‘Society, Culture and Belief, 1500-1800’ seminars at the IHR

Society, Culture and Belief, 1500-1800

The programme for the academic year 2009-10 concludes a series on The Senses, with the theme: Sound and Hearing

Convenors: Surekha Davies (Birkbeck), Laura Gowing (KCL), Kate Hodgkin (University of East London), Michael Hunter (Birkbeck), Adam Sutcliffe (KCL).

Seminars will take place in the Ecclesiastical History Room at the Institute of Historical Research on the following Thursdays at 5.30 p.m. All are welcome!

29 October 2009
Dr David R.M. Irving (Christ’s College, Cambridge)
Music and nascent notions of a global consciousness in the early modern world

12 November 2009
Dr Arnold Hunt (British Library)
The ear and the eye in early modern preaching

26 November 2009
Dr Helen Berry (University of Newcastle)
Hearing the castrato: the limits of masculine performance

10 December 2009
Dr Margaret Pelling (Wellcome Unit, University of Oxford)
Barber’s shop music: literary stereotype or social practice?

21 January 2010
Dr Michael Fleming (University of Huddersfield)
‘Old English viols’: what they were and where they went

4 February 2010
Dr Penelope Gouk (University of Manchester)
Theories of hearing in the Enlightenment: some English examples

18 February 2010
Katherine Hunt (London Consortium)
From ‘allowed ceremonie’ to ‘enchanting melody’: the changing sound of church bells in the English Reformation

4 March 2010
Stefan Putigny (KCL)
‘Sounding British’; Song culture and British nationhood, 1718-63

18 March 2010
Dr Caroline Warman (Jesus College, Oxford)
‘Ouïe difficile à expliquer’: Diderot and the difficulty of explaining hearing from the Lettre sur les sourds et muets (1751) to the Eléments de physiologie (c.1780)

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