Tuesday: Griffiths on Lydgate’s Fall

The Exeter Centre for Medieval Studies seminar welcomes Dr Jane Griffiths from Bristol, speaking on:

Tues 29 April, 4-5.30, Queen’s MR3

Jane Griffiths has published extensively on medieval and renaissance poetics and concepts of literary authority, on John Skelton and Stephen Hawes, and on the reception of medieval works in the renaissance. She also writes on twentieth-century poetry and is herself a published poet.

There will be a drinks reception after the paper.

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Wine and Oil (and Cream Tea at Dean Prior): Draft Programme for the Herrick Conference in July

“Lords of Wine and Oil”: Community and Conviviality in the work of Robert Herrick and his contemporaries.

This conference comes halfway through the process of editing The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick (Oxford UP, 2010) and will be held from July 18th – 20th 2008 at Buckfast Abbey, near Herrick’s vicarage of Dean Prior, in Devon. One session will also be held in Herrick’s church at Dean Prior. The conference will focus on the part played by Community, Conviviality and Friendship not only in Herrick’s work, but in all forms of literary discourse of the early Stuart period (c.1600-c.1650).

This conference is organised by the School of English, Newcastle University and is supported by the British Academy, the AHRC, the AMARC, the Society for Renaissance Studies, St. John’s College, Cambridge and the Department of English at the University of Exeter.

View the draft programme here.

The Cuppe Overfloweth

“A Cuppe of Newes” has now resumed normal service, and I’m in the process of posting a backlog of announcements and items of interest.  See below.  And above.

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CFP: Being Human at Durham (postgraduate conference)

Call for Papers – Being Human

Postgraduate Conference in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Durham University, 4th August 2008

Durham University’s Medieval and Renaissance Postgraduate Discussion Group is hosting a postgraduate conference on 4th August 2008, on the theme of ‘Being Human’ in the medieval and renaissance periods. The aim of the conference is to explore aspects of human experience and the human condition from a strongly interdisciplinary perspective, and we welcome contributions from any branch of medieval and renaissance studies. The keynote speaker will be Helen Cooper, Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Possible topics for papers might include: the physical body; birth and death; spirit and flesh; humanity created, fallen, redeemed and restored; humanity and divinity; mind and consciousness; masculinity, femininity and sexuality; magic; superhumanity and subhumanity; madness, illness and disfigurement; real people and lived experience; fashioning ‘the self’; man’s place in the world and woman’s place in the world.

The conference will be held in Bishop Cosin’s Library on Palace Green, a magnificent location between Durham Cathedral and Castle. Due to generous funding from the CMRS in Durham, there will be no conference fee.

Papers should last no more than twenty minutes.

Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words to mailto: laura.jose@durham.ac.ukby 20th May 2008.

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Research Masterclass at Southampton

From the University of Southampton, an event of potential interest for postgraduates and post-docs in medieval and early modern studies:

This year’s fifth Reuter lecture, in memory of Professor Tim Reuter, will be given at 6 pm on Wednesday 18 June by Professor W.C. Jordan, Professor of Medieval History at Princeton, who has taken as his title ‘Anti-corruption campaigns in the thirteenth-century’.

During the day before the lecture we are holding a masterclass, chaired by Professor Jordan. There will be an opportunity for six (academically) young scholars to present their work in the form of a 25 minute paper, followed by discussion and commentary by Prof Jordan and the staff of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture. A prize of £100 will be awarded for the best paper on the day, and advice will be given to all paper givers on submission to the Journal of Medieval History or other appropriate journals.

The masterclass is open to postgraduate research students and postdoctoral scholars, including those employed in temporary or part-time positions in universities, archives, libraries etc. Papers may be in any subject area (not just history) and on any topic falling within the period c. 400 CE to 1550 CE. Interdisciplinary papers are welcome.

So that we can select paper givers for the masterclass, please send an abstract of c. 150 words, a brief CV and a short recommendation from supervisor or colleague to Professor Ros King, Director of the CMRC, at the email address below by Friday 2 May. We will let you know by 9 May if you have been selected. If you are not successful on this occasion we will hope to invite you to a subsequent event. Expenses up to a maximum of £75 will be available for each paper giver.

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture
School of Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom
http://www.soton.ac.uk/cmrc, r.king@soton.ac.uk

Renaissance Reading Group: The [Second] Maiden’s [/Lady’s] Tragedy

The next meeting of the Renaissance Reading Group will take place on Thursday May 1st, 1-2pm in the Queens SCR. All are welcome. The text for discussion will be The Maiden’s Tragedy (probably) by Thomas Middleton. This play also sometimes appears under the title of “The Second Maiden’s Tragedy” or “The Lady’s Tragedy.” As usual, a copy will be available to be borrowed and photocopied from the glass box outside Karen Edwards’s office in the Queen’s Building.

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Today: Dillon on the Unlearned Man’s Book

The penultimate Exeter Early Modern Seminar of the academic year will take place today, Wednesday 23 April at 4pm in Room 128, Amory.

Our speaker is Dr Anne Dillon, Honorary Research Fellow in History. Her paper is entitled:

“The Unlearned Man’s Book: The Jesuits’ Use of the Confraternity of the Rosary in England and Japan 1549-1700”

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Renaissance Reading Group, and a brief hiatus

A reminder that the Renaissance Reading Group will gather again tomorrow, Thursday 3 April, in the Queen’s SCR at 1pm.  The text for discussion is Urania. 

There will be a brief hiatus in posting on this website.  Check back in a couple of weeks for updates on early modern studies “at Exeter, around the Southwest, and beyond….”

Published in: on April 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm  Leave a Comment