CFP: Newton-Milton (Sussex, July 2009)


22-25 July 2009

University of Sussex

Brighton, United Kingdom

Newton:Milton, Two Cultures? is co-hosted by the Centre for Intellectual History and the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Sussex. The international conference aims to bring together experts in the fields of English Literature, History of Science and general History to consider a number of questions relating to the work and careers of Isaac Newton and John Milton.

The conference will represent a unique opportunity for specialists in the work and careers of these extraordinary figures to meet and to learn from each other. Participants are particularly encouraged to seek connections between the writing and thought of Newton and Milton, although the conference organisers are also interested in receiving proposals for papers that offer relevant material relating to social, political, theological and intellectual contexts in relation to either figure. The organisers are especially keen to invite doctoral and postdoctoral students to give papers at the conference or to attend the conference.

Keynote speaker: Barbara Lewalski, (Professor of History and Literature and of English Literature, Harvard University)

The deadline for abstract submission inresponse to this Call for Papers is 31 April. The conference organizers are seeking 250-word proposals in the fields of English Literature, History of Science and general History relating to the work and careers of Milton and Newton. An online proposal submission form and further details about the conference are available at the Conference website.

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Rescheduled: Mini-Colloquium on Masculinity (Exeter, 11 March)

The Mini-Colloquium on Masculinity in the Exeter Early Modern Seminar Series, postponed due to heavy snow earlier this month,  has been rescheduled.

The event will now take place on Wednesday 11 March, 4-6pm in 417 Amory.

Jennie Jordan (Exeter, History) will speak on “The Office of Christian Parents’: Father-Son Relationships in Seventeenth Century England’.

Karen Harvey (Sheffield) will give a paper entitled ‘A family self? Men and the eighteenth-century home’

Wine and juice will be served after the seminar.

Wednesday 4 March: Shrank on Mary Queen of Scots

Next in the Exeter Early Modern Seminar series:

Wednesday 4th March, 4.00 – 6.00 pm

‘”That Clytemnesta”, “that fatall Medea”: The “detection” of Mary Queen of Scots, 1567-1587’

Cathy Shrank (University of Sheffield)

Room 417, Amory Building

Saint-Making in the Middle Ages


University of Exeter


Wardlaw Professor of Medieval History
University of St Andrews

5.15 PM

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Holinshed Project

New content on the Holinshed Project website includes a report on the stimulating workshop held at Jesus College, Oxford, in January 2009.   Exeterians contributing to the Holinshed Project include Julia Crick (History), Elliot Kendall (English), and Philip Schwyzer (English).

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CFP: ‘Early Modern Women and Poetry’ (Birkbeck, July)

‘Early Modern Women and Poetry’: Colloquium 2009

Call For Papers From Early Career Researchers.

In celebration of the launch of Paul Salzman’s on-line edition of Mary Wroth’s poetry we will be holding a colloquium on ‘Early Modern Women and Poetry’ at Birkbeck College, London, on 17 and 18 July 2009. The aim of the colloquium is to both showcase and further current research, on gender and poetry 1500-1700.

We are envisaging that we will probably have three main strands of papers – one on Wroth, one on Editing, and one on Women and Poetry. However, we are keen to represent and respond to current research, and so these categories may change in response to proposals. We very much hope to be able to accept some papers from early career researchers (doctoral students and researchers up to three years into post-doctoral study).

Therefore, if you think you might be able to participate, we would like to invite you to send a short abstract (200 words) of your proposed contribution to Sue Wiseman by 2 March 2009. The proposal should outline your argument, detail your primary material and briefly situate your argument in relation to what you regard as some of the key developments in the field of early modern women’s writing.

At present, unfortunately, the conference does not have funding for travel or other expenses.

The colloquium is a dual venture between the Australian early modern women’s writing research cluster and the London Renaissance Seminar.

On behalf of the organising committee: Patricia Pender, Paul Salzman, Ros Smith, Sue Wiseman.

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CFP: Continuities, Medieval to Early Modern (Dublin, postgrad)

‘Continuities: From “Medieval” to “Early Modern” in English Literature (1400-1650)’: A Two-Day Postgraduate Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 25th and 26th June 2009

The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin, is pleased to announce a forthcoming conference for postgraduates in the field of English Literature.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Andrew Hiscock (University of Wales, Bangor)

Call for papers: In recent decades academics have attempted to demonstrate that the period between late medieval and high renaissance was not the barren cultural wasteland which previous generations of literary critics deemed it to be. Medievalists have become more forward-looking: no longer taking Chaucer as a boundary beyond which they cannot venture and identifying many ongoing historical, literary and religious traditions which unite their era with the one that follows. ‘Early modernists’ have begun to question the term ‘renaissance’ (with its associations of value and teleology) in order to envision the period of artistic achievement as one which began long before the emergence of Shakespeare.

‘Continuities’ seeks to tap into this general movement towards synthesis and co-operation between medievalists and early modernists by calling upon the future generation of critics (postgraduates) to present papers which emphasise these literary linkages and which continue to interrogate the notion of a discernible ‘break’ between the two eras.

The conference organisers especially welcome papers on the following subjects: the afterlives of medieval texts (editions, translations, receptions); texts and authors of the fifteenth century; the rediscovery and rehabilitation of forgotten or maligned texts/authors fl. 1400-1550; developing world views and travel narratives; surviving traditions (the liturgical year and parish life, mysteries, yule plays and moralities); the appropriation and transformation of medieval texts, genres and literary models.

Those whose work focuses on the later early modern period are welcome to submit papers dealing with earlier sources and analogues for ‘renaissance’ texts; early modern conceptualizations of the (medieval) past; historiography and history plays; fictional constructions of the past; memory and cultural heritage in literature; tradition and innovation; interrogating the terms ‘medieval’/‘renaissance’/‘early modern’; the renaissance ‘canon’.

Papers are required to be no more than 20 minutes in length. 150-word abstracts should be sent to the conference organisers (Darragh Greene, Emily O’Brien and Kate Roddy) atmailto: by Friday 3rd April 2009. Further information available at the conference blog.

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PhD Studentships and Bursaries in English at Exeter

About the award
The Department of English is ranked 1st in the UK for world-leading research. With a large postgraduate community and over 40 academic staff (10 in the Renaissance research area), we offer an exciting place to pursue postgraduate studies with excellent supervision.

We are currently offering:

7 PhD Studentships: all fees paid for three years plus an annual maintenance grant equivalent to the AHRC per year for three years. In 2008/09 this was £12,940, the 2009/10 grant will be announced later in the year.

16 PhD Bursaries: £7,000 per year for three years. Bursary recipients will be required to carry out 80 hours support work a year within the School in the form of teaching, research support or as International Ambassador.

For further information, visit the English scholarships page.

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The Tempest in Stratford – Saturday 28 February 2009 (English Association/ Shakespeare Institute conference)

Following on from the success of previous English Association and Shakespeare Institute conferences in Stratford: a conference at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon which includes a ticket to see Anthony Sher and John Kani in The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new Courtyard Theatre.A co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town, this unique Tempest, filled with African ritual, music and dance, will feature a totally South African cast and will be created by three of South Africa’s foremost theatrical talents. The director Janice Honeyman (who directed the acclaimed RSC production of Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye in 1988 ) brings two of the country’s most celebrated actors onstage together for the first time, Antony Sher as Prospero and John Kani as Caliban.

Further information is here…

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