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 (cian.omahony@ucc.ie).

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 [sfallon@nd.edu], 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 at:dan.brown@soton.ac.uk. 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 trusteerecruitment@shakespeare.org.uk

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).

Globe Theatre Research in Action: Beds and Bedroom Scenes

Share the process of discovery as actors and practitioners explore performance in our indoor Jacobean theatre.

Our Research in Action workshops give you the chance to be part of our exploration into the indoor theatres of seventeenth-century London. The workshops mix theatre practice and scholarship in an engaging investigation of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse’s theatrical capacities.

Using extracts from well-known and less-familiar plays, Globe actors and leading academics will test the dramatic and technical potential of our indoor space. Expect discoveries – and expect to be asked for your feedback!

Thursday 6 August

With Dr Will Tosh and Dr Elizabeth Sharrett.
Cast TBC.

Will Tosh and Elizabeth Sharrett (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham) explore the performance of bedroom scenes in early modern drama. How did playwrights use the challenging intimacy of the indoor playhouse to highlight moments of seduction and delight, as well as threat, sexual violence and sexualised murder?

University of Sidney Lecture: “Farmyard choreographies in early modern England”, Professor Erica Fudge

Co-presented with HARN, the Human Animal Research Network at the University of Sydney

Date: 5 August, 2015
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Venue: Law School Common Room, Level 4, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney
RSVP: Free and open to all with online registration requested. To register, visit: whatson.sydney.edu.au/events/published/sydney-ideas-professor-erica-fudge

How do we read animals that have left almost no textual traces? That is the central question here. Following a path from the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak, and the work of John Law and Donna Haraway, through Renaissance dance manuals (encountering some drunks along the way), the paper ends up in the fields and farmyards of early seventeenth-century Essex, chasing glimpses of human-livestock interactions. The problem faced is that these relationships were largely tacit ¬ there is very little written record of what it was like to live with a cow; or what it was like to be a sheep in the early modern period.

The paper asks, then, what kind of reading might we do when we are engaging with texts that are not there? The evidence used to begin to answer these questions is early modern, but the hope is that some of the implications might have a wider resonance in animal studies.

Professor Erica Fudge is Professor of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and is the Director of the British Animal Studies Network. Her publications are in two main areas: work written for a wider than academic audience on human/animal relations – Animal(2004) and Pets (2008) as well as articles in History Today magazine; and academic work on early modern culture – her books Perceiving Animals: Humans and Beasts in Early Modern English Culture (2000) and Brutal Reasoning: Animals, History and Humanity in Early Modern England (2006). She will be taking up an AHRC one-year research fellowship in September 2015 to undertake further work exploring the lives of the people and animals on early modern English smallholdings – she wants to know what it was like to be a cow in the early seventeenth century.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Shakespeare and War

Critical Survey Special Issue
Guest Editor: Patrick Gray, Durham University.

The tercentenary of Shakespeare's death fell in 1916, in the midst of the First World War, and the quartercentenary will fall next year, 2016, amid what looks likely to be continuing conflict in the Middle East, in the wake of more than two decades of intensive Western military engagement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

Recent research on Shakespeare and war includes Franziska Quabeck, Just and Unjust Wars in Shakespeare (2013); Irena Makaryk and Marissa McHugh, eds., Shakespeare and the Second World War (2012); Paola Pugliatti, Shakespeare and the Just War Tradition (2010); and Ros King and Paul Franssen, eds., Shakespeare and War (2009).

Notable recent productions include Ivo van Hove's Kings of War (2015), re-imagining Henry V, 1-3 Henry VI, and Richard III, as well as the BBC’s acclaimed Hollow Crown mini-series (2012), presenting Shakespeare¹s second tetralogy of English history plays. If production plans hold, the second season of the series, The Wars of the Roses, presenting the first tetralogy, will appear next year in 2016.

In light of this critical and popular interest, as well as current events, Critical Survey invites essays in the range of 5,000 to 7,000 words, inclusive, on any aspect of the connection between Shakespeare and war, to be submitted by 15 January 2016. Innovative critical approaches will be considered, as well as historicist scholarship; in keeping with the aims of Critical Survey, the only core requirement is language that is clear, concise, and accessible.

Informal inquiries about possibilities for essays, as well as proposals for book reviews, performance reviews, and review essays, are welcome and encouraged. Please direct all correspondence to the guest editor, Patrick Gray, at patrick.gray@durham.ac.uk.

Submissions should be sent by 15 January, 2016 by email to the same address, patrick.gray@durham.ac.uk, as Microsoft Word documents. Two hard copies, anonymized for peer review, should also be sent, along with a separate cover letter, to the mailing address for Critical Survey:

Critical Survey
English Literature Group
School of Humanities
University of Hertfordshire
De Havilland Campus
Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB
United Kingdom

A style guide and additional submission information is available online: http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/cs/

Patrick Gray
Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
Department of English Studies
Durham University


JOBS: Teaching Fellow in Italian (Part-Time), University of Oxford

Closing date 6th August 2015

Teaching Fellow in Italian (Part-Time), University of Oxford
Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, 41 Wellington Square, Oxford
Grade 6: £27,057 - £32,277 with a discretionary range to £35,256 p.a. (pro rata)

The Faculty are seeking a part-time Teaching Fellow in Italian. The appointee will give 24 lectures on Dante and prelims set texts; and will be involved in the undergraduate admissions process and examining.

Applicants must possess a good undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in Italian, and should be pursuing (or have completed) a DPhil in Italian. They should have some relevant teaching experience at undergraduate level and be fluent in written and spoken English and Italian.

This post is fixed-term from 1 October 2015 to 30 June 2016.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 6 August 2015. Further particulars for the post (which all applicants are advised to consult) are available below.

For further details, see here

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Association for Robin Hood Studies: New Journal

The International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS) is pleased to announce the creation of a new, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. The journal will be published bi-annually beginning in Spring 2016 and will be available on the IARHS’ website, Robin Hood Scholars: IARHS on the Web: http://robinhoodscholars.blogspot.com.

Scholars are invited to send original research on any aspect of the Robin Hood tradition. The editors welcome essays in the following areas: formal literary explication, manuscript and early printed book investigations, historical inquiries, new media examinations, and theory / cultural studies approaches.

We are looking for concise essays, 4,000-8,000-words long. Submissions should be formatted following the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Submissions and queries should be directed to both Valerie B. Johnson (valerie.johnson@lmc.gatech.edu) and also Alexander L. Kaufman (akaufman@aum.edu).