The Bible in Translation

A one-day conference at Birkbeck College
Saturday 28 May 9:30—6:00
Rm B36, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX

For more information, contact:
Anthony Ossa-Richardson or Dennis Duncan

Dacre Lecture 2011 : The Humour of History and the History of Humour


Regius Professor of History at Oxford University, will give the 2011 Dacre Lecture, which will also be a valedictory lecture,

on MONDAY 23 MAY at 5 p.m.


The lecture will be followed by a reception in the building, to which all attending the lecture are welcome. 

Ancient Rome and Early Modern England: Call For Papers

Interdisciplinary conference, Jesus College Oxford, 21-22 May 2011

Speakers include David Norbrook and Blair Worden


Ancient Rome was a source of endless fascination to the early moderns.
Historians, politicians, divines, and imaginative writers looked to the
Roman example for models and inspiration. The aim of the conference is to
reassess the place of ancient Rome in the literary and political culture of
late Tudor and early Stuart England. In what ways did the translation and
reception of the Roman classics stimulate the native literary tradition or
influence its political outlook? What was the impact of the Roman precedent
on attitudes towards constitutional change, the rights and wrongs of empire,
and the law? How did it influence ecclesiastical policy and, more generally,
the views of the relationship between church and state? In what ways did
Roman historiography, political writings, and rhetoric shape the language
and substance of public argument? What was the trajectory of circulation in
manuscript and print of the Roman classics? What were the uses and topical
appeal of the Roman models in the wider public world and in education? How
did the Roman legacy compare with that of ancient Greece?

Our aim is to foster dialogue among literary scholars, classicists,
political and intellectual historians, historians of religion, specialists
in the history of the book, and historians of historiography. Bringing
together scholars representing diverse disciplines and approaches, the
conference will encourage reconsideration of much received wisdom about the
place of ancient Rome in early modern England's literature and political
imagination. It will, we hope, raise new questions about, inter alia, the
shaping influence of the Roman example upon formal properties and topical
undercurrents of imaginative literature, sermons, and polemical writings;
upon conceptions of public institutions and the individual's relationship to
them; upon views of foreign policy and international relations as also
military theory and practice; upon emergent confessional divisions and
incipient notions of religious toleration; and, finally, upon perceptions of
social relations in urban, above all metropolitan contexts. No less
important will be to assess the utility and pervasiveness of romanitas
before and after the union with Scotland, and compare the situation in
England with major European states, in particular, France, Spain, Italian
principalities, and the Netherlands.

We invite proposals for 30-minute papers. Please e-mail abstracts of no more
than 500 words to Felicity Heal ( or Paulina
Kewes ( by 30 January 2011.

The Oxford gathering is a follow-up to the conference on 'Ancient Rome and
Early Modern England: History, Politics, and Political Thought' to be held
at the Huntington Library, 21-22 January 2011. For further information,
please contact Carolyn Powell (

Final Agenda: Ancient Rome and Early Modern England: Literature, History and Politics in Early Modern England

The conference will be held on 21-22 May at Jesus College.

To register please go to and follow
instructions on the conference webpage. Please note that it is possible to
register for one day only.

Saturday 21 May

9-9.30 am Registration and coffee
9.30-9.40 Remarks (Paulina Kewes)
9.40-10.45am Circulation and Reception (Chair: Alex Gajda)
Freyja Cox Jensen (Christ Church, Oxford)
„After Peter Burke: A Survey of the Popularity of Roman Historians in England, 1500-1600‟
Daniel Andersson (Wolfson College, Oxford)
„Numquamne reponam? Forms of Reception of Juvenal in Seventeenth-Century England‟
10.50am-12.40pm Early Modern Drama and the Roman Republic (Chair: Blair Worden)
Paulina Kewes (Jesus College Oxford)
„Constitutional Instability in Titus Andronicus‟
Warren Chernaik (University of London)
„Julius Caesar and Republicanism: Shakespeare, Jonson, and Some Contemporaries‟
Edward Paleit (University of Exeter)
„How Jacobean Dramatists Read their Lucan: Jonson, Stephens, May, and the Bellum Ciuile, c. 1605-1637‟
12.45-1.45pm Lunch
1.50-3pm Plenary lecture
David Norbrook (Merton Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford)
„Lucretius and Seventeenth-century Political Culture‟ (Chair: Felicity Heal)
3.05-4.10 pm Scholarship and Intellectual Culture (Chair: David Norbrook)
Nick Hardy (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
„Roma Graecissans: Rome and Greek Identities in Early Modern British Erudition‟
Thomas Roebuck (Magdalen College, Oxford),
'Athenaeus and Macrobius in Early Modern England'
4.10pm-4.30pm Tea
4.35-6.15 pm Greece, France, and Rome on the Renaissance Stage (Chair: Warren Chernaik)
Richard Hillman (Université de Tours, France)
„The “Frenchness” of Rome on the Early Modern English Stage‟
Richard Rowland (University of York)
„Framing Deianeira: Reading Ovidian and Senecan Husband-Killing in Early Modern England‟
Maria Del Sapio Garbero (Roma Tre University)
„Disowning the Bond: Ovid, Seneca, and Coriolanus‟
6.15-7pm Reception
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Sunday 22 May
8.55-9.10 am Registration
9.10-10.55am Editing, Appropriation, Influence (Chair: Richard Rowland)
Katie East (Royal Holloway, University of London)
„Constructing by Conjecture: Cicero in Early Modern England‟
Gesine Manuwald (University College London)
„Ancient Roman Literature in Thomas Campion‟s Poetry‟
Adam Swann (University of Glasgow)
„Hex Romana: The Curse of Roman Influence in Milton‟s History of Britain‟
10.55-11.15am coffee
11.15am-1pm The Contexts of Translation (Chair: Freyja Cox Jensen)
Fred Schurink (Univ. of Northumbria)
„Ancient Rome and Tudor Warfare: The Military Contexts of English Translations of the Classics, c. 1520-1580‟
Serena Connolly (Rutgers)
„Cato Englished‟
Sheldon Brammall (Trinity College, Cambridge)
„“A horrible Travesty in earnest”?: Parliament and Providence in John Vicars's The XII Aeneids of 1632‟
1-2 pm Lunch
2-3.10pm Blair Worden (Visiting Professor of History, University of Oxford)
„Clarendon, Ben Jonson, and the Conspiracy of Catiline‟ (Chair: Paulina Kewes)
3.15-4.20pm Political Culture (Chair: Felicity Heal)
Richard Serjeantson (Trinity College, Cambridge)
„Citizenship and Conquest: Francis Bacon and Rome after 1603‟
Tracey Sowerby (St Hilda‟s College, Oxford)
„The Roman Influence on English Diplomatic Thought‟

Angels of Light at Oxford

The people of early modern Europe were well aware of Paul's warning in 2 Cor 11:14 that Satan could transform himself into an angel of light. Protestants and Catholics alike, as they sought to discern true sanctity from false hypocrisy and divine miracles from demonic wonders, worried about the proximity of the demonic and the divine. The problem of Discernment of Spirits confronted mystics such as Teresa of Avila and Ignatius of Loyola, and preoccupied the scholastic Jean Gerson and the humanist Erasmus. Even if the terminology was Catholic, discernment posed a problem to Christians of all denominations. 

The Organisers: Jan Machielsen: 
Clare Ashdowne: Please contact either Jan or Clare to register or for further details Attached is conference programme.

Angels of Light?
Draft Programme
Unless otherwise noted events will take place in Lecture Room 23, Balliol College.
Friday 20 May
10:30 – 11:00 Registration / Coffee (in the foyer outside LR 23)
11:00 - 12:30   “Angels’ Food” or “Devil’s Fire”?  The Spiritual Nature of Childhood in Early Modern England / Anna French (Gloucestershire)
‘[I] would have eaten the dirt beside me’: The Restless Dead and Scottish Witches in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries / Diane Purkiss (Oxford)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (in Hall)
13:30 – 15:00 Dreaming As They Wake:  Inner/Outer Worlds in the Protestant Prophetic Imagination / R J Scott (Sheffield)
Gijsbert Voet and discretio spirituum after Descartes / Anthony Ossa-Richardson (Warburg)
15:00 - 15:30   Coffee (in the foyer outside LR 23)
15:30 – 17:00 Choice is a private matter, after proper training: Giovanni Dominici (†1419) from Florence / Rossana Vanelli Coralli (Bologna)
TBA / Clare Ashdowne (Oxford)
17:15-18:15     Plenary 1
The Temptations of St Anthony and the Art of Discernment / Stuart Clark (Swansea)
18:15-19:00     Wine Reception (in the Old Dining Room)

Saturday 21 May
09:30-11:00     Discerning the Spirits in a Jesuit Catechism: Juan Eusebio Nieremberg’s Doctrina Christiana (1640) / D. Scott Hendrickson, SJ (Oxford)
Dangerous Visions: the experience of St Teresa of Avila and the analysis of St John of the Cross / Colin Thompson (Oxford)
11:00-11:30     Coffee (in the foyer outside LR 23)
11:30-13:00     Fashioning Dead Disciples and Solidifying a Mystics Canon: Augustine Baker Composing The Life and Death of Dame Gertrude MoreThe Life and Death of Dame Margaret Gascoigne, and their Devotions / Victoria Van Hyning (Sheffield)
Demons & Saints; Heribertus Rosweyde’s Life of Martin Delrio and the pre-history of the Acta Sanctorum
Jan Machielsen (Oxford)
13:00-14:00     Lunch (in Hall)
14:30-15:00     “[T]hese people seeme rather possessed, then inspired:” John Foxe’s Prophetesses / Fiona Kao (Cambridge)
A Seventeenth-Century Prophet Confronts his Failures: Paul Felgenhauer’s Speculum poenitentiae, oder Buß-Spiegel (1625) / Leigh T.I. Penman (Oxford)
15:00-15:30     Coffee (in the foyer outside LR 23)
15:30-16:30     Plenary 2:
TBA / Euan Cameron (Union Theological Seminary/Columbia)
16:45-17:30     Round table discussion / Reflection / The End

Cambridge Group for Irish Studies: Oaths, Wine, Whiskey, Shakespeare's Henry V in Cambridge

Tuesday, 17 May 
8.45pm, The Parlour, Magdalene College 
All welcome, wine and whiskey served 

/Henry V/, Oaths and Ireland 
John Kerrigan 

Travel and Encounters in the Early Modern Levant

* Medieval and Early Modern Texts and Contexts -seminar *

Tuesday 17 May, Queen Mary, University of London,
Lockkeeper’s Cottage, 2pm-4pm

Dr Eva Johanna Holmberg (University of Helsinki): English travellers
and their companions in the early modern Ottoman Empire

Dr Felicità Tramontana (University of Palermo): British travellers and
Franciscan friars in seventeenth-century Jerusalem

Professor Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary, University of London): Afterword
and comment

EMRC: Colloquium: Friendship, Politics, and the Uses of History

Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading

Thursday 12 May 2011


Jacqueline Rose (Newnham College, Cambridge):
Friendship and Flattery in the Politics of History and Counsel


Kate Loveman (University of Leicester):
Pepys, patronage and scholarly service

1.00–2.00 Lunch


Freyja Cox-Jensen (Christ Church, Oxford):
‘Et tu, Brute?’: friendship, betrayal and the uses of Roman history


Abigail Williams (St Peter’s College, Oxford):
Friendship and the intimacy of letters in Swift's Journal to Stella

4.00–4.30 Tea

4.30–5.45 Keynote lecture

Blair Worden (University of Oxford):
Friendship, Politics, and the Uses of History: Clarendon and Ben Jonson

There will be a charge of £10 for refreshments (postgraduates free). If you wish to attend, please book a place by e-mailing Astrid House (, stating that you wish to attend the EMRC colloquium on 12 May 2011.

Re-reading William Shakespeare Twenty-five Years On: A Colloquium with Terry Eagleton

British Shakespeare Association: Northern Renaissance Seminar

Saturday 7 May 2011, Lancaster University
Storey Creative Industries Centre, Lancaster

Twenty five years ago, Terry Eagleton's preface to William Shakespeare began by wittily comparing the foolhardy prospect of writing a short book on Shakespeare to a Monty Python sketch, before setting forward its focus on 'the interrelations between language, desire, law, money and the body'. The book went on to demonstrate the case for re-reading Shakespeare in the light of writings by figures such as Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Wittgenstein, Jameson, Lacan, Derrida and Kristeva.

How do we re-read Shakespeare now? What value do the terms set out by Eagleton: language, nature, desire, law, money, the body, and the work of theorists and philosophers continue to hold for us? The day-long colloquium will explore these questions via a dialogue of academic papers on texts from across the canon and responses from Professor Terry Eagleton. Speakers will include Professor John Drakakis (University of Stirling), Professor Peter Womack (University of East Anglia), Professor Marion Wynne-Davies (University of Surrey), Professor Richard Wilson (University of Cardiff). Cost: £15.00 (waged) payable online to Lancaster University https://online-payments . lancaster-university . co . uk/browse/product . asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=237

Contact: Professor Alison Findlay (Lancaster University)

Staged Reading of the Honest Man's Fortune

**The Annual Renaissance Colloquium presents a Staged Reading of
Nathan Field's and John Fletcher's The Honest Man's Fortune (1613).
At Canterbury Christ Church University Saturday 7th May 2011. Laud
Building (Lg25)**

The event will feature the staged reading of the entire play and will
culminate with a round-table discussion of the many issues associated with
this important and entertaining play. The leading roles of Montaigne and
Veramour will be read by Brian McMahon and Kelley Costigan.

The play itself, originally performed in 1613, has some interesting and at
times, downright bizarre instances of gender games upon the early modern

 **Schedule for the Event**

12.30: Welcome Coffee in Laud (Room Lg25)

12.45: Welcome and Introductory Notes

13.00: Staged Reading of The Honest Man's Fortune (with a short interval
at the end of Act III).

16.30: Round Table Discussion of the play with coffee.

17.15: Close

*Admission is free but prior registration is required. If you would like
to attend this event, please register by contacting Steve Orman.

Shakespeare's Imagined Orient - Call for Papers

The American University of Beirut is hosting a three‐day conference on Shakespeare’s Imagined Orient
on 4‐6 May 2011.

Speakers include Jonathan Burton (West Virginia University), Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary, University of London), Gerald Maclean (University of Exeter),  Margaret Litvin (Boston University), Daniel Vitkus (Florida State University) and Richard Wilson (Cardiff University).  Shakespeare studies has recently experienced a noticeable and dramatic geographical shift. As the textual landscape of Shakespeare’s drama changes, it takes on new forms and now points to new horizons, namely the East and the Orient, and more particularly the Levant. From the blasted heaths of England, Shakespeare moves to the most arid and yet fertile soils of the Levant. The aim of the conference, in this emergent field, is to reconsider Shakespeare’s diffusion from both Pre and Postcolonial Middle Eastern perspectives and to examine Shakespeare’s critical relevance to understanding religion and politics on both a local scale (in the Middle East/the Orient) and globally.

Reaching across disciplinary boundaries, Shakespeare’s Imagined Orient aims to prove how the critical and artistic reception of Shakespeare in the Orient is paramount to apprehending and reinventing Shakespeare as a cultural and social bridge uniting the “East” and the “West” in the landscape of global culture. The organisers of the conference hope to offer a critical insight into Shakespeare and Early Modern political theology that would help refashion, remap broader issues that engage the status of
cultural and religious identity, nation, and individuality in the landscape of global culture.

With such issues in mind, we invite submissions concerning the following range of topics:
‐ Representations of the Orient in Shakespeare's Work,
‐ Christian/Muslim Representation/Interaction on Shakespeare's/the Early Modern stage,
‐ Local/Global Shakespeare (from a Middle Eastern perspective),
‐ Shakespeare's Women and the Orient,
‐ Desire, Phantasm, and the Orient,
‐ Identity and Nationhood,
‐ Material Culture and the Imagined Orient on Shakespeare's Stage.

Please send abstracts (300 words) or session proposals and brief CV by
21 January 2011.
Notifications will be sent by 15 February 2011. On your abstract please
include your name, institution, city and state or country, email address and phone number.
E‐mail your abstracts/session proposals as a Word file. Please note that each presentation is limited
to 25 minutes (including questions).

Full details can be downloaded from the conference website at
Questions may be addressed to the conference chair: Prof. Francois‐Xavier Gleyzon at
Department of English
American University of Beirut
Fisk Hall, Rm 229
PO Box 11‐0236
Beirut 1107 2020 ‐ Lebanon
The conference is supported by the Anis K. Makdisi Program in Literature, the Office of the Provost, the
Center for American Studies and Research and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Beirut.