CALL FOR PAPERS: Framing the Face: New perspectives on the history of facial hair

One-day workshop, 28 November 2015
Friend’s Meeting House, Euston Road, London

Over the past five centuries, facial hair has been central to debates about masculinity. Over time, changing views of masculinity, self-fashioning, the body, gender, sexuality and culture have all strongly influenced men’s decisions to wear, or not wear, facial hair. For British Tudor men, beards were a symbol of sexual maturity and prowess. Throughout the early modern period, debates also raged about the place of facial hair within a humoural medical framework. The eighteenth century, by contrast, saw beards as unrefined and uncouth; clean-shaven faces reflected enlightened values of neatness and elegance, and razors were linked to new technologies. Victorians conceived of facial hair in terms of the natural primacy of men, and new models of hirsute manliness. All manner of other factors from religion to celebrity culture have intervened to shape decisions about facial hair and shaving.

And yet, despite a recent growth in interest in the subject, we still know little about the significance, context and meanings of beards and moustaches through time, or of its relationship to important factors such as medicine and medical practice, technology and shifting models of masculinity. We therefore welcome papers related to, but by no means limited to the following questions:

  • To what extent were beards a symbol of masculinity and what key attributes of masculinity did they symbolise? 
  • To what extent did the profession of the barber influence beard styles and the management of facial hair? 
  • To what extent were beard trends led by the elite and by metropolitan fashion? 
  • How far did provincial trends influence metropolitan trends through migration? 
  • What impact did changing shaving technologies have on beard fashions/trends?
  • How were beards understood within the medical frameworks of different eras? 
  • How have women responded to facial hair in different eras? 
  • How has the display of facial hair by women been viewed as both a medical and cultural phenomena?

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words, by 30th September 2015, to

For further information please contact the organisers
Dr Alun Withey, University of Exeter
Dr Jennifer Evans, University of Hertfordshire

On the Matter of Books and Records: Forms, Substance, Forgeries, and Meanings Beyond the Lines

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming international workshop on the materiality of written culture from Antiquity to Modern Europe, organised by the AR.C.H.I.ves Project (Birkbeck, University of London), the Ligatus Research Centre (University of the Arts London) and the History of Design Programme (Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum).

The conference will take place on 23 November 2015 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Please see the programme below, also available at, and

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10.00-10.30 Registration and Coffee
10.30-10.45 Filippo de Vivo and Marta Ajmar: Introduction

10.45 – 12.15
First Session - Supports: Papyrus, Parchment, and Paper
Danae Bafa (UCL): From Boats to Book-rolls: Unfolding the Materiality of Papyrus in Graeco-Roman Egypt
Jessica Berenbeim (Magdalene College, University of Oxford): What Parchment is, and What it Means
Maria Alessandra Chessa (V&A Museum): From the Nature of Paper to Meaning and Function
1.30 – 2.30
Second Session - Binding Books and Documents
Anna Gialdini (Ligatus, UAL) and Alessandro Silvestri (Birkbeck): Binding and Rebinding Records in Late Medieval Sicily. A Material Approach to Administrative History
Carlo Federici (Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice): Bindings, Parchments and Papers. My Pathway to the Archaeology of the Book

2.30-3.00 Coffee Break

3.00 – 4.10
Third Session - Forgery in Books and Documents
Emily Taylor (British Museum): Book Forgeries: A Composite Fake and Egyptological Conundrum from the British Museum’s Collection
Alfred Hiatt (Queen Mary University of London): Forgery of Documents in the Late Middle Ages
4.10-4.30 Ian Sansom, University of Warwick: Closing remarks: The Paper Museum

5.00 Wine Reception

Registration to the workshop is now open. Places are limited and we recommend you register as soon as possible. Shall the number of registrations exceed that of available places, we will be running a waiting list. Please register at within 15 November 2015.

We are also happy to announce that a small number of travel bursaries are available to enable graduate students to attend (see We would be grateful if you could circulate the information among potentially interested students. Applications should be sent to by 15 October 2015.

For any further enquiries visit or feel free to get in touch with the organisers:

Alessandro Silvestri:
Anna Gialdini:
Maria Alessandra Chessa:

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Opportune Moment and the Early Modern Theatre of Politics

An initiative of the Grasping Kairos Research Network

Thursday 12th November 2015, 13.00-20.00, Room 112, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London   Seminar: 13.00-17.30

Keynote: 18.00-19.00 Professor Neil Rhodes, University of St Andrews, followed by a drinks reception

This seminar will be the first meeting of Grasping Kairos, an international research network ( which investigates the history of the opportune moment (kairos/ occasio) in literature, theory, art, religion and philosophy. This seminar will focus on the uses, and the idea, of the opportune moment in the political theatre / theatrical politics of the European Renaissance.

Although in many ways lost to contemporary conceptualisations of temporality, kairos/occasio was an essential part of the Renaissance world-view. Writers from Machiavelli to Shakespeare reiterated the importance of recognising and properly seizing kairos or ‘occasion’ in order to achieve desired ends – whether personal or political. The need to be attentive to this moment could justify normally immoral actions, and so kairos was associated with moral flexibility, deviousness and cunning, both in the political and theatrical worlds.

We invite papers that explore the concept of kairos/occasio in relation to any aspect of early modern theatre or political thought in the period 1500-1660. Questions that papers might address include:
  • How does the concept of the opportune moment shape political and performative spheres in the period?
  • How do discourses of kairos/occasio outside politics or theatre impact its representation in those respective worlds?
  • What is the relationship between the idea of the opportune moment in political and in theatrical discourses?
  • What performative strategies employ concepts of the moment in the early modern period?
  • How is kairos/occasio visualised on the early modern stage? 
  • In what ways is the concept of the opportune moment used to confirm or destabilise identity? 
  • How does the idea or representation of kairos/occasio change across this time period?

To attend the seminar, please send an abstract of max. 300 words, accompanied by a one-page CV by 30th September 2015 to the seminar organisers Dr Joanne Paul, Dr Kristine Johanson, and Dr Sarah Lewis at We welcome abstracts from both established scholars and postgraduates. If you would like to audit the seminar, please email the network and hopefully we will be able to accommodate you.

To attend the keynote address, please email to be added to the list of attendees.

For more information, please visit the Grasping Kairos website:

This event is funded by a London Renaissance Seminar Small Prize Internship

Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland

Dates: Fri.-Sat. 6-7 Nov. 2015

Confirmed speakers:

Warren Boutcher (Queen Mary)
Will Hamlin (Washington State)
Katie Murphy (Oxford)
John O’Brien (Durham)
Richard Scholar (Oxford)
David Louis Sedley (Haverford)

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham University invites proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the reception of Montaigne’s Essais in England and the larger Anglophone world, including Ireland, Scotland, and North America, during the first two hundred years following their initial publication in French. Any approach to the study of Montaigne’s influence is welcome, including literary criticism, philosophy, theology, psychology, history of science, and history of the book. Authors to consider range from Bacon and Hobbes up to Locke and Hume, and include literary figures, as well, such as Florio, Cornwallis, Daniel, Shakespeare, Jonson, Burton, Browne, Dryden, Johnson, Pope, Swift, and Sterne. Early career academics and postgraduates are encouraged to apply, as well as more established scholars. For consideration, please send a title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and a one-page CV to no later than 1 August 2015.

Longitude: back and forth across the years

6:30 pm — 7:30 pm on Thursday 25 September 2014
at National Maritime Museum, London

Public event with Lord Martin Rees FRS and Dr Rebekah Higgitt, in partnership with the National Maritime Museum

The search for an accurate measurement of longitude is a fascinating story that transformed seafaring navigation forever. Many designs were submitted after the passing of the Longitude Act in 1714. Two complementary methods were developed that, ultimately, allowed the widespread adoption of the marine chronometer.

Was parliament's decision to offer a reward essential to these innovations? Are there lessons to be drawn about how we support science and technology? As the Royal Museum Greenwich open their exhibition Ships, Clocks & Stars about the quest for longitude, exhibition curator Dr Rebekah Higgitt and Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees explore these and other questions whilst discussing the impacts of the Act over the last 300 years and what the future may bring from the discoveries of Nesta’s newly launched 2014 Longitude Prize.

This event will be followed by a late opening of Ships, Clocks & Stars.

The discussion will be chaired by UK Space Agency research Fellow, Dr Lewis Dartnell.

Attending this event:

Tickets are required for this event and may be purchased from the National Maritime Museum. Tickets are £5, £4 members for event-only; £12 for event and exhibition ticket.
Enquiries: Contact the events team –
Read more about the quest for longitude here:

Benjamin Palmer
Events Officer, Public Engagement
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Exploring Early Modern Dress: The Merits and Challenges of Diverse Sources

Inaugural Dressing The Early Modern Network Conference

The field of early modern dress history draws from a variety of sources in order to map out fashions and trends within the confines of readily available early modern source materials. The analysis of a vast range of sources is done in the context of an interdisciplinary research where different research fields and schools of thought collide and emerge in the form of dress history. Pictorial representations of early modern dress together with surviving garments, garment fragments and textiles form some of the obvious tools from which information is drawn and pieced together. Archival sources, including house inventories, account books and sumptuary legislation, among others, have also consistently been employed to verify the various types of garments used in the early modern period. However, while each of these sources have their definite merits, they also pose considerable challenges due to the fact that they can sometimes be fragmented. The conference aims to generate a discussion about the benefits and advantages, as well as the limitations and constraints that the plethora of these diverse sources pose in order to build a solid platform from which researchers can draw conclusions about early modern dress history.

Saturday, 19 September 2015, Dutch University Institute for Art History (NIKI), Viale Torricelli 5, 50125 Florence, Italy (

PhD students and early career researchers are invited to speak about their experiences in relation to the sources that they use, with reference to their current or previous projects. We invite potential speakers to submit as a single document: (1) a 300-word paper abstract, which should include the main question of the research project, (2) a paper title, (3) a brief curriculum vitae, (4) institutional affiliations and (5) contact information to the Dressing the Early Modern Network at

Each speaker will be allotted twenty minutes. The deadline for submissions is 30 May 2015. Notification of the outcome will be advised by e-mail on or before 15 June 2015.

Please note that funding is not provided for this event, so participants will be required to fund and arrange their own travel and accommodations.

Library and Information History Group Conference 2015: Libraries and the Development of Professional Knowledge

Pusey House Oxford on Saturday 19 September.

This conference will consider the various ways in which libraries have served as generators of professional knowledge, and examine how they succeeded in doing so. A student bursary is being offered to attend the conference which covers conference fees and refreshments and up to £100 towards travel expenses. The deadline for the bursary is 31st August 2015. Applications can be made by emailing a short paragraph explaining why you would like to attend the conference, together with a one page CV, to the Chair, Renae Satterley,

9.45 – Registration and Welcome

10.20 – Libraries and professional knowledge in the Early Modern age
Lucy Gwynn: Folios, hedgehogs, sketches and pickles: the traffic of books, specimens and drawings between physicians in Restoration England

Helen Kemp: The role of manuscripts in the acquisition of professional knowledge for the seventeenth century clergy

11.00 Questions and Refreshments

11.30 – Libraries and the growth of technical knowledge during the nineteenth century 
Jennifer Hillyard: The Library of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers

John Tiernan: A Pioneer Regional Professional Association for Librarians in the UK 

Martyn Walker: ‘For the last many years in England everybody has been educating the people, but they have forgotten to find them any books’. The Mechanics’ Institute in Britain

12.45 – Lunch

13.45 – Keynote Address by Anthony Watkinson, Honorary Lecturer (UCL) and Principal Consultant (CIBER Research)
The growth in numbers, cost and importance of journals in the later twentieth century and how this has impacted on the role of academic libraries

14.30 – Refreshments

15.00 – Founding professional libraries in the 20th century 
Kristine Chapman: Building a natural history library: the collection of Willoughby Gardner

Daniel Gooding: Mind, Body, and Spiritualism: a case study of the personal collections of Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome and Harry Houdini

Julie Mathias: The National Library of Wales’s Duplicates Section 

Full details on the conference, including the programme, are available at:

Middle Temple Library, Ashley Building, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9BT
T: 020 7427 4830 I F: 020 7427 4831

Inaugural Dressing The Early Modern Network Conference: Exploring Early Modern Dress: The Merits and Challenges of Diverse Sources

19 September 2015
Dutch University Institute for Art History (NIKI)
Viale Torricelli 5, 50125 Florence Italy (  

Topics include extant garments and textiles, dress and nationhood in archival sources, dress in portraiture, and the integration of archival and visual sources.

09:00              Registration 

09:00-09:30   Morning Coffee and Tea

09:30-09:45   Welcome

09:45-11:15   Panel 1: Extant Garments and Textiles 
Chair: Professor Evelyn Welch, King’s College London

The Contribution of Material Culture to Fashion Studies, Elisa Tosi Brandi (University of Bologna) 


Cross-Referencing Data in Account Books and Textile Fragments, Suzanne Lasalle (European University Institute, Florence)

Putting the Pieces Together: Dress in Seventeenth-Century Gothenburg, Sweden, Eva Andersson (University of Gothenburg)

10:45-11:15   Discussion

11:15-11:45   Coffee and Tea Break

11:45-13:15   Panel 2: Archival Sources and Nationhood 
Chair: Professor Luca Molà, European University Institute, Florence

Early Modern Fashion in Italy: A Matter of Sources, Lucca and Florence, Bruna Niccoli (University of Pisa) 

Raincoat or ‘jamberloek’: Fashion Among the Dutch in Early Modern Istanbul According to Probate Inventories, Final Wills and Personal Correspondence, Marloes Cornelissen (Sabanci University, Istanbul)

Dressing an Early Modern Ambassador: How to Trace Diplomatic Clothing in the Sources? Laura Mesotten (European University Institute, Florence)

12:45-13:15   Discussion

13:15-14:30   Lunch Break 

14:30-16:00   Panel 3: Decoding Portraiture
Chair: Professor Luca Molà, European University Institute, Florence

Dress Studies and Visual Culture: Depicting Dress in Ghirlandaio’s Tornabuoni Portraits,  Maria Merseburger (Humboldt University, Berlin)

The Philosopher and His Nightgown, Elise Urbain Ruano (Ecole du Louvre and Université Lille 3)

How a Fashion and Dress Approach Can Give New Perspectives to History, Kjerstin Vedel (Museum of Natural History, Frederiksborg and University of Southern Denmark) 

15:30-16:00   Discussion 

16:00-16:30   Coffee and Tea Break 

16:30-18:00   Panel 4: Integrating Archival and Visual Sources
Chair: Professor Evelyn Welch, King’s College London

‘Shewed like a bear’: Fur Fashion in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Florence, Patricia Lurati (University of Zurich)

Dutch Seventeenth-Century Jewellery: Researching the Representativeness of Jewels in Paintings, Monique Rakhorst (Radboud University, Nijmegen and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

Textiles, Threads and Linen: Sources for the History of Early Modern Fashion in the Southern Netherlands (1650-1700), Hannelore Magnus (KU Leuven)

17:30-18:00   Discussion

18:00-18:10   Closing Remarks 

18:10-19:00   Drinks in the Garden

There is no registration fee for this conference and lunch will be provided.
Please email us to RSVP at by 31 August 2015 if you plan to attend. The venue has a limited capacity and we need to provide accurate catering numbers for lunch.

Organised by Jola Pellumbi and Sara van Dijk Dressing the Early Modern Network  
For more information visit
Please email us to RSVP at

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Early Modern Line: A Symposium

Friday 18th September 2015 - Brotherton Library, University of Leeds

The Early Modern Lines Research Network is hosting a discursive symposium with keynote presentations from Dr Matthew Eddy (Durham University), Matthias Garn, Master Mason, and carver Kibby Schaefer, alongside an exhibition of items from the Library’s Special Collections.

We invite proposals for 10-minute lightning papers on any topic considering the ‘early modern line’, conceived of in the broadest possible sense. Papers should be designed to provoke discussion, raise problems, puzzle out ideas and ask questions rather than provide answers, and should present work in progress rather than polished research.

Abstracts should be 150–200 words, outlining some of the main points you wish to discuss. Please email them - or any queries you might have - to by Monday 10th August 2015. Travel bursaries, generously provided by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, are available to all postgraduate students attending the symposium. Please indicate in your email if you would like to be considered for a bursary .

Topics for papers might include, but are not limited to:
  • Lines as organisational technologies; e.g. tables, diagrams and brackets
  • The importance of the line in scientific, philosophical and mathematical disciplines
  • Architectural and artistic lines
  • Poetic lines
  • Framing devices in early modern books
  • Conceptual, metaphorical or figural lines
  • Genealogical lines
  • The line in three dimensions
  • Cartography, trade and travel routes
  • The line in military strategy
  • Chronological lines and histories
  • Decorative lines and pattern
  • Folds, cuts, tears and creases
  • Typography
  • Plotlines
  • Weaving, stitching and knitting
  • Lines of influence
  • Applying modern theories to early modern lines

International conference ‘Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries (ca 1560-1730)’

Amsterdam, September 17 (Rijksmuseum) and 18 (Trippenhuis), 2015
Registration deadline: September 14, 2015

On September 17 and 18, 2015, Amsterdam is to host the conference ‘Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries (ca 1560-1730)’, organized by the Rijksmuseum and the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands.

Prior to the eighteenth century, ‘art’ and ‘science’ were often considered complementary, rather than opposite, expressions of human culture. They enlightened one another: through comparable curiosity, knowledge and observation of the world, but also in their resulting products: paintings, prints, books, maps, anatomical preservations, life casts, and many others. Scholars, craftsmen and artists often engaged in observing and representing nature, in close cooperation.

During the sixteenth and seventeenth century, it was the Low Countries that emerged as a center of artistic and scientific innovation and creativity, and as central points in the exchange of goods, knowledge and skill. It is certainly no coincidence that the outburst of artistic productivity in the Netherlands, both the South and the North, coincided with the ‘Scientific Revolution’.

The conference ‘Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries’ wants to contribute to the dialogue between experts in the history of art, historians of science, and all those interested in the visual and material culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century Netherlands. The conference focuses on historical objects, images, works or art or texts that represent the combination of art and science, and looks at their origin and intended audience. Sessions are, amongst others, devoted to the culture of collecting; modes of representing living nature; the influence of new optical devices on the arts; and the impact of travels abroad on representations of the world.

Although the emphasis of the conference will be on the Low Countries, both the South and the North, several contributions also include developments elsewhere in Europe. This way, it hopes to offer a broad overview of the way in which art and science came together in the early modern Low Countries.

Keynote Speakers:
· Pamela H. Smith, Columbia University, New York
· Alexander Marr, University of Cambridge

Organizing committee:
Eric Jorink and Ilja Nieuwland (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, The Hague), Jan de Hond, Gregor Weber, Gijs van der Ham and Pieter Roelofs (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

Scientific committee:
Joanna Woodall (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London), Karin Leonhard (Universität Konstanz), Tim Huisman (Museum Boerhaave Leiden)

The first day of the conference (September 17) takes place in the Rijksmuseum, the second day (September 18) in the Trippenhuis (Seat of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), both in Amsterdam.

For a tentative program please consult:

Admission and registration:
€ 95 (both days); Students: € 45.
Register at:

For more information:
Ilja Nieuwland,

Blood, Tears, Sweat: Corporeality in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds

12 September 2015, The University of Western Australia

A public lecture by Professor Anthony Bale (Birkbeck, London) will precede the conference on the evening of 11 September 2015.

The ‘material turn’ has increasingly drawn the attention of scholars interested in the art, history, literatures, and cultures of pre-modern Europe. This one-day conference will explore aspects of embodiment and corporeality in medieval and early modern worlds, both within Europe and between European and non-European cultures. We expect the conference to focus on analysing the interactions, meanings, and symbolism of three key bodily substances: blood, sweat, and tears. Existing scholarship has laid the foundation for work on bodies and disciplines, gendered bodies, medieval and early modern anatomy, the bodies of saints, and the body of Christ, but fruitful new lines of enquiry still wait to be investigated. Papers that probe the boundaries and intersections between the cultural history of violence, medical humanities, and theories and practices of affectivity are especially welcome.

The convenors of the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies & Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group 21st Annual Conference invite proposals for twenty-minute papers or ninety-minute panels on the following themes:
  • cultural exchanges and conflict, particularly their material dimensions and repercussions as meetings and mixings of bodies and bloods;
  • social, theological, ethnic, and physiological definitions of bodies and bloods;
  • the formation of metaphorical bodies through affective discourses and discourses of violence;
  • boundaries, bodily integrity, dismemberment, and contagion;
  • somatic expressions of emotion (the force of tears, sweat and blood as tangible emotion);
  • intersections between medical theories and practices relating to humours and effluvia.

Submissions for individual papers should include a paper title, a c.300-word abstract, participant’s name, affiliation (if any), email address, and audio/visual requirements. Submissions for panels should include a panel title and brief description, the name and affiliation of the panel chair (if one is being provided), paper titles, 300-word abstracts, participants’ names, affiliations and contact details for individual papers within the panel, and audio/visual requirements.

Please email submissions to Dr Joanne McEwan by 31 July 2015. **Deadline Extended**

'Reimagining the Cavalier': A One-Day Symposium

Newcastle University, 11 September 2015, Percy Building, Room G.10

9.30: Welcome and Introduction

9.45: Nigel Smith (Princeton), ‘Cross-Channel Cavaliers’

10.30: Coffee
10.45: Panel: Poetics
Nicholas McDowell (Exeter University), ‘Towards a Redefinition of Cavalier Poetics’
Christopher Burlinson (University of Cambridge): ‘Finest Gossamore’

11.45: Break

12.00: Panel: Feeling
Hero Chalmers (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge), ‘“But not laughing”: Horsemanship and the Idea of the Cavalier’
Ruth Connolly (Newcastle University), ‘[Men] unclothed of themselves’: exposure, dispossession and ugly feelings in Lucasta(1659)

13.00: Lunch

14.00: James Loxley (Edinburgh University), ‘Poetry, Portraiture and Praise: the Rhetoric of Cavalier Ekphrasis’

14.45: Panel: Afterlives
Kate Gath (Sheffield University), ‘Hellish Cavaliering Devils’: Cavalier Stereotypes in Restoration Farce’
Catriona Murray (Edinburgh University), ‘Re-constructing the Cavalier Family: Parental Politics and Nineteenth-Century Images of Charles I and his Children’

15.45: Tea

16.00: Jerome de Groot (Manchester University), ‘How to write the History of a Cultural Trope’

16.45: Round table: ‘The Cavalier’ as interdisciplinary field
Speakers include: Hero Chalmers (Cambridge), Jerome de Groot (Manchester), James Loxley (Edinburgh), Nigel Smith (Princeton)

The symposium is free, but please email to register your attendance.

Further information available here:

Michael Drayton's ‘Poly-Olbion' and the Writing of Britain

‘Poly-Olbion and the Writing of Britain’, at The Royal Geographical Society


Thursday 10th September

10.00-10.30 Registration, Main Hall

10.30-11.00 Session 1: Introduction
Andrew McRae (Exeter), ‘The Poly-Olbion Project’

11.00-12.45 Session 2: Forms of Nationhood
Sara Trevisan (Brunel), ‘National Ancestry and Cultural Geography in Poly-Olbion’
James Loxley (Edinburgh), ‘Jonson, Drayton and the Mythography of a Binational Britain’
Sukanya Dasgupta (Calcutta), ‘Imagining Britain: Reconstructing history and writing national identity in Englands Heroicall Epistles and Poly-Olbion’

12.45-1.30 Lunch

1.30-3.20 Session 3: Waters
Sandra Logan (Michigan State), ‘Michael Drayton’s Poly-Olbion: Maritime England and the Free Seas Debate’
Shannon Garner-Balandrin (Northeastern), ‘Curls to Curled Waves: the Poly-Olbion and Michael Drayton’s Female Rivers’
Bernhard Klein (Kent), ‘Poly-Olbion and “those Rough Gods of the Sea”’

3.20-3.45 Tea

3.45-5.30 Session 4: Localism & Regionalism
Liz Oakley-Brown (Lancaster), ‘Of merry Robin Hood, and of his merrier men’: Anti-Curial Chorography and Michael Drayton’s ‘Robin Hood’s Story’
Todd Andrew Borlik (Huddersfield), ‘Poly-Olbion, Bio-Regionalism, and the Beating of the Bounds’
Steph Mastoris (National Waterfront Museum), ‘Choices in chorography: Inclusion and omission in Drayton’s account of Nottinghamshire’

6.00 Exhibition opening & preview


9.10-10.40 Session 5: Contexts
Daniel Cattell, ‘Michael Drayton and Britain’s Religious Past’
Robert Smith, ‘Poly-Olbion and the Writing of Britain in John Trussell’s Touchstone of Tradition’
Esther M. J. van Raamsdonk, ‘British Consciousness and the Travelogue’

10.50-11.10 Coffee

11.10-12.30 Session 6: Cartographies
Rab MacGibbon (National Portrait Gallery), ‘William Hole: Drayton’s engraver in the context of Prince Henry’s court’
William Porter (Harvard), ‘“By his spatious Maps”: The Cartographic Poly-Olbion’

12.30-1.15 Lunch

1.15-2.30 Session 4: John Selden’s Poly-Olbion
Sjoerd Levelt (Bilkent), ‘John Selden’s Medieval Chronicles’
Philip Schwyzer (Exeter), ‘Drayton and Selden in Dialogue’

2.30-2.50 Tea

2.50-4.10 Session 7: Poetics
Angus Vine (Stirling), ‘Drayton’s copious chorography: catalogues, lists and names in Poly-Olbion’
Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), ‘The Problems of Reading The Landscape’

4.10 Closing remarks

Venue: The Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore,
For all booking enquiries please contact: Mandy Bedford

University of Exeter
College of Humanities
Research Office
Queen's Building
The Queen's Drive
Tel: +44 (0)1392 726145

Samuel Daniel, Poet and Historian: A Two-day Conference

Thursday and Friday, 10-11 September 2015 at The Royal College of Music, London

Conference Organizers: John Pitcher (St John’s College, Oxford) &Yasmin Arshad (UCL)

It is a great pleasure to announce the first major Conference devoted to Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), presented by UCL’s Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, the English Faculty at Oxford University, St John’s College Oxford, and the Royal College of Music.

Samuel Daniel was a very considerable poet, writer, historian and man of letters. He is however the least studied and least understood of the major Elizabethans. Daniel was taught at Oxford by John Florio, and he did much to introduce Italian sweetness and ease of writing into the bloodstream of English poetry. He was also an impressive historian. He had extensive personal connections with the rich and powerful of the day, and with leading scholars, antiquarians, lawyers and academics. Daniel’s brother, John Danyel (1564-1625), was a musician of the first rank, who wrote songs and lute pieces that by general agreement keep company with Dowland's finest compositions. The Daniel brothers, who were very close, collaborated fruitfully on several occasions, but their work together has rarely been looked at.

This is the context for this interdisciplinary Conference, which will explore the full range of Daniel's interests in poetry, history and music, and how these come together in his work. Specific attention will be paid to the influence of continental artists on his writing, his importance as a student of history, especially medieval history, his achievements as a poet and writer, and his links to the world of music and the arts, through his brother John Danyel and others, Ferrabosco and Inigo Jones among them. The Daniel brothers were at the very centre of artistic achievement and thinking in early modern England and the papers will reflect this, with discussions of English Renaissance masques, costumes, portraits and architecture, as well as the manners and tastes of the social elite and their patronage. Samuel Daniel’s role in bringing the Italian High Renaissance into English culture, especially through his translations and poetry, will be of special interest. There is a programme of eight academic panels in sequence (no parallel sessions) over the two days, with two or three 20-minute papers in each, from 22 speakers. The Conference will include many firsts—including a reading of the prose History.

There will be a concert of John Danyel’s music, with some poetry from Samuel Daniel, on the Thursday evening, 10 September, at the Britten Theatre. This will be the first time the Daniel brothers’ work has been looked at together in performance. This will be led by Sam Brown of the Royal College of Music, with staged readings of selections from The Complaint of Rosamond, Musophilus and ‘Ulysses and the Siren’ performed in association with Globe Education, by the Dolphin’s Back theatre company.

Confirmed Speakers include: Warren Boutcher (QMUL); Barbara Ravelhofer (Durham); Martin Shepherd (Editor, John Danyel’s works); Christopher Goodwin (Lute Society); Karen Hearn (formerly of the Tate, Hon. Professor UCL); Lucy Gent (independent scholar).

For Conference information, and registration (which includes lunch and refreshments on both days and the concert ticket) please visit:

Early booking is suggested as space is limited. We have a number of graduate bursaries generously made available by the SRS. Please contact us about this, and with any other queries at

The Concert at the Britten Theatre is also open to members of the public: To book tickets please contact the RCM Box Office on 020 7591 4314, weekdays 10.00am – 4.00pm, or visit

We are grateful for the generous support of: The Society of Renaissance Studies; Globe Education; Oxford English Faculty; St John’s College Oxford; UCL‘s Centre for Early Modern Exchanges; UCL European Institute; UCL English Department; UCL Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (JFIGS); and the Royal College of Music (RCM).

Beliefs Under Pressure: Religion, Community and Identity in the Early Modern World

Thursday 10 September 2015, Julian Study Centre, University of East Anglia

The School of History will be hosting a one day conference for graduate students and early career researchers to present papers and exchange ideas about the social and cultural history of religion and community, c. 1500-1800. The conference is intended to provide an informal forum for emerging researchers to discuss the varied modes of communication across the period, and different ways in which identities were formed, contested and transformed.

The event will run 9:30-17:00, with coffee and lunch provided. Please send all enquiries to Sarah Hall and Tory Lewis at

Registrations are via Eventbrite:

Registrations close at 9am on Monday 24 August. Please note: refunds cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Sarah Hall & Tory Lewis
'Beliefs Under Pressure' Organisers
School of History
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park

9:30 Registration

10:00 Panel 1 – chaired by Tory Lewis
“Deprived Cathedral Clergy and English Catholicism, 1553-1574” – Frederick Ernest Smith, University of Cambridge
“‘A Frogge of Your Owne Slime’: Seventeenth-Century English Baptists and the Struggle for Legitimacy” – Matthew Bingham, Queen’s University, Belfast
“Catholic or Protestant? James Cunningham and the mystics of Fife, c.1700” – Michael Riordan, University of Cambridge

11:30 Coffee

12:00 Panel 2 – chaired by Danny Buck
“Sir Edward Lake and the Ex Officio Oath: the Theory and Practice of Unlawful Ecclesiastical Discipline in Restoration England” – Jens Åklundh, University of Cambridge
“Religion and the Common Law in Taylor’s Case (1675)” – David Kearns, University of Sydney
“Protest, Magic and the Reformation” – Caitlin Philips, University of Durham

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Panel 3 – chaired by Sarah Hall
“‘The City of the Waters’: Representing the Sea and the Protestants of La Rochelle (1565- 1575)” – Rebecca Pillière, University of Warwick
“The Puritan Belief-Formation Process in Warfare” – Matthew Rowley, University of Leicester

15:20 Short break

15:30 Panel 4 – chaired by Sarah Hall
“‘I am Scotsman and a Presbyter’: Archbishop James Sharp and the Restoration Church Settlement” – Andrew Carter, University of St Andrews
“Uses and Abuses of Trust: Catholicism and Confessional Coexistence in England, c.1688- 1750” – Carys Brown, University of Cambridge

16:30 Final Thoughts
17:00 Drinks in the Square
19:00 Dinner at The Unthank Arms, Newmarket Street

10th International Conference on the History of Chemistry (10th ICHC)

University of Aveiro, Portugal, 9th to 12th September 2015
This interdisciplinary conference welcomes participants from a range of
academic disciplines including history of science and technology,
science and technology studies (STS), economic and business history, and
the history of material culture and museum studies. We also warmly
welcome participants from chemistry and related disciplines with an
interest in the history of their discipline.


Key-notes : Prof. Jorge Calado, Prof. Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and
Prof. Michael Gordin

Biographies-whether in the form of books or articles-have always been an
important genre in the history of chemistry. General histories of
chemistry have often taken a biographical approach, most notably the
four volume work of J. R. Partington. Many chemists, especially in the
German-speaking world, have written autobiographies which along with the
formal obituaries produced by national academies of science have formed
an important source of information for historians of chemistry. More
recently the American Chemical Society published the "Profiles, Pathways
and Dreams" series which extended the autobiographical form up to the
end of the 20th century. For several decades in the latter half of the
20th century, professional historians of chemistry avoided the
biographical approach as being inherently too hagiographical and
"Whiggish". However following the pioneering work of scholars in the
history of physics the biography has been taken up anew as a framework
for analysing thematic problems and social-cultural questions. This
conference will critically examine this conceptual "turn" in the
historiography of chemistry and explore ways in which the biographical
approach can be fruitfully employed by historians of chemistry.

The conference will embrace all aspects of the history of alchemy and
chemistry including the history of materials and the history of
biochemistry. Papers which simply present the biography of a chemist
will not be accepted, as there must be a line of argument or a
historical problematic. Papers might address:

  1. Autobiographies as a source for historians of chemistry
  2. Biography and discipline building
  3. Biographies and nationalism
  4. The making and unmaking of chemical heroes
  5. Myths and misrepresentation
  6. Iconography as a mode of self-representation in the visual arts, sculpture and photography
  7. The historiography of the biographical mode
  8. Collective biographies including biographical dictionaries and the "biographies" of research groups

Proposals for papers on other topics can be submitted, but preference will be given to papers reflecting the conference theme.  Proposals can be made for sessions, standard papers (20 minutes), short papers (10 minutes) and posters.

Proposals (abstracts) should be uploaded using Easychair on the website and be a minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 300 words.  The session proposals should also contain the abstracts of the proposed papers.  The deadline for all proposals is midnight (Universal Time/GMT) on 30 April 2015.

Further details of the conference, including local arrangements and accommodation, will be found on the website.  Please address any queries to the chair of the programme committee, Peter Morris.

International Christopher Marlowe Conference: Registration now open

7th - 8th September 2015, University of Exeter.

'The International Christopher Marlowe' is a two day academic conference devoted to exploring the international contexts, both historical and contemporary, informing the work of the English poet and dramatist Christopher Marlowe (c.1564).

Provisional Schedule

Monday 7th September

9.15-10.00 Registration, coffee

10.00-10.15 Edward Paleit (Exeter), Welcome

10.15-12.00 Session 1: Marlowe’s Tamburlaine and the East
Simon May (Oxford), ‘Marlowe’s Tamburlaine: Ambiguity and the Near East’
Chloe Houston (Reading), ‘Valiant Tamburlaine, the man of fame’: gender, Persia and romance in Tamburlaine”
Professor Matthew Dimmock (Sussex), ‘Tamburlaine’s Material Worlds’

12.00-12.45 Lunch

12.45-14.00 Session 2: Provocation and Subversion in Marlowe
Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam), ‘Marlowe’s Provocative Play Names’
Vincenzo Pasquarella, ‘Italian Masks/Italianate Devils: The Metamorphic Deceptions in Marlowe’s Edward II’

14.00-14.15 Coffee Break

14.15-15.45 Session 3: Marlowe’s International Perspectives
Chloe Preedy (Exeter), ‘Europe by Air: International Flight in Marlowe’s Drama’
Barbara Wooding, ‘‘With twice twelve Phrygian ships I ploughed the deep’: Marlowe and journeys of the imagination.’

15.45-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.30 Session 4: Marlowe and European politics
Edward Paleit (Exeter), ‘Whose resistance theory is it anyway? The virtual excommunication of Marlowe’s Edward II’
Georgina Lucas (Birmingham/Shakespeare Institute), ‘ “An action bloody and tyrannical”: Tyranny and Resistance in Marlowe’s The Massacre at Paris’

17.45-19.00 Keynote: Professor Alan Stewart (Columbia)

(Followed by Q&A)

20.00 Conference Dinner: Côte Brasserie, Cathedral Green, Exeter

Tuesday 8th September

9.00-10.45 Session 4: Religious Conflict in Marlowe
Professor Catherine Gemelli Martin (Memphis), ‘Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris and the Wars of Religion’
Killian Schindler (Fribourg), ‘Predestination and Religious Toleration: New International Contexts for Doctor Faustus’
Meadhbh O’Halloran (Cork), ‘Marlowe’s Mediterranean’

10.45-11.00 Coffee

11.00-12.45 Session 5: Giordano Bruno, Philosophy and Religion
Professor Rosanna Camerlingo (Perugia), ‘Brunian Marlowe’
Luca Bocchetti (Verona), ‘Benvolio, Christ and Actaeon: the Italian Neoplatonic Legacy of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Giordano Bruno’s Spaccio de la bestia trionfante.’
Cristiano Ragni (Perugia) ‘ “What irreligious pagans’ parts be these?” Machiavelli, Bruno, Gentili and the idea of religion in Marlowe’s Massacre.’

12.45-13.30 Lunch

13.45-15.15 Session 6: Marlowe from Marlowe to modernity
Professor Richard Hillman (Tours), ‘Dr. Faustus and contemporary French translations of the Faustbuch’
George Oppitz-Trotman (UEA), ‘Doctor Faustus and the English Comedians’

15.15-15.30 Coffee

15.30-16.45 Session 6, continued
Conny Loder (LMU Munich), ‘Christopher Marlowe’s influence on literary, dramatic and intellectual trends in Germany in the seventeenth century’
Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen (Leiden), ‘Marlowe, Shakespeare & Religion in the Twenty-First Century: Two Dutch Case Studies’

17.00-18.00 Drinks reception

Places are limited so please register as soon as possible by visiting

There are also a number of full postgraduate bursaries available, for more information see

Registration closes on 25 August 2015.

For further information about the conference and the International Christopher Marlowe Project please visit our website or contact us directly with any queries at

Edward Paleit, University of Exeter (Lead Researcher on ‘The International Christopher Marlowe’)

Nora Williams and Jasmine Hunter Evans, University of Exeter (Project Facilitators) 

Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Aberystwyth/Bangor) Biennial Conference.

3rd-5th September 2015, Bangor University

Registration is now open:

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Michal Biran (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Daniel Carey (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Judith Jesch (University of Nottingham)

The meeting points between travel, mobility, and conflict are numerous. Travel can be a conflictual experience; in medieval Europe, movement may be perceived as being restricted to travel motivated by the exigencies of piety, pillage, or trade. It would however be too easy to suggest a clear binary between a medieval state of stasis and the more leisurely travel and exploration in the early modern period. Until relatively recently, domestic travel and voyages to the wider world remained dangerous undertakings.

Utopian fiction and travel writing are two genres that have been closely aligned by scholars who recognise how these genres reshape medieval discourses on the ideal state for an early modern audience. Weary travellers arrive at geographically unspecified places comprising ideal societies, but these ideal societies occupy a liminal space between fiction and reality: these spaces are ultimately unattainable due to the imprecision and prevarication present in the narrative. This draws to focus tensions within documenting imaginary travel and the material world. Far from being a site of concord, they become spaces of conflict. Travel – whether it is real or imagined, or if it has been implemented for public or private purposes - can be obstructed by conflicts; it remains often restricted and always bitterly debated.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars working in the fields of medieval and early modern studies to interrogate the relationship between travel and conflict.

Thursday 3rd September 2015

09.00-09.45: Registration and Coffee
09:45-10:00: Welcome (LR4) Raluca Radulescu
10.00-11.00: Panel 1
Room LR2: 1A Contact zones I
David Wilson (Strathclyde): The Birth of a Crown Colony: Woodes Rogers and the Pirates of New Providence
Sarah O'Malley (Nottingham): Conflicting Identities and the Production of Geography: An Exploration into the Transportation of Landscape Narratives from Greater East Anglia to New England
Room LR5: 1B Habsburg lands
Virginia Mosser (Southern Virginia): The Pilgrim as Traveller: Miracle Reports as Travelogues in the Early Modern Habsburg Monarchy
Kirsty Rolfe (QMUL): The coast of Bohemia: John Taylor's journey to Prague, 1620
11.00-11.30: Elevenses
11.30-13.00: Panel 2
Room LR2: 2A Controlled movement
Sébastien Hamel (La Rochelle): The admiral of France and England and the Safe-Conducts for Sea Travel During the Hundred Years War: a Monopolistic Situation?
Tino Oudesluijs (Lausanne): Travel and migration in fifteenth-century Coventry: moving about during the Wars of the Roses
Amrita Sen (Oklahoma City): Quandaries of Travel: East India Company and Women Travellers in the Sixteenth Century
Room LR5: 2B Conflicts and ideas
David Yorath (Bristol): Perkin Warbeck and Taunton
Bonnie Millar (Nottingham): The Trials and Tribulations of Travel in The Avowyng of Arthur and The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Tarne Wathelyne
Daniela Giosuè (Viterbo): Conflicts of Ideas and Values in the Works of Thomas Coryate, the Odcombian Legge-Stretcher
13.00-14.00: Lunch

14:00-15.30: Panel 3
Room LR2: 3A Contact zones II
Omar Moumni (Rabat): Early Christian Encounters in the Land of Barbary: The History of the Long Captivity and Adventures of Thomas Pellow in South Barbary
Ovanes Akopyan (Warwick): Travelling to Russia in the Renaissance: from Opposition to Cultural and Political Contacts
Eva Johanna Holmberg (HCAS Helsinki): 'With a good heart, and a chearefull gesture': avoiding/inviting conflict in early modern English Levantine travels
Room LR5: 3B Dissimulation and risk
John Gallagher (Cambridge): 'He that cannot dissemble, cannot live': Disguise and dissimulation in Elizabethan and Jacobean travel
Mareile Pfaffenbacker (Lancaster): Travel Dissimulations and the True Observer: Fynes Moryson's An Itinerary (1617)
Sarah Goldsmith (York): 'I am become more desperately military than most things existing': War, Masculinity and Sociability on the Grand Tour, 1700-80
15.30-16.00: Coffee
16:00-17.30: Panel 4
Room LR2: 4A Travel and Religion
John Burton (Trinity St David): The Journey from Desire to Devotion in Davies of Hereford's Sonnet Sequence
Helen Wilcox (Bangor): The Journey of Faith: Robert Southwell, Oliver Heywood and early modern religious travel
Csaba Maczelka (Partium Christian University/University of Pécs): The Utopia of Orthodoxy in Some Tudor Dialogues
Room LR5: 4B Al-Andalus & the Mediterranean world: travel & conflict (9th – 12th centuries)
Elsa Cardoso (Lisbon): The Mediterranean Sea as a ceremonial and political stage: exchange of embassies between Cordoba and Byzantium (9th – 10th centuries)
Ana Miranda (Lisbon): The 11th century scholars in a periphery of the Muslim world: travel and conflict between Gharb al-Andalus, Maghreb and the East
Inês Lourinho (Lisbon): The birth of the Kingdom of Portugal and the conflicts between Christians and Muslims (11th – 12th centuries)
17.30-17.45: Quick Break
17.45-18.45: Plenary 1 (Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre) Judith Jesch (Nottingham): Remembering and Forgetting Travel in Orkneyinga saga - the British Isles in the Viking diaspora
18.45-20.00: Welcome reception (PJ Hall), followed by dinner (individual arrangements)

Friday 4th September 2015

09.30-11.00: Panel 5
Room LR2: 5A Ambassadors
Aimone Grossato (Venezia/Padua): The perils of envoys in the ninth and tenth centuries between East and West
Amélie Balayre (Paris): Travelling in the name of His Majesty: Being ambassador during the French Wars of Religion
Paul M. Dover (Kennesaw State): Ambassadors as travellers in fifteenth-century Italy
Room LR5: 5B Soldiers
Paper TBC
Emily Buffey (Birmingham): 'Rather like Maskers then Souldiers': Visions of Conflict and the Soldier's Complaint
Stephen Curtis (Lancaster): 'The land by me welcomes thy virtues home to Rhodes, / Thou that with blood abroad buyest our peace.' (The Maid's Tragedy, I.i.12-14) Travel and the Soldier in Early Modern Drama.
11.00-11.30: Elevenses
11.30-13.00: Panel 6
Room LR2: 6A Professions 
Céline Bonnotte (Toronto): Interpreters and contact: an analysis of complex interpreter roles in Ricci's account of his travels to China
Elizabeth Merrill (Virginia): Fortification Architecture by ‘Remote Control’ in late-Quattrocento Naples
Haig Smith (Kent): Chaplains overseas and the development of corporate religious governance in the Seventeenth Century
Room LR5: 6B European Transformations
Alexander Sarantis (Aberystwyth): Early Slavs in the Balkans, 520-626: violent raiding and peaceful migration
Giulia Cò (Trento/Innsbruck): A cultivated man who travelled to Constantinople: Anastasius Bibliothecarius and the depiction of the Byzantine world
Kor Bosch (Radboud): Not all roads lead to Rome. Visiting papal courts during the Western Schism, 1378-1418
13.00-14.00: Lunch
14.00-15.00: Plenary 2 (Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre)    Michal Biran (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): Diplomacy, Travel and Conflict in Mongol Eurasia (13th-14th centuries)
15.00-15.15: Quick break
15.15-16.45: Panel 7
Room LR2: 7A Edition, translation, compilation
Maria Elena Severini (Florence): Giovan Battista Ramusio's Travel through Geography and Politics
Marianne O'Doherty (Southampton): Conflicting Translations: The Book of Sir John Mandeville in the Late-Fourteenth and Early-Fifteenth Century Empire
Gabor Gelléri (Aberystwyth): Conflict of Source and Intention: Jesuit Travelogues re-published
Room LR5: 7B Theatre
Laurence Publicover (Bristol): 'Fathoms Bottomless': Middleton's Vertical Voyages
Régis Augustus Bars Closel (Campinas): Crusade's Remembrances in Post-Reformation Drama
David Nicol (Halifax): Militant Protestantism and the Travel Play: Thomas Drue's The Duchess of Suffolk (1624)
16.45-17.15: Coffee
17.15-18.45: Panel 8      
Room LR2: 8A Jerusalem
Marianne Ritsema van Eck (Amsterdam): Conflicting notions of travel in the Early Modern period: Franciscan friars of the custody of the Holy Land in defence of Pilgrimage
Rafat Ali (Jadavpur): Jerusalem and Beyond: The Sacred Geography of The Book Of John Mandeville
Robert Clines (Western Carolina): Fleeing the Omphalos: Missionary Pilgrimage and the Failure of an Ecumenical Jerusalem in the Wake of the Jesuit-Franciscan Rivalry
Room LR5: 8B Trade
Daniele Dibello (San Marino): Necessities, challenges and problems at the base of the North European trade of the Republic of Venice
Laura Branch (NUI Galway): Cross-confessional trade and conflict in Richard Hakluyt's The Principal Navigations
Aske Brock (Kent): 'the English name utterly dishonoured': the influence of Indian conflicts on English trade strategies
19:00-20:00: Reception (Neuadd Reichel)
20:00: Conference Dinner (Neuadd Reichel)

Saturday 5th September 2015

09.30-11.00: Session 9
Room LR: 9A Exile
Silke Muylaert (Kent): 'proponit in Flandriam profectionem': Travelling in the Elizabethan exile communities
Sophie Buckingham (East Anglia): 'In furthest coast of all the earth, farre from our countrye wyde': Travel and Exile in Thomas Churchyard's De Tristibus (1572) 
Eduardo Pimenta (UFF, Brazil): The Travels of James Turner at his King's service, or a Scottish soldier of fortune in exile
Room LR5: 9B At sea
Artis Aboltins (independent researcher): Scandinavian colony in Grobin (Seeburg) and maritime expansion in Eastern Baltic during Vendel period
Philippa Woodcock (Warwick): 'Agitée de la tourmente et impetuosité des vents': the perils of travelling in the Venetian Stato da Mar, 1580-1620
Tamsin Badcoe (Bristol): 'Necessity makes me suffer constantly': Travel as Torment in the Writing of the Galley Slave
11.00-11.30: Elevenses
11.30-12.30: Panel 10
Room LR2: 10A Truth and deception 
Keagan Brewer (Sydney): Textual Redaction as Evidence for Audience Scepticism towards the Marvels in Medieval Travelogues
Matthew Coneys (Warwick): Telling tales: travel, truth and deception in the Guerrin meschino
Room LR3: 10B Shakespearean journeys
Shua-hua Chung (Taiwan): Colonial Encounter in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra
Ricardo Cardoso (Sao Paulo): 'Aragon comes this night to Messina': Anglo-Spanish War (1588–1604) and military travels in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
12.30-13.30: Lunch
13.30-14.30: Plenary 3 (Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre) Daniel Carey (NUI, Galway): Title tbc
14.30-14.45: Farewells

Early Modern Military Identity Symposium

UCC, 28th August 2015

This one-day symposium will provide an interdisciplinary platform focusing on the construction of early modern military identity: how were such identities formed, written about in both print and manuscript, manipulated and subsequently interpreted during the early modern period (c. 1550-1700)? Speakers will engage with this theme from a variety of Irish, Anglo-Irish, English and wider international perspectives. Research areas under consideration in relation to the construction of military identity include, but are not limited to: creative expression (Prose and Poetry); historical documentation (Journals, Diaries, Correspondence, State Records and Wills); new, evolving or translated media (Newspapers, Instruction Manuals, Pamphlets and related ephemera).

A key objective of the symposium is to interrogate the formation, or perhaps fabrication, of soldierly personas by early modern authors, particularly through the relation of real or assumed military experience, and to examine what effect these types of writing had on wider contemporary literary production and our subsequent understanding of the period.

The symposium consists of two panels, beginning after lunch to facilitate travel arrangements (14.00-18.00). Confirmed participants include: Dr David Edwards (UCC), Dr Matthew Woodcock (UEA) and Prof. Andrew Hadfield (Sussex). For interested parties, a follow-up email will provide the full programme, together with accommodation and travel recommendations. Please email any queries to Dr Cian O’ Mahony (

In conjunction with the Cork City Heritage Fund, the symposium will be followed that evening by a public lecture, given by Prof. Andrew Hadfield in the grounds of the recently refurbished Elizabeth Fort near UCC, which will focus on Edmund Spenser’s Cork (Elizabeth Fort, Barrack Street, 19.30pm).

University of Amsterdam Seminar on Embroidered Bindings

Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 August 2015

Since 2010, the Research Group for Book and Manuscript Studies and the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam have been organising a Summer School on the History of the Book, which takes place in August each year.

During the summer school, there will also be a three-day seminar about embroidered bindings. The seminar will be held in English. The seminar is being organised in collaboration with the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York, in conjunction with Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art, University of Leuven, the Leiden University Library and the National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague.

Day 1: Theory and practice of research - papers on this topic or on related topics, including
  • experience and practicalities in research on embroidered bindings (Claire Canavan) 
  • history and practice of European embroidery and needlework (Marike van Roon) 
  • history of European textiles related to bindings; relationships between embroidered books and other objects (Claire Canavan) 
  • practice of conservation; diversity of attitudes on conservation, use, and consultation (Renate Mesmer) 
  • questions of methodology - what frameworks do we use to approach bindings and relationships between books, bindings, collections (Lieve Watteeuw) 
  • hands-on research of embroidered bindings of Special Collections UvA 

Day 2: Exploring other collections of embroidered bindings in the Netherlands
  • visit to Leiden University Library (Karin Scheper) 
  • visit to National/Royal Library The Hague (Rens Top) 

Day 3: Summary of topics learned
  • reports of the research performed the days before 
  • comparing the Amsterdam bindings with the results of 3D-scanning (Lieve Watteeuw) 
  • discussion of future research plans and possibilities
Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam Oude Turfmarkt 129 (Rokin)
1012 GC Amsterdam

New Secretary sought for the International Milton Symposium

The Standing Committee of the International Milton Symposium has established a search committee to identify possible replacements for Professor Thomas Corns, who stood down from the role at the end of IMS 11.

The post-holder has the duty of ensuring the smooth running of the International Milton Symposium. This requires the issuing of the call to bid for hosting meetings of the IMS and the administration of the selection process. The successful candidate will be expected to advise local organisers on symposium-planning and to provide support and advice in the establishment and conduct of programme committees.

The post is not remunerated, nor can the International Milton Symposium contribute to secretarial costs.

Anyone who would like to be considered for the post is invited to contact Professor Stephen Fallon [], who is chairing the search committee, no later than 1 September 2015.

Search Committee:
Hugh Adlington, University of Birmingham
Katsuhiro Engetsu, Doshisha University
Steve Fallon, University of Notre Dame

JOBS: Lecturer in English Literature,1600-1720, University of Southampton

Location: Avenue Campus
Salary: £31,342 to £35,256 per annum
Full Time, Permanent
Closing Date: Tuesday 25 August 2015
Reference: 598315F4

The Department of English at the University of Southampton invites applications for the post of Lecturer (Level 4) in English Literature, 1600 - 1720. This is a permanent, full-time position, available from 4 January 2016.

English at Southampton comprises a varied and lively team of people whose teaching and research interests range from the early medieval period to the contemporary. The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies underpin the scholarly activity in the field specified by the post. The work of individual members of staff crosses period, geographical, disciplinary, and faculty boundaries (including collaborations with law, economics and the sciences), and we welcome applications from people whose work will expand our ideas of what English can do in both teaching and research.

Applications are invited from scholars with active research and teaching interests in any literature in English from the period 1600 - 1720. The ability to draw connections, and indeed contrasts, between literatures and cultures of this time and those of earlier and later periods would be an advantage.

The successful applicant must have completed a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field and must show a developing profile of international excellence in research and publications, together with potential for attracting research funding. You will be expected to contribute to research-led teaching at all levels of the English programme and to play an active role in our administrative team.

The appointment will be made in the salary range above, depending on qualifications and experience, to begin on 1 January 2016. For further enquiries about this post, please contact the Head of English, Professor Daniel Brown by email Further details can be found at

Johnson and Shakespeare: The 250th Anniversary of Johnson's Edition of The Plays of William Shakespeare

7–9 August 2015
Pembroke College Oxford

A Conference to Mark the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Publication of Samuel Johnson’s The Plays of William Shakespeare

The publication of Samuel Johnson’s edition of Shakespeare on 10 October 1765 was an important event in his own life and in the history of the editing of Shakespeare. This conference, held at Johnson's college, Pembroke College, Oxford, will invite perspectives from Shakespearians and Johnsonians, and explore the interplay of sameness and difference, restoration and innovation, in Johnson's work. It will reassess Johnson’s achievement as a critic and textual editor by revisiting established contexts and developing new ones.

The plenary speakers will be:
Jenny Davidson (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University)
Joseph Roach (Sterling Professor of Theater at Yale University)
Henry Woudhuysen (Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford, and General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare)

Lectures and panels will be supported by exhibitions in the Bodleian (including cancelled leave from Johnson’s edition) and Pembroke College (including Johnson’s copy of Warburton’s edition of Shakespeare on loan from Aberystwyth), an informal reading performance of Johnson’s play Irene, and a concert of eighteenth-century music.

For more information, and to book places please visit

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust - Call for New Trustees

Would you like to play a major part in Shakespearian history?

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust based in Stratford-upon-Avon was formed in 1847 following the purchase of Shakespeare’s Birthplace as a national memorial. We are currently looking to appoint new Trustees to our Board.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the charity which promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times, is recruiting Trustees to join a new Board to lead and guide ambitious plans to develop new audiences at home and worldwide. We are looking for volunteers to join the Board which will be appointed later this year ahead of the formal change to governance arrangements, which is expected to be completed in summer 2016.

Governed by an Act of Parliament, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a registered charity which came into existence as a result of the purchase of Shakespeare’s Birthplace and later the other Shakespeare family homes. Today is cares for world-class collections for the benefit of all and welcomes almost a million visitors a year to its sites and educational programmes including the Shakespeare Week campaign which in 2015 attracted over 7,300 primary schools. At the heart of the world of Shakespeare, the Trust connects people of all ages and backgrounds with the world’s greatest playwright.

In 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Trust will re-open the site of New Place (Shakespeare’s final home) as a landmark heritage attraction.

We are currently looking to appoint new Trustees with the following qualifications, skills and experience:

• Shakespeare Scholarship
• Collections, Conservation and Museums
• Learning and Education
• Fundraising and Development
• Volunteers, People and Human Resources
• Digital Media and IT
• Property Asset Management
• Visitor Attractions

We need strategic thinkers who can apply independent judgement, speak their minds and work effectively on a Board with other Trustees.

The commitment is approximately one day per month and allowable expenses will be met.

To find out more about the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust please visit www . shakespeare . org . uk

To find out more about the role please visit http ://www . hays . co . uk/jobs/sbt/index . htm

Please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter to explain your interest in joining the Trust to

However, if you would prefer a confidential conversation before applying please call John Lavictoire on 01212368982.

Visiting Fellows at CRASSH: Conversion in the Early Modern Period 2016-17

CRASSH wishes to appoint two visiting fellows, each for a term, to research the topic of conversion in the Early Modern period. Conversion is to be understood in its broadest possible sense, and not merely as a religious phenomenon. We are especially but not solely interested also in the topography of conversion, conversion and music, conversion in science and alchemy, conversion and metamorphosis. Fellows will be expected to work on a project connected to the theme of conversion, to contribute to the interdisciplinary, collaborative international project Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies by participating in the events of the network sponsored by CRASSH, and to contribute to the interdisciplinary work of CRASSH through participation in its work in progress seminar. CRASSH will provide for the cost of return travel to the Centre, accommodation and a workspace. There is no salary attached to these positions.

Applicants must have been awarded a PhD and should have an established record of scholarly excellence and a demonstrated enthusiasm for working in an interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary environment. Please note, the scheme is not designed for those beyond the normal retirement age or to support post-doctoral study.

How to Apply:
No paper or emailed applications can be accepted. In order for your application to be considered by the Selection Committee, we must receive a completed application via the online application system, including letters of support from your two nominated referees, by the deadline, noon on Friday 30 October 2015.

Register or log into your application here. Please contact us via email on fellowships@CRASSH if you experience technical difficulties with the system or if you require further information about eligibility or provision.

Type directly into the appropriate fields:

  1. Project title
  2. Term preferences (click here for University term dates)
  3. A brief description of the research to be undertaken, indicating how this research may relate to the theme of conversion (not to exceed 1,000 words). Type your description directly into the box indicated, remembering to Save after each addition/amendment. The system will not allow you to exceed the word limit.
  4. The contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work. We advise that you separately alert your nominated referees of your application and the deadline. Referees are given access to your application via an email containing a link that is triggered by your clicking the Send Email button. Once you've ticked the Send Email button, the system will contact your nominated referee, who must submit their reference via this system by the deadline. If referees are unable to provide a reference by the deadline you will be alerted and will need to nominate an alternative referee. The system will indicate when your references have been submitted. (Applicants are unable to view confidential references.) You may amend your nominated referees up to the point of their submitting a confidential reference. Once your referee submits their confidential comments you will no longer be able to change their details.

The following additional information will be required:
  • a CV to be uploaded as a PDF file (maximum 8Mb);
  • a sample chapter of written work, to be uploaded as a PDF file (maximum 8Mb).