Early Modern Recipe Books: Women's Social Networks, Domesticity, Science and Medicine

Friday 25 November

Newcastle University, Research Beehive Room 2.20

10 a.m. Registration (tea and coffee available)

10.15 Introduction and welcome (Kate Chedgzoy, Newcastle)

10.30 Catherine Alexander (Newcastle), 'Collaboration and community in Jane Loraine's cook book, 1684-6'

11.30 Sara Pennell (Roehampton), ' "The best I ever ate": culinary knowledge and practice in early modern English manuscript recipe texts'

12.30 Lunch (provided)

1.30 Jayne Archer (Aberystwyth), 'Opus Mulierum: alchemy in early modern women's recipe books'

2.30 Jenny Richards (Newcastle), 'Reading, reproduction and Thomas Raynalde's The Birth of Mankind: Otherwise Named, The Woman's Book'

3.30 Tea and coffee

3.45 Response by Suzanne Trill (Edinburgh) and final discussion

There is no charge for attendance at this event, but so that we can cater appropriately, please contact Emma Short<emma.short@newcastle.ac.uk> by November 18 to let her know that you would like to attend.

The Uses of Space In Early Modern History 1500-1850, Seminar Series

International History Department, LSE

The study of space and place is an increasingly important research-field in the humanities and social sciences. This series explores how spatial ideas and approaches can be used to understand the societies, cultures and mentalities of the past. Leading scholars from a range of disciplines will reflect on the uses of space in two respects: how spatial concepts can be employed by or applied to the study of history; and how particular spaces were used for practical and ideological purposes in specific periods

Series Organiser: Dr Paul Stock p.stock@lse.ac.uk
Place: LSE New Academic Building, room 2.14 Time: 18.00 All welcome

24 November 2011: Dr Rachel Hewitt (Oxford) 'Mapping History: Cartographic Revolution in the Eighteenth Century'

Professor Kevin Sharpe dies

Colleagues will be saddened to hear of the death of Prof Kevin Sharpe who died in Southampton on Saturday, November 5th.

Kevin Sharpe (1949-2011) was one of the most important historians of early modern Britain during the last half century and particularly important in helping us understand the complex ways literary texts may be employed as historical documents. The author of 11 books, Kevin’s grasp of seventeenth-century history, cultural and social practice, print and visual culture was unmatched. He was equally at home in departments of History (notably Southampton where he spent the substantial early part of his career) and English (at Warwick and then at Queen Mary). Generous of his time, he was a large presence in the tea rooms and nearby bars of major research libraries around the globe combining advice on research topics, suggestions for career advancement and demands for the latest gossip while disseminating stories from his own ample storehouse. At conferences and papers, Kevin could always be counted on to ask apparently innocuous but ultimately incisive questions and he took particular delight in flaying the pompous.

During its early years, Kevin regularly attended the London Renaissance Seminar and he has given numerous papers at it. It is difficult to think we will not again encounter his irreverent humour, his zest over all things academic, and his intrinsic good nature.

Kevin seemed to have successfully fought off cancer a couple of years ago, his vigour for life and for work undiminished. Alas, it was not to be; the cancer returned aggressively and fatally this autumn. I cannot but feel he would have appreciated an end amidst the cacophony of bonfire night, a date so significant for the era he helped us to better understand.

Tom Healy

Further tributes to Professor Sharpe:

Queen Mary University
Warwick University
Jack of Kent Blog

Listen to the In Our Time podcast:

Seventeenth Century Print Culture

Some of Kevin's books...

New Research in the Medieval and Early Modern Period, Inaugural Conference of the North-East Medieval and Early Modern Symposium

Location: tbc  Time/Date: 26th January 2012, 09:00 - 17:00

Are you a Postgraduate Researcher working in the period c. 1400- c. 1700? This new Symposium is a forum for Postgraduate Researchers throughout the North-East. At its inaugural conference, the Symposium aims to explore the breadth and depth of research in the North East from c. 1400-1700. The Symposium is interdisciplinary and intends to build up links between PG researchers in our field, establish a forum to present work in progress, and explore opportunities for collaboration and publication.

Call for Papers: Past and Future Tenses: New Research in the Medieval and Early Modern Period

Potential speakers are asked to submit abstracts of 200 words max, for 15 minute papers drawn from their research on any aspect of literature, history, art, society or culture, c. 1400- c.1700.

We also welcome expressions of interest from researchers interested in helping to organise the Symposium.

Please e-mail abstracts and any questions to Simon Moore (Newcastle University) (s.j.moore2@ncl.ac.uk<mailto:s.j.moore2@ncl.ac.uk>) by 19 December 2011

About North East Medieval and Early Modern Symposium

Supported by the Medieval and Early Modern Research Group at Newcastle University (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/mems) NEMS exists to build a strong community of Postgraduate Researchers in our field across the North East Universities. We are an informal and welcoming group, offering opportunities to share your research, participate in interdisciplinary discussions, and collaborate on the organisation of events and conferences, and on publication projects. Initially, we will meet twice yearly to hear research papers and socialise with colleagues. NEMS is entirely free to attend, and each meeting is followed by a drinks reception.

RALEIGH LECTURE ON HISTORY How Confessional Divisions influenced Writing on the Natural History of the Atlantic World

Professor Nicholas Canny FBA
Tuesday 22 November 2011, 6.00pm - 7.15pm

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

This lecture explores the way the natural history of the Americas was exported to 16th century northern European scientists and how they reacted intellectually and politically. It discusses the generally positive reception in northern European countries of José de Acosta’s Historia natural y moral de las Indias which seems to have been accepted both as a template of how natural history should be written and as a challenge to northern European scientists to emulate what he Spanish Jesuit author had accomplished. While this might be accepted as a tacit acknowledgement by northern Europeans that Catholic Spain had achieved intellectual as well as political ascendancy over their respective nations, Protestant authors responded to the hallenge in a highly competitive fashion which aimed as much at undermining the credibility of those they identified as their Catholic opponents as on unveiling the secrets of natural history.

The lecture will look at the merits and demerits of Thomas Harriott, André Thevet and Jean de éry as scientific reporters and at the inter-relationship between the religious position they adopted and their approaches to the study of natural history. It will argue that Jean de Léry’s, Histoire d’un voyage(1578) can be considered as much a Calvinist polemic and a logical extension of the same author’sHistoire memorable de la ville de Sancerre (1574), as the landmark contribution to scientific writing it is usually represented as. It will contend that the enominalization of scientific reportage was consolidated by America by Theodore de Bry in 1591 and was not neutralized until Hans Sloane began to publish at the outset of the eighteenth century.

About the speaker

Nicholas Canny is a Member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council. He was Director of the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities at the National University of Ireland, Galway, 2000-11 where he was Professor of History 1979-2009. He served as President of the Royal Academy 2008-11. An expert on early modern history broadly defined, he edited the first volume ofThe Oxford History of the British Empire and with Philip D.Morgan, The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World, c1450-c1850 (2011). His major book is Making Ireland British, 1580-1650 (2001). He is currently engaged on a comparison between English and French writings on the Natural History of America, 1580-1720.

6.00pm-7.15pm, followed by a reception. Registration is not required for this event. Seats will be allocated on arrival.


The aim of this seminar series, to be held at the Warburg Institute, is to advance research in literary studies, firstly, by exploring the connections between literature and other disciplines such as philosophy, theology, medicine and law, and, secondly, by situating literature in its social context—in relationship to politics, commerce, and both scientific and artistic endeavour.
The seminars will be held once a term (three times per year), at 5:15. Each session will consist of two thirty-minute papers, followed by a formal discussion and an informal reception.
Session 1: The Limits of Believability
Friday 9 December 2011, 5:15
Eugenio Refini (Warwick)
‘No Empty Fiction Wrought by Magic Lore’: Wonders of Nature, Irony and Disbelief in Sixteenth-Century Italian Fiction Narratives
Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck College)
‘Dowt not for We are Good Angells’: John Dee, Meric Casaubon and the Limits of Early Modern Credulity
Session 2: Credit, Value and Honour
Wednesday 25 January 2012, 5:15
Anne Goldgar (KCL, History)
Credit and Value in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands
Craig Moyes (KCL, French)
La gloire à crédit: Redeeming Roman Values in Seventeenth-Century Salon Society
Session 3: Philosophy and Narrative
Wednesday 2 May 2012, 5:15
Letizia Panizza (RHUL)
Telling the Truth while Telling Lies: Ariosto’s Debt to Lucian’s Vera Historia
Maria Rosa Antognazza (KCL, Philosophy)
Interpretive Guidelines for an Intellectual Biography of Leibniz

Organised by Emily Butterworth, Department of French, King’s College London (emily.butterworth(at)kcl.ac.uk); Guido Giglioni, The Warburg Institute (guido.giglioni(at)sas.ac.uk) and Jacqueline Glomski, Department of History, King’s College London (jacqueline.glomski(at)kcl.ac.uk).

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of KCL Arts and Humanities Research Institute

Charles Schmitt Prize 2012

As the result of generous donations from an anonymous donor and our publisher (Routledge), the International Society for Intellectual History is offering, on an annual basis, a prize to honour the contribution of the late Charles Schmitt to intellectual history.

The prize is £250, plus £50 worth of Routledge books, and a year’s free membership of the ISIH with a subscription to the Society’s quarterly journal Intellectual History Review. The paper awarded the prize will also be published in the Intellectual History Review.

Submissions will be accepted in any area of intellectual history, broadly construed, 1500 to the present, including the historiography of intellectual history. Because it is a condition of the award that the paper awarded the prize will be published by IHR, submissions should not have been accepted for publication elsewhere, or exceed 9000 words. Eligibility is restricted to doctoral students and those who have submitted their PhD within two years of the closing date for the prize.

The paper should be forwarded as an e-mail attachment to stephen.gaukroger@arts.usyd.edu.au and to s.clucas@bbk.ac.uk. The e-mail itself should state that the paper is being entered for the prize, and should confirm eligibility at the time of submission, as well as availability of the paper for publication.

The closing date for the prize is 31 December 2011, and an announcement of the award will be made in early 2011.

Dr Stephen Clucas
Editor, Intellectual History Review
Reader in Early Modern Intellectual History,
English and Humanities,
School of Arts
Birkbeck, University of London,
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX. UK

Tel: 020 3073 8421

Medieval English Studies Symposium (MESS) 2011

0th Medieval English Studies Symposium, organised by the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University will be held in Poznań from 19-20 November, 2011. Mess 10th welcomes papers in both areas, literary and linguistic studies. The literary section concerns mostly class and wealth and their literary representations in the form of endorsements as well as admonitions. Princes and Paupers feature in secular literature of advice as well as in religious works on sins and transgressions, both types offering insight into the nature of medieval social life. We will welcome papers in these and all other areas of research connected with medieval English literature and language. 500-word abstracts should be submitted by the end of August 2011, preferably by e-mail (mess@ifa.amu.edu.pl).

Katarzyna Bronk, MA
Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

The Bible in English from the Early Middle Ages to 1611

A one-day colloquium to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, 12 November 2011 Canterbury Cathedral Lodge.

This colloquium will explore English translations of the Bible from the Early Middle Ages up to the publication of the King James Version in 1611. The day includes a series of lectures, a private view of the Cathedral’s exhibition of Bibles in English from Tyndale to King James Version, and morning and afternoon refreshments. The speakers are Dr Alixe Bovey, Dr Helen Gittos, Dr Sarah James, Professor John Thompson, and Dr Ryan Perry, and the day will culminate in Professor Stephen Prickett’s keynote address on the King James Version. 

All are welcome. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. £15, with reduced rates for Friends of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS); seniors and unwaged (£10); and students (£5).

To register, please contact Claire Taylor at the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent: c.l.taylor@kent.ac.uk.

To see the programme and to find out more about becoming a Friend of MEMS, visit our website: www.kent.ac.uk/mems.

The Winter's Tale Symposium

Northern Renaissance Seminar series, University of Liverpool

This one-day Symposium is a part of the larger month-long Liverpool Winter’s Tale Festival celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. It aims to enhance our understanding of this complex play, and papers presented at the symposium may focus on the text at the moment of production, its relationship with its predecessors and contemporaries, both within Shakespeare’s own writing and beyond, its transmission through editorial processes, as well as its interpretation through contemporary performances and re-readings. Confirmed speakers include Helen Cooper (Cambridge), Subha Mukherji (Cambridge) and Lori Humphrey Newcomb (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

We warmly invite proposals for 15-20 minute papers. Proposals for papers, including titles and abstracts (of no more than 300 words) should be sent to Nandini Das (ndas@liverpool.ac.uk) before 31st July 2011.

We are also delighted to offer up to 3 bursaries of £100 each, which will be awarded to postgraduate speakers courtesy of the Society for Renaissance Studies, www.rensoc.org.uk

Francis Bacon’s Arts of Discovery and The Cultivation of the Mind

The Maison Française d’Oxford (USR 3129, CNRS) and the University of Bucharest
are pleased to announce the International Conference
Francis Bacon’s Arts of Discovery and The Cultivation of the Mind

Friday 11 November and Saturday 12 November at the Maison Française d’Oxford 2-10 Norham Road Oxford OX2 6SE

Friday 11 November 9.30am-10.00am Tea/Coffee

Welcome by Luc Borot, Director of the Maison Française d’Oxford Morning Session I

Chair : Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest)

10.00am-11.15am Keynote Lecture Peter Anstey (Otago University)
Bacon, Ramus and the Interpretation of Nature

11.15am-11.30am Tea/Coffee
Morning Session II Chair : Martine Pécharman (CNRS-MFO)

Per Landgren (MEHRC, Oxford)
Notiones Primae, Historiae Particulares et Inductio: Francis Bacon and the Aristotelian Concept of Historia

Raphaele Garrod (Cambridge University)
Response to Per Landgren

1.00pm-2.00pm Lunch
Afternoon Session I Chair : Noel Malcolm (All Souls College)

Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest)
The Hunt of Pan: Exploratory Experimentation and the Rules of Experientia Literata

Daniel Andersson (Wolfson College)
Response to Dana Jalobeanu

4.00pm-4.30pm Tea/Coffee
Afternoon Session II Chair : Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck College, London)

Rhodri Lewis (St Hugh’s College)
Francis Bacon and Ingenuity

Laura Georgescu (University of Bucharest)

Saturday 12 November

9.00am-9.15am Tea/Coffee
Morning Session I Chair : Peter Anstey (Otago University)

Dan Garber (Princeton University)
Bacon, New Atlantis and the Uses of Utopia
Doina Cristina Rusu (University of Nijmegen)
Response to Dan Garber

10.45am-11.00am Tea/Coffee
Morning Session II Chair : Howard Hotson (St Anne’s College)

Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge University)
Interpreting Nature

Julianne Werlin (Princeton University)
Response to Richard Serjeantson

12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch
Afternoon Session Chair : Dan Garber (Princeton University)
Response to Rhodri Lewis

4.30pm Tea/Coffee


6.45pm Dinner 

Conference organised with the support of the Maison Française d’Oxford and the University of Bucharest
Kathryn Murphy (Oriel College)
Instances and Experiments


James Lancaster (Warburg Institute)
Response to Kathryn Murphy
Elodie Cassan (CEC, Paris)

Bacon in Gassendi’s History of Logic

Madalina Giurgea (University of Ghent)
Response to Elodie Cassan

Making, Breaking and Repair

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Anatomy Theatre Museum, 6th Floor, King’s Building, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Making, breaking and repair are powerful metaphors for talking about lived experience and
the natural world. We can deepen our understanding of these ways of thinking and speaking
through a focus on material processes - both contemporary and historical. Despite the recent
turn to materiality in literary and historical studies there have been few attempts within these
disciplines to engage with material practices – to learn to think with things as well as with
language. This session will bring together different perspectives on material and materiality.

A panel of speakers from a wide range of backgrounds will present their practices of making
and repair, and their approaches to things that are broken, damaged or incomplete.

All welcome.

Session Outline:

'Historic clock-making practices', Matthew Read (West Dean College)

'Repair revolution - the story of Sugru', Jane ni Dhulchaointigh (Inventor of Sugru)

'Alchemy and incompleteness: practically making the philosophers' stone', Jennifer Rampling
(University of Cambridge)

Closing Remarks – Florence Grant (History, KCL) and Chloe Porter (English, KCL)

Open discussion and tea.

For further information please email florence.grant@kcl.ac.uk or chloe.porter@kcl.ac.uk.

This event is part of the Festival of Materials and Making, hosted by the Institute of Making,
King’s College London. http://www.instituteofmaking.org.uk/