English wishes to appoint a full-time short-term lecturer in Early Modern Studies in order to provide teaching and scholarship support for the School while Dr Rosanna Cox is on leave. The successful candidate will make an outstanding contribution to teaching and scholarship in the field of early modern studies and assume all appropriate responsibilities.
With a first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area and a PhD in a relevant discipline, you will possess sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established teaching programmes. The ability to develop familiarity with a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning is essential to the role, as is ability to engage the interest and enthusiasm of students and inspire them to learn. Having an understanding of equal opportunity issues, as they may impact on academic content and issues relating to student need, is also an important criterion.
For the full person specification, please refer to the further particulars (FPs) available here:,6072988602&key=32061039&c=715452547176&pagestamp=seowwguclkgjnwwoku
If you require further information regarding the post or application process please contact Alastair Goss note applications must be made online via the University website; details sent directly via email cannot be considered.

The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Friday, 02 November 2012 to Sunday, 14 April 2013

The 15th and 16th centuries were a time of dramatic change in Northern Europe.  Monarchs vied for territorial power, religious reformers questioned the central tenets of the church and scholars sought greater understanding of their world.  Against this backdrop, artists produced works of extraordinarily diverse subject matter and superb technical skill.  This exhibition brings together over 100 works by the greatest Northern European artists of the period.  Among the highlights are prints and drawings by Albrecht Dürer, mythological paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, and preparatory drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger displayed alongside the finished oil portraits.

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