Renaissance Society of America: 18 New Grants for RSA Members

Research projects in all subjects and language areas within Renaissance studies are eligible for support. If you are applying for a grant please be sure that you have renewed your membership for 2012.   Deadline 31 Dec

The 18 grants are:
  • RSA Research Grants (9 grants), upto $3,000 each
  • Rensselaer W. Lee Memorial Grant in Art History (1 grant), $3,000
  • Paul Oskar Kristeller Memorial Grant (1 grant), $3,000
  • Bodleian Library Research Grant (1 grant), one-month residence in Oxford for the purposes of research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library, with an additional stipend of $3,000.
  • Patricia H. Labalme Grant (1 grant) in collaboration with the Giorgio Cini Foundation, supports a one-month residence in at the Centro Vittore Branca on the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore for the purpose of research in Venice, with a total award of $3,000.
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation Grant in Renaissance Art History (5 Grants); $3,000 each; these grants will support the costs of publication or research leading to publication in the history of art.
For further details of eligibility and how to apply, see

Queen Mary Research Studentships

Queen Mary, University of London, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is pleased to announce the
following awards:

1 AHRC (BGP) Research Studentship in Linguistics to cover tuition fees and a
maintenance grant for UK residents (both UK citizens and EU nationals). EU
nationals not resident in the UK are eligible for a fees only award. Non-EU
nationals are not eligible for AHRC awards, with the exception of persons
who have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain and who can demonstrate a
relevant connection to the UK. We would encourage applications for research
in the fields of theoretical syntax, morphology, and semantics and the
relations between these and/or experimental approaches to these topics.

1 Queen Mary Research Studentship open to any area covered by the School.
Eligible applicants will be working in any one or more of the following
areas: Comparative Literature, Film, French, German, Iberian and Latin
American studies, Linguistics, Russian.

1 Queen Mary Research Studentship in the area of early modern textual
cultures of Western Europe, jointly with the School of English and Drama.

The Queen Mary Studentships will cover tuition fees (home or overseas) and
provide a maintenance grant at the London rate paid by the Research

All awards, tenable for three years, are to be awarded in the spring of 2012
to our most highly qualified candidates applying to start a full-time PhD
programme in September 2012. Subject to funding arrangements holders of
research studentships in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film will
have the opportunity to teach up to a maximum of 4 hours per week in the
second and third years of their study.

In order to be considered for one of these awards applicants should have (or
expect to have at the end of 2011/12) an MA or equivalent qualification.

Applicants who are eligible for both AHRC and Queen Mary funding need submit
only one application in order to be considered for either award.

All required application materials must be received in the Queen Mary
Admissions Office no later than 31st January 2012.

Candidates whose applications are received after the deadline will be
considered for admissions, but not for funding.

Prospective students are strongly advised to consult a potential supervisor,
or the appropriate Graduate Studies Convenor for their chosen subject area,
with a 12-1500 word research proposal well in advance of submitting a formal

For full details on how to apply and an application form, please visit:
Email: / Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8332

Closing Date: 31 January 2012

Two New Faculty Positions, New York University Abu Dhabi

Literature, NYU Abu Dhabi:

New York University Abu Dhabi seeks to appoint two leading scholars at the level of associate or full professor in the fields of Shakespeare Studies (especially Global Shakespeare) and World Literature, with preference for scholars working in the field of Arabic Literature. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to play an integral role in fashioning an international research university oriented around the liberal arts. We are looking for a literary scholar who maintains an active agenda of research, has substantial publications, and has demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching. Experienced junior scholars with substantial records of publication may also be considered.

New York University has established itself as a Global Network University, a multi- site, organically connected network encompassing key global cities and idea capitals. The network has three foundational, degree-granting campuses: New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, complemented by a network of over 15 research and study-away sites across five continents. Faculty and students will circulate within this global network in pursuit of common research interests, the promotion of cross-cultural understanding and solutions for problems, both local and global.

Entering its second year, NYU Abu Dhabi has already recruited a cohort of faculty who are at once distinguished in their research and teaching. Our first two classes of students are drawn from around the world and surpass all traditional recruitment benchmarks, both US and global. NYU Abu Dhabi’s highly selective liberal arts enterprise is complemented by an institute for advanced research, sponsoring cutting-edge projects across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Engineering.

The terms of employment are competitive and include housing and educational subsidies for children. Faculty may also spend time at NYU New York and other sites of the global network, engaging in both research and teaching opportunities. The appointment might begin as soon as September 1, 2012, or could be delayed until September 1, 2013.

Applications for tenure-track positions are due by February 1; applications received later will be reviewed until the positions are filled. To be considered, candidates should submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, statements of research and teaching, all in PDF format. Junior candidates are asked to submit sample publications and three letters of reference as well. Please visit our website for instructions and other information on how to apply. If you have any questions, please e-mail

NEH Seminar: Tudor Books and Readers

John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the manufacture and dissemination of printed books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603).

In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries). Employing key methods of the history of the book and the history of reading, this investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the English Renaissance and/or Reformation, the history of the book, the history of reading, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.

This seminar will meet from 18 June until 20 July 2012. During the first week of this program, we shall visit 1) Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum (the world’s only surviving Renaissance printing and publishing house) and 2) London, England, in order to attend a rare-book workshop and consider treasures at the British Library. During four ensuing weeks at Oxford, participants will reside at St. Edmund Hall as they draw on the rare book and manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library and other institutions.

Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level, graduate students, and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2012 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,900.

Full details and application information are available at For further information, please contact Mark Rankin ( The application deadline is March 1, 2012.

Medieval English Theatre Volume 32

Medieval English Theatre Volume 32 (2010) will shortly be published. The volume contains articles on:
  • Royal Entries
  • Shepherds' Plays in England, France and Spain
  • Academic drama and medieval arts of letter-writing
  • Redford's Wit and Science
  • Drama in Chester and Coventry 
For any questions about subscription contact Olga Horner at

From 2012 Medieval English Theatre is reconstituting as a Society. The Medieval English Theatre Society aims to promote interest in and study of early theatre both within and beyond the academic community. It will support publication of the journal as well as the long-standing annual day conference and other activities. Members of the Society will receive the annual volume of the journal as one of the benefits of membership.

Subscription to the Society will open in the new year, from the Medieval English Theatre website:

Any one with an interest in early theatre is most welcome to order this volume of the journal, and in due course to become a member of the new Society.

Symposium: 'Editing historical mathematics: techniques and traditions since 1900'

All Souls College, 15 and 16 December 2011

Papers by Fabio Acerbi, Rob Bradley, Stephen Clucas, Benno van Dalen, Niccolò Guicciardini, Alex Lee, Karen Parshall, François Pineau, Henrik Kragh Sørensen, Jackie Stedall, and Benjamin Wardhaugh.

There are still some places left for observers. Cost: £50 including conference dinner on the 16th.

All enquiries to Benjamin Wardhaugh

Shaping the Republic of Letters: Communication, Correspondence and Networks in Early Modern Europe

The Journal of Early Modern Studies is seeking contributions for its first issue (Fall 2012). It will be a special issue, devoted to the theme:

Shaping the Republic of Letters: Communication, Correspondence and Networks in Early Modern Europe, Editor: Vlad Alexandrescu

A well known metaphor of the early European modernity and an important instrument in the understanding of seventeenth-century thought, the "Republic of Letters" was, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, primarily a label for new projects of intellectual and scientific association. Various models for the Republic of Letters have been investigated and described as closed circles or open networks, shaped around a variety of elements: scientific societies, intellectual networks, formal or informal circles of intellectuals, proponents of the new and old philosophies. What all such models had in common was a an ideal of shaping communities around a moral, intellectual and sometimes a religious project understood as a reformation of the (whole) human being.

This special issue of the Journal of Early Modern Studies aims to bring together articles devoted to the investigation of such models of early modern communities governed by the ideal of the Republic of Letters. The journal is particularly seeking papers dedicated to the exploration of various ways of disseminating and communicating knowledge within the Republic of Letters, with a special focus on the exchanges between the East and the West of Europe.

Please send your contributions no later than the 1st of March 2012 to:

Journal of Early Modern Studies

Vacancy: Specialist, Medieval and Early Modern Medicine

Job Title: Specialist, Medieval and Early Modern Medicine
Location: London
Closing Date: 21/12/2011
Salary: £35,000

We are a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds.

The Wellcome Library provides insight and information to anyone seeking to understand medicine and its role in society, past and present. We are one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history and we also provide access to a growing collection of contemporary biomedical information resources relating to consumer health, popular science, biomedical ethics and the public understanding of science.

The role of Specialist, Medieval and Early Modern Medicine is key to the future development of the Library's role as one of the world's premier locations for research in the history of early medicine and science. With digitisation plans for the collections being set up, the Wellcome Library is looking for someone who is forward thinking and passionate about the potential for digital technologies to support and enhance scholarly use of early manuscript and printed collections, as well as engage a wider public audience. Reporting directly to the Head of Research and Scholarship, the successful candidate will an established academic historian of medicine or science, with experience of working with early manuscripts and rare books, and of using digital resources for historical research. Candidates should have a higher degree in History with specialisation in pre-modern medicine or science and must be able to demonstrate the following:

• A strong academic profile
• Knowledge of relevant collections, including those outside the Wellcome Library
• Knowledge of current academic work in fields relevant to the Library's pre-modern collections
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to engage non-specialist audiences
• Strong influencing and persuading skills
• Good networking skills
• An aptitude for collaboration and team-working
• A reading knowledge of Latin and at least one other relevant foreign language

Salary c. £35000 p.a (depending on experience) plus excellent benefits Closing date for applications: 21 December 2011 Interviews : w/c 23 January 2012

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The Sliding Scale of Sleep in The Middle Ages

STS Seminar Series 2011-12
Department of Science and Technology Studies University College London

All seminars take place at 5.00pm
Venue: Galton Lecture Theatre, 1-19 Torrington Place

Monday 12 December
Bill MacLehose

This talk is part of a larger project on medieval concepts of sleep and the relations between body and mind. Instead of the single, solid divide between sleeping and waking which Aristotle had advocated, medical writers tended to envision a spectrum of states that blurred the categories not only of sleep and wakefulness but also of reason and irrationality and of physiological health and pathology. Medieval theorists created a typology of states that moved between and beyond such basic binary divisions. In the process, sleep became a category of increased moral and medical concern from the twelfth century onward.

This talk examines a variety of diseases or pathological states, such as sleepwalking, lethargy, insomnia, and others, in order to explore medieval understandings of the connections between mental and physical functioning.

Dr. Chiara Ambrosio

Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Science Department of Science and Technology Studies University College London Gower Street London WC1E 6BT

Tel. (+44) 02076790166

EMPHASIS Seminar: Italian Renaissance philosophy in the vernacular: Alessandro Piccolomini

10 December 2011, The speakers are:

Letizia Panizza (Royal Holloway, University of London): 'Alessandro Piccolomini: Aristotle's natural philosophy for the layman and woman in sixteenth-century Italy'

Eugenio Refini (University of Warwick): 'Logic, Rhetoric and Poetics as rational faculties in Alessandro Piccolomini's map of knowledge'

Time: 2-4pm Venue: Room G37, Ground Floor (South Block), University of London Senate House Building, Malet Street.

Monumental Shakespeares: Remembering Shakespeare in 1916 and after

The London Shakespeare Centre at King's College London presents
A work-in-progress colloquium

Saturday 10 December 2011

Anatomy Theatre and Museum | King’s College London

How was Shakespeare ‘remembered’ in opposite hemispheres in 1916? How were memories constructed, fabricated or supplanted by acts/objects of memorialisation or commemoration of Shakespeare, in the wake of the Tercentenary? What do we mean by these categories of ‘remembering’?

Funded by the Australian Research Council, ‘Monumental Shakespeares’ is a collaborative research project, held jointly by King’s College London and the University of Western Australia, and involving researchers working in London, Perth and Sydney. The project aims to elucidate the processes of commemoration in London and in Sydney for the Shakespeare Tercentenary in 1916, an occasion that gave rise to significant debates over the best ways to memorialise England’s ‘National Poet’ in the British Isles and across the Empire.

On Saturday 10 December, we will be holding a Colloquium as part of the project. We are very pleased to welcome to King’s an exciting range of international speakers, who join the project’s own researchers for this day of discussion and exchange. The colloquium aims to open up new lines of enquiry and to extend the rapidly developing field of study that the Shakespeare Tercentenary has provoked over recent years. As well as presenting a series of papers around the topic, the colloquium will include – thanks to the generosity of the National Theatre – an exhibition space in which to view rare items relating to the research. as well as a round table discussion with leading experts in the field.

For further information about the colloquium please go to the London Shakespeare Centre website:

For any queries please email

Literature, Ideas & Society: Seminar Programme 2011-2012

All sessions held at the Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB.
Admission free, no need to book. Reception follows each session.

Session 1: The Limits of Believability - Friday 9 December 2011, 5.15 pm

Eugenio Refini (Warwick), 'No Empty Fiction Wrought by Magic Lore': Wonders of Nature,
Irony and Disbelief in 16th-Century Italian Fiction Narratives
Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck), 'Dowt not for We are Good Angells': John Dee, Meric Casaubon and the Limits of Early Modern Credulity

The Renaissance Republic of Furniture: From Political Theology to Political Ecology

Julia Reinhard Lupton
Thursday, 8th December 7:00 p.m.
Swedenborg Hall
20 Bloomsbury Way

Julia Reinhard Lupton is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, with a joint appointment in Education. In 2010-2011, she is directing UCI’s Program in Jewish Studies. In 2007, she was named a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Irvine, in recognition of her contributions to Shakespeare studies. She is currently Visiting Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Kingston University London.

Her latest book, Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life, was published by the University of Chicago Press in Spring 2011. Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005. Lupton is also author of Afterlives of the Saints: Hagiography, Typology and Renaissance Literature (Stanford, 1996) and co-author with Kenneth Reinhard of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis (Cornell, 1992).

Political Theology and Early Modernity co-edited with Graham Hammill is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in 2012, with essays by Victoria Kahn, Drew Daniel, Paul Kottman, Jennifer Rust, Kathleen Biddick, and others (plus an afterword by Etienne Balibar).

She is currently writing a book on Shakespeare and hospitality.

A free lecture co-sponsored by the School of Humanities, Kingston University London, and the London Graduate School

Julia Reinhard Lupton, ‘The Renaissance Republic of Furniture: From Political Theology to Political Ecology’

Thursday, 8 December 7 pm, Swedenborg Hall,
20 Bloomsbury Way

A free lecture co-sponsored by the School of Humanities, Kingston University London, and the London Graduate School

Julia Reinhard Lupton is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, with a joint appointment in Education. In 2010-2011, she is directing UCI’s Program in Jewish Studies. In 2007, she was named a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Irvine, in recognition of her contributions to Shakespeare studies. She is currently Visiting Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Kingston University London.Her latest book, Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life, was published by the University of Chicago Press in Spring 2011. Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005. Lupton is also author of Afterlives of the Saints: Hagiography, Typology and Renaissance Literature (Stanford, 1996) and co-author with Kenneth Reinhard of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis(Cornell, 1992). Political Theology and Early Modernity co-edited with Graham Hammill is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in 2012, with essays by Victoria Kahn, Drew Daniel, Paul Kottman, Jennifer Rust, Kathleen Biddick, and others (plus an afterword by Etienne Balibar).

Demons and Devils in Early Modern Europe

2 December 2011

A one-day conference organized by Guido Giglioni

In the course of his illustrious career at the Warburg Institute, D.P. Walker (1914-1985) published seminal works that contributed to redefining our view of early modern magic and demonology, such as Spiritual and Demonic Magic from Ficino to Campanella (1958), Decline of Hell (1964) and Unclean Spirits: Possession and Exorcism in France and England in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries (1981). This conference intends to celebrate his legacy by presenting the most recent results by young researchers working at the Warburg Institute.


Péter Tóth
Satan's Terror and the Origins of Medieval Religious Comedy

Anna Corrias
From Daimonic Reason to Demonic Imagination: Plotinus and Marsilio Ficino on the Soul’s Inner Demon

Nicholas Holland
Agostino Nifo’s Demons

Sietske Fransen
Injected Devils: Jan Baptista van Helmont on Devils and Disease

Michael Gordian
Diabolic Dis/simulation in Early Modern England: The Theatre of Exorcism in Context

James A. T. Lancaster
The Pathologization of the Early Modern Demoniac

Anthony Ossa-Richardson
Possession and Insanity: Two Views from the Victorian Lunatic Asylum


£25 (£12.50 for concessions) including coffee/tea, and a sandwich lunch
To register please contact: warburg(at)