Monday, February 25, 2013

Early Modern Digital Agendas

Are you a scholar of early modern English, or do you facilitate projects that involve Renaissance English literature? Do you want to learn more about current work in digital humanities or need to consider your next steps in developing your approach?

In July 2013, the Folger Institute will offer "Early Modern Digital Agendas" under the direction of Jonathan Hope, Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Strathclyde. It is an NEH-funded, three-week institute that will explore the robust set of digital tools with period-specific challenges and limitations that early modern English literary scholars now have at hand.

"Early Modern Digital Agendas" will create a forum in which twenty faculty, graduate student, and alt-ac participants can historicize, theorize, and critically evaluate current and future digital approaches to early modern literary studies-from EEBO-TCP to advanced corpus linguistics, semantic searching, and visualization theory-with discussion growing out of, and feeding back into, their own projects (current and envisaged).

With the guidance of expert visiting faculty, attention will be paid to the ways new technologies are shaping the very nature of early modern research and the means by which humanists interpret texts, teach students, and present their findings to others.

This institute is supported by an Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities´ Office of Digital Humanities.

Eligibility: Faculty, advanced graduate students, and non-teaching staff (including librarians, administrators, and other alt-ac people) are welcome to apply. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens. All admitted participants will receive a stipend of $2,625. All applications must be submitted by Monday, 4 March 2013.

Please visit for more information.

Questions? Please contact


Owen Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
The Folger Institute
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003-1094
202 675 0352

Becoming Global

The Renaissance Studies Program at the CUNY Graduate Center is hosting a conference "Becoming Global: The Renaissance and The World," to take place March 14-15, 2013.  The keynote lecture by Serge Gruzinksi will take place on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 PM in the Proshansky 
Auditorium, and Friday sessions will be in the Elebash Recital Hall.  
For more information, and to register, please see the website: 

British Milton Seminar, 9 March 2013: Revised programme

Please see below for a slightly revised version of the BMS programme for 9 March 2013. Sara van den Berg (Saint Louis University), due to speak on ‘The Uses of Milton’s Arguments in 18th- and 19th-Century Divorce’, has unfortunately been forced to withdraw. Hugh Adlington will speak in her place.

BMS 47: revised programme

Saturday 9 March 2013

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



Hugh Adlington (Birmingham), ‘“All that follows to p.50 very indifferent”: Richard Hurd reads Milton, 1751-1800’;

Edmund C. White (Oxford), ‘From “fides et mores” to “faith or ma[n]ners”: Areopagitica and the Counter-Reformation Hermeneutics of Christian Practice’.


Margaret Kean (Oxford), ‘Standing up for early Milton’;

Colin Lahive (University College Cork), ‘Romance in Paradise Lost’.


The Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI) was founded by Act of Parliament in 1854, for ‘the Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and the Midland Counties,’ and continues to pursue these aims.  The BMI is located in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street railway stations:

Birmingham and Midland Institute
Margaret Street
Birmingham B3 3BS

Please follow this link for a map of the BMI’s location, and for further information about the BMI and its Library:

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Or sign up for email alerts about the British Milton Seminar at:

Thomas N. Corns and Hugh Adlington (Co-convenors)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Phd studentship

Adapting the Early Modern

School of Humanities, Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester


A PhD research studentship covering stipend and tuition fee costs is offered for a project that combines early modern literary or theatrical research with recent work on cultural adaptation. Working within the School's Centre for Textual Studies and Centre for Adaptations, the student could explore such areas as how the editing of Shakespeare's works necessarily adapts them for new readers, how Renaissance theatre is represented in films--from the Globe in Laurence Olivier's Henry V (1944) to the Curtain in John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998)--or how film portrayals of early modern dramatists such as Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson and John Webster engage with early modern, modern or postmodern notions of creativity. There is plenty of scope for the project to explore broader concerns of early modern authorship, publication and adaptation.

The Centre for Textual Studies and the Centre for Adaptations are integral to the research culture of the School of Humanities and while consisting largely of colleagues working in the subject area of English, staff also include scholars in Media, Film Studies, Drama and Technology. The two centres are internationally renowned and united by their concern with what happens to literary writing after it moves beyond the control of the originating author.
Both centres have an established tradition of interdisciplinary research with externally funded international collaborations.
They are home to approximately 20 research students working on such topics as the Shakespearean star actor on film, Othello on screen, adapting Shakespeare for young children, printing and editing in the early modern period, Shakespeare's fairy stories, the early modern book trade, and the histories and repertories of acting companies. The successful candidate for this studentship will become part of a highly active community of career-young scholars working on similar projects within a vibrant research culture. Research in the subject area of English at De Montfort University was ranked joint-ninth with English at Cambridge University in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

For a more detailed description of the studentship project please visit our web site or contact Prof Gabriel Egan on +44
(0)116 25 77158 or

This research opportunity builds on our excellent past achievements and, looking forward to REF2014 and beyond, it will develop the university's research capacity into new and evolving areas of study, enhancing DMU's national and international research partnerships.

Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a good first degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study starting October 2013 and provide a bursary of 13,770 GBP/pa in addition to university tuition fees.

To receive an application pack, please contact the Graduate School Office via email  Completed applications should be returned together with two supporting references.

Please quote ref:  DMU Research Scholarships 2013

CLOSING DATE:  Friday 15th March 2013



Sponsored by the AHRC in its support of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne, this is a conference which will reassess the 'place' of preaching in Early Modern Europe in all its aspects.

Plenary Lecture: Brian Cummings (York)

Confirmed Speakers: Hugh Adlington (Birmingham); David Colclough (Queen Mary); Joshua Eckhardt (Virginia Commonwealth); Katrin Ettenhuber (Cambridge); Lori Anne Ferrell (Claremont); Kenneth Fincham (Kent); Erica Longfellow (Oxford); Mary Ann Lund (Leicester); Peter McCullough (Oxford); Charlotte Methuen (Glasgow); Mary Morrissey (Reading); Jean-Louis Quantin (Sorbonne); Emma Rhatigan (Sheffield); Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes); Sebastiaan Verweij (Oxford); Philip West (Oxford)

All further conference details – including graduate bursaries to attend the conference - and information on booking will be posted on this site later:

Call for Papers
The organisers welcome proposals (250-500 word abstracts) for further papers on any of the following aspects of sermon culture in Early Modern Europe: Roman Catholic preaching; architectural settings and auditories of preaching; sermons in manuscript and print; performance and delivery; sermon hearing, note taking, and commonplacing; production and reception of patristic and other theological works; rhetoric; and more.

Please send your proposals to Professor Peter McCullough and Dr Sebastiaan Verweij: /


Tobacco in the Early Modern imagination

An afternoon symposium at Chetham’s Library, Manchester
15 March 2013 

12.45 arrival and coffee
Opening remarks (Jerome de Groot)
Lauren Working (Durham)
Unnatural Disobedience: Sedition and the Literature of Tobacco in Jacobean England
Philipp Rössner (Manchester)
Tobacco and Mechanisms of British Imperial Control. The case of Scotland and the Atlantic Economy
2.15 Coffee
Bruna Gushurst-Moore (Plymouth)
‘Take of Tobacco Leaves Bruised two pound’
Lucy Munro (Keele)
'Joking about Tobacco on the Early Jacobean Stage'
4 end


Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Reconstructing Technique – Creating Performance

Engage in key issues in bringing dances of the past to life at this Dance Study Forum organised by the Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society on 23 and 24 March at Goldsmith’s, University of London. With increasing interest in early modern performance practice, this study day offers the chance to understand the sources and issues concerning serious dance scholars.

The keynote presentation on Saturday 23 March is Singing Simpkin and other Bawdy Jigs: recuperating the Song-and-Dance comedies on the Shakespearean Stage. Relating to a forthcoming publication, Dr. Roger Clegg (de Montfort University Drama Department), Lucy Skeaping (broadcaster and early music singer and performer) with Dr. Anne Daye (TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, dance researcher) will present new insights into a significant element of the stage repertoire.

Full details and booking form on

Tragedie of Cleopatra

UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges is delighted to present
Samuel Daniel’s 
2pm, Sunday 3rd March 2013
The Great Hall, Goodenough College, 
Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB

Daniel's tragedy (composed in 1594) was one of the earliest English plays about Cleopatra, and almost certainly influenced Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Its original performances would have included female actors in country house settings. Our Jacobean-style production will shed light on female participation in drama in Shakespeare's time, and on early modern ideas of female heroism. It will also illuminate the history of perceptions of race; and, since it draws on classical and French sources, the importance of international influences in shaping the English Renaissance.

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This event is part of the 'Gained in Translation' season of the UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction. It is also generously supported by: Oxford Journals: Music and Letters; UCL English Department; UCL European Institute; UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities, including FIGS (the Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies); UCLU Drama Society.

Monday, February 11, 2013

'Printed Image and Decorative Print, 1500-1750'

A one-day colloquium
University of Reading, 22 March 2013

Speakers include Eric Kindel, James Mosley, Clare Backhouse and Angela McShane.

The registration fee of £10 includes refreshments and lunch.

For further details, including a full programme and booking form, please visit Reading University’s Early Modern Research Centre website or contact Rebecca Bullard on

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Thomas Browne

Ph.D. studentships - Extended deadline - 15th February

Ph.D.  Studentship, University of York: Thomas Browne’s library and sources (3 years, from September 2013) – an AHRC-funded studentship

This cross-disciplinary project will create an intellectual map of the library of Thomas Browne by tracing the relationships between his books as listed in the unusually detailed 1711 sales catalogue, and will produce an archaeology of Browne’s thought, with attention to the influence of classical, medieval, and Renaissance sources. It will map the holdings of his library onto his own work, and make a detailed case-study of at least one of his book-clusters (in, e.g., medicine, natural philosophy, travel literature, biblical scholarship, or patristics).  The successful applicant will not necessarily be expected to have advanced knowledge of Browne’s library and works, but will be expected to offer a preliminary vision of an approach to Browne’s work in relation to the history of ideas.
The project will re-establish, in particular, the often- neglected relationship between Browne’s great encyclopaedic work Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646) and the books ‘behind’ it. It will have two broad aims, the first relating to the library itself, and the second a case study in the organisation of knowledge.
Among the ideas that the first part of the project might consider are: Renaissance classical reception; the material reconstruction of the past within libraries; taxonomies of library arrangement; the conceptualisation of early-modern reading through study of Browne’s catalogue of error (Pseudodoxia); a catalogue with an intriguing relationship to sources that are deemed to be unreliable or mistaken; the relationships between books, and the distributions of knowledge, that inhere in the structures of libraries and catalogues. How are clusters within Browne’s library related to the  intellectual roots of his encyclopaedic frameworks? How do his books reveal a broader 17th-century intellectual landscape and his own social, cultural and political milieu? What can the library teach us about the acquisition and organisation of knowledge in the period?
The second part of the project will develop from out of the candidate’s own interests, based on one or more of Browne’s fields of knowledge.  The student will be based at the University of York in the Department of English and Related Literature, under the supervision of Dr Kevin Killeen (co-editor of Pseudodoxia within the Browne edition, together with Prof Will West and Prof Jessica Wolfe) and will come away from the award with original research that sheds new light on the intellectual history of the era.
As part of the AHRC-funded edition of The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne (8 vols, OUP 2015-2019; general editor, Prof Claire Preston), the student will interact extensively with the eleven editors, two post-doctoral researchers, and a second doctoral student in contributing to its intellectual, analytical, and textual framework.  The student may be expected to contribute, as directed, to background research on the edition of Pseudodoxia Epidemica.
Enquiries are welcome. Please contact either Dr Kevin Killeen ( or Prof Claire Preston (, specifying ‘PhD1’.

PhD studentship, University of Birmingham: Thomas Browne’s Correspondence (3 years, from September 2013) – an AHRC-funded studentship

The early-modern letter – its generic codes; the material circumstances of composition, dispatch, receipt, and circulation; the influence of epistolary habits of thought on other kinds of writing, and especially literary writing – is a flourishing field, and the edition of Browne’s correspondence carefully attends to such issues. His large epistolary corpus – personal, familial, professional, and natural-philosophical letters by and to him over a long career – give an unparalleled picture of 17th-century intellectual exchange, and of the development of his ideas and of his other works. The PhD based in this rich material will be informed by some of the following questions: how does Browne’s correspondence inform and/or challenge our understanding of his major works? how did scientific knowledge develop and circulate through epistolary exchanges in this period? how did the material conditions and constraints of the letter condition the genesis and communication of Browne's ideas? The student will benefit from a sustained engagement with Browne's correspondence; although contributing to the published volume of correspondence, and to the edition as a whole, the dissertation will be independent of them. Its precise topic will be developed by the student with the supervisors, but will demand the development of the student’s palaeographical and other textual skills. It will consider, too, of the correspondence of other key figures of the period – for example, Spenser, Bacon, Boyle, and Oldenburg. The range of incidents, topics, sources, and correspondents presented by Browne's letters requires command of antiquarian, medical, geological, botanical, theological, and other discourses. Advances in archival description and cataloguing, and improvements in humanities computing, offer in this dynamic field an auspicious moment for a doctoral project with great interdisciplinary scope and opportunity to master and exploit the full range of new publication and dissemination technologies in digital humanities.
Co-supervised by Prof Claire Preston (Birmingham), the general editor of the AHRC-funded Browne edition, and Dr Andrew Zurcher (Cambridge), co-editor of Browne’s correspondence, the student will be formally attached to the Birmingham Department of English, where there is deep editorial and early-modern expertise across the departments of English and History, and in the vibrant interdisciplinary Centre for Reformation and Early-Modern Studies. In addition, the student will have support from the Cambridge Centre for Material Texts (based at the English Faculty), with its strengths in the study of medieval and early-modern printed and manuscript materials. As part of the AHRC-funded edition of The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne (8 vols, OUP 2015-2019), the student will interact extensively with the eleven editors, two post-doctoral researchers, and a second doctoral student in contributing to its intellectual, analytical, and textual framework.  The student may be expected to contribute, as directed, to background research on the volume of Browne’s letters that forms part of the edition.
Enquiries are welcome. Please contact either Prof Claire Preston ( or Dr Andrew Zurcher (, specifying ‘PhD2’.

How to apply for either or both studentships:

Applications for these posts should first be made directly to Professor Preston. The successful candidates will then be asked to apply formally to the respective universities. If you wish to be considered for both studentships, you need to send a full application (described below) for each one. Remember to specify which post your application refers to (PhD1 or PhD2)

Qualifications: the successful candidate will have a very good undergraduate degree in English Literature or a closely related subject such as intellectual history or comparative literature; and normally an MA or MPhil, preferably in an early-modern literary topic (although relevant cognate subjects can be considered). If you are already embarked on a PhD we are unable to consider you for these studentships. Only UK citizens are eligible.

Application materials (2 hard copies and an electronic copy):

 -- a cv including information about your undergraduate and MA/M.Phil educational history with degree and exam results, and any awards; special skills or experience (eg, language proficiency, relevant undergraduate dissertation or long essay topics, etc); and publications (if any).

 – a covering letter of no more than one A4 side describing your preparation and qualification for, and interest in, one or both of these posts.

– two letters of reference, at least one of which should be from your post-graduate supervisor.

 – a sample of academic writing, preferably from your post-graduate degree, of no more than 3000 words (in other words, a chapter or section of the MA/MPhil), or a short academic publication. 

Submission of material:

The material listed above (hard copies and electronic copy) is to be sent directly to Professor Preston, Department of English, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston B15 2TT, and reach her by 15 February, 2013. Candidates should ask their referees to send their letters directly to that address or to by the same date. Letters of references will not be sought, so it is your responsibility to make certain they are sent in time. If you wish, you may send an SAE with your application so that you can be informed when/whether all your materials have arrived.

Interviews will be conducted Thursday 28 February in Edgbaston.

Questions about these posts are welcomed, and can be directed to Professor Preston by email.


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 still welcome for individual papers or panels on any subject associated with the theme of the conference.   Suggested topics include:
Anti-Catholic satire
Literary and pictorial representations of Popes and the Papacy
Pre-Reformation and recusant culture
Diplomacy and correspondence
English Cardinals
Art and architecture
Religious controversy
The conference will include a tour of the historic town of Lewes, from the scene of the burnings of the 17 Lewes Marian martyrs to the remains of Lewes Priory, one of England’s most important medieval religious houses.  
300 word proposals for papers and panels should be sent to Paul Quinn ( by March 1st 2013.  Papers should last for 20 minutes.  Panels should include three papers.

Monday, February 04, 2013

The Body

 The third Spring 2013 Friends Lecture which will take place next week on Tuesday, 5 February at 5.30pm in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre. Professor Rose Marie San Juan (Early Modern Italian art and visual culture, University College London) will speak about Wax and Bone: The Re-assemblage of the Body in Early Modern Cabinets of Display.

Also below, you will find a reminder of the programme for the Spring 2013 Friends Lecture Series on the subject of Visualising Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

Research Forum
The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Tel: 020 7848 2909

Historical Dance in London

I wanted to alert you to a talk & dance demonstration by Nonsuch History and Dance Group taking place this Friday 8th February at the National Gallery.

Nonsuch is Britain's premier Historical Dance company, using the dances of history to teach, train and entertain since 1966.
More information here

This event will examine Renaissance Dance as depicted in paintings of the period, and may be of interest to those studying Renaissance Literature, both in terms of theatrical performance and also for visual contexts (though you will of course be very welcome whatever your specialism!).

You will find a more detailed summary of the event below; tickets are £8/£6 concessions and bookable by telephone, in person or online via the National Gallery website.

I do hope some of you may join us on Friday evening.

Kind regards,
Eva Traynor
UCL English Graduate 2006 and Performer with Nonsuch Dance
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