Deadline Extended: "Drama and Pedagogy"

The deadline for registration for the conference on "Drama and Pedagogy" organized by the Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (SAMEMES) on 12-13 September 2014 at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, has been extended until 15 June 2014.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Prof. Lynn Enterline (Vanderbilt)
Prof. John McGavin (Southampton)
Prof. Alan Nelson (UC Berkeley)
Prof. Michelle O’Callaghan (Reading)
Perry Mills (Director of Edward's Boys) will be discussing productions of plays written for early modern boys' companies.

The conference will include a reception at the elegant, historic Grande Salle, with accompanying performance of a sixteenth century university play, William Gager’s Dido, in a new translation from the Latin, directed by Elisabeth Dutton.

For further details, please see our website:

For further information on the Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies, please visit

CALL FOR PAPERS: EMLS - Rome and Home: The Cultural Uses of Rome in Early Modern English Literature

Early Modern Literary Studies, 2 May 2014

Ancient Rome had a pervasive hold over the early modern imagination and its influence can be discerned in a variety of sources, discourses, and practices during the period. Episodes from Roman history provided the inspiration for numerous plays and narrative poems, as well as offering an effective means of interrogating such political and philosophical positions as republicanism, absolutism and stoicism. Roman history also provided a host of good and bad exemplary figures, as well as highlighting the dangers of civil war and political factionalism. Roman authors like Seneca, Juvenal, Horace, and Terence also had a considerable influence on the development of various literary genres during the period and many historical and political works were influenced by both the style and content of such commentators as Cicero and Tacitus. The influence of ancient Rome also had a bearing upon English national identity. The myth of the translatio imperii, as promulgated in the histories of Geoffrey of Monmouth, was often appropriated in propaganda as a means of legitimising England’s imperial ambitions. James I also set out to refashion himself as an Augustan ruler whose iconography owed much to the resonance of imperial Rome.

This special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies (EMLS) will explore the influence of ancient Rome upon the literature and culture of early modern England and the related issues it provoked. We therefore welcome proposals for articles that consider any aspect of this subject; topics for discussion may include (but are not restricted to):
  • Roman history as a narrative source in early modern drama, satire, and narrative poetry.
  • Translation, rhetoric, and the influence of Latin.
  • The influence of republicanism and stoicism and the bearings of Roman political ideas upon debates relating to sovereignty, citizenship, and absolutism.
  • The relationship between ancient Rome and English (or British) national identity.
  • The use of imagery associated with the Roman Empire in royal propaganda and iconography.
  • The influence of Roman sources in debates relating to political factionalism and civil war.
  • The resonance of Roman culture compared with the influence of ancient Greece.
  • The links between Rome and Catholicism.

Please send abstracts (250-300 words) to Professor Lisa Hopkins (, Dr Daniel Cadman (, or Dr Andrew Duxfield ( by Friday 2 May 2014.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of Shakespeare: Adaptation and Early Modern Culture: Shakespeare and Beyond

British Shakespeare Association, deadline 15 September 2014.

Adaptation and early modern culture have provided a particularly fruitful area of study in recent years. Yet very often such studies have tended to focus primarily on Shakespeare and on film. The purpose of this special issue of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association, is not only to add to this focus, but to expand it. The title of the issue has been chosen to allow a wide field of exploration for contributors, including as it does both adaptation in early modern culture, and adaptation of early modern culture in later periods.

Therefore, although we welcome articles on Shakespearean film adaptations, we also actively seek essays that go beyond such a focus to consider a wider range of adaptation practices and concerns. We look for essays that consider how we might think about adaptation practices in the early modern period, as well as essays that examine adaptations of non-Shakespearean texts. We invite contributors to consider the productive tension that early modern texts arouse in later adaptations, a tension often inspired by the differences between early modern and modern conventions of gender, race, class, and religion.

Articles of up to 6000 words are sought and, in accordance with the journal’s policy, all contributions will be peer-reviewed with at least two anonymous readers prior to being accepted. Shakespeare uses the MLA style as defined in the latest edition of the MLA Handbook. For more details, please see the “Instructions for Authors” section in This issue will be published in the first quarter of 2015, but if the issue is proofread and copy-ready earlier it may be published online earlier, due to the journal’s “Online First” policy. Please email completed articles and/or any queries to the guest editor, Jennifer Clement, by 15 September 2014.

Postdoctoral Assistant/Doctoral Assistant, English Literature, University of Fribourg

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral assistantship (assistant-e docteur-e) or a doctoral assistantship (assistant-e diplômé-e) in English Literature at the University of Fribourg.

Successful candidates will teach one undergraduate seminar (2 hrs/week) per semester and pursue further research. In addition, candidates are expected to undertake administrative duties and organisational tasks.

Successful candidates for the position of postdoctoral assistant will hold a doctorate in English Literature and have experience in teaching at university level. They are expected to send a research statement (max. 5 pgs.) outlining the research project they intend to undertake during the assistantship.

Applicants for the position of doctoral assistant will have completed an MA in English Literature. They are requested to send in a PhD project proposal (500 words). Research projects in any field of English Literature are welcome, with preference given to projects in the field of early modern literature or the history of emotions.

All teaching is in English. For administrative purposes a working knowledge of French or German is required. The appointment is from 1 September 2014 for a maximum period of five years. Salaries in Switzerland are competitive.

Please send applications (covering letter, CV, degree certificate, research project) by email to Professor Indira Ghose (

Full or part time
Applicants for a postdoctoral assistantship are requested to send details of their teaching experience.
Applicants for a doctoral assistantship are requested to send a 2,000 word sample of their work.
Closing date: 7 April 2014. Interviews will be held in late April.
For all further inquiries please contact Professor Ghose.

Agnodike Research Travel Fellowship

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in Science, Technology and Medicine of the DHST offers biannually a research travel fellowship up to 1000€ to scholars who are either in their final stages of their doctoral research or in the early stages of their post-doctoral research but still within four years of receiving the Ph.D. The research fellowship named by the first female physician and midwife in ancient Greece (4th c. B.C.) is intended to recognize and support the work of scholars who are in the early stages of their careers and assist those who need to travel to archives in order to complete their research.

The Commission requires an application consisting of a cover letter, a research proposal, CV, and two letters of recommendation, one being from the PhD advisor. The awardee of the research grant will receive an invitation to present her/his work in the closest forthcoming symposium organized by the Commission. All applications must be submitted no later than May 31, 2014. The applications are considered by a Committee which gives preference to specific and clearly described projects.

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in Science, Technology and Medicine was founded in 1981 by the General Assembly of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science. The aim of the Commission is to promote communication among scholars working on women’s history in science, technology and medicine and also to foster research on the relation of gender and science, technology, and medicine. One of the Commission’s tasks is to hold meetings between Congresses of the IUHPS/DHST and to form symposia at subsequent International Congresses. 

For more information please visit our website or “like” our Facebook page,

Questions and submissions to : Maria Rentetzi and Donald Opitz

Funded Doctoral Studies: Shakespeare Scholarship, John Bright Fellowship

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures: Bursaries for doctoral study in English Literature at the University of Manchester

The Division of English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing (EAC), part of the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures (SALC) at the University of Manchester, wishes to offer two full-fee waiver bursaries for home fees for doctoral study for three years, commencing in September 2014. The successful applicants will work under the supervision of academics in the discipline area of English literature (with possible input, according to research field, from another area in SALC).

The bursaries are offered for study in Early Modern Literature and Victorian Literature.

The Shakespeare Scholarship

The Shakespeare Scholarship was established by a donation to Owens College (the forerunner of the University of Manchester) in 1864 to mark the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

The Division of English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing is offering a full fee-waiver bursary to a new doctoral student in any area of British Early Modern Studies, to be held from September 2014.

The John Bright Fellowship

John Bright was MP for Manchester for a decade from 1847. At his death a statue was raised in his home town of Rochdale in 1891 by public subscription, and an endowment given to the University of Manchester for the creation of a fellowship.

The Division of English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing is offering a full fee-waiver bursary to a new doctoral student in an area of Victorian literary studies, to be held from September 2014.


In early modern studies: Prof. Jackie Pearson, Dr Jerome de Groot, and Dr Naomi Baker. In Victorian studies, Dr Michael Sanders and (in History) Dr Julie-Marie Strange; Victorian studies is currently an area of expansion in EAC with a new appointment in nineteenth-century poetry, Dr Clara Dawson, arriving in September. For staff details see


Applicants should hold a BA Honours degree in English literature or another relevant field with at least a 2.i classification. Applications should also hold, or be about to complete, an MA or equivalent degree in an area relevant to the proposed doctoral research.

How to apply

Applicants will need in the first instance a confirmed place on the PhD programme in SALC; to be considered for the bursaries, please apply for a PhD place, following the instructions to be found at In order to be considered for the bursaries, you must apply by Wednesday 16 April. Please add, at the end of your proposal, either ‘I wish to be considered for the Shakespeare Scholarship’ or, ‘I wish to be considered for the John Bright Fellowship’ as appropriate (this should not be considered as part of the word count of 1500 words for the proposal).

Conditions of award

Bursary holders in SALC will have home tuition fees waived for the duration of the three years of the PhD degree programme. Holders will be asked to contribute a set number of hours of work within the Division, in the form of teaching on the same terms as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), or as research assistance, or a mixture of both. This will consist of up to 22 hours per year (or 66 hours over the whole programme). GTAs will only teach in the second and third years of their programme; research assistance may be asked for at any time, in negotiation with the bursary holder and his/her supervisor.


Contact the Head of EAC, Dr David Matthews.

The Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama in Practice: Amputation and Body Parts

The Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama in Practice March 22 2014 at Shakespeare’s Globe 10.30am – 4.00pm

The Oxford-Globe Forum meets twice a year, alternating between Shakespeare’s Globe and the University of Oxford. It brings together researchers and practitioners in medicine, theatre and academia to explore a designated theme. The theme for March 2014 is Amputation and Body Parts. Speakers will include a theatre director, a plastic surgeon, actors and academics; the day will conclude with a workshop rehearsal of a scene from Robert Greene’s Selimus.  Papers are informal and are limited to 12 – 15 minutes; the aim is to enable discussion among different constituencies of interest.

Registration is free. Lunch will be available for all registrants at a modest cost.

To register, email

To offer a paper, please send your proposed topic to

Sponsored by Globe Education and Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

'The Tragedy of Thomas Merry' from Robert Yarrington's Two Lamentable Tragedies (1601)

UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges presents a performance of 'The Tragedy of Thomas Merry' from Robert Yarrington's Two Lamentable Tragedies (1601).

The performance will take place on Friday 21st March at 7pm, in the Jeremy Bentham Room, UCL. It will be staged by professional actors and UCL students, using Elizabethan rehearsal practices, and will be accompanied by an onstage lutenist. For a taster of the cast in action in a cue-script workshop, see

'The Tragedy of Thomas Merry' is a gory Elizabethan domestic tragedy based on a 'true crime': the 1594 murder of London shopkeeper Master Beech by his neighbour, Master Merry.

The play is significant in its focus upon the material processes of crime and detection. It pays particularly graphic attention to the disposal of the body, the forced complicity of subordinate members of the murderer's household, and the importance of forensic evidence, neighbourhood surveillance, and providential interference in the detection of the crime.

In dramatising the effects of the crime upon both the murderer's household and the surrounding neighbourhood, 'The Tragedy of Thomas Merry' stages the tensions between the self-interest of an individual home and the peace and concord of the wider community in a crowded and ever-growing city.

The performance will be preceded by a talk by Professor Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford), and will be introduced by the director, Emma Whipday (UCL), and the producer, Dr Freyja Cox Jensen (University of Exeter).

To reserve a ticket, email Tickets are free, but only a few places are left, so please book promptly to avoid disappointment.

For more information, and to see photos and footage from rehearsals, take a look at our blog:

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Common Denominator 2014

Focusing on the wider British context, the aim of this three-day interdisciplinary conference (20-22 March 2014) is to bring together researchers from diverse academic and professional disciplines. By establishing mathematics as the common denominator between the individual panels, the links between mathematics and Cultural Studies are brought into focus. The conference will explore the reception and representation of mathematical concepts in Britain and the Commonwealth across such diverse fields as popular culture, literature and linguistics.

We invite proposals of 250-300 words for papers of 20 minutes length from postgraduate students and established scholars. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to the following fields:
  • Philosophy: mathematics in history, philosophy and religion, e.g. John Dee
  • Politics: mathematics and gender, the British Empire, and Bletchley Park
  • Popular Culture: mathematics and their influence on everyday life, recreational mathematics
  • The Arts: representations of mathematics in film, the Fine Arts, music, architecture, the aesthetics of mathematical symbols
  • Literature: representations of mathematics and mathematicians in literature, mathematical imagery
Proposals should include up to four keywords and indicate a critical approach or theoretical framework. Owing to the international character, the conference language is English. Please e-mail your submissions either as a word document or PDF by 15 July 2013 to the following address:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers, Felicitas Hanke, Franziska Kohlt, Rita Singer, and Kati Voigt.

History of the Book Seminar: Paper, Pen and Ink: Manuscript Cultures in Early Modern England

Carlo Bajetta will be talking about the editing of early modern manuscripts at the next seminar in this year's Open University Book History Research Group series. The seminar will take place on Monday 17 March at Senate House in London, at 5.30pm. There is no need to book in advance, and everyone is welcome. More details below.

The topic for the series as a whole, which is organised in association with the Institute of English Studies, is Paper, Pen and Ink: Manuscript Cultures in Early Modern England. The complete programme can be downloaded at

For further information, please contact the series organiser, Jonathan Gibson

Monday 17 March 2014: University of London, Senate House, Room 234 (2nd floor), 5.30-7.00pm

Carlo Bajetta (Università della Valle d’Aosta)
‘Making Sense of Chaos: Analysing Early Modern Manuscripts’

This talk will reconsider analytical and editorial methodology in early modern manuscript studies. After a look at the age-old, but still crucial, problem of how best to deal with the patent mistakes many early modern manuscript texts present (or seem to present), it will suggest a variety of ways in which a modern researcher can get the best out of the analysis of handwritten texts. By means of an examination of specific cases, including some of Elizabeth I’s Italian letters, I will illustrate the advantages of a case-to-case, evidence-based, approach to both editorial emendation and to the analysis of the material features of manuscript volumes.

Professor Carlo M. Bajetta is Professor of English at Università della Valle d’Aosta, Italy. His books include Sir Walter Ralegh (1998), Whole Volumes in Folio (2000), Some Notes on Printing and Publishing in Renaissance Venice (2000), and, with Luisa Camaiora, Shakespearean Readings: Shakespeare, Keats, Shelley (2004). He has edited R.B. McKerrow’s 1928 Sandars Lectures on authors’ manuscripts (Studies in Bibliography, 2000), Wordsworth’s, Shelley’s and Reynold’s 1819 Peter Bell poems (2005) and, in a bilingual edition, Thomas More’s English Poems. He has also published research on the fiction, literary criticism and letters of C.S. Lewis and is currently engaged on an edition of the Italian letters of Elizabeth I.

Popular Culture

An Early Modern Studies in Scotland Seminar hosted by the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Aberdeen

A cross-disciplinary event examining the meanings of popular culture in the early modern period featuring scholars from Literature, History, Visual Culture, and Renaissance Animal Studies.

Friday 14th March 2014,
Meeting Room 1, Sir Duncan Rice Library (7th floor), University of Aberdeen. 12.30-5 pm.

12.30 - 1: Tea & Coffee

1-2.30 Session 1
Prof. Andrew Hadfield (Sussex): 'A Red Herring: Fishing, God and Polemic in Elizabethan England'
This talk will explore the significance of a strange herring caught off the coast of Norway in 1587, the pamphlets that the fish inspired and the ways in which the discovery contributed to late Elizabethan popular culture. I will also talk about the English fishing industry and its significance in the period, and the representation of herring in Nashe's Lenten Stuffe (1599).

Prof. Beat Kümin (Warwick): ‘The Return of the Elites? Observations on Recent Trends in Historical Research’
The early modern period is often associated with a growing divergence between the "little" and "great tradition". Some recent historical work, however, points to continued if not increasing interaction between "popular" and "elite" culture. This paper will reassess the issue with reference to case studies from the religious, political and convivial spheres.

2.30-3 pm. Refreshments

3-4.30 Session 2
Prof. Erica Fudge (Strathclyde) ‘Farmyard Choreographies in Early Modern England: Or, Dances with Invisible Cows in Popular Culture’
This paper will focus on the difficulties in tracking one of the most important and prosaic interactions in early modern England: that of people with their livestock. Dance manuals, ballads, and legal documents will help to address the nature of, and absence from the record of these relationships, and will raise questions about what we can say about early modern households and their ubiquitous, invisible, animals.

Dr Angela McShane (Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum) 'Wooden Idols: Viewing the Monarchy from the Street?'
This paper offers a riposte to long-held scholarly misconceptions of illustrated ballad woodcuts as ‘useless’, ‘irrelevant’, ‘merely generic’ or even ‘preposterous’. Instead, it applies what Baxendall has called a ‘period eye’ to the ‘bastard art’ of the woodcut (as James Knapp has phrased it), and locates the illustrated ballad in a contemporary cultural context. Adopting this more historically situated stance, it explores how the interactive images and texts of political ballads envisioned and imagined the governors and governed of seventeenth century England, and how ballad woodcuts, especially (though not exclusively) those of the Stuart monarchy, could serve both textually transformative and politically performative functions.

Orientation and Practical Information:

There are a limited number of postgraduate travel bursaries available. To apply for one, please contact the organiser.

Travel information, including campus maps, are available at:
For more information please contact the organiser Andrew Gordon

Dr Andrew Gordon
Co-Director, Centre for Early Modern Studies
English Department,
School of Language & Literature
Taylor Building
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3UB

Vacancy: Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature

UCL Dept     English Language & Literature, Ref:1404596
Grade            7
Hours            Full Time
Salary           (inclusive of London allowance)
                     £36,424 - £39,523 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

The person appointed will be expected to teach on courses covering the Renaissance English period at undergraduate level, including the compulsory Shakespeare course and the Renaissance option course, and to contribute to the MA Shakespeare in History and the Early Modern Studies MA. In addition, the successful candidate will give one-to-one tutorials to undergraduate students and undertake the normal duties of teaching administration. It is expected that the successful candidate will make a full contribution to maintaining and enhancing the Department's research profile through publication at international standard and through the supervision of research degree students.

Key Requirements

Candidates must have a PhD. A proven research record in Renaissance literature or Shakespeare is essential, as is a proven teaching record in the period at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. An ability to teach selectively outside the period is also required. Candidates must also demonstrate research achievement at a high level appropriate to their stage of career.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

If you have any enquiries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact the Departmental Administrator, Mr. Stephen Cadywold,

Further information about the Department is available on
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Closing Date         24 Mar 2014, 12 pm.
Interview date       Week commencing 28 April 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: Shadows of the Mind: Discourses of Superstition and Nature in the Early Modern World

Special Issue of Preternature

Extended Deadline: 1 March 2014

The advent of novel approaches in early modernity to understanding and mastering nature—from natural magic, to natural history, to natural philosophy—motivated discourse about how best to distill true knowledge (vera scientia) from an increasing body of claims about the natural world. The need to develop a language with which to frame this discourse naturally led magicians, alchemists, historians, and philosophers to turn to that facet of society which already possessed the terminology necessary to deal with epistemological deviation; namely, the Christian religion. The adoption of traditionally religious terms such as “idol,” “vanity,” and “superstition” by investigators of nature afforded the opportunity to differentiate claims to true knowledge, at the same time as it facilitated virulent attacks between rival cultures of knowledge. Beyond the merely rhetorical, though, this process of adoption began to shift the established semantic landscape of early modernity. The very act of employing such religious terms within the context of the inquiry into nature infused them with new meanings; meanings which contributed, in turn, to the myriad new ways in which Europeans began to view both themselves and the world around them. Of particular importance was the notion of “superstition” (superstitio). More than many other terms, the meaning of superstition began an extensive transformation from its traditional sense of incorrect beliefs within the sphere of religion to incorrect beliefs within the sphere of nature. Discourses of superstition entered into numerous debates about the study of nature: they contributed to the development of definable relationships between the natural and the preternatural, for instance; helped to map new models of the mind and legitimize the practitioners of new, naturalistic vocations; and underwrote emergent ideas of “progress,” “advancement,” and “enlightenment” in tandem with beliefs about the nature of the (preter)natural.

This special issue of Preternature seeks papers which address shifting conceptualizations of “superstition” as it relates to both the natural and preternatural in the early modern period. Papers should examine the ways in which various discourses of superstition contributed to the emergence of new cultures of natural and preternatural knowledge, thereby helping to shape the early modern world.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • The various ways in which the study of nature came to be conceived as a remedy for the apparent spread of superstition in the post-Reformation period.
  • How the concept of superstition was altered by emerging definitions of “true” and “false” knowledge with regards to the natural world.
  • How the idea of superstition contributed to the creation of a definable relationship between the natural world and the preternatural.
  • Whether new ways of thinking about nature ultimately led to the trivialization of superstition and superstitions.
  • The use of discourses of superstition in defense of natural magic, demonology, witchcraft, and the occult, etc.
  • The relationship between ideas of “progress,” “advancement,” “enlightenment” and superstition in early modern cultures of knowledge.

Final papers will be due 1 March 2014. Submissions should be made through the journal's online submission module at:

Contributions should usually be 8,000 - 12,000 words, including all documentation and critical apparatus. However, exceptions can be made in certain circumstances. If accepted for publication, manuscripts will be required to adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (style 1, employing footnotes).

For more information, please contact James A.T. Lancaster (

James A.T. Lancaster
H.B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Toronto), PhD Candidate (Warburg)
The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Studies
University of London