Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Reading and Health in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800

Registration is now open for the symposium, at Newcastle University, 5th-6th July.

Online registration can be found at:

DAY 1: Mining Institute, Newcastle City Centre

Friday 5th July

11-11.30 Registration

11.30-12.30 Plenary: Katharine Craik, University of Oxford Brookes, ‘Unreasonable Readers’

12.30-1.30 Session 1
Sara Miglietti (Warwick), ‘“Read thyself”: The reception of Plutarch’s De tuenda sanitate in sixteenth-century England’
Thomas Charlton (Stirling), ‘Reading in the ‘Face of Death’: The health and reading of Richard Baxter’

1.30-2.30 LUNCH

2.30-3.30 Session 2
William Youngman (Cornell), ‘Textual healing at St Bartholomew’s hospital: Scribal liberty, medical hospital’
Lana Harper (Sussex and Shakespeare’s Globe), ‘Housewifery texts and female medical identities’

3.30-4.30 Session 3
Toria Johnson (St Andrews), ‘“And if thou never pitie my distresses”: The threatened reader of English lyric poetry’
Erin Weinberg (Queen’s), ‘Reading and misreading the body in The Comedy of Errors

4.30-5 TEA & COFFEE

5-6.00 Plenary: Josie Billington and Phil Davis, University of Liverpool, ‘The very grief a cure of the disease’

6-7.00 Reception, followed by Conference Buffet

DAY 2, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Saturday 6th July

9.30-10.30 Plenary: Helen Smith, University of York, 'Reading and using: psyche and physic in early modern England'

10.30-11.00 TEA & COFFEE

11-12.30 Session 4: Reading for bodily and spiritual health in seventeenth-century women’s writings
Rachel Adcock (Loughborough), ‘Dialogues between flesh and spirit: Reading for bodily and spiritual health in mid-seventeenth-century female writings’
Sara Reed (Loughborough), ‘Elizabeth Clinton’s Nurserie: Bodily and spiritual health as a literary theme’
Anna Warzycha (Loughborough), ‘“Sinner saved”: Gertrude More’s therapeutic Confessions and Spiritual Exercises (1657)’

12.30-1.30 LUNCH

1.30-3 Session 5
Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon (Paris Université 8), ‘Reading as both a disease and cure, or the paradox of medical treatises: Robert Burton, Bernard Mandeville, and George Cheyne’
Kate Loveman (Leicester), ‘Reading and ill-health in Samuel Pepys’s papers’
Guiliano Mori (IULM, Milan), ‘Democritus Junior as reader of Auctoritates: History of medicine through a sceptic eye’

3-4 Session 6
Lizzie Swann (York), ‘Dulce et utile: Diagnosis, dietetics and taste in early modern poetics’
Clarissa Chenovick (Fordham), ‘“Inward corruption, and infected sin”: Reading and penitential healing in Spenser’s House of Holiness’

4-4.30 TEA & COFFEE

4.30-5.30 Plenary: Richard Wistreich, Royal Northern College of Music, ‘Reading the Voice: The Anatomy and Physiognomy of Speaking and Singing’
5.30-5.45 Summary and Farewells

Friday, March 22, 2013

Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership

... present ‘Early Modern Texts: Digital Methods and Methodologies’, University of Oxford, 16-17 September 2013

The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership, based at the Bodleian Library in Oxford invites proposals for conference papers. All papers that focus on early modern texts will be considered, but we particularly encourage proposals on digital research and editing methods and methodologies in early modern studies.

Possible topics could include:
Editing philosophies and practicalities
Digital citation
Hidden or developing research methodologies in the Humanities
Bridging traditional and digital methods
Comparative studies of different digital resources
Research based on EEBO-TCP
Digital tools to support early modern research
Approaches to teaching methodology

The conference is intended as an opportunity to explore the current state of early modern textual studies and editing, and to consider possibilities for the future. There will be a particular focus on developing potential for collaborative work through scheduled networking sessions. Proposals including project demonstrations or ideas are encouraged, as are submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words, together with a brief biography (100 words maximum), to The deadline for submissions is Friday 5 April 2013. Acceptances will be notified by Monday 29 April 2013.
For further details, see

London Job!

Reader in Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, University of London -School of English & Drama

Queen Mary's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is embarking on the latest phase of strategic investment to recruit excellent researchers and teachers who can contribute to the achievement of its ambitious and exciting plans.
English seeks to appoint a Reader of international standing with an outstanding track record in research, teaching and academic leadership. We seek someone who will play a prominent role in our research and teaching programmes through innovative critical and pedagogical practice, both individually and through collaboration with others. We invite applications from excellent candidates in any area of early-modern studies, but we especially welcome applications from those who will extend the historical reach of our scholarship, expand the cultural breadth of our work, and offer original perspectives on our interdisciplinary and archival study. The post is full time and permanent, starting from 1 September 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be within the range £50,627 – £56,185. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Details about the School of English and Drama can be foundat

Details about the English Department can be found at

Further details and an application form can be found at: 

The closing date for applications is 30th March 2013. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 22nd May 2013.




Lecturer in English

  Salary: Grade 7a £32,267

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer with research interests in literature of the period 1550-1640, who will join a successful, established English programme, delivering a range of degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. An ability to teach Shakespeare, early modern drama and other literature of the early modern period is a requirement of the post; research interests in Shakespeare and/or other early modern dramatists would be an advantage, as would openness to teaching modules outside the candidate’s period of specialisation. Third-year options run by previous Early Modernists at Keele on Shakespeare on Film have proved popular in the past not only with English students but also with Media and Film Studies students; it would be an advantage (although not by any means essential) if candidates for the current vacancy were able to develop a similarly filmic offering at level 3. Candidates for the position will be engaged in high-quality research, suitable for submission to the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Professor Susan Bruce, Head of the School of Humanities. Email:, tel 01782 734119

Job packs available:,, Human Resources, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG or Fax: 01782 733471.

Please quote post reference: AC13/15

Closing date for applications: 18 April 2013

The Early English Drama and Performance Network a new resource for scholars, students, and practitioners of medieval and Tudor drama and performance.  The Network seeks to promote this field of study by bringing together researchers from multiple disciplines (including drama, dance and performance studies, literature, music, and art history), facilitating cross-disciplinary, cross-period dialogue and acting as a central hub for the community on the internet. 
The Network’s website acts as a conduit for the latest news on research, publications, performances and conferences.  There are also pages dedicated to upcoming events, funding and useful links, as well as a list of scholars from around the world who are currently working in the field.
There has already been considerable interest in the site; we now have over 230 followers worldwide and have received over 1000 views since launching the site in February. As the Network grows we will be able to create new features, connect researchers from various disciplines and open up some exciting new directions for research in medieval and Tudor performance.
If you would like to know more, explore the website for yourself or get involved, the web address is:
If you would like to be added to the ‘Members’ list, please send your name, position (and institution where relevant), and a short outline of your current project or research interests to
Do let us know if you have any news that you would like to share or any suggestions you may have for the Network, either via the email address above or our Twitter account @EarlyDramaNet.
We hope that you will find the Network useful and would welcome any comments that you might have. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Saturday 13th April, 2013, 9.30-5.30 Little St Mary's Church, Trumpington St, Cambridge

This symposium will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Richard Crashaw, poet and divine. Crashaw is renowned as a unique voice in seventeenth-century English poetry, and a central figure in the Anglican Counter-Reformation of the 1620s and 30s. His life and verse have lately enjoyed renewed scholarly attention: through his acquaintance with the community at Little Gidding, for instance, and the history of his conversion to Roman Catholicism. This symposium, taking place at Little St Mary's Church, where Crashaw served as catechist and curate (next to Peterhouse, where he was a Fellow) will develop and enhance this interest in his work from literary, theological, philosophical, and musical perspectives.

John Adamson (University of Cambridge)
Katrin Ettenhuber (University of Cambridge)
Gary Kuchar (University of Victoria)
Alison Milbank (University of Nottingham)
Arabella Milbank (University of Cambridge)
Sophie Read (University of Cambridge)
Vincent Roger (Lille Catholic University)
Kate Shelly (University of Albany, SUNY)

For further information, please visit:

The symposium is free to attend, but places are limited. To register
your attendance, please contact the organisers: Christopher Burlinson
(, Lucy Razzall (, and Simon Jackson

The symposium will be preceded by a concert in the church, on Friday 12
April at 8pm, featuring readings and musical settings of Richard Crashaw
from the seventeenth century to the present day, including music from
the Peterhouse Partbooks, the first modern performance of an ode by
Jeremiah Clarke, and new settings by Robin Holloway and Alec Roth.
Performed by the Choir of Little St Mary's, directed by Simon Jackson;
The Choir of Gonville and Caius College, directed by Geoffrey Webber;
and Chesterton Baroque, directed by Dan Tidhar.

Friday 12 April, 8 pm: tickets (£8/£5) available on the door.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Gardens and Herbal History

Herbal History Research Network Research Seminar
Wednesday 26 June 2013, 10.30 am–4.30 pm Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution,
16–18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN

Gardens and Herbal History Research Seminar Programme
10.30 am–4.30 pm, Wednesday 26 June 2013 at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16–18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN, UK
10.00 Registration, tea and coffee provided
10.30 Welcome
Morning session: Locating sources for garden and herbal history 'Lady Boscawen's seventeenth-century plant notebook: Some issues in herbal and garden history', Dr Anne Stobart (Herbal History Research Network) 'The culture and folklore of orchards: Considering the sources', Joanna Crosby (University of Essex) 'The influence of Roman writers on Elizabethan gardens', Christina Stapley (Herbal History Research Network)
1.15-2.15 Lunch (included in registration cost) Afternoon session: Using and interpreting sources 'Maintaining and developing a physician's garden in London', Jane Knowles (Head Gardener, Royal College of Physicians) 'Reviving a late medieval garden: Dean William Turner and his “garden at Wellis”', Frances Neale (formerly Archivist to the Dean and Chapter of Wells Cathedral) 'New World Gardens: medicinal plants in colonial America', Dr Bruna Gushurst-Moore (University of Plymouth)
4.15–4.30 Concluding discussion

Advance registration is essential as space is limited. The cost of this seminar is £48 (£28 for students). Early bird registration before 24th April 2013 is discounted by £6 per place to £42 (£22). To book your place send a cheque payable to Herbal History Research Network with the slip below. Confirmation of your place will be sent to you.
Return to: Herbal History Research Network, c/o Christina Stapley, Deepwell House, 205 Quemerford, Calne, Wilts SN11 8JY, UK.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013


Book, Text, and Place 1500–1750
4-5 July 2013
Research Centre, Bath Spa University

Plenary Speakers:
Professor Julie Sanders (University of Nottingham)
Professor Marcus Walsh (University of Liverpool)
Professor Henry Woudhuysen (Lincoln College, University of Oxford)

Transitions 1500-1750 aims to explore a wide range of transitions from a variety of critical and historical perspectives. We are particularly interested in papers that reflect on the impact that such transitions had on early modern subjects, institutions, material culture, habits of thought as well as literary, social and cultural practices. Different disciplinary perspectives are especially encouraged. Possible topics of study include:

Transitional years (eg, 1534, 1558, 1603, 1660, 1707)
Celebrating/marking/remembering transition
Succession literature
From stage to page
From manuscript to print (and vice versa)
Generic shifts
Shifting author-patron, author-readership relations
Historical/literary historical constructions of transition
The intersection of the residual and the emergent

Please send proposals for papers (20mins) and any queries to
The deadline for proposals is 31 March.

Book, Text, and Place, 1500-1750 Research Centre:
Corsham Court, Bath Spa University:

Working it Out: A Day of Numbers in Early Modern Writing

Saturday 18th May 2013
Birkbeck, University of London
Keynes Library, 43-46 Gordon Square, London 

Registration Open

Early modern books are full of numbers, representing both practicality and mystery. This multidisciplinary one-day conference explores numbers in British early modern literature and textual culture. How were numbers and numerical techniques used in drama, dance, and poetry? What were the practical issues arising from printing numerical texts? How were numbers represented on the page in mathematical and accounting texts – and elsewhere? How were the index and the cross-reference created and used? To what extent would an early modern audience recognize mathematical references in literary texts and performance? Who would buy an arithmetic book and how might they use it?

The conference will bring together researchers from the fields of literature, history of mathematics and of accounting, economic and cultural history, performance studies, and more to think in new ways about early modern numbers.

Speakers include:

-     Stephen Clucas, Birkbeck.
-     Natasha Glaisyer, York.
-     Richard Macve and Basil Yamey, London School of Economics.
-     Carla Mazzio, University at Buffalo, SUNY.
-     Emma Smith, Hertford College, Oxford.
-     Adam Smyth, Birkbeck.

Conference fee £10, including lunch. Register at:

Free for postgraduates, if registered in advance. Please contact us at if you are a postgraduate student and would like to attend.

General questions can be directed to the organisers, Rebecca Tomlin and Katherine Hunt, at; also check out the blog at

The conference organisers are grateful for the generous support provided by the Society for Renaissance Studies, the Royal Historical Society, the London Renaissance Seminar, and ICAEW’s Charitable Trusts.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Shakespeare, Music and Performance

A conference at Shakespeare's Globe 3-5 May 2013
To find out more or register go to:
Farah Karim-Cooper Head of Research & Courses, Globe Education
020 7902 1439


In the Medieval and Early Modern World

Call for Abstracts
28-30 November 2013, University of Western Australia, Perth

Confirmed plenary speakers:
* Professor Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto)
* Professor Tim Fitzpatrick (University of Sydney)

The convenors of the 19th Annual Conference of the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, co-sponsored by the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, welcome abstracts (c.200 words) for 20-minute papers exploring medieval and early modern cultures of technology, textuality, and materiality, c.600 to 1800 CE. We welcome proposals for papers (or panels of 3 papers) which consider:

* The social and cultural lives and afterlives of medieval and early modern material objects
* Manuscripts, inscriptions, illustrations, letters, the printing press and other medieval and early modern communication technologies
* The production, transmission, and mediation of medieval and early modern texts
* The application and/or impact of modern technologies to medieval and early modern materials

Abstracts and panel proposals (along with titles and brief bios for
speakers) should be emailed to <> addressed to the convenors — Professor Andrew Lynch, Dr Anne M. Scott, and Dr Brett D. Hirsch — by no later than 1 September 2013.

Further details about the conference programme, registration, and postgraduate travel assistance will be made available on <>

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Mutilated Body

Call for Papers
Durham University, Medieval and Early Modern Student Association
Seventh Annual Postgraduate Conference, 8-9 July 2013

Durham University’s annual MEMSA conference is an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduates and early
career researchers to present and discuss their research. This year, the conference theme will focus on
aspects of destruction, disability, and personhood in the medieval and early modern periods. Paper
proposals may reflect the current trends in medical humanities and hagiography, but could also draw
upon inventive interpretations of mutilated corporeality, typified by books, architecture, kingdoms and
kingship, or Christendom. We welcome abstracts from postgraduates and early career researchers on all
aspects of this topic in medieval and early modern archaeology, history, literature, theology, art, music,
and culture. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:

- Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish martyrdom
- Iconoclasm
- Mutilation of manuscripts, book burning, and destruction of libraries
- Attitudes towards and treatment of physical and mental disability
- Religious rupture: monastic dissolution, Eucharist desecration, the Reformation, and the breaking
of Christendom
- Torture, execution, surgery, wounds, and disease
- Disruption and schism in the body politic
- Gendered bodies: domestic abuse and sexual violence
- Healing of wounds: reconstruction, conservation, miracles

In addition to the panels, the conference will include keynote addresses by Professor Faith Wallis of
McGill University and Professor Charlotte Roberts of Durham University. We are also pleased to
announce a visit to the the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition and discussion led by Professor Richard
Gameson of Durham University. Papers may also be submitted for publication in a special conference
proceedings edition of Hortulus.

Please contact with abstracts of 200-300 words, for papers lasting 20
minutes, no later than 15 April, 2013. For more information, please see our blog,

Lecturer in Renaissance English Literature, - Ref:1311267

UCL Department / Division
English Language & Literature
Grades 7-8
Hours Full Time
Salary (inclusive of London allowance) Grade 7: £36,064 - £39,132; Grade 8: £40,216 - £47,441
Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be required to teach courses covering
the Renaissance English period at undergraduate level, including the
compulsory Shakespeare course and the Renaissance option course, and to
contribute to the MA Shakespeare in History and the Early Modern Studies
MA.  In addition, the successful candidate will give one-to-one
tutorials to undergraduate students and undertake the normal duties of
teaching administration.  It is expected that the successful candidate
will make a full contribution to maintaining and enhancing the
Department's research profile through publication at international
standard and through the supervision of PhD students.

Key Requirements
Candidates must have a PhD.   A proven research record in some field of
Renaissance English literature is essential, as is a proven teaching
record in the period at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  An
ability to teach selectively outside the period is also required.
Candidates must also demonstrate research achievement at a high level
appropriate to their stage of career.
Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom
of this page.

To apply for the vacancy, please click on 'Apply Now'.

If you have any enquiries regarding the vacancy or the application
process, please contact the Departmental Administrator, Stephen
Cadywold, <>

Further information about the Department is available on <>

UCL Taking Action for Equality
Closing Date
15 Mar 2013
Latest time for the submission of applications
5.00 p.m.
Interview date
Week commencing 29 April, 2013
This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for
Academic Staff.

Please use these links to find out more about the UCL Terms and
Conditions <>
related to this job, employee benefits
<> that we offer
and further information about UCL
Job Description and Person Specification

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