Barry Coward Memorial Lecture 2014

Ann Hughes, ‘Going to Sermons in Revolutionary England’
Friday 13 June 2014

We are delighted to welcome Ann Hughes, Professor of Early Modern History, Keele University who will present the 2014 Barry Coward Memorial Lecture.

Professor Hughes will be speaking on ‘Going to Sermons in Revolutionary England’.

Professor Hughes is a historian of early modern England with particular interests in the culture, religion and politics of the English civil war – or English Revolution.  In recent years her interests have included religious debate and polemic, print culture, gender and radicalism. In 2011, she completed a book, Gender and Politics in the English Revolution.  She is now principally working on preaching during the revolution.

The event will take place in the Birkbeck Building, Malet Street room 414 at 6.30pm and will be followed by our sumptuous end of year party.

The event is free to members and £4 to non-members.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Angela McShane, V&A, ‘How Happy’s the State where no Discord is Breeding?’

The Politipop of Seventeenth Century England

Friday 23 May at Birkbeck room MAL G16 at 6.30

We are pleased to welcome back Dr Angela McShane from the V&A.

Dr McShane has kindly given us a abstract to whet your appetite:

In the fraught and divided religious and political landscape of seventeenth-century England, Protestant balladeers and publishers successfully used the fashionable music market in order to popularise and disseminate their religious views. But others chose the ballad, as a musical and material object, as a vehicle because it gave them scope to play on the trope of religious harmony, which most saw as essential to the orderly state. Whatever form they took, musical or satiric, Protestantism was the fundamental bedrock of 17th century broadside balladry; and as such – while melody was useful – and harmony an ideal – when music met politics, the word was paramount.
Come and join us for an evening of early modern political pop!
This event is free to members (membership £7), non members £4, refreshments will be supplied.

Our Next Event: Miranda Kaufmann, ‘Africans in Early Modern London’, 25 April

Malet Street, Room B18, 6.30

For our next event we are very pleased to welcome historian Dr Miranda Kaufmann to the Birkbeck Early Modern Society.

Dr Kaufmann has found evidence of over 350 Africans in Renaissance Britain, worked with the National Trust and English Heritage and contributed entries to the Oxford Companion to Black British History.

To find out more about Dr Kaufmann’s work, please see her homepage at

This event includes refreshments and is free for members (membership for the 13/14 academic year is £7)  and £4 for non members. We hope to see you there!

Science and Religion in the Age of Casaubon and Savile Conference, Oxford July 2014

Scholarship, Science and Religion in the Age of Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614) and Henry Savile (1549-1622)

 Oxford’s Centre for Early Modern Studies 6th Annual Conference

 T.S. Eliot Theatre, Merton College

Tuesday 1st – Thursday 3rd July 2014

Plenary speaker: Anthony Grafton (Princeton)

Rhiannon Ash (Oxford), Philip Beeley (Oxford), Paul Botley (Warwick), Matteo Campagnolo (Geneva), Andrea Ceccarelli (Padua), Ingrid de Smet (Warwick), Mordechai Feingold (Caltech), Robert Goulding (Notre Dame), Nick Hardy (Cambridge), Scott Mandelbrote (Cambridge), Jean-Louis Quantin (Paris), Paul Quarrie (Maggs Bros.), André-Louis Rey (Geneva), Thomas Roebuck (UEA), Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge), Robin Sowerby (Stirling), Gilbert Tournoy (Leuven), Benjamin Wardhaugh (Oxford), Joanna Weinberg (Oxford).

The conference is co-organized by the University of Oxford (David Norbrook), the University of East Anglia (Tom Roebuck), and the California Institute of Technology (Mordechai Feingold).

Henry Savile (1549-1622) and Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614) were two contrasting giants of late humanism. Savile, Warden of Merton College, Oxford, was a key figure in the history of English science and a formidable presence on the English scholarly and political scene, whose translation of Tacitus led to political controversy and whose editio princeps of Chrysostom in Greek won admiration across Europe.  Casaubon, perhaps the leading Greek classical scholar of his generation and a great correspondent within the intellectual exchanges of the Republic of Letters, used his scholarship to become a formidable Protestant polemicist, publishing a vast philological critique of the authorized Catholic ecclesiastical history of Cesare Baronio.

Their lives and works, when considered together, raise vital questions about the history of early-modern knowledge and erudition, the relationship between the histories of science and the humanities, the networks of early-modern intellectual communication, the history of books and archives, the importance of Hebraic scholarship, and the impact of scholarship upon literature. Our conference, timed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Casaubon’s death and the 750th anniversary of Merton College’s foundation (the institution Savile shaped), brings together leading scholars from across the disciplines to answer these questions.

To encourage early registration,  reduced registration rates will be offered until the 1st of May 2014:

Full:   £100 for three days / £50 per individual day

Graduate:  £75 for three days / £40 per individual day
Final conference registration closes on the 19th June 2014.
Graduate bursaries are available upon application.
To find out more, and to register, please follow the link to our conference site:
With thanks for the generous support of: Merton College, Oxford; The Bibliographical Society; the Modern Humanities Research Association; Society for Renaissance Studies; the University of Notre Dame; the Bodleian Library, Oxford; the Faculty of English Language and Literature, Oxford; the Centre for Early Modern Studies; The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities.

Adapting, Performing and Reviewing Shakespearean Comedy in a European Context, International Symposium

Keynote speakers

Tom Bishop (University of Auckland), Niels Brunse (Copenhagen), Michael Dobson (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford), Mark Fisher and Andrew Dickson (The Guardian), Michael Saenger (Southwestern University, Texas)

12 June 2014, 09:15 – 13 June 2014 18:00
Venue: Room 349 (3rd floor)
Senate House, South Block
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Please see the programme here
Please register here

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