Crossroads of Knowledge Colloguium: Theology and Literature in Early Modern England

Saturday, 14 February 2015
Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge

A one-day colloquium on the intersection between theology and literature in early modern England at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, on Saturday 14 February. Featuring Professor Debora Shuger (UCLA) and Professor Ethan Shagan (UC Berkeley) as plenary speakers.

For more details and registration, please follow this link - . Please note that registration closes on Friday 6 February.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Tim Stuart-Buttle or Subha Mukherji.

Dr Susan Anderson, Representing Early Modern Disability, 16 Jan

Dr Susan Anderson, Representing Early Modern Disability, January 16, Birkbeck, room 101, 30 Russell Square, 6.30 pm

Members free (membership £7), non-members £4

Susan Anderson is Senior Lecturer in English at Leeds Trinity University. Her research concentrates on interdisciplinary approaches to performance in early modern drama and spectacle. She has published widely on a range of early modern performance genres. In 2012, she was one of the organisers of a 3-day international conference on “Disability and the Victorians: Challenging Legacies”, and later that summer, she organised a day conference on “Disability and the Renaissance”. Her talk for the Early Modern Society emerges from her project, Disability and Shakespeare, which focuses on theatrical drama in order to examine the intersections between early modern literature and disability.

We look forward to welcoming you on Friday 16 January and to all our other events of the year (details here).

Birkbeck Early Modern Society Events, 2015

Some dates for your diaries: Birkbeck Early Modern Society Events for Spring and Summer 2015!

All meetings begin at 6.30 at Birkbeck, venues to be confirmed, please email or check back here at the Intelligencer for more information.

16 January 2015: Dr Susan Anderson, Leeds Trinity, Representing Early Modern Disability, Room 101, 30 Russell Square

6 February 2015, Dr Simon Smith, University of Oxford, Hearing, Seeing and Feeling Music in the Early Modern Playhouse, Malet Street, room B18

6 March 2015, Dr William Pettigrew, University of Kent, Royal African Company and the Development of the English Slave Trade, c 1670-1750

17 April 2015, Dr Linda Grant, From Pornographic Sparrows to Nashe’s Dildo: Exploring the Erotic in Early Modern Literature

8 May 2015, Dr Philip Mansel, Louis XIV and Nationalism

5 June 2015, Dr Alixe Bovey, University of Kent, The Guildhall Giants, Lord Mayors Pageants and political dialects, 1600-1750

3 July 2015, Professor Peter Mack, Renaissance Rhetoric as Questions about Literature, with special reference to Hamlet and Tom Jones

Our events include refreshments and are free for members (membership for the 14/15 academic year is £7 – you can join at any of our events)  and £4 for non members.

2014 Barry Coward Memorial Lecture 12 December 2014

This year’s Barry Coward Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Bernard Capp, University of Warwick on 12 December 2014.

Professor Capp’s lecture is entitled ‘My Brother’s Keeper?’: siblings and their families in early modern England’. For more information on Professor Capp please see

The lecture will be held at Birkbeck, Malet Street, room B36 at 6:30 pm and will be followed by our Christmas party (room B19).

Please note the charge for the evening is members free (membership £7), non-members £4.

Call for Contributors: Queenship and Counsel in the Early Modern World

Editors: Helen Graham-Matheson (UCL) and Joanne Paul (NCH)

This collection attempts to highlight the ways in which queenship and counsel were negotiated and represented throughout the early modern age (1400-1800). Advice-giving was one of the most prevalent topics in early modern political discourse, but was often limited to the interaction between a male monarch and his male councillors. Queenship and counsel thus posed a potential problem for early modern political theory and practice. Although this topic has been studied with reference to individual queens, no collection has attempted to study the relationship between queenship and counsel in grand perspective. The volume will be submitted to the Queenship and Power series (Palgrave Macmillan) edited by Carole Levin and Charles Beem, with planned publication in early 2017.

We are seeking proposals for submissions from graduate students and scholars in history, literature, philosophy, art history or related fields. Although some longue durée and comparative papers will be accepted, the intention is to produce a collection of chapters each focusing on a single reign, individual or relationship. We welcome submissions which focus on any geographical area within the early modern world, and those from a non-European perspective are especially encouraged. Submissions might focus on any of the four categories of queenship – regnant, regent, dowager and consort – and on both formal and informal varieties of counsel.

Suggested themes include:

• Rhetoric, persuasion and power

• Reason, prudence and emotion

• Legislation and institutionalized councils

• Ceremonials, representation and symbolism

• Diplomacy, intelligence and espionage

• Marriage, family, sexuality and the body

• Religion and philosophy

• Culture and patronage

Chapter proposals of 500 words, accompanied by a short summary of biography and research interests (maximum of 250 words), must be submitted to by 15 January 2015 to be considered. Accepted authors will be notified by March 2015, and final submissions due Dec 2015.


Helen Graham-Matheson will complete her PhD at University College London in 2014. Her thesis focuses on the political role of female courtier at the mid-Tudor courts. She has published on related topics in Journal of Early Modern Women, The Politics of the Female Household (Brill, 2013) and Book Culture in Provincial Society (Ashgate, 2014).

Joanne Paul is Lecturer in the History of Ideas at New College of the Humanities, London. Her PhD completed at Queen Mary, University of London (2013) explored the discourse of political counsel in Anglophone writing from 1485-1651, and she has published on related topics in Renaissance Quarterly, the Journal of Intellectual History and Political Thought and in her own co-edited volume, Governing Diversities (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011).

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