CFP: BritGrad 2015, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

 4-6 June 2015

The Shakespeare Institute invites graduate students with interests in Shakespeare, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies to join them in June for the Seventeenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.

This interdisciplinary conference, celebrating its seventeenth anniversary in 2015, provides a friendly and stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over the world can present their research on Shakespeare, the Early Modern period, or the Renaissance. In accordance with the Shakespeare Institute’s emerging reputation as a place for creative criticism, we also encourage creative responses.  The conference takes place in an active centre of Shakespeare and Early Modern scholarship in Shakespeare’s home town, Stratford-upon-Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.

Plenary speakers include Chris Laoutaris (University of Birmingham), Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford), and Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton). See our blog for information on plenary speakers as they are confirmed. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend the RSC production of Othello, directed by Iqbal Khan (Much Ado ’12), and starring Hugh Quarshie (Faust, Julius Caesar ’96) and Lucian Msamati (Pericles ’06) at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided on each day, and we will be hosting a party and a reception for the delegates.

We invite abstracts of up to 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length on subjects relating to Shakespeare, Early Modern, and/or Renaissance studies. More creative forms of criticism, including original writing, may be submitted, also requiring a 200 word abstract.  We welcome papers from a wide variety of disciplines, from literature to art history and beyond.  Delegates wishing to give papers must register by 23 April 2015.  (Abstracts cannot be considered until the delegate has registered.)  Auditors are encouraged to register by 21 May 2015 for early-bird pricing. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.

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Reconsidering Donne Conference

Registration is now open for the ‘Reconsidering Donne’ conference on 23-24 March 2015 at Lincoln College, Oxford.

Reconsidering Donne programme 2015

Places and accommodation can be booked online – please see Accommodation booking will end on 31 January 2015.

Please contact with any questions about the event.


Birkbeck Early Modern Society Student Conference: Feast or Famine in the Early Modern Period

Saturday 21 February 2015

43 Gordon Square, Room B04

1.00-1.30 Registration, welcome from Becky Tomlin, President, Birkbeck Early Modern Society

1.30-3.00 Panel 1: Daily Bread

a. Dr Steve Cornish, Birkbeck Alumnus, Nutritional Status and the Built Environment.

b. Zoe Hudson, PhD Candidate (2nd year) Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The University of Kent, 16th Century Dining At Home, At Work and In Prison: The Everyday Life of Richard Stonley.

c. Hannah Worthen, PhD Student (Collaborative Doctoral Partnership) The University of Leicester & The National Archives, Narratives of Famine in the petitions of Royalist and Parliamentarian Civil War

3.00-3.30 Tea and cakes

3.30-5.00 Panel 2: Feast and famine, Excess

a. Louise Stewart, PhD candidate in Art History, University of Nottingham, The meanings of the sweet banquet in early modern England,

b. Nicole Mennell, Doctoral Candidate in Early Modern English Literature,
University of Sussex, ‘Who sees a Beast vse beastly Gluttonie?’: George Gascoigne’s The Noble Arte of Venerie or Hunting and the Voice of the Dish.

c. Fred Carnegy, MA Early Modern Studies, University College London, ‘Famine, Cannibalism and Pestilence at Reuss and Littau’ – The Depiction of a Cannibal Feast and Themes of Famine in a 1573 Woodcut from Munich.

5.00-6.00 Closing response from Becky Tomlin followed by drinks

There is no charge to attend the conference.

If you wish to attend the conference then please complete the registration form on the link here.

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