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10th International Conference on the History of Chemistry (10th ICHC)

University of Aveiro, Portugal, 9th to 12th September 2015
This interdisciplinary conference welcomes participants from a range of
academic disciplines including history of science and technology,
science and technology studies (STS), economic and business history, and
the history of material culture and museum studies. We also warmly
welcome participants from chemistry and related disciplines with an
interest in the history of their discipline.


Key-notes : Prof. Jorge Calado, Prof. Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and
Prof. Michael Gordin

Biographies-whether in the form of books or articles-have always been an
important genre in the history of chemistry. General histories of
chemistry have often taken a biographical approach, most notably the
four volume work of J. R. Partington. Many chemists, especially in the
German-speaking world, have written autobiographies which along with the
formal obituaries produced by national academies of science have formed
an important source of information for historians of chemistry. More
recently the American Chemical Society published the "Profiles, Pathways
and Dreams" series which extended the autobiographical form up to the
end of the 20th century. For several decades in the latter half of the
20th century, professional historians of chemistry avoided the
biographical approach as being inherently too hagiographical and
"Whiggish". However following the pioneering work of scholars in the
history of physics the biography has been taken up anew as a framework
for analysing thematic problems and social-cultural questions. This
conference will critically examine this conceptual "turn" in the
historiography of chemistry and explore ways in which the biographical
approach can be fruitfully employed by historians of chemistry.

The conference will embrace all aspects of the history of alchemy and
chemistry including the history of materials and the history of
biochemistry. Papers which simply present the biography of a chemist
will not be accepted, as there must be a line of argument or a
historical problematic. Papers might address:

  1. Autobiographies as a source for historians of chemistry
  2. Biography and discipline building
  3. Biographies and nationalism
  4. The making and unmaking of chemical heroes
  5. Myths and misrepresentation
  6. Iconography as a mode of self-representation in the visual arts, sculpture and photography
  7. The historiography of the biographical mode
  8. Collective biographies including biographical dictionaries and the "biographies" of research groups

Proposals for papers on other topics can be submitted, but preference will be given to papers reflecting the conference theme.  Proposals can be made for sessions, standard papers (20 minutes), short papers (10 minutes) and posters.

Proposals (abstracts) should be uploaded using Easychair on the website and be a minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 300 words.  The session proposals should also contain the abstracts of the proposed papers.  The deadline for all proposals is midnight (Universal Time/GMT) on 30 April 2015.

Further details of the conference, including local arrangements and accommodation, will be found on the website.  Please address any queries to the chair of the programme committee, Peter Morris.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The International Christopher Marlowe

A 2-day conference at the University of Exeter
7th – 8th September 2015

Much current and historical scholarship has tended to consider Marlowe’s plays, poems and translations from an English cultural and literary perspective. With one or two exceptions, his connections to the thought and literature of non-English cultures have been less thoroughly explored, even as scholars have begun to examine the highly cosmopolitan, multi-lingual character of English literary production and consumption during the 1580s and 1590s.

To what extent was Marlowe an ‘international’ writer? In what ways did his work absorb, respond to, imitate or challenge literary, dramatic and intellectual trends in France, Spain, Italy, the Holy Roman Empire, the Netherlands, Turkey or further afield? What role, if any, has the reception of his work played in non-English-speaking cultures?

We invite proposals for papers of up to 30 minutes on any aspect of the “international” content or contexts of Marlowe and his work. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to or by 14th November 2014. We also welcome any queries at this address.

Organisers: Dr. Edward Paleit, Nora Williams (University of Exeter)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Early Modern Women and the Book: Ownership, Circulation, and Collecting

Proposals are sought for a panel — “Early Modern Women and the Book: Ownership, Circulation, and Collecting” — to be proposed for the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) in Montreal and Longueuil, Quebec, July 6-11, 2015.

We seek proposals for papers that examine early modern British women who owned books, circulated books, or created libraries or book collections between 1500-1700, a period that saw increased literacy and a revolution in book production and circulation. Scholars have reconstructed and assessed the collections and libraries of Renaissance men, including Harvey, Dee, Jonson, Hales, and Drake; women’s book ownership, as a subject of scholarly inquiry, “awaits its historian,” observes David McKitterick (2000) in a study of Elizabeth Puckering’s library. What resources (commonplace books, poetry miscellanies, inventories, etc.) shed light on women’s circulation of books within communities? What are the marks — figurative, material, cultural — of women’s book usage, ownership, and collecting? What can the creation of book collections or libraries tell us about social status, family ties, confessional affiliations, education, economic status, travels? What methodologies illuminate these interrelated topics?

By Oct. 1, 2014, please send a file containing a 350 word abstract and a 50-word biographical statement to Leah Knight (, Micheline White (, and Elizabeth Sauer ( for consideration.

Thomas Harriot Seminar 2015

Durham Castle, University of Durham, 6-7 July 2015

The Thomas Harriot Seminar celebrates the life and times of the mathematician Thomas Harriot (1560-1621), and welcomes papers on Harriot himself as well as on the history of mathematics and science in the sixteenth and early seventeenth century more generally. We particularly welcome papers on subjects of interest to Harriot, which included: pure and applied mathematics, the new world, astronomy, natural philosophy, alchemy, optics, linguistics, and the art of war. For more information about the Seminar please visit the Thomas Harriot Seminar website:

Richard Osterhoof (CRASSH University of Cambridge) “Gabriel Harvey and the utility of mathematics”

Robert Goulding (University of Notre Dame), “Through a glass, darkly: shadows, light, and prismatic colours.”

Glyn Parry (University of Roehampton), “The Ordeal of Thomas Digges”

Cathy France (University of Leeds), “Thomas Digges and the ballistic trajectory”

Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science, Oxford), “Edward Wright at Sea – Detected and Corrected”.

David Harris Sacks (Reed College, Oregon), “Learning to Know: Richard Hakluyt and Thomas Harriot in Oxford.”

Todd Andrew Borlik (University of Huddersfield), “John Dee’s ‘Hydragogie’ and Fen Drainage in the Seventeenth Century”

Susan Maxwell (Independent Scholar), “Preparing for circumnavigation: Thomas Cavendish and Francis Drake”

Registration fee: £95 (includes accommodation at the Castle, drinks reception, conference dinner on the 6th and buffet lunch on the 7th). Non-residential fee (without dinner and lunch): £35. Two bursaries are available for MA or PhD students, covering residential registration (if you would like to apply for one of these, please email the Chairman explaining why attending the seminar would be useful to your research). To register please email the Chairman Dr Stephen Clucas.

Dr Stephen Clucas
Editor, Intellectual History Review
Reader in Early Modern Intellectual History,
English and Humanities,
Birkbeck, Univesity of London,
Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HX

Middle Ages in the Modern World (MAMO) 2015

Following the success of MAMO 2013, held at St Andrews last year, we are proud to announce that a follow-up conference will be held from Monday 29 June to Thursday 2 July 2015 at the University of Lincoln. It will also be held in conjunction with Lincoln’s celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, where Lincoln’s own copy of the Magna Carta will have returned and be back proudly on display in the castle.

As the title suggests, MAMO aims to explore the continued return to, and relevance of, the Middle Ages in the modern world, and why the period continues to attract audiences and scholars. Particularly, its interdisciplinary focus is designed to explore a range of areas, from popular culture to public history, from science to advertising, and even legal frameworks and political rhetoric. Given the popularity of medievalism as a growing discipline, and given the fantastic reception of the last conference, we are expecting a wide audience from a range of fields and disciplines including History, Literature, Film & Television, Video Games, Performing Arts, Drama, Languages, Museum Curation and more besides.

Specific themes include, but are by no means limited to:
  • The reception of the Middle Ages in the arts, music, film, politics & popular culture 
  • The significance and relevance of Magna Carta to the modern world 
  • Medievalism and Orientalism 
  • Translating and interpreting medieval texts 
  • Re-enactment and revival 
  • Fantasy and the Middle Ages 
  • Eco-Medievalism and postmodern approaches to medieval studies 
  • The Middle Ages in Film, Television, Comic Books and Graphic Novels 
  • Medievalism and video games 
  • Science and the Middle Ages 
  • The Middle Ages and documentary programming 

In this first round we welcome both proposals for complete panels as well as individual proposals for papers. There’s also a PDF version for download, so please do spread the word to your networks; click here for the Call for Papers poster.

For individual papers, abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to, by 15 September 2014.

We will be keeping all of the details and information up to date through the Facebook group, through the Twitter hashtag #MAMO2015 or on our conference website, located at Details of keynotes will be released shortly, and later in the year we will post further information on accommodation, registration and other details. For specific enquiries or details about the conference themes and logistics please contact Andrew Elliott directly on

Panel proposals should include abstracts, names and contact details of presenters and a short (c. 200 word) description of the panel itself with the organiser’s contact details; these should be sent by Sunday 31 August 2014.

Recent European (Re)translations of Shakespeare

29 June - 2 July 2015, University of Worcester, UK
A seminar at the ESRA conference

Conveners: Lily Kahn (UCL),
Márta Minier (University of South Wales),
Martin Regal (University of Iceland),

The longevity of Shakespearean translations is generally somewhat limited. Although some canonical translations have a relatively long life as literary works and/or in the theatre, it is common for Shakespeare to be retranslated periodically. Within Europe there is a widespread phenomenon of systematic series of (re)translations of Shakespeare’s complete works; in recent years this trend has given rise to the WSOY Finnish Complete Works, completed in 2013, the new Polish Complete Works, the New Romanian Shakespeare series, and others. In addition, specially commissioned individual retranslations designed for specific productions are a common feature of the European theatrical scene. Examination of the rich variety of issues surrounding this phenomenon of retranslation in the European context can provide valuable insights into the theory and practice of Shakespearean interpretation.

This proposed seminar will bring together scholars, editors and practising translators engaged in the production and analysis of Shakespearean translations. It will also be open to dramaturges or directors who would like to comment on working with new or revised (that is, dramaturgically adjusted) translations. Proposals will be welcomed on topics including but not limited to the following:

  • factors galvanising the decision to produce new translations, including philological and interpretive shifts, changing conventions of theatre, and the emergence of new performance and directorial styles; 
  • the collaborative framework behind commissioned translations and the relationship between the translator and other stakeholders;
  • societal perceptions of the modern Shakespeare translator; trends in the selection of different translation strategies (e.g. foreignising vs. domesticating);
  • comparisons between alternative translations of the ‘same’ play (both synchronically and diachronically);
  • different translations of a single play by the same translator; the use of updated and otherwise modified versions of existing translations in new productions instead of commissioning completely original work; 
  • the critical reception of new translations both in textual format and in theatrical contexts.

We will consider papers focusing on academic translation series not necessarily intended for performance in addition to those specifically commissioned or designed for theatrical use that may not be as suitable for employment in educational contexts.

Please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and a brief biography (150 words) by 1 December 2014 to all seminar conveners. All participants will be notified about the acceptance of their proposals by 1 March 2015. The deadline for submitting the completed seminar papers (3,000 words) is 1 May 2015.

Conference Announcement

The traffic of Shakespeare’s stage invites spectators and readers to travel to different places, imagined and real. Italian and French cities – Verona, Venice, Mantua, Padua, Florence, Milan, Rome, Navarre, Roussillon, Paris, Marseilles – set the scenes of his plays. Rome, Athens, Ephesus and Troy occasion travels in time. On Britain’s map – divided in King Lear – other places are mapped: Scotland, England, Windsor, the Forest of Arden, York. Viola arrives on ‘the shore’ of Illyria while, in The Winter’s Tale, the action shifts between Bohemia and Sicilia. Othello sets up camp in Cyprus and Don Pedro returns, victorious, to Messina. Within the confines of one play, Hamlet, too, maps Europe: from Elsinore, Laertes requests permission to return to France; the Mousetrap is set in Vienna, which will become the setting for Measure for Measure; Hamlet is sent to England, and on his way encounters the Norwegian army marching across Denmark on its way to Poland.

Time and geographical travels map a whole continent and its social, political and cultural exchanges – a feature that Shakespeare’s plays shared with his early modern contemporaries as much as they have with his readers, editors, translators, spectators, film adaptors and critical commentators since.

The 2015 ESRA conference continues the long-standing dialogue between Shakespeare’s Europe and Europe’s Shakespeare(s). It asks scholars to take a look at the wider playwriting context of the early modern period and the European reception of Shakespeare as a subject that has been continuously developing, not least due to Europe’s several recent remappings. Twenty-five years since the first events that focused exclusively on European Shakespeares (Antwerp 1990) and Shakespeare in the New Europe (Sofia 1992), ESRA 2015 invites a look back at 425 years of European Shakespeare and towards a vigorous debate on what Shakespeare means for Europe today, as well as on ESRA’s place in Shakespeare Studies, European and beyond.

Workshop at the 5th World Congress on Universal Logic: The Idea of Logic, Historical Perspectives

Workshop at the 5th World Congress on Universal Logic, 25-30 June 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey

Workshop organized by: Juliette Lemaire (CNRS, Centre Léon Robin, France) & Amirouche Moktefi (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)

Logic as a discipline is not characterized by a stable scope throughout its history. True enough, the historical influence of Aristotelian logic over the centuries is something of a common denominator in Western philosophy. But Aristotelian logic certainly was not alone (see stoic logic for instance), not to mention non-western logics. Even within the Aristotelian tradition there is significant variability. Furthermore, as is well known, in the 19th century logic as a discipline underwent a radical modification, with the development of mathematical logic. The current situation is of logic having strong connections with multiple disciplines - philosophy, mathematics, computer science, linguistics - which again illustrates its multifaceted nature. 

The changing scope of logic through its history also has important philosophical implications: is there such a thing as the essence of logic, permeating all these different developments? Or is the unity of logic as a discipline an illusion? What can the study of the changing scope of logic through its history tell us about the nature of logic as such? What do the different languages used for logical inquiry - regimented natural languages, diagrams, logical formalisms - mean for the practices and results obtained?

This workshop will focus on both the diversity and the unity of logic through time. Topics may include:
  • Historical analyses on what specific logicians or logic traditions considered to be the nature and scope of logic. 
  • Historical analyses illustrating differences in scope and techniques with respect to the current conception of logic, but also suggesting points of contact and commonalities between these past traditions and current developments 
  • Historical and philosophical discussions on the place of logic among the sciences and its applications/relations with other disciplines, now and then. 
  • Discussions of the logical monism vs. logical pluralism issue in view of the historical diversity/unity of logic over time 
  • General philosophical reflections on what (if anything) the diversity of scope and practice in the history of logic can tell us about the nature of logic and the role of universal logic as such. 

Abstracts (500 words maximum) should be sent via e-mail before DECEMBER 1ST, 2014 to: [1]
and/or [2]

Notification of acceptance: December 15th, 2014
More information on the congress is available at: [3]


Spenser Society Conference: The Place of Spenser / Spenser’s Places

The Fifth International Spenser Society Conference
Dublin, 18-20 June 2015

The International Spenser Society invites proposals for their next International Conference, to be held in Dublin, Ireland. The conference will address Spenser’s places – domestic, urban, global, historical, colonial, rhetorical, geopolitical, etc. – but also the place of Spenser in Renaissance studies, in the literary tradition, in Britain, in Ireland, in the literary and political cultures of his own moment.

Additionally, a series of programmed focus panels will offer opportunities for discussion of recent important initiatives and directions in Spenser studies: editing; biography; style; Ireland; philosophy and religion; teaching; and digital approaches.

We welcome abstracts from Spenser scholars and Renaissance scholars, graduate students and faculty, for papers that address Spenser’s historical, cultural and literary environments. These include the places and spaces in which he worked and the places and positions through which we approach that work.

The conference will take place in historic Dublin Castle ( in the heart of the city, with accommodation available in local hotels. It follows the success of four previous ISS conferences, at Princeton (1990), Yale (1996), Cambridge (2001), and Toronto (2006).

An optional bus tour to Kilcolman castle, County Cork and other Spenser-related sites will take place June 21st.

Plenaries: Helen Cooper (University of Oxford), Jeffrey Dolven (Princeton University), Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin)

Confirmed speakers/presiders: Andrew Hadfield, Beth Quitslund, David Lee Miller, Julian Lethbridge, Ayesha Ramachandran, Joseph Loewenstein, Andrew Zurcher, David Wilson-Okamura, Patricia Palmer, Willy Maley, Susannah Brietz Monta, Kevin De Ornellas

Abstracts should be submitted directly to the conference website:

The closing date for submissions is 15 September 2014

Suggested topics might include (but are not restricted to) the following:
  • The reception of Spenser’s poetry
  • Spenser among the poets
  • Spenser and political writing
  • Digital Spenser
  • Spenser and the Sidneys
  • Spenser’s place in Renaissance studies
  • Spenser’s Europe
  • Spenser’s place in Irish studies
  • Spenser’s social networks
  • Spenser and the politics of space
  • Spenser’s imaginative spaces
  • Spenser and early modern Dublin
  • Editing Spenser
  • Spenser and early modern London
  • Spenser in Munster
  • Spenser and Shakespeare
  • Spenser and Raleigh
  • Spenser’s Atlantic world
  • Spenser, history and historiography
  • Spenser and archaeology
  • Material Spenser/Spenser’s materials
  • Structural/topomorphic approaches
  • Spenser’s style
  • Religion and philosophy
  • Spenser’s Books
  • Teaching Spenser

We also invite proposals for poster-board demonstrations of relevant digital and other projects.

Conference Organisers:

Jane Grogan (University College Dublin), Andrew King (University College Cork), Thomas Herron (East Carolina University)

Sponsored by the International Spenser Society

Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre

Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre

University of Kent
13-14 June 2015

Saturday 13 June
10.30-11.00: Registration

11.00-12.00: Keynote Lecture Professor Robert Shaughnessy (University of Kent)

12.00-1.30: Panel 1
  • Contemporary Practice at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
  • 'Then draw the model': theatre architecture as metatheatre in Elizabethan/Jacobean performance spaces- Ildiko Solti (Independent Scholar)
  • Across the Ages: Child Players and Reconstruction of Original Practice – Mark Hamilton (Regent’s University London)
  • Meta-play and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – Will Tosh (Shakespeare’s Globe)

2.30-4.30: Panel 2

Embodying Metatheatre: Now and Then
  • Gesture and social cognition in Shakespeare’s theatre - Darren Tunstall (Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey)
  • Matter-Theatre: Cymbeline’s Rhetoric and Conspicuous Construction – Callan Davies (Exeter)
  • Levels of communication in a Norwegian A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Lars Harald Maagerø (King’s)
  • Touching the other in Cheek by Jowl’s Measure for Measure – Pascale Aebischer (Exeter)
4.45-6.15: Performance Workshop

Directed by Emma Whipday (Oxford), including Roundtable Discussion

Sunday 14 June
9.45-11.15: Panel 3

Theorizing Metatheatre:
  • Metatheatre Via Comedy and Tragedy: Comedy and Tragedy Via Metatheatre - John Kerr (Minnesota)
  • Are Shakespeare’s plays always metatheatrical? – Steve Purcell (Warwick)
  • All ‘Metatheatre’ is Not Created Equal: The Knight of the Burning Pestle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Navigation of the Spectrum of Dramatic Representation - Nathaniel C. Leonard (Westminster College, Missouri)

11.30-1.00: Panel 4

Social Life, Social Spaces
  • This is the night that I must play my part’: Metatheatricality as a Trope for The Socially Corrective Power of Theatre in Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed with Kindness (1603) - Iman Sheeha (Warwick)
  • Playing with(in) London spaces: new meanings of metatheatre behind the dramatic success of the Restoration libertine – Gabriella Infante (King’s)
  • Pleasing Fantasies: Metatheatre as Political Fiction in Othello – Ben Morgan (Oxford)

2.00-3.30: Panel 5

Engaging Audiences
  • ‘A stranger Pyramus than e’er played here’: some uses of metatheatre in A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Trevor R Griffiths (Exeter)
  • ‘A frightful pleasure’: metadrama, malcontents, attraction and repulsion in The Changeling’ – Jan Doorly (King’s)
  • “So Much For My Happy Ending”: Avoiding The Happy Ending in Twelfth Night - Mary Way (Kent)

3.45-4.45: Performing Gender Practitioner Panel

Will Tosh (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Kirsty Bushell (RSC)
Jimmy Tucker (Propeller)

4.45-5.45: Keynote Speaker: Dr Bridget Escolme (Queen Mary, University of London)

Register at

For questions please email and

International Research Symposium: Hearing the Voice, Hearing the Soul

5th June 2015, 9.30am-6.30pm at Warwick University, the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), Millburn House, Millburn Hill Road, Coventry

Symposium theme
Just as music has fascinated scholars in the Western world continuously for thousands of years, so time and again they have felt the need to explain its power. During the Renaissance a revival of interest for ancient theories about the power of music began. Many philosophers, humanists and music theorists writing about music found themselves caught in the Plato-Aristotle controversy. They had to make a choice between two radically different theories of the constitution of the human soul: a Platonic one, originating from the Timaeus, which stated that music has a great influence on the human soul because they are somehow similar, and an Aristotelian one, originating from On the Soul, which did not postulate any special relationship between music and the soul. Privileging one philosophical model over the other brought along entirely different beliefs about the nature of music, what it does, or what it should do. The body of doctrine around these two sources, combined with Christian ideas about music and the soul and all kinds of medical and music-theoretical ideas was pervasive till the beginning of the seventeenth century. And yet, by the beginning of the eighteenth century, to learn about music’s power meant turning not to these ancient sources and their reception, but to works on the soul such as Descartes Passions of the Soul and Hobbes’ Human Nature. The purpose of this symposium is to track and to interrogate the nature, life span, and eventual radical transformation and/or demise of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance conceptions of the belief in music’s deep connections with human life.

Please note that registration is open for the following symposium.

Delegates may view the programme and register here 


The conference is part-funded by the Royal Music Association (RMA), and is supported by the University of Warwick’s Humanities Research Centre (HRC), Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), and Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR).

Jacomien Prins
IAS Global Research Fellow
Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR)
University of Warwick, IAS, Millburn House
Coventry CV4 7HS
United Kingdom


Echoes of an invisible world:

BSHS MA bursaries

The BSHS is very pleased to announce a competition for up to 4 bursaries of £4,000 each to support students taking a master’s degree in the history of science, technology or medicine. This round of awards will be available to those who have been accepted on a master’s programme for the academic year 2015-16.

Applicants must have a confirmed place on a master's programme in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland.
Those studying for research-based master's degrees are eligible to apply, but not PhD students nominally registered for MPhil (or similar) provisionally pending upgrade to PhD registration.
There is no nationality requirement for applicants. There is no age limit.
Non-members of the Society are welcome to apply.

Applications should be made using the form provided on our website and should include a financial statement indicating what other funding has been sought or received. Those who have been given full studentships from other funding sources will not be eligible for these bursaries.

All application materials should be sent to the Executive Secretary at with the subject ‘master’s bursaries’. The deadline is 30 June 2015.

For more details and to apply please visit our website

CALL FOR PAPERS: Othello's Island 2016

The 4th International Conference of the Medieval, Byzantine and Renaissance Periods and their legacies in art, culture, history, literature, etc.

17-20 March 2016, at the Severis Foundation (CVAR), Nicosia, Cyprus

Professor James Fitzmaurice, Northern Arizona University (USA)
Professor Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
Dr Sarah James, University of Kent (UK)
Dr Michael Paraskos, SOAS University of London (UK)
Benedict Read FSA, University of Leeds (UK)

We invite initial expressions of interest from academics, independent scholars, members of the public and learned societies in the fourth European conference on medieval and renaissance cultural and historical studies, Othello's Island.

The conference has developed into an interesting and unique event in the medieval and renaissance studies calendar, combining fascinating academic debate with time spent discovering and exploring the remarkable Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Although the conference is not only concerned with Cyprus or the Levant, it is always worth remembering that Cyprus was one of the richest kingdoms in the medieval world, being ruled by French and Venetian monarchs and generals for almost 400 years.

The conference will take place at the Severis Foundation in the historic old town area of Nicosia from 17 to 20 March 2016.

Possible topics for the conference could include:

• Diverse aspects of medieval and/or renaissance historical and/or cultural studies
• Aspects of Byzantine historical and/or cultural studies
• Aspects of Ottoman or other Muslim states historical and/or cultural studies
• Art, literature and other aspects of culture from the medieval and renaissance periods
• Connections between late Antiquity and the medieval period
• Christian and muslim interactions and/or comparative studies
• The Mediterranean as a factor in medieval and renaissance history and/or culture
• Shakespeare and/or other writers of the medieval and/or renaissance periods
• Continuing legacies of the medieval and renaissance culture in the modern period
• The West, the Mediterranean and the Levant
• Other aspects of the medieval and/or renaissance periods.

However, at this stage the aim is not to be prescriptive, and so we are open to all suggestions for sessions that explore the medieval and renaissance worlds, or subsequent legacies of those worlds (for example the rise of neo-medievalism in nineteenth-century Europe).

Call for Papers

If you are interested in giving a talk at the conference please submit a proposal for a paper. Standard papers are 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes for questions.

We are very open minded on the topic of papers, so if you have an idea for a presentation that is not covered by the suggestions given above please feel free to submit a proposal, or contact us first to discuss the idea.

Proposals for papers should comprise a cover sheet showing:

1. Your title (eg. Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof. etc.) and full name
2. Your institutional affiliation (if any)
3. Your postal address, e'mail address and telephone number
4. The title of your proposed paper

With this you should send a proposal/abstract for your paper of no more than 300 words and a copy of your CV/resume to with the subject line OTHELLO 2016.

All papers must be delivered in English.

The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2016. However early submission is strongly advised. We aim to have a decision on the acceptance of papers within four weeks of submission.

Conference website

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Award Scheme 2015

Opening date: 1 March 2015
Closing date for applications: 31 May 2015

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry invites applications for its award scheme for 2015. SHAC offers two types of award: support for research into the history of chemistry or history of alchemy by New Scholars and support for Subject Development of either history of chemistry or history of alchemy. The deadline for both awards is 31 May 2015.

The New Scholars Award is open to post-graduate students (both masters and doctoral students) and those who have obtained a PhD within five years of 1 January of the year in which the application is made. Awards of up to £500 will be made to cover research expenses, including travel, accommodation, subsistence, the reproduction of documents, and library fees. Applications may also include the costs of reproducing images for publication. The scheme will not fund the purchase of equipment or course fees.

In addition, post-graduate students only may apply for the costs of travel to conferences and accommodation, but only in order to give a paper. The scheme will not pay conference registration fees.

An activity report must be submitted at the end of the Award. This will be publicised in the Chemical Intelligence newsletter.

Subject Development Awards of up to £500 will be made to support activities including, but not limited to, seminars, workshops, colloquia, lecture series, conference sessions, conferences, exhibitions and outreach activities that support either the history of chemistry or history of alchemy as academic subjects.

Please note that awards do not have to be held in the UK.

Only members of the Society, both those in the UK and those overseas, may apply. Members must be in good standing at the time of making an application, and, if successful, throughout the period of an award. For more information and application forms, please contact Membership enquiries should be made to

Morris Award for 2015

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry solicits nominations for the 2015 John and Martha Morris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Modern Chemistry or the History of the Chemical Industry. This award honours the memory of John and Martha Morris, the late parents of Peter Morris, the former editor of Ambix, who has contributed the endowment for this award. The recipient chosen to receive the Morris Award will be expected to deliver a lecture at a meeting of SHAC, where the awardee will be presented with an appropriate framed photograph, picture or document and the sum of £300. The award is international in scope, and nominations are invited from anywhere in the world. The first Morris Award was given to Professor Raymond Stokes (University of Glasgow) for his path-breaking work on the German chemical industry. The second award was given to Professor Mary Jo Nye (Oregon State University) for her work on physical chemistry and the boundary between physics and chemistry in the twentieth century.

A complete nomination consists of
  • a complete curriculum vitae for the nominee, including biographical data, educational background, awards, honours, list of publications, and other service to the profession; 
  • a letter of nomination summarising the nominee’s achievements in the field of history of modern chemistry and/or the history of the chemical industry and citing unique contributions that merit this award; and 
  • two or more seconding letters
Only complete nominations will be considered for the award and the nomination documents must be submitted in electronic form. All nomination materials should be submitted by e-mail to Peter Morris at and a separate email which indicates that the material has been submitted should be sent to the same address (a precaution in case of incomplete transmission of documents) for arrival no later than 1 May 2015.

For further details on all SHAC’s activities please see

Sent on behalf of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, by Dr Anna Simmons, Honorary Membership Secretary

Funded PhD: Calculating Value: Using and Collecting the Tools of Early Modern Mathematics

The Department of History and Classics, Swansea University, in partnership with the Science Museum, London, invites applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a Collaborative Doctoral Award, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, to conduct research on the topic of ‘Calculating value: using and collecting the tools of early modern mathematics’.

The studentship, which is full-time and funded for three years, will begin in October 2015. The successful applicant will be jointly supervised by Dr Adam Mosley (Swansea University) and Nick Wyatt (Acting Head of Library & Archives, Science Museum). The student will work on the Science Museum’s early modern printed books relating to mathematics and the mathematical sciences (astronomy, mechanics, navigation, surveying, etc.), studying annotations, bindings, and other indications of ownership and use that can illuminate the market for such publications in the era in which they were produced. S/he will also study the subsequent history of these volumes, and the routes by which they entered the Museum’s collections. Thus the project’s aim is to shed light on the full range of values ascribed to these tools of mathematics over the course of their existence - as books intended to be purchased, read, and used, and as items that were, accidentally or intentionally, preserved and collected. The student will, however, be able to shape the project in accordance with their expertise and interests - by, for example, focusing on particular texts or genres of text or by exploring connections between the Science Museum’s books and its holdings of mathematical instruments.

The student will have a base at the Science Museum’s new Research Centre in London, due to open in November 2015, but they will also have access to its Library & Archive collections stored at Wroughton, near Swindon and the Museum’s mathematical instruments, many of which are in storage in London.

The studentship is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) awards allocated to the Science Museum Group and BT Archives.

For eligibility criteria and application procedure, please see:

Dr Adam Mosley
Department of History and Classics| Yr Adran Hanes a Chlasuron
College of Arts and Humanities | Coleg y Celfyddydau a’r Dyniaethau
Singleton Park | Parc Singleton
Swansea | Abertawe
Wales | Cymru

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Shakespeare and Waste: Inaugural Conference for Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory

Shakespeare and Waste:
Inaugural Conference for Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory (KiSSiT)
The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 23 May, 2015

11.00-11.15. Welcome (Rose Theatre, the Gallery)

11.15-13.00. Panel 1 (Gallery)
Christian Smith (University of Warwick), Venting the musty superfluity: Necrophilious wasting in Coriolanus
David Weinberg (Kingston University), Economic concerns relating to Shakespeare
Sam Hall (Royal Holloway), The Finite Jest of a ‘life in excrements’: Abjection and Identity in Hamlet
Stefanie Bauerochse (independent researcher), Waste is becoming – wrath is not
Chair: Paul Hamilton (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)

13.00-14.00. Lunch Break (individual arrangements)

14.00-15.00. Plenary 1 (Gallery)
Scott Wilson (Kingston University), ‘Vile Jellies’: Bataille, Shakespeare and the Exhumanities
Chair: Johann Gregory (University of East Anglia)

15.00-16.30. Panel 2 (Gallery)
Ildiko Solti (independent researcher), Waste of space?: theatre architecture and the (de)construction of meaning in Measure for Measure
Katrina Marchant (University of Sussex), ‘To thinke these trifles some-thing’: Theatrical ‘Trash’ and the Defence of the Value of Playing
Ronan Hatfull (University of Warwick), ‘Ruined Piece of Nature’ - King Lear’s Legacy within American Landscapes of Waste
Chair: Anne Sophie Refskou (Kingston University)

16.30-17.00. Tea (Upper Circle Bar)

17.00-18.00. Plenary 2 (Gallery)
Peter Smith (Nottingham Trent), 'Rude Wind': King Lear - Canonicity versus Physicality
Chair: Timo Uotinen (Royal Holloway)

18.00-18.45. Roundtable discussion (Gallery)
Andrew Jarvis, Peter Smith, Stephen Unwin, Scott Wilson
Chair: Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

19.30. Northern Broadsides King Lear directed by Jonathan Miller in the Rose Auditorium

KiSSiT is part of The Kingston Shakespeare Seminar (KiSS), which brings leading international Shakespeare scholars to the Rose, developed by Sir Peter Hall to be a ‘teaching theatre’. Free and open seminars are held twice a month each semester in the Gallery at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames.

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Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern Scholarship: Ludolf und Wansleben – Orientalistik, Politik und Geschichte zwischen Gotha und Afrika 1650–1700

Internationale Konferenz des Forschungszentrums Gotha im Rahmen des HERA-Projektes

11–13. May 2015 | Herzog-Ernst-Kabinett | Forschungsbibliothek Gotha

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Beliefs Under Pressure: Religion, Community and Identity in the Early Modern World’

10 September 2015, University of East Anglia

This one day conference will provide a lively and informal forum where graduate students and early career researchers can discuss ideas about the social and cultural history of religion and community, c. 1500-1800. Particular emphasis will be placed on varied modes of communication across the period, and different ways in which identities were formed, contested and transformed. We welcome proposals for papers lasting no more than twenty minutes, particularly those that promote innovative methodologies and the use of interdisciplinary tools and concepts.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a brief CV to

Deadline: 6th July 2015

Themes addressed may include, but are not limited to:
  • Religious practice and the development of religious identities 
  • The Reformation and the Counter Reformation 
  • The nature of Dissent and dissenting communities 
  • The Restoration and its impact 
  • Toleration and co-existence 
  • Eighteenth-century religiosity 
  • The “Secularizing Process” and the Disenchantment debate 
  • Regional tensions & conflict with authority 
  • Migratory communities 
  • Life-writing 
  • Functions and practices of correspondence 
  • Secrecy and the spread of illicit information 
  • Networks and Network formation 
  • Digital Humanities 
  • Memory and emotion 

The conference will run 9:30-18:00, followed by dinner. Students and researchers who wish to attend as peer reviewers without submitting a paper are also welcome – just send us an email. In addition to the traditional conference environment this event is also dedicating time for open discussion of papers and themes, making it a worthwhile experience for attendees and speakers alike.

This event is being organised and run by Sarah Hall and Tory Lewis from the School of History at the University of East Anglia.

Position: Lecturer in Early Modern History

Salary: £33,242
Closing Date: Monday 18 May 2015
Interview Date: See advert
Reference: A1222

The History Department at Lancaster University is seeking to make a temporary appointment in early modern History for the academic year 2015/16 to cover for Professor Naomi Tadmor, who has been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Fellowship.

The History Department is one of nine constituent departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). The Department of History enjoys a thriving research culture, with 82% of our research ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent in the REF 2014. We were proud to receive a perfect 100% score for our world-leading research environment. Our teaching embraces political, religious, cultural and socio-economic history, and often has an innovative cross-disciplinary emphasis. We teach highly-regarded courses in the ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern periods, and we are particularly proud of our leading contribution to the history of the North West, exemplified by our Regional Heritage Centre ( Our NSS student satisfaction score, at 94%, compares well with other History departments nationally.

The Department offers a broad chronological and geographical range in undergraduate teaching, with modules from Ancient Greek history to contemporary society, and covering Europe, North America, the Middle East, India and the Pacific. Students take either one-third or two-thirds of their first-year options in History, move in the second year to a largely choice-driven suite of modules centred around a methods and skills-based core, and progress in their third year to a double-weighted special subject and dissertation plus two further module choices.

You will be expected to contribute lectures to, and take seminar groups on a first-year module, HIST 102: Reform, Rebellion and Reason: Britain, 1500-1800, in Michaelmas Term; to convene an existing 15-credit module, HIST 290: Culture and Society in England 1500-1750, in Lent Term; to convene a third-year special subject in the general area of early modern History running across the academic year; and to supervise a number of pre-allocated third-year dissertations. There may also be opportunities to contribute to existing core methods courses at UG and MA level. An explanation of the degree course structure and indicative lists of modules can be found at

You will be joining a team of early modern historians whose interests range from science and patronage, poverty and charity, literacy and beliefs, landscape and environment, colonialism and settlement in the New World, global exploration and encounters with indigenous peoples ( The early modern area also has a strong concentration of PhD students, with around one-third of our current students studying topics based in the period c.1500-1800.

Interviews are likely to take place in mid June, this is a fixed term post from 1 September 2015 for one year.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups

Dr Stephen Clucas
Editor, Intellectual History Review
Reader in Early Modern Intellectual History,
English and Humanities,
Birkbeck, Univesity of London,
Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HX

CALL FOR PAPERS: IASEMS Conference 2015 - Humour in Shakespeare's Arcadia: Gender, Genre and Wordplay in Early Modern Comedy

Florence, 23rd April 2015

The 2015 Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies (IASEMS) Graduate Conference at The British Institute in Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of comedy in early modern texts, and on how humour is produced in language and plot, what purposes it serves and how it can be related to issues of gender and genre. From Mikhail Bakhtin’s emphasis on the comic body to more recent explorations of the way erotic desire can be displaced by humour, early modern texts offer endless examples of improvisatory, situational or physical humour (whether deriving from the Elizabethan clown tradition or from the comic counterparts in medieval miracle and mystery plays) as well as sophisticated scripted humour and parody of romantic clichés. As is well known, humour, or “comic relief” can also be found in non-comic texts, such as tragedies, romances, epic poetry or pamphlets, often causing disruption of generic expectations and blurring the lines of genre distinction. Proposals can therefore address, from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, the impact and the implications of humour or comedic infiltrations in a wide range of early modern English texts. 

Candidates are invited to send a description of their proposed contribution according to the following guidelines:
  • the candidate should provide name, institution, contact info, title and a short abstract of the proposed contribution (300 words for a 20-minute paper), explaining the content and intended structure of the paper, and including a short bibliography 
  • abstracts are to be submitted by Friday 31 October 2014 by email to 
  • all proposals will be blind-vetted. The list of selected papers will be available by the end of November 2014 
  • each finished contribution is to last no longer than 20 minutes and is to be presented in English (an exception will 
  • be made for Italian candidates of departments other than English, who can present papers in Italian): Candidates whose first language is not English will need to have their proposals and final papers checked by a mother-tongue speaker 
  • participants will be asked to present a final draft of the paper ten days before the Conference. Selected speakers who are IASEMS members can apply for a small grant 

For further information please contact Ilaria Natali (

The Halved Heart, Shakespeare and Friendship

17 – 19 April 2015

For men and women in Shakespeare’s England, friendship was a relation that spanned the exquisite virtue of amicitia perfecta and the everyday exchanges of neighbourliness and commerce. A friend might be ‘another self’, but it was essential to be wary of false friends or flatterers. The complex nature of early modern friendship was a rich source of inspiration for early modern dramatists. Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe is pleased to announce our spring  conference, The Halved Heart: Shakespeare and Friendship (Friday 17 – Sunday 19 April 2015), and we invite proposals for papers and panels.

Speakers may address the Renaissance fascination with the ethical demands of idealised friendship, or the pragmatic reality of instrumental alliances, as explored on stage. Papers might consider the theatre as a site of social promiscuity, where spectators could be instructed in the arts (and hazards) of friendship even as such relationships were enacted in the auditorium. Or they might examine the overlap between friendship and eroticism, and the points of conflict between friendship and other forms of social alliance such as marriage, or the relationship between monarch and subject.

The conference will conclude on Sunday 19 April with a staged reading by a company of Globe actors of The Faithful Friends (Anon., King’s Men, c.1614).

Proposals of no more than 300 words for papers (or panels of up to three papers) may be submitted to Dr Will Tosh on

The deadline for submissions is Friday 12 December 2014.
The conference is for scholars and students but is open to all members of the public who are interested in debates about early modern theatre and friendship.