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

Wednesday: Sangha on Angels

In the last Centre for Early Modern Studies seminar of  the term, Dr. Laura Sangha (History) will speak on ‘“Incorporeal Substances”: Angels and Belief in Seventeenth-Century England’.

That’s Wednesday 30 March, 4-6pm in Queens MR3, to be followed by the usual refreshments.

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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.

Olivier’s Shakespeare at LSC-KCL, 30/10

Olivier’s Shakespeare: Violence & Memory

A colloquium at the London Shakespeare Centre, King’s College London

Saturday October 30

For full details, see here.

The programme features a paper by Jennifer Barnes (University of Exeter) on  ‘Richard III and post-war national identity’.

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Friday: Barton Palmer on Machaut’s Confort d’Ami

The next meeting of the Exeter Medieval Seminar will take place on Friday 29 October, 4-5:30pm in Queens MR2.  Professor Barton Palmer (Clemson University, USA) will speak on ‘Machaut’s Confort d’Ami: Dialogizing the Great Traditions’.

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Exeter Medieval Seminar 2010-11

The Centre for Medieval Studies has announced its seminar programme for Term 1.  The seminar meets Wednesdays, 4.00–5.30pm, Queen’s Building, 1H (unless otherwise stated).

Wednesday 13th October: Dr Alastair Logan (University of Exeter)

‘Constantine, the Liber Pontificalis and the Christian Basilicas of Rome’

Friday 29th October: Professor Barton Palmer (Clemson University, USA)

‘Machaut’s Confort d’Ami: Dialogizing the Great Traditions’ [N.B. Queen’s MR2]


Wednesday 10th November: Steven Biddlecombe (University of Bristol)

‘Baldric of Bourgueil and the Familia Christi

Wednesday 24 November: Prof. Christopher J. Knüsel (University of Exeter)

‘The Identity of the St. Bees Lady (and Man) (Cumbria, UK): A Medieval Osteobiography of a 14th-century Heiress’

Wednesday 8 December: Dr Julia Crick (University of Exeter)

‘The shock of the old: scribal fakery before 1200’

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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’