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 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, Malet Street, Room 532

17 April 2015, Dr Philip Mansel, Louis XIV and Nationalism, Malet Street, Room 417

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

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.

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