Early Modern Exchanges
24th April, 4.30pm, Foster Court 132, *Special Guest Lecture*
Stephen Pender (University of Windsor, Ontario), Heat and Moisture, Rhetoric and Spiritus
29th May, 4.30pm, Foster Court 225
Gabriel Harvey's Reading
Mathew Symons (UCL, Centre for Editing Lives and Letters), tbc.
Chris Stamatakis (UCL, English), tbc.
Respondent: Lisa Jardine (UCL, Centre for Editing Lives and Letters).
A commemorative workshop open to all Good Friday, 1613–2013:
John Donne’s ‘Riding Westward’ at 400 on 21st March 2013, Wilkins Old Refectory, 5 to 6.30pm.
The Malone Society's John Edward Kerry prize has been won this year by one of our Early Modern Studies MA students for a project on Ralph Crane's scribal copies of Middleton's A Game at Chesse.
Details of recent publications by members of the Centre are available on our News page.
Spring 2013 Seminars, Wednesdays.
24th January, *Christopher Ingold G21, Ramsay Lecture Theatre, 6pm*
Nigel Smith (Princeton), Literature, Politics and the Dutch Republic
Wed 6th Feb, *6pm*, Foster Court 114
Early Modern Women and Drama
This seminar will introduce the performance of Samuel Daniel's Cleopatra to take place on 3rd March (see below).
Alison Findlay (Lancaster), "Ile be my selfe ... And I must bee a Queene": Daniel’s Cleopatra and the performance of sovereignty
Marion Wynne-Davies (Surrey), More Women, More Weeping: Mary Sidney Herbert's Tragedy of Antonie
Yasmin Arshad (UCL) and Emma Whipday (UCL), Staging Daniel's Cleopatra
Chair: Helen Hackett
Sunday 3rd March, 2pm
Samuel Daniel's Tragedie of Cleopatra
The Great Hall, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB
To book click here.
Daniel's tragedy (composed in 1594) was one of
the earliest English plays about Cleopatra, and almost certainly influenced
Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Its original performances would have
included female actors in country house settings. Our Jacobean-style production
will shed light on female participation in drama in Shakespeare's time, and on
early modern ideas of female heroism. It will also illuminate the history of
perceptions of race; and, since it draws on classical and French sources, the
importance of international influences in shaping the English Renaissance.
A DVD of the performance will be available for purchase;
details will be announced here in due course.
This event is part of the 'Gained in
Translation' season of the UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction. It
is also generously supported by: Oxford Journals: Music and Letters; UCL English Department; UCL European Institute; UCL
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, including FIGS (the Faculty Institute of
Graduate Studies); UCLU Drama Society.
20th March, Foster Court 114, 4.30pm
Social, Intellectual and Political Networks and Exchanges across the Italian Peninsula (1500-1700)
Simone Testa (British Library), Networks and Exchanges in Italy 1525-1700.
Lorenza Gianfrancesco (Royal Holloway), Academies and cultural exchange in early modern Spanish Naples: from intellectual debates to propaganda
21 March 2013, Wilkins Old Refectory, 5 to 6.30pm.
Good Friday, 1613–2013: John Donne’s ‘Riding Westward’ at 400
A workshop open to all.
Daniel Starza Smith (UCL), The intelligence that moves: “Goodfriday” in context
Katherine Rundell (All Souls, Oxford), I am carried towards the West: rethinking Donne’s critical history
Copies of the poem will be provided.
This year marks 400 years since the composition of one of John Donne’s most important poems, ‘Goodfriday, 1613. Riding Westwards’, which records the author’s intense religious meditations at a crucial period in his life. Born into a family of Catholic martyrs in a time of heightened religious sensitivity, Donne converted to the Church of England and became one of the most celebrated preachers of his day. A daringly controversial erotic poet and a hot-headed young man whose scandalous marriage cost him a promising career at court, he ended his life as Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, a moral compass for the nation. ‘Goodfriday, 1613. Riding Westwards’, written around the time Donne decided to take orders, thus marks a turning point in the development of early modern England’s intellectual history. This event will explore some of the current groundbreaking research into Donne’s life, poetry, letters, and sermons that is shedding light on this important poem.
Please direct any
enquiries to Dr Daniel Smith.
This event is supported by UCL's Grand Challenge for Intercultural Interaction.
Autumn 2012 Seminars, Wednesdays 4.30pm, Foster Court 114.
In addition to our own seminars detailed below we were delighted to be associated with:
A series of seminars organised by Will Bowers and Hannah Crumme.
Erica Fudge (Strathclyde), The Animal Face of Early Modern England
Shakespeare: Staging the World
Dora Thornton (Curator, British
Museum), The British Museum's Shakespeare:Staging the World exhibition
An event at which Dora Thornton and our own Professor Helen Hackett are speaking is taking place in the British Museum at 8pm following the seminar, see The Drama of Nation Building.
Catholic Archives and Collections
Jan Graffius (Stonyhurst College), Bullworks Against Heresie': Some Relics from the Sodality at St Omers
Fr Peter Harris (Honorary
Archivist, English College Valladolid), 'And did those
feet in ancient time ...': The archives of exile: the holdings of the Royal
English College, Valladolid, Spain
6th December *Archaeology G6 Lecture Theatre, 4pm*
Karen Hearn (Honorary Research Professor, UCL), 'Representing Pregnancy in Elizabethan & Jacobean Portraits'
2011 - 2012 Seminars
5th October. Portraiture and Dolls Houses
Maria Loh (UCL, Art History), 'Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye': Early Modern Portraiture, Friendship and Mourning
Hanneke Grootenboer (St Peter's, Oxford), Room for Contemplation: Heidegger, Bachelard and the Early Modern Doll's House
2nd November. Careers in the Early Modern
Worsley (Historic Royal Palaces) and Laura Massey (Rare Books Seller,
Peter Harrington Books). There are no paper titles since the session
will be an informal talk about the range of possible careers that
expertise in early modern studies can lead to. For more on the BBC
series fronted by Lucy see: If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home.
16th November. Guest Lecture
Jeanne Shami (University of Regina), Women and the Early Modern Sermon
18th January. Early Modern Theories of the Soul. Foster Court 114.
Richard Serjeantson,(Cambridge), The soul and the human
sciences before the Enlightenment
Guido Giglioni (Warburg), Bacon on the Soul
1st February. War and the French Sixteenth Century. Foster Court 114.
Wes Williams (St Edmund Hall, Oxford), Battle-scarred stories: Rabelais and/in Scots translation
Andrea Frisch (Maryland), The French Wars of Religion and the Boundaries of Tragedy
29th February. Borderlands. Roberts Building 110.
Yiacoup (Liverpool University), Chivalrous Moors: Warfare and Cultural
Hybridity in the Castilian Frontier Ballads
Claire Norton (St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill), Blurred Boundaries: the Mediterranean World as a Site of Interaction and Integration
21st March. Catholic Aesthetics. Roberts Building 110.
Peter Davidson (Aberdeen), Rubens's design for the 1635 'Arch of the Mint'
and the Virgin of the Andes?
Lilla Grindlay (University College London), ‘“Some out of vanity will call her the Queene of heauen”: polemical representations of the Virgin Mary in early modern religious discourse’
2nd May, 4.30 pm. Theory and the Medieval Animal. Galton Lecture Theatre, 1-19 Torrington Place
Karl Steel (Brooklyn College), On Worms
Bob Mills (KCL), On Animals
Seminar Series 2010 - 11.
20th October: France and England: Medieval to Early Modern
Jane Gilbert (UCL, French), French sans frontières? Translation and Translatio in the 15th Century
Ardis Butterfield (UCL, English), 'Our self-stranger Nation': England, France and period boundaries
Paul Davis (UCL, English), Rochester's French
8th December: Renaissance Virtues: Privation and Manipulation
Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, History), Machiavelli and the Manipulation of Virtue
Angus Gowland (UCL, History), European Melancholy
Jeremy Robbins (Edinburgh, Spanish), The Place of Virtue in Baltasar Gracián's Aphorism
15th December: History of the Book
William Sherman (York, English), Mapping the World of Knowledge: Hernando Colon and the Biblioteca Colombina
Henry Woudhuysen (UCL, English), Buying Continental Books in late 16th- and 17th-century England
19th January. Travel and the Idea of Europe. Drayton Jevons Lecture Theatre.
Wendy Bracewell (UCL, SSEES), Double vision: writing back from Europe's eastern margins
Daniel Andersson (Wolfson College, Oxford), Of books, measurement and coloured shoes: the humanist Orientalism of a Renaissance traveller
Anthony Payne (UCL), Hakluyt, America and the Ancients: a New World or an Old?
9th February. English Catholics, European Contexts. Foster Court Room 243.
Caroline Bowden (QMUL, History), Islands of Englishness? The English convents as centres of cultural production in seventeenth-century Flanders
Helen Hackett (UCL, English), The international perspectives of English Catholics: the Aston family in Spain and elsewhere
Alison Shell (UCL, English), English Catholic Womanhood in Richard Verstegan's 'Odes'
9th March. England and Spain. Foster Court 243.
Alexander Samson (UCL, Spanish), Translating the Reign of Philip and Mary
John Ardila (Edinburgh), The English Reception of Don Quixote in the Performing Arts
Catherine Scheybeler (KCL), Jorge Juan y Santacilia's mission to London: An example of naval espionage in the eighteenth century
8th June. Malet Place Engineering 1.03. *5pm*
Alan Stewart (Columbia), Francis Bacon in International Collaboration
First Guest Talk:
From Bacon to Hobbes: Samuel Sorbiere and the Intellectual Origins of late seventeenth-century French Libertinism
Professor Richard Hodgson, University of British Columbia
Tuesday 11th May at 4.30pm, Foster Court 243.
Centre Launch Event:
Shakespeare and the Inquisition
Professor Brian Cummings, Sussex University
Thursday 29th April 2010, 5pm, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, followed by a reception in the North Cloisters at 6pm.
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