Polyhistoricon: The Uses and Abuses of History in Early Modern Europe

Polyhistoricon: The Uses and Abuses of History in Early Modern Europe

University of Sussex, 16-17 September 2010

Thursday 16th September

10:00-11:00 [B274]
Registration Tea/Coffee

11:00-12:00 [B274]
Welcome – Prof Tom Healy
Plenary 1: Prof Brian Cummings (University of Sussex), Shakespeare and the Pastness of History.

12:00-13:30 [B274]
Writing the Past – the Text as History
Chair: Dr Angus Vine

Mike Rodman Jones (Girton College, Cambridge), The Force of Fragments: Historiography, Polemic, and the Material Text.
Sarah Lewis (Kings College, London), “The first day in the morning I writ in the Chronicles”: Lady Anne Clifford Rereading and Rewriting the Past.

13:30-14:30 [B216]

14:30-16:00 [B274]
Re-writing the Past: Faith, Superstition and Ethics
Chair: Dr Margaret Healy

Robin Mills (Sidney Sussex, Cambridge), Alexander Ross, Pansebeia and the uses of Heresiography.
Simon Davies (University of Sussex), Witchcraft Pamphlets as Evidence in Witchcraft Theory.
Mahe Nau Munir Awan (University of Surrey), The Naked Virgin: Milton’s Challenge to the Early Modern/Puritan Code of Ethics and Morality in Paradise Lost.

16:00-16:30 [B274]
Tea/Coffee break

16:30-18:00 [B274]
Islam and Early Modern Histories
Chair: Dr Matthew Dimmock

Hafiz Abid Masood (University of Sussex), Robert Brancetour: The First Englishman in Safavid Persia.
Samera Hasan (University of Sussex), Positioning Simon Ockley’s ‘History of the Saracens’(1708-18).

Conference Dinner

Friday 17th September

9:00-10:30 [B274]
The Early Modern History Play: Chronicling the Past
Chair: Prof Andrew Hadfield

Paul Quinn (Chichester University), Jane Grey’s Heresy and Thomas Cromwell’s Treason: Addition and Omission in the Protestant History Plays.
Catherine Parsons (University of Sussex), "By her election may be truly read what kind of man he is": The Search for the Origins of Religious and National Identity in Cymbeline.
Joanna Howe (Bath Spa University), “We dare not hold it fit, that we for Justices and Judges sit…”: The Chronicle History Play in Early Modern London.

10:30-10:45 [B274]
Tea/Coffee break

10:45-12:15 [B274]
Popular Histories and Early Print
Chair: Dr Paul Quinn

Nick Moon (University of York), “I counsayle thee, lady”: Rewriting Elizabeth’s Religious Settlement in Early Modern Ballads.
Amanda McKeever (University of Sussex), "Matters of fact well proved ought not to be denied": Natural Philosophers and the Ghost in Seventeenth Century England.
Abigail Shinn (University of York), The Almanac as Timekeeper.

12:15-13:15 [B216]

13:15-14:15 [B274]
Chair: Prof Rob Iliffe
Plenary 2: Dr Cathy Shrank (University of Sheffield), '"To write the story of all ages past": Walter Ralegh and the Use and Abuse of History'
14:15-15:45 [B274]
Shakespeare’s Histories
Chair: Prof Tom Healy

Lukas Lammas (Freie Universitaet Berlin), Performing Pastness: Shakespeare’s History Plays as dramatic Historiography.
Amy Kenny (University of Sussex), “Methinks the truth should live from age to age”: Shakespeare’s Rewriting of the Children in Richard III.
Neema Parvini (Royal Holloway), Shakespeare’s Humanist Historiograpy: The Case of Jack Cade’s Rebellion in 2 Henry VI.

15:45-16:15 [B274]
Tea/Coffee Break

Round Table – chair Prof Brian Cummings

For Further details please contact Dr Abigail Shinn, polyhistoricon@googlemail.com