CFP: Early Modern Repertories (BSA, 9/2009)

British Shakespeare Association conference, King’s College London & Shakespeare’s Globe, 11 – 13 September 2009

Call for papers, ‘Locating Early Modern Repertories: Shakespeare & the London playing companies’

This seminar will consider the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in relation to early modern playing companies, be that the companies who staged their plays, companies by whose repertories they were influenced, or companies whose repertories were influenced by them. It is informed by the work of critics including Roslyn Knutson, Andrew Gurr, Scott McMillin andSally-Beth MacLean, Mary Bly and Lucy Munro who have variously examined early modern drama within a repertorial framework. It will particularly welcome papers that address the global/local theme of the conference: this could (for example) be by examining the theatrical marketplace of early modern London, or by considering the impact of changing locales on performance, whether through touring in England or abroad or through moving between theatres in the capital. Some other possible topics for discussion are suggested below:
* the relationship between playing companies and their London audiences and/or their aristocratic patrons
* competition, collaboration, or influence between company repertories
* London’s play-making geography: where actors and players lived, the relationship between theatres and their surrounding communities
* playing companies and early modern civic culture: company finance, apprenticeship, relationships with the livery companies
* involvement in civic drama.

Please send your proposal (200 word max) to: Tom Rutter
Proposals should be submitted by 31 May 2009.

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AHRC funded conference 23 & 24 July 2010
University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus

Confirmed speakers: Barry Cunliffe, Máiréad Nic Craith, Ronald Hutton

Mythical and mystical localities figure prominently in canonical literature and popular culture. This conference will explore how notions of the mystic past inflect current debates about nationhood and/or regionalism. We seek to engage with a wide range of approaches, and therefore invite proposals from disciplines including (but not limited to) archaeology, history, Celtic studies, anthropology, and literature. The conference aims to address such questions as: How are some places, such as Cornwall, felt to be particularly ‘haunted’ by a mythologised, mystic past? What impact does this perception have on their identity politics? How do different nations and regions compare? We are especially interested in how ‘Celtic’ areas such as Wales and Scotland compare to the rest of Britain, but are also keen to explore other locations.

Possible topics include:
* Archaeology and its role in the construction of nations
* The history of spirituality
* Nationalist and regional writing
* Gothic literature and fantasy
* Oral history and traditions
* Romanticised regions
* Memory and place
* Nationalism and globalisation

Deadline for proposals: 20 December 2009

Please send enquiries and proposals of 200-250 words to Shelley Trower.

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Wednesday: Worth on French Court Ceremony (Exeter EMS)

The next meeting of the Exeter Early Modern Seminar will take place on Wednesday 29 April, 4-6pm in 417 Amory.  

Prof. Valerie Worth (Exeter) will give a paper on “Early Modern French Court Ceremony: Jostling for Power at the Birth of the Dauphin in 1601.”

This will be the final session in the 2008-9 seminar programme.  Wine and juice will be served after the seminar.

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Tuesday: Levelt on Medieval Chronicles

The EXETER MEDIEVAL SEMINAR resumes next Tuesday, 28th April, at 4pm (MR1, Queen’s Building):

Sjoerd Levelt (Warburg Institute, London)
“Writing Medieval Chronicles in the Age of Erasmus”

Please join us for what promises to be an interesting session.

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Next for SWEMN: Fleck on Falling Stars

The next meeting of the South West Early Modernist Network is on Wednesday 29th April, at Bath Spa, starting at 6.30pm.

Dr Andy Fleck of San Jose State University will be giving a paper entitled:

“Stars May Fall”: John Bainbridge and the Anglo-Dutch Moment of 1618

Abstract: In 1618 three comets streaked across the skies within just a few months of each other. The unusual conjunction of comets in such quick succession<occurring as efforts to forestall a confessional war strained and eventually ruptured over the Bohemian crisis<ignited controversy among European stargazers who argued over their significance. Did these comets foretell the conflagration that would engulf the Continent? Or, on the other hand, did these rare stellar occurrences carry no special meaning beyond their novelty as unusual natural phenomena? Did these comets signal divine displeasure, or were they merely symptomatic of unexplained natural occurrences? The question drew Kepler and Galileo, among others, into commenting on the situation.

In England, a precocious astronomer, John Bainbridge, entered into the controversy as well. Bainbridge had published his careful measurements of the third comet’s path, bringing him to the attention of early modern London’s scientific community and earning him an appointment as the inaugural Savilian Chair in Astronomy at Oxford. At the same time, his pamphlet included a small appendix in which he attempted some tepid ‘morall prognosticks’ on the ‘celestiall signe’ to be observed in the comet’s bisecting the constellation Libra’s scales of justice. Straddling the divide between empirical observation and astrological prognostication, Bainbridge’s pamphlet enters into the debate over the spectacular trio of 1618 comets, linked at the time to the demise of both Walter Ralegh and the Dutch politician Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, as well as to the events shaping Anglo-Dutch relations of the middle Jacobean period.

Wine will be served after Andy’s paper, followed by dinner in a Bath pub. Directions and a map of the campus are here. We will meet in the Castle, room CE.G01 on the ground floor (yes, a real castle!). The nearest car park is next to Newton building (see map); directions to Newton Park by public transport are also on the BSU website.

The next SWEMN paper will be in May (date t.b.c) and will be given by Dr Rebecca Bailey of the University of Gloucestershire – further details to follow.

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CFP: Britgrad 2009

11 – 13 June 2009

The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, England

The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, run by students for students, provides graduates and undergraduates from all over the world with the opportunity to:

Attend three days of stimulating paper panels relating to all aspects of the study of Renaissance drama and the cultural history of the early modern period.

— Present and discuss your research amongst an active, friendly and supportive community of postgraduate researchers, from all over the world.

— Visit the beautiful and historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and their innovative Courtyard Theatre.

— Explore the excellent resources of the prestigious Shakespeare Institute Library, and the Shakespeare Centre Library.
Attend a production at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre at a group bookings price.
Keynote speakers include:

Professor Michael Dobson (Birkbeck, University of London)
Professor Russ McDonald (Goldsmith’s, University of London)
Professor Grace Ioppolo (University of Reading)
Professor Christine Dymkowski (Royal Holloway, University of London)
There will also be a panel discussion with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company talking about their work at the Courtyard Theatre and developments to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.


For further information please email:

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London Renaissance Seminar: Rome in The Renaissance Imagination (16 May)

The London Renaissance Seminar

Classical Rome in the Renaissance Imagination

Organiser: Linda Grant

Saturday, May 16th 2009

Birkbeck, Room 403, Malet Street

1.30 Registration

1.50 Introduction (Linda Grant)

Panel One

Chair: Professor Catharine Edwards, Professor of Classics and Ancient History, Birkbeck

2.00 The reception of fama in Sannazaro’s De Partu Virginis, Vida’s Christiad, and Milton’s In Quintum Novembris

Professor Philip Hardie, Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College and Honorary Professor of Latin

University of Cambridge

2.30 The Politics of Roman History in Late Elizabethan England: Henry Savile’s Tacitus

Dr Paulina Kewes,Fellow and Tutor in English Literature, Jesus College, University of Oxford

3.15 tea/coffee

3.30 Panel Two

Chair: Professor Tom Healy

3.30 (Paper title to be confirmed)

Dr Dorigen Caldwell, Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art, Birkbeck

4.00 ‘Roman ruins: Spenser, Shakespeare, and Du Bellay

Dr Bart van Es, Fellow and Lecturer, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford

5.15 wine

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Unwonted Excitement at Widecombe-in-the-Moor

Not for the faint-hearted.

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