Recasting the Past: A Conference on Medievalisms


Tawney’s Agrarian Problem 100 Years On: Landlords and Tenants in Rural England c.1400-c.1750

11-12 July, Exeter University

Full programme and booking form for the conference are available here.

For further information, contact Jane Whittle.

Rebellion, Riot and Revel: The West Country in the Seventeenth Century

9th – 10th July 2011

 A Conference in Memory of David Underdown

Supported by the Department of History, University of Exeter and the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society

This two-day conference is to be held in memory of David Underdown’s unique contribution to the history of the West Country in the early modern period. Talks will reflect all aspects of David’s work, particularly in relation to the themes of:

• Political allegiances and commitment in the later sixteenth and seventeenth centuries • The nature and motives behind involvement in collective actions and protests • The effects of religious change and conflict in local communities • Crises of authority and gender within regions and localities • The cultures of ordinary people, and their bases in different local and regional settings, particularly sports, customs and festivities.

For registration details, contact Jenny Lea.

Cornwall Conference: Environment and Identity

Conference: Environment and Identity

20-21 July 2011

Pendennis Castle, Cornwall (supported by English Heritage).

Hosted by Exeter University and English Heritage at Pendennis Castle, and also supported by the PPRE (Peninsula Partnership for the Rural Environment), this conference is part of a series of research networking events funded by the AHRC Landscape and Environment Programme. Previous workshops organised by the network were designed to explore early modern discourses of environmental change and sustainability. The conference will extend this scope and bring together scholars interested in a variety of time periods and subjects from across the humanities, social sciences, development studies and policy forums. Its purpose is to generate interdisciplinary, comparative thematic and cross-period collaborations to explore the ways in which individuals and groups express, negotiate and transform their identities in response to changing environmental conditions. The interdisciplinary panels address specific issues under the following broad themes: landscapes, climates, communities, identities, resources, and global narratives of environmental change.

Provisional Programme

Registration Form

PhD Funding! Studentships in English at Exeter

The Department of English is offering excellent funding opportunities for exceptional researchers across a range of subjects in the area of English Studies. These opportunities include up to three AHRC Doctoral Awards (open to UK/EU students only): all tuition fees paid for three years. UK students will also receive an annual maintenance grant for three years, which we expect to be £13,590 per year.

Applicants for the MA English Studies are also eligible to apply for funding.

The deadline for applications is 11 February 2011.  To discuss a specific project relating to the literature of the early modern period, contact any one of the members of the Renaissance Research Group (link on the right).

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Phd Mini-Colloquium: “Leaving Shore” (Wednesday)

The next meeting of the Early Modern seminar will be this Wednesday 10 November in Amory B219 (note the change from our usual location this year). Please come along for our first mini-colloquium of the year, on the theme of “Leaving Shore.” The speakers and paper titles are as follows:

Michael Lea-O’Mahoney (History): ‘The Importance of Seapower in the English Civil War’

Kate Arthur (English): ‘”A foreign court lands here upon your shore’: Models of kingship in Persian drama’

Jo Esra (English): ‘”Terribly Turkished”: Losing Hearts and Minds in 17th Century Barbary’

The seminar will be video-conferenced to the Cornwall campus as usual. Exceptionally good refreshments will be served after the papers.

Wednesday: Stobart on the Leighs of Stoneleigh

The first Centre for Early Modern Studies seminar of the year takes place this Wednesday 27 October, 4-6pm in Queens MR3. Professor John Stobart (Northampton) will be our speaker, with a paper entitled ‘Consumption and the Country House: Spending by the Leighs of Stoneleigh, c.1730-1800’. The presentation will be videoconferenced to the Cornwall campus. Refreshments will be served after the paper and discussion.  For the full CEMS seminar programme 2010-11, see below.



Exeter Early Modern Seminar Programme, 2010-11

The Centre for Early Modern Studies has announced its seminar programme for the academic year.  All seminars take place on Wednesday afternoons 4-6, with refreshments to be served following the papers.  This year, most seminars will take place in the Queens Building (Margaret Rooms), though with one or two seminars taking place in Amory.

Term 1

27 October [Queens MR3]: Jon Stobart (History, Northampton) – ‘Consumption and the Country House: Spending by the Leighs of Stoneleigh, c.1730-1800’

3 November [Queens MR3]: Karen Edwards (English) – ‘Invective and Toleration in Seventeenth-Century Religious Controversy’

10 November [Amory B219]: Phd mini-colloquium: Leaving Shore

     Kate Arthur (English): ‘”A foreign court lands here upon your shore’:   Models of kingship in Persian drama’

     Jo Esra (English): ‘”Terribly Turkished”: Losing Hearts and Minds in 17th Century Barbary’

     Michael Lea-O’Mahoney (History): ‘The Importance of Seapower in the English Civil War’

24 November [Queens MR2]: Early Modern Discourses of Environmental Change and Sustainability: Roundtable led by Ayesha Mukherjee (English) and Nicola Whyte (History)

8 December [Queens MR2]: Jane Whittle (History) –  ‘Consumption and Gender in the Early Seventeenth Century’

Term 2 [all sessions in Queens MR3]

19 January: Shona McIntosh (English) – ‘”The Gulf of All Ingratitude”: Treason in Chapman’s “Byron” Plays’

2 February: Mini-Colloquium: Early Modern Monsters

            Fabian Krämer (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte) –  “Monstrorum Varietas: Coping with Nature’s Copiousness in Late Sixteenth-Century Natural History”

            Victoria Sparey (English) – ‘Exploring the Monstrous Self: Monstrous Birth as Subject in Richard III”

16 February: Sara Barker (History) – ‘The French Wars of Religion in English Translation’

2 March: Alice Hunt (English, Southampton) –  Title TBC

16 March: PhD mini-colloquium: Sex and Death in the Eighteenth Century

            Mike Fielding (English)

            Natasha Michailovic (History)

Examination Term

4 May [Amory B219]: Pascale Aebischer (English) –  ‘Middleton for the Twenty-First Century: Brands, Books and Bollywood’

11 May [Queens MR1]: Emma Wilby (History) – ‘”We mey shoot them dead at our pleasur”: Isobel Gowdie, Elf-Arrows and Dark Shamanism in Seventeenth-Century Scotland’

Recently published: Shakespeare and Wales

Shakespeare and Wales: From the Marches to the Assembly, edited by Willy Maley and Philip Schwyzer has recently been published by Ashgate.

Shakespeare and Wales offers ‘a Welsh correction’ to a long-standing deficiency. It explores the place of Wales in Shakespeare’s drama and in Shakespeare criticism, covering ground from the absorption of Wales into the Tudor state in 1536 to Shakespeare on the Welsh stage in the twenty-first century. Shakespeare’s major Welsh characters, Fluellen and Glendower, feature prominently, but the Welsh dimension of the histories as a whole, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, and “Cymbeline” also come in for examination. The volume also explores the place of Welsh-identified contemporaries of Shakespeare such as Thomas Churchyard and John Dee, and English writers with pronounced Welsh interests such as Spenser, Drayton and Dekker. This volume brings together experts in the field from both sides of the Atlantic, including leading practitioners of British Studies, in order to establish a detailed historical context that illustrates the range and richness of Shakespeare’s Welsh sources and resources, and confirms the degree to which Shakespeare continues to impact upon Welsh culture and identity even as the process of devolution in Wales serves to shake the foundations of Shakespeare’s status as an unproblematic English or British dramatist.

The publication of the book will be celebrated with a symposium at Cardiff University on 23 April 2010 (see post below).

Wednesday: Toulalan on the Abuse of Children in Early Modern England

The next seminar in the Exeter Early Modern Seminar series takes place this Wednesday 3 March. The speaker is Dr. Sarah Toulalan (Exeter, History) and her paper is entitled:

‘Child Sexual Abuse in Early Modern England’

The seminar will take place in Amory 417 at 4pm and will be video-conferenced to Tremough, DM Seminar D. Refreshments will follow.