Space on the Elizabethan Stage, 1576-1599

30 March 2012, University of Leeds

Following the opening of The Theatre in 1576, an innovative relationship developed between the newly-permanent space of the stage and the physical place of the theatre. The performative possibilities were quickly grasped and exploited by the men who came to write for the professional theatres, as they experimented with new ways of staging space in the Elizabethan playhouses: men such as Thomas Kyd, Thomas Lodge, Christopher Marlowe, George Peele, Robert Wilson, and the young William Shakespeare.

We invite proposals for individual papers (max. 20 minutes) on the processes and factors which created a sense of space and/or place in the Elizabethan theatre – including the language of the play-text, the physical presence of the players and playgoers, the actual performance space, and the technologies of the theatre. Possible topics may include (but are certainly not limited to) the following:
  • The relationship between the real space of the theatre and imagined space;
  • The influence of real factors such as the presence of the audience or even the weather upon the construction of stage space;
  • The theatrical representation of geographical difference;
  • The material construction of place through props and costume;
  • The role of genre in the creation of stage-space;
  • Inter-textual geography and the transmission of poetic geography between texts.
Proposals (max. 300 words) are welcome from both established scholars and postgraduates, and should be sent by Friday 20 January 2012 to the conference organisers Dr Laurence Publicover and Dr Chloe Preedy at: We very much look forward to receiving your proposal.

Catholic Aesthetics

4.30pm, Wed 21st March, Roberts Building 110, UCL

Peter Davidson (Aberdeen), Rubens's design for the 1635 'Arch of the Mint' and the Virgin of the Andes?

Lilla Grindlay (University College London), ‘“Some out of vanity will call her the Queene of heauen”: polemical representations of the Virgin Mary in early modern religious discourse’

All welcome. For maps and a useful route finder, see
For more on the UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, please see

From Stage to Screen: Shakespeare Adaptations in India

Shormishtha Panja (Professor of English at the University of Delhi and President of the Shakespeare Society of India)

1-2pm, Wednesday 21 March 2012

Fincham 204,
Department of English&  Creative Writing,
Digby Stuart College,
Roehampton University,
Roehampton Lane
London SW15 5PH

Renaissance Reincarnations

University of York, Saturday 17 March 2012

William Shakespeare – a lonely nobody furiously writing away in his garret, or an actor with a penchant for kingly parts? Elizabeth I – a jolly monarch with a partiality for sweets and a fondness for comedies involving dogs, or a cunning strategist thwarting the plans of her dangerous rivals? Philip Henslowe – enterprising money-lender or creative producer?

In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, we remain fascinated with Renaissance lives. This fascination has given rise to some of the most popular and admired works of fiction and liveliest critical debates of our time. While past studies have discussed Renaissance afterlives in isolation, this conference builds on recent interest in studying the modern representation of the Renaissance period from an interdisciplinary perspective. The aims of the conference are twofold – to map patterns and connections between the afterlives of Renaissance figures from different walks of life by bringing together academics from various disciplines; and to understand the ways in which the cultural stories of Renaissance figures shape our editorial, interpretive, and creative practice.

We invite proposals for individual papers (max. 20 minutes) on the theme of twentieth and twenty-first century representations and reincarnations of early modern historical persons who lived between 1500 and 1700 – from monarchs to musicians, poets to politicians. Possible topics may relate to (but are certainly not limited to) the following areas:
  • Early modern men and women in popular fiction, e.g. Rupert of the Rhine’s reinvention in the romance novel, or Leonardo Da Vinci as discussed in The Da Vinci Code;
  • Renaissance lives in biographies, histories, and scholarly debate, such as Germaine Greer’s Shakespeare's Wife;
  • Stage versions of early modern lives, e.g. the award-winning A Man for all Seasons and The School of Night;
  • Screen representations of early modern personalities, for instance Elizabeth’s childhood in The Tudors or Vermeer in Girl with a Pearl Earring;
  • Musical and nursery rhyme recollections of historical persons, such as singing John Smith in Walt Disney’s Pocahontas, or the real ‘Georgie Porgie’.
Keynote speakers: Professor Martin Butler (University of Leeds) and Professor William Sheils (University of York).

Proposals (max. 300 words) are welcome from both established scholars and postgraduates, and should be sent by Friday 20th January to the conference organisers Dr Varsha Panjwani and Dr Chloe Preedy at We very much look forward to receiving your proposal.

The British Milton Seminar, Spring Meeting 2012

Saturday 17 March 2012


Venue: In the Birmingham and Midland Institute [**PLEASE NOTE**] on Saturday 17 March 2012. There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm


(am) Matt Jordan (independent scholar), ‘Milton’s Apology: Credit and the Origins of Self-Esteem’; Thomas N. Corns (Bangor), ‘John Toland’s Milton’.

(pm) Colin Timms (Birmingham), ‘Comus at Exton in 1745/48’; Rachel Willie (Bangor), ‘Inscribing Textuality: Milton, Anti-theatricalism, and the Performance of Print’.

The Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI) was founded by Act of Parliament in 1854, for ‘the Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and the Midland Counties,’ and continues to pursue these aims. The BMI is located in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street railway stations:

Birmingham and Midland Institute
Margaret Street
B3 3BS

Please follow this link for a map of the BMI’s location, and for further information about the BMI and its Library:

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either: Professor Thomas N. Corns (, or Dr Hugh Adlington (

NeMLA 2012 Conference: Shakespeare in Opera

The panel examines operatic adaptations of Shakespeare plays. How do Shakespearean operas serve as ‘readings’ that illuminate facets of the plays on which they are based? How do different treatments of Shakespeare shed light on the historical and cultural conditions that produced the operas? How can studying Shakespeare as opera function as a miniature historical lens om Shakespearean reception across the centuries? Send 300 to 500-word abstract to

The 43rd convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will be held in Rochester, New York March 15 - 18, 2012. Our host institution this year is St. John Fisher College, and the convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The call for papers (CFP) is now available online and will appear in NeMLA’s summer newsletter by early June; abstracts are due to session chairs by 30 September 2011 unless otherwise noted in the CFP.

NeMLA 2012 Conference: Filming Shakespeare

This panel seeks papers about modernist and/or postmodernist film versions or adaptations of Shakespearean or Renaissance plays. We will examine how these films negotiate between contemporary cultural/ideological concerns (expressed in the films) and those of Shakespeare’s time (expressed in the plays). Papers about non-Anglophone film adaptations are also welcome, especially if they deal with (post)modern concerns. Please send submissions to Phillip Zapkin,

The 43rd convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will be held in Rochester, New York March 15 - 18, 2012. Our host institution this year is St. John Fisher College, and the convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The call for papers (CFP) is now available online and will appear in NeMLA’s summer newsletter by early June; abstracts are due to session chairs by 30 September 2011 unless otherwise noted in the CFP.

NeMLA 2012 Conference: Early Modern History Wars: Remembering and Forgetting the Past in Shakespeare

This panel will explore controversies and conflicts over the values of remembering and forgetting in Shakespeare’s plays. Topics to be addressed by the panel might include, though are not limited to, the relation of memory and oblivion to individual identity, to the identity of a nation, to the ongoing Reformation, to efforts to suspend or displace confessional conflict, and to the conditions of performance. Please send 250-word proposals to Jonathan Baldo, the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester,

The 43rd convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will be held in Rochester, New York March 15 - 18, 2012. Our host institution this year is St. John Fisher College, and the convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The call for papers (CFP) is now available online and will appear in NeMLA’s summer newsletter by early June; abstracts are due to session chairs by 30 September 2011 unless otherwise noted in the CFP.

NeMLA 2012 Conference: Dissecting the Lower Sensorium: Smell, Taste, and Touch in Early Modern England

From Spenser’s Faerie Queene to the collected poems of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, early modern thinkers were moved to define and qualify the body’s senses. Of particular interest then—and the focus of this seminar—was the lower sensorium, one’s perception of smell, taste, and touch. Essays will focus on understanding how various works of poetry, drama, altered mythologies, and medical texts gave meaning to three sensoriums so foundational to the subject’s experience. Send abstracts to CJMadson

The 43rd convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will be held in Rochester, New York March 15 - 18, 2012. Our host institution this year is St. John Fisher College, and the convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The call for papers (CFP) is now available online and will appear in NeMLA’s summer newsletter by early June; abstracts are due to session chairs by 30 September 2011 unless otherwise noted in the CFP.

NeMLA 2012 Conference: Christopher Marlowe in Performance

This panel will ask what can be learned from approaching Christopher Marlowe as a primarily dramatic writer. Papers will be asked to think about plays from a theatrical standpoint, examining the force of performance as a shaping factor in the reception of Marlowe’s plays. We encourage studies of the stage history of Marlowe’s works; additionally, plays that consider the texts within the context of Elizabethan stage history are also welcome. Please send abstracts of 250 words to Louise Geddes at

The 43rd convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will be held in Rochester, New York March 15 - 18, 2012. Our host institution this year is St. John Fisher College, and the convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The call for papers (CFP) is now available online and will appear in NeMLA’s summer newsletter by early June; abstracts are due to session chairs by 30 September 2011 unless otherwise noted in the CFP.

Forum for European Philosophy Event: Re-Thinking Alienation

Tuesday 13 March, 6.30-8.00pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Rahel Jaeggi, Professor for Practical Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Humboldt University of Berlin

Chair: Kristina Musholt, LSE Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and Deputy Director of the Forum for European Philosophy

Does modern society cause us to be alienated from ourselves? This lecture will argue that a re-thinking of the recently neglected philosophical concept of alienation can provide us with an important resource for social critique.

Podcasts of most FEP events are available online after the event. They can be accessed at

All events are free and open to all without registration
For further information contact Juliana Cardinale: 020 7955 7539

Forum for European Philosophy
Cowdray House, Room G.05, European Institute
London School of Economics, WC2A 2AE

Position: Keio University (Japanese Speaker Required)

Keio University, one of the top universities in Japan, invites applications from native-level English speakers for a tenured position in English in the Faculty of Business and Commerce beginning April 2013. The successful applicant will be expected to teach intellectually stimulating content-based English classes related to his or her research in the humanities, social sciences, or business-related fields. A generous compensation package will be provided.

Requirements: Ph.D., academic publications, university level-teaching experience, Japanese ability. Duties: teaching, research, advising, university committee work. 
Deadline: August 31, 2012. Further particulars may be found in the full announcement:

Society for Renaissance Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Society for Renaissance Studies invites applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowships, which support research in all aspects of Renaissance Studies. There are three awards open to all suitable candidates working in the field, one of which, founded in memory of Ruth and Nicolai Rubinstein, supports research in Italian history and culture.

Applicants for Fellowships must be graduates of British or Irish universities, with PhDs awarded in the last five years, and currently engaged in full-time research, part-time teaching or independent scholarship. The Fellowships are worth £6000 and should not be held in conjunction with a full-time postdoctoral or academic teaching post. The Society has a number of international links, including with the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, which can provide practical support for Fellows wishing to spend time in Florence.

The period of tenure is twelve months from 1 October 2012.

Applications should take the form of a CV accompanied by a 1,000 word description of the project to be undertaken, a brief account of the candidate’s research to date, statement of means of financial support during that academic year and reference letters from two referees.
Study Fellowships

The Society also invites applications for its Study Fellowships for current doctoral students, to support travel or, in exceptional circumstances, other research expenses, for projects undertaken in connection with theses in the field of Renaissance Studies.

The Fellowships are open to anyone registered for a postgraduate research degree in Britain or Ireland. Applications should take the form of a 1,000 word document with the candidate’s institution, department, supervisor, year of study and principal sources of funding, contact details of one referee, and a description of the project for which funding is required, describing the relationship of the project to the finished thesis, and the specific amount of funding required. This should be supplemented by a short budget detailing projected expenditure for travel, accommodation and subsistence during the proposed research trip.

Although the maximum amount awarded for a single Fellowship is £1,500, the Society welcomes applications for projects requiring smaller or larger sums. Priority will be given to candidates at an advanced stage of research. The Society has a number of international links, including with the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, which can provide practical support for Fellows wishing to spend time in Florence.

The deadline for applications for both schemes is 31st May 2012. Applications should be made via the Society’s website after the 19th March 2012, see under Funding > Fellowships:

For further information contact the SRS Fellowship Officer:

Dr Alexander Samson
Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
Tel 020 7679 7121
Fax 020 7679 3109

The London Shakespeare Centre is proud to present Wesward Ho!

by Thomas Dekker and John Webster, adapted by Perry Mills, and performed by 'Edward's Boys', King Edward VI School, Shakespeare's School.

Date: 10/03/12  Time: 19.30  Venue: Great Hall, Strand Campus, King's College London.

‘Edward’s Boys’ are heading “up West” – “Westward Ho!” was the regular cry of the Thames water taxi-men heading in a westerly direction. This year they are undertaking another Jacobean City Comedy. Westward Ho! is a play in which certain scenes really make sense (if at all) when performed by an all-boy company. It is only then that the audience is fully aware of the ironies and resonances implicit in the text.

In the course of the action certain characters employ this form of water transport in order to head out to Brentford (“Brainford” in the original). At the turn of the seventeenth century Brentford had the reputation of, perhaps, Brighton in the 1950s – somewhere men and women slipped off to get up to no good! Their short tour brings them to King’s College London under the sponsorship of the London Shakespeare Centre.

Tickets: £10 (£5.00 for registered King's students)

For tickets please telephone Sarah Jervis on 01789 293351 or email


Beyond Macbeth: Shakespeare in Scottish Collections

'Beyond Macbeth: Shakespeare in Scottish Collections' is an exhibition at the National Library of Scotland which tells the stories behind Edinburgh's two world-class collections of Shakespearean and other early printed drama.

The exhibition explores the lives of the writers, readers, critics and patrons who helped bring together these collections of Shakespeare's plays and works about him. Prominent among these are figures as various as William Drummond, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, James Halliwell-Phillipps and John Dover Wilson. In exploring their lives as readers, writers and collectors, the exhibition sheds light on some of the ways in which Shakespeare has been published, adapted, invoked and exchanged over four centuries.

The lives and activities of these collectors also reveal something of the range of Scottish responses to Shakespeare over the centuries, and the exhibition asks what his work means in and to Scotland today.

'Beyond Macbeth' runs to 29 April.

For more information, see

EMPHASIS Seminar: Mathematical Practitioners in Early Modern England

The purpose of EMPHASIS (Early Modern Philosophy and the Scientific Imagination) is to provide a London forum for scholars working in the history of philosophy, intellectual history and the history of science of Europe in the period 1400-1650. The term 'philosophy' is interpreted in its fullest Renaissance sense, and includes such themes as: Neoplatonism, scholasticism and late Aristotelian philosophy, Epicureanism, stoicism, scepticism, cosmological theories, the classification of the disciplines, encyclopaedism, Lullism, the art of memory, the philosophy of mathematics, theories of the soul, theories of language and signs, etc.

Saturday 10th March, 2.00-4.00pm: Room G35, 1st Floor, Senate House south block (Note room change)


Mathematical Practitioners in Early Modern England:

Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin (V&A): 'Mastering crafts: the mathematic text and artisanal epistemology in seventeenth-century England'

Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science, Oxford): 'Confessions of a Mathematical Practitioner: Richard Norwood's Spiritual Autobiography'

Intersections Conference

“Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique … point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.” - Herman Hesse

Friday 9 March 2012
Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

The UCL English Graduate Society invites abstracts for 20-minute papers for this year's Intersections conference. The day will be a forum for discussion of cultural and ideological exchange, both within literature and between literature and other disciplines. Proposals are invited for contributions that deal with any of the following:

• Literary influence
• Collaborative authorship
• Interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies
• Cross-cultural exchange
• Polyglot studies
• Interactions between authors and their readers, publishers and editors
• The intersection as an image in literature

The Intersections conference aims to solicit a range of papers united by a common view of literature as built upon collaboration, influence, and interchange. Unique literary experiences occur at 'point[s] at which the world's phenomena intersect': these points might be located in the confrontation between literature and science, at a crossroads in a literary landscape, or on a page annotated by its readers. We
hope that delegates will relish this opportunity to interrogate such diverse types of intersection both with and within English literature.

The conference will take place at the Institute of English Studies at Senate House, and will occur in conjunction with a Royal Holloway sponsored lecture by Jacques Rancière, whose work on intercultural exchange has changed scholarly understanding of the intersection between politics and art.

Please submit 300-word proposals for 20-minute papers by 13 January 2012 to:

Proposals for panels of three 20-minute papers are also welcome. We welcome panels that include researchers from a variety of institutions or disciplines.

“I give away myself to you, and dote upon the exchange.” - William Shakespeare

“For me, a poem is the crossroads of my thoughts, my feelings, my imaginings, my wishes, & my verbal sense: normally these run parallel.” - Philip Larkin

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
Place: LSE New Academic Building, room 2.14 Time: 18.00 All welcome

8 March 2012: Prof Beat Kumin (Warwick) 'Value added? The spatial turn in the historiography of the Holy Roman Empire'.

LSE SU Philosophy Society's philosophy and food night : Why the world does not exist

Monday the 5th of March, 7pm, Hong Kong Theatre, LSE

Prof Markus Gabriel (Bonn) will give a talk on "Why the world does not exist".

The talk will be followed by drinks and food at the German Pub "Bierschenke" just 2 minutes away.

All welcome!

The British Society for the History of Mathematics | Annual Research in Progress Meeting

The British Society for the History of Mathematics will hold its annual Research in Progress meeting for 2012 at The Queen's College, Oxford, on Saturday 3 March 2012, 11am to 5pm

This meeting provides an opportunity for research students in the history of mathematics to speak about their work.

Keynote speaker: Henrik Kragh Sorenson (Aarhus), on What's Abelian about Abelian groups?

Student speakers: Nicole Bloye (Plymouth), Title tba
Davide Crippa (Paris), Impossible Problems in Cartesian geometry: the case of the squaring of the circle
Stefanie Eminger (St Andrews), Viribus unitis! shall be our watchword: the first International Congress of Mathematicians, held 9-11 August 1897 in Zurich
Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin (Royal College of Art), Title tba
Liz Rudge (St Andrews), P.G. Tait’s schoolboy introduction to complex numbers
Sam Hatfield (Warwick), Poincare Dodecahedral Space
Dave Kaye (Warwick), Clifford’s theorem and algebraic curves
Mairi Walker (University of Warwick), Poincare's constructions for Riemann surfaces

Meeting fee: 20 pounds including sandwich lunch. There is a discounted fee of 15 pounds for students and unwaged. The fee is payable on the day, If you are coming to this meeting please register by emailing Tony Mann ( by Friday 24 February.

Further information including abstracts can be found at

Funded Shakesperean PhD in Belfast : Shakespeare and the Soundtrack (International / Non-EU)

Funded three-year PhD international studentship: Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, has been awarded funds for the support of PhD studentships in certain strategic priority areas. Funding has been awarded to the School of English for the international studentship described here.

Supervisors: Professor Mark Thornton Burnett (School of English); Dr Ramona Wray (School of English)

Project: Shakespeare and the Soundtrack

Shakespeare on film is often seen as a primarily verbal or visual phenomenon; by contrast, this project argues that the filmic representations of the likes of Lawrence Olivier, Orson Welles and Kenneth Branagh are enhanced, complicated and finessed by the ways in which the soundtrack stands in for, or translates, the Shakespearean word. The role of music in Shakespeare film takes multiple forms, including lush refrains, action genre pop scores, classically-inspired requiems, and romantic themes, but a common denominator is the synecdoche-like place of musical motifs with reference to language. Tracing the means whereby music operates, the study investigates points of connection between multiple acoustic levels, placing together examples that disclose unexpected comparative possibilities. For example, in addition to exploring some familiar Anglophone instances – among them, Hamlet, Othello and King Lear – the project enfolds discussion of less well-known films from China, Japan and India, such as The Banquet, an adaptation of Hamlet, An Okinawan Night’s Dream (an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Yellamma, an adaptation of Macbeth. Here, the focus is on how particular forms of instrumentation – indigenous styles of strings, percussion and woodwind – work not only to mediate Shakespearean rhetoric but also to place it in alternative cultural registers that are aurally apprehended. Essentially, then, a comparative study, ‘Shakespeare and the Soundtrack’ allows methodologies that have previously operated only in narrow national and educational contexts to cross-fertilize, elaborating models of intertextual dialogue and demonstrating how creative modes of words and music offer valuable lessons for our own and media responsive global age.

Qualifications: Candidates with a range of different combinations of knowledge and skill may be considered. For those whose primary background is in literature, the equivalent of Grade 7 Theory in Music might be helpful, but other evidence of musical understanding might be acceptable. For those whose primary background is in Music, some relevant literary modules at university level, or equivalent evidence of knowledge, would be helpful.

Eligibility: International / non-EU students (students from China, Japan, India, Australia, Canada and the US, for example)

Closing date for applications: 2 March 2012

For application information, follow the links on the School of English (Queen's University) website at: under 'news and events' and also on the prospective students postgraduate pages.

Oxford Forum Event: Provocations Ubi Inletabilitas Ibi Virtus. Melancholy, Virtue and Self-Consciousness

Friday 2 March, 2–3.30pm
Examination Schools, 75-81 High Street, University of Oxford

Professor Wayne Martin, Professor of Philosophy, University of Essex

Convenors: Dr Roxana Baiasu and Dr Pamela S. Anderson
For more information, contact:
or the Forum Coordinator: Dr Juliana Cardinale: 020 7955 7539,

Forum for European Philosophy

New Shakespeare Journal: The Hare

The editors are pleased to announce the creation of a new journal, THE HARE, publishing scholarly essays and reviews pertaining to the dramatic, poetic, and prose works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. THE HARE will be published three times per year (March, July, and November) beginning in 2012. We are now accepting submissions for Volume 1.

THE HARE will be published in an on-line format and hosted by the the Mary Baldwin College Shakespeare and Performance Program. The general editors are Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin College) and Jeremy Lopez (University of Toronto).

Send submissions or queries by email to the editors:

THE HARE: a peer-reviewed academic journal published in March, July,&  November
Jeremy Lopez, Paul Menzer Editors

The Hare solicits short essays on the dramatic, poetic, and prose works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The journal also publishes academic book reviews, and provides a public forum for open exchange between scholars in the field.

Article submissions should be approximately 1000 – 3000 words, including all notes and references. Longer submissions will not be considered. The Hare encourages the submission of conference papers, lectures, out-takes, first gestures, and other occasional pieces whose exposition does not require the 7000 – 10000 words and extensive apparatus typical of a scholarly article. By soliciting only short pieces, the Editors hope to encourage the submission of stylistically and interpretively adventurous work that addresses out-of-the-way subjects, non-canonical literature, and/or current scholarly controversy. Essays on familiar, canonical texts&  subjects are of course welcome as well. The Hare asserts copyright over all published material but will freely grant permission for future publication without any reservations.

Book reviews
The Hare solicits reviews of old books. The Editors believe that scholarship and pedagogy benefit from the continuous reappraisal of foundational or seminal critical works—and also the reconsideration of works whose importance has been forgotten, or heretofore overlooked. The definition of “old” will remain flexible, and contributors are encouraged to interpret it creatively. Reviews of recently published books will be considered if they are discussed in conjunction with old books. Book reviews should be 1000 – 3000 words; they may cover more than one book; they may cover books that are foundational in, seminal for, or otherwise important to the field of early modern literary studies, or literary studies in general. Book reviews should be submitted with titles.

Readers are encouraged to respond to content in The Hare, or to call attention to scholarly matters that might be of interest to other readers, in the form of publishable letters. Letters should be addressed to the Editors, should be no more than 500 words long, and must be signed. Letters may be edited for content and length.

First Issue
The first issue of The Hare will be published in March 2012

Editorial Board
Pascale Aebischer, University of Exeter
Alice Dailey, Villanova University
Matt Davies, Mary Baldwin College
Andrew Hartley, UNC Charlotte
Peter Kanelos, Loyola University, Chicago
Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare’s Globe
Matt Kozusko, Ursinus College
Rebecca Lemon, USC
Zachary Lesser, University of Pennsylvania
Genevieve Love, Colorado College
Kirk Melnikoff, UNC Charlotte
Richard Preiss, University of Utah
Paul Prescott, University of Warwick
Melissa Sanchez, University of Pennsylvania
Peter Smith, Nottingham-Trent University
Tiffany Stern, Oxford University
Andrea Stevens, University of Illinois
Holger Syme, University of Toronto
Henry Turner, Rutgers University
Brian Walsh, Yale University
Christopher Warley, University of Toronto
William West, Northwestern University

Writing the lives of people and things, AD 500-1700

Chawton House Library, 1st-2nd March 2012

Hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton

Writing the lives of people and things, AD 500-1700: an inter-disciplinary conference

Key-note speaker: Charles Nicholl
[Freelance writer, author of The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street
and The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe]


This conference is intended to push the boundaries of research in biography by bringing together postgraduates and early-career researchers from across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Biography has particular relevance in contemporary scholarship as it encompasses every field of human experience. As a result, scholars are becoming increasingly interested in using the lives of individuals to elucidate the past. In the fields of archaeology and anthropology, too, object biography has been a growing area of theoretical research in the past thirty years. This interest in the stories objects can tell resulted in the British Museum and BBC Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 Objects, broadcast in 2010.

We welcome abstracts of no more than 200 words for 20 minute papers from postgraduates and early-career researchers of the medieval and renaissance periods with an interest in biography. The conference themes will include (but are not limited to):

· Artefact biography and human interaction with physical objects through time.
· The experience of life in settled spaces.
· Biography through portraiture and clothing.
· The imaginative recreation of individual lives and mentalities through micro-history.
· The relationship of the self to society, i.e. through social cultural or economic interactions.
· The exploration of the self through music.
· New perspectives on the ‘discovery of the individual’ during the medieval period and renaissance.
· The cementing of social and creative networks and affiliations through the ownership of manuscripts and objects.
· Scientific approaches to biographical interpretations of manuscripts, objects, paintings and human remains.

Please send abstracts along with your name, affiliation and email address to:Gemma Watson at and Robert Smith at

The deadline for abstracts is 31st October 2011.