Our Next Event: Did Elizabeth’s Gender Really Matter?

Dr Susan Doran

When and where:

CANCELLED due to floods

We hope to be able to welcome Susan Doran at a later date. Watch this space!

Thursday 13 February, Birkbeck Malet Street Room 152, 6.30pm (free to members: Membership £7; non-members £4)

We are delighted to welcome Dr Susan Doran, Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Oxford.

Dr Doran’s research interests include Elizabethan political and religious history, including the succession question; the royal image; foreign policy; court politics.

Her latest book is Elizabeth I and the Politics of Intimacy (OUP, forthcoming 2014).

For more information about Dr Doran please see her homepage at Jesus College (Oxford).

CFP: Medieval and Renaissance Lost Libraries

The 2014 conference of CILIP’s Library and Information History Group will have the theme ‘Medieval and Renaissance Lost Libraries’. It will be held at Senate House in London on Saturday 12 July 2014. The guest speaker is Dr Raphaële Mouren, Librarian and Deputy Director of the Warburg Institute.

Papers are welcome on such topics as libraries that have been destroyed either deliberately or accidentally, stolen books and libraries, fractured collections, and losses due to weeding policy. Examples may be taken from any country in the world.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words (for individual 20 minute papers) should be sent to Monica Blake by 3 March 2014. Accepted conference papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Group’s journal Library & Information History.

Society for Court Studies Seminars 2014

Seminars are held at 6pm at New York University, 6 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RA.

17 February

Dr Charlotte Bolland, National Portrait Gallery
‘SAT SUPER EST’: A portrait of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, and court culture during the reign of Henry VIII

10 March

Dr Yvonne Ward, La Trobe University, Australia
Censoring a Queen: How Arthur Benson and Lord Esher fashioned an image of Victoria for their own and future generations

14 April

Dr Heather Jones, London School of Economics
The Great War and its legacy on George V and Edward VIII

12 May – Joint with the IHR Tudor and Stuart seminar

Dr Manolo Guerci, The University of Kent
The great houses of the Strand: 1550-1650. An overview
N.B This seminar will be held at the Queen’s House, Greenwich at 6pm.

22 September

Prof. Julian Swann, Birkbeck, University of London
‘Of secrets and supper parties: disgrace and exile at the court of Louis XV’

20 October

Dr David Gelber, Independent scholar
An Equatorial Amsterdam: The court of Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen in Brazil, 1637-1644

17 November

Dr Sara Wolfson, Christ Church Canterbury
Bedchamber women and Henrietta Maria’s foreign policy agenda, 1627-1638

 8 December

Dr Claire Gapper, Independent scholar
‘Court or Country? The emergence of decorative plasterwork in sixteenth-century England’

You can find out more about the Society for Court Studies here:

Society for Court Studies Homepage

Our Next Event: 17 Jan, Professor Corfield, ‘Vauxhall Gardens & the Eroticisation of Mass Entertainments’

Our next event  will be on Friday 17 January: Professor Penelope Corfield (Royal Holloway), ‘Vauxhall Gardens and the Eroticisation of Mass Entertainments’, room B33, Birkbeck, Malet Street, 6.30 start.

We delighted to  welcome Profesor Corfield to Birkbeck. She has published numerous books and essays on British history post 1600, and also on History as a subject of study, for example, The Impact of English Towns, 1700-1800 (1982); Power and the Professions in Britain 1700-1850 (1995; pbk 1999); The Westminster Historical Database: Voters, Social Structure and Electoral Behaviour, with Charles Harvey and Edmund Green (1998); and Time and the Shape of History

For more information on Professor Corfield  please see her homepage at Royal Holloway.

Vice & Virtue in the Early Modern Period: Our 7th Student Conference

We are delighted to announce our student conference on the theme of Vice and Virtue in the Early Modern period which will take place on 15 February 2014.

Our conference programme is below.

The conference is free of charge and open to all. It is essential to register so we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes.

Please register using this link to this simple online form. You can use this form to register yourself and any guests.

Please note that the conference venue is still to be confirmed.

Birkbeck Early Modern Society 7th  Student Conference, 15 February 2014 : Vice and Virtue in the Early Modern Period

1.00-1.30 Registration and welcome

1.30-3.00 Panel 1: Vice or Virtue?

• Anita Butler, Letting the Serpent in? A reappraissal of the strawberry as a symbol of virtue/vice in Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’.

• Rebecca Clossick, ‘To wonder at unlawful things’: The Crime of Scholar in Elizabethan England.

• Claire Labarbe, Beyond Vice and Virtue: Moral Contradictions in Seventeenth-Century London ‘Characters’.

3.00-3.30 Tea and cakes

3.30-5.00 Panel 2: Establishing Virtue

• Lisa Gardner, Youth and Martyrdom in Marian England- A Model of Virtue and Manhood?

• Catrin Griffiths, ‘Our Virtuous Lovers’: Duty, desire and decorum in Roger Boyle’s “Parthenissa” (1651).

• Sarah Birt, ‘Vice & Virtue: Reputations of Working Women in Early Modern London’.

5.00-6.00 Closing response followed by drinks

Birkbeck Early Modern Society