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Neo-Latin and History of the Book

Start: Nov 29, 2017 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 29, 2017 7:30:00 PM

What is Neo-Latin and what does it have to do with the history of the book?

MREMS: Alchemy and Education

Start: Dec 6, 2017 5:00:00 PM
End: Dec 6, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Join us for two papers by Francesca Masiero and Umberto Veronesi, which promise a fascinating look at both early modern alchemical practices and humanist education. Umberto Veronesi is a PhD researcher based in UCL's Archaeology department whose work focuses on the alchemical production of glass and Francesca Masiero's PhD (UCL, Italian) explores the teaching and learning practices adopted in the schools of 15th and 16th century Venice.

Black Tudors: Three Untold Stories

Start: Mar 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM
End: Mar 14, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Dr. Miranda Kaufmann tells the intriguing tales of three Africans: a diver employed by Henry VIII to recover guns from the wreck of the Mary Rose, a Moroccan woman baptised in Elizabethan London, and a porter who whipped a fellow servant at their master’s Gloucestershire manor house.

Sir Thomas Roe: Memory, transculturality, and the incorporated self

Start: Mar 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM
End: Mar 14, 2018 7:00:00 PM

In 1615, Sir Thomas Roe arrived at the court of the Mughal emperor Jahangir, via a stop in Surat and an arduous journey across Gujarat and Rajasthan. His embassy would be filled with frustrations -- clashes with East India Company factors deeply protective of their own autonomy on the one hand, obstacles posed by Mughal court customs and officials on the other. He had not really achieved much when he left, and the EIC would not send another ambassador till 1699. Roe nevertheless earned a significant reputation for diplomacy in difficult terrain, and his Mughal embassy has emerged as a standard case study in theorisations of cross-cultural encounter with India, to the extent that it has begun to define our understanding of the nature of English first encounter with India.