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Summer 2015

Epic! Between Ancient and Early Modern Empires

Publication date: Dec 16, 2014 06:38 PM

Start: May 06, 2015 02:00 PM
End: May 06, 2015 07:00 PM

Location: Foster Court 307

Hall of Realms

Session 1: Epic! Ancient Empire and Early Modern Inflections, 2 – 3.30pm

Andrew Laird (Warwick University), Lost beyond the Pillars of Hercules: Ulysses in the Early Modern Hispanic World

Catarina Fouto (KCL), Camões and The Metamorphoses

Tea 3.30 – 4pm

Session 2: Epic! Virgilian Echoes, 4 – 5.30pm

Fiachra Mac Góráin (UCL), Colonial Journeys in Classical Epic

Rodrigo Cacho (Cambridge), Epic Discourse in Early Modern Spanish America: Pedro de Oña and Bernardo de Balbuena

5.30 – 7pm Wine Reception

Pregnancy and False Pregnancy

Publication date: Mar 09, 2015 09:41 AM

Start: May 20, 2015 05:30 PM
End: May 20, 2015 07:30 PM

Location: Roberts G08

Mary I
Pregnancy, False Pregnancy, and Questionable Heirs: Mary I and her Echoes
Carole Levin (University of Nebraska)

This illustrated lecture examines beliefs – medical and cultural – about phantom pregnancies in early modern England with specific connections to the political implications of Mary I’s false pregnancies. While historians have often described women who believed they were pregnant when they were not as pathetic or pathological, many medical texts of the period argued it was very difficult to tell a false pregnancy from a real one – or at least this was so until a baby was born or too much time had past.  Mary’s phantom pregnancy not only had great political consequences for her reign, but more than a century later, it was brought up again as Protestants attempted to describe the 1688 pregnancy of Catholic Mary of Modena, wife of James II, as also false. 

Carole is a Fulbright Scholar from the University of Nebraska where she is Willa Cather Professor of History. The event is also part of UCL's Festival of the Arts.

Spring 2015

Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Work in Progress

Publication date: Jan 12, 2015 10:32 AM

Start: Feb 05, 2015 05:30 PM
End: Feb 05, 2015 07:00 PM

Location: Foster Court Room 208

Mirror of Knighthood

Deborah Dawkin (UCL Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry), Early Modern Women Translators: A Re-evaluation of Their Creative and Political Agency

This new series will showcase the research of doctoral students from across UCL working in Medieval, Renaissance or Early Modern Studies. All welcome, followed by a wine reception.

Fictional Embassies

Publication date: Dec 16, 2014 06:00 PM

Start: Feb 18, 2015 04:30 PM
End: Feb 18, 2015 07:00 PM

Location: Foster Court 307

Moorish Ambassador to Elizabeth I

Now confirmed the next meeting of the UCL Early Modern Staff-Student Reading Group will discuss Timothy Hampton's Fictions of Embassy (Cornell 2009). We are delighted that the author will be able to join us afterwards and answer questions about his book. A wine reception will be held afterwards.

Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Research in Progress Seminar

Publication date: Oct 08, 2014 04:08 PM

Start: Feb 19, 2015 05:30 PM
End: Feb 19, 2015 07:00 PM

Location: Foster Court 351

  • Timothy Demetris, Cardinal Oliviero Carafa's 1472 Naval Expedition against the Turks: a Historical Reconstruction from Unpublished Sources

This new series will showcase the research of doctoral students from across UCL working in Medieval, Renaissance or Early Modern Studies. All welcome, followed by a wine reception.

French Social Identity in 16th and 17th Century Travel Narratives

Publication date: Feb 23, 2015 06:53 PM

Start: Mar 19, 2015 05:30 PM
End: Mar 19, 2015 07:00 PM

Location: Foster Court 307

English Forests

Emma Pauncefort (UCL French), The Construction of a Superior French Social Identity in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Travel Narratives on England

The latest in our showcase of the research of doctoral students from across UCL working in Medieval, Renaissance or Early Modern Studies. All welcome, followed by a wine reception.

Autumn 2014

Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Research in Progress Seminar


 Thursday, 23 October, 5.30 pm, Foster Court 307

  • Adam Greenwood, Marsilio Ficino and the Mirror of the Soul

This new series will showcase the research of doctoral students from across UCL working in Medieval, Renaissance or Early Modern Studies. All welcome, followed by a wine reception.

Travel and Writing in the Global Renaissance: Revisiting the Peregrination of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614-2014)

Publication date: Nov 20, 2014 10:41 AM

Start: Dec 05, 2014 03:00 PM
End: Dec 06, 2014 12:45 PM

Location: UCL Haldane Room / KCL Council Room

Portuguese Discoveries 1502

UCL and King's College London present a two-day conference bringing together experts in the literature and history of the early modern Portuguese world to discuss the "Peregrination" of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614).


5 December

Haldane Room, UCL

The Peregrination as an Open Text: Genre, Publics, Aesthetics

15.00 Opening words
Francisco Bethencourt (King’s College London)
Zoltán Biedermann (UCL) & Catarina Fouto (King’s College London)

15.15 The return of Fernão Mendes Pinto
Rui Loureiro (Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar)

15.45 Patterns of Irony in the Peregrination
Tom F. Earle (Oxford)

16.30 Coffee break

16.45 Pilgrim Rhythms
Vincent Barletta (Stanford)

17.15 The Baroque Aesthetics of the Peregrination
Catarina Fouto (King’s College London)

6 December

Council Room, Strand Campus King's College London

The Peregrination as a Global Narrative: Crossovers, Invention, Intertextuality

10.00 Iberian readings and transcriptions of Fernão Mendes Pinto’s Peregrination: unpublished manuscript, 1576-1614

Francisco Roque de Oliveira (Universidade de Lisboa):

10.30 Mendes Pinto's "Southeast Asian Mediterranean": a Malay geopolitical concept?
Jorge Santos Alves (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)

11.15 Coffee break

11.30 Cultural diversity, moral universalism and irony in the Peregrination
Joan-Pau Rubiès (ICREA Barcelona)

12.00 Pilgrim vs. Diplomat: The contradictions of writing about Empire from below
Zoltán Biedermann (UCL)

12.45 Conclusions and debate

Pinto Revisited: travelling, writing, and the making of the early modern world

The organisers wish to thank the following institutions for their generous support: Instituto Camões, School of European Languages, Cultures and Societies (UCL), Centre for Early Modern Exchanges (UCL) and Faculty of Arts & Humanities (King’s College London).

Summer 2014

Big History

Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:33:33 AM

Start: Apr 28, 2014 5:00:00 PM

Location: Anatomy G29. JZ Young Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Global Crisis
  • Geoffrey Parker (Ohio State University), How not to write a global history of the 17th century
  • Respondents: Jonathan Holmes (UCL Geography) and Axel Korner (UCL History)

Held in conjunction with the Centre for Transnational History as part of their annual lecture series and the Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilization. Generously supported by the Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.

In this lecture, Geoffrey Parker, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at The Ohio State University, will discuss his prize-winning book Global Crisis: war, climate change and catastrophe in the seventeenth century (Yale University Press, 2013), which traces the consequences for civilizations around the globe of the 17th century's 'Little Ice Age', when perhaps a third of the global human population perished. It will reflect on the challenges of writing 'big history' and what lessons if any can be learned from this spectacular early modern example of the most pressing problem facing the world today, climate change.

Polemical Possessions

Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:38:14 AM

Start: May 7, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: May 7, 2014 6:30:00 PM

Location: Medawar Lecture Theatre, Medawar Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

  • Rolena Adorno (Yale University), El México antiguo en el Barroco de Indias: Don Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora
Gongora Map

Este tema tomará en cuenta los conocimientos de Sigüenza de la historia antigua mexicana, y, por consiguiente, su empleo de la de los reyes aztecas y la iconografía precolombina, presentándolas como modelos de conducta para los virreyes novohispanos.

Este paso novedoso, para no decir atrevido, forma parte de su visión de la memoria e historia mexicanas, que fue la razón por la cual estudiosos extranjeros y novohispanos, desde Gemeli Carreri hasta Humboldt, lo tomaron como autoridad y apreciaron sus logros. Por eso sostengo que Sigüenza fue uno de los fundadores del estudio de las antigüedades americanas, no para reemplazarlas como parte del proyecto de evangelización sino para apreciarlas por su propio valor, considerándolas entre los orígenes de la patria criolla.

Esta conferencia será ilustrada con ejemplos de la iconografía azteca, tomados directamente de los códices mexicanos y empleados por Sigüenza en la creación de sus conceptos históricos y alegóricos, terminando en una celebración exuberante barroca que aprovecha a su vez las teorías estéticas antiguas y renacentistas occidentales.

A jointly sponsored lecture held in conjunction with BETA Jovenes Doctores en Hispanismo.

The talk will be in Spanish.

The event will be followed by a reception in the Wilkins Building North Cloisters from 6.30 - 8pm.

Please register on the Eventbrite page.

Revisiting Ivan Fedorov’s Legacy in Early Modern Europe

Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:40:30 AM

Start: May 8, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: May 9, 2014 6:00:00 PM

Location: Conference Centre (Eliot & Bronte Rooms), British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB


An event to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Ivan Fedorov’s Acts and Epistles (Apostol) and the 440th anniversary of his Primer (Azbuka). Fedorov is usually regarded as the father of printing in Russia and Ukraine. Supported by SSEES, the Centre for  Eastern European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS), UCL European Institute and UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, the conference will challenge the narrow national views of Fedorov's heritage by offering a transnational approach to the history of early printing. 

The Many Faces of Cleopatra

Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:41:48 AM

Start: Jun 3, 2014 4:30:00 PM
End: Jun 3, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Location: Room 307, SELCS Common Room, Foster Court, Malet Place, off Torrington Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JG


Duane Roller (Ohio State University), Cleopatra of Egypt: Myth and Reality

Maria Wyke (UCL Greek & Latin), Cleopatra on Screen

Spring 2014

Wednesday 22 January 2014, 4.30 pm, Foster Court 307, SELCS Common Room

What Early Modern Science Means to Science Today: the Galileo Case

Roger Strand (Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, Bergen)

Alice Bell (Research fellow, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex)

Greek Tragedy's Renaissance Inflections

Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:20:11 AM

Start: Mar 12, 2014 2:00:00 PM
End: Mar 12, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Location: Room 307, SELCS Common Room, Foster Court, Malet Place, off Torrington Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JG

A workshop on the reception of classical drama, the fate of Euripides' plays and Iphigenia at Aulis in early modern Europe.

Session 1: Classical Perspectives. 2pm – 3.15pm

  • Chair: Miriam Leonard (UCL)
  • Roger Green (Glasgow), Iphigenia in Bordeaux: George Buchanan's Jephthes
  • Fiona Macintosh (Oxford), Tragedy and the feminine in the early modern period

Tea. 3.15 – 3.45pm


Session 2: Inflections, Reflections and Translations. 3.45pm – 5.30pm

  • Chair: Katherine Ibbett (UCL)
  • Alison Findlay (Lancaster), ‘I have prepared all thinge redie for the sacrifice’: Lady Jane Lumley's Iphigenia at Aulis (c. 1555)
  • Kate Maltby (UCL), “The boldness of her mind”: how sharp was Lumley's Greek?
  • Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde (Cambridge), Racine’s Iphigènie

Session 3: Iphigenia at Aulis on Stage. 5.30pm – 6pm

Rose Theatre Company Cast and Crew perform scenes and discuss Lumley’s play.

Roundtable followed by a reception at 6.30pm.

Demonic Possession

Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:15:25 AM

Start: Mar 11, 2014 5:00:00 PM

Location: Room 307, SELCS Common Room, Foster Court, Malet Place, off Torrington Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JG

Hilaire Kallendorf (Texas A&M University), The Devil in Art

The depiction of demons departing from a human body constitutes a dialectic between presence and absence.

When faced with these paintings, we ask:  do the spectators in the painting see the demons departing?  Or does only the exorcist?  Or are we the only privileged witnesses?  Our pleasure in these images is undoubtedly voyeuristic. Perhaps they require the use of the inner eye as well as the outer one.  By viewing portrayals of the unportrayable, we feel the tension between borderline experience and liminal representation.


Paintings of exorcisms are at once narrative and iconic. These pictorial representations are the narrative stories of repeated manifestations of an ico - of a recurrent demonophany.  Counter-Reformation theoreticians of the iconic such as Carducho and Pacheco, following the precedent of Alberti, insisted that artists’ material either must be or must be assumed to be visible.  The artists who followed their precepts, working toward an aesthetic of the approximative, placed the devil in the latter category.  The resultant imaginative license provided prime opportunities for Mannerist hyperbole.

This paper will begin with general depictions of the devil and then focus specifically on exorcism in art.  Inspired by the work of Victor Stoichita with early modern paintings of mysticism, this study examines paintings of exorcism, another manifestation of bodies in ecstasy.  When the faithful come into contact with the Sacred (in the case of mysticism) as well as with the diabolical (in the case of exorcism) in art, the Church acts as intermediary—both in the person of the sanctioned mystic or exorcist and in the object of the sanctioned painting.  Thus one purpose of this paper will be to explore the rôle of this sub-genre of highly rhetorical, even manipulative paintings assimilated by the Counter-Reformation to the exercise of faith. 

Shakespeare and Venice

Start: Mar 19, 2014 2:00:00 PM
End: Mar 19, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Location: Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, UCL, London, WC1E 6BT

Laura Tosi (Universita Ca’Foscari, Venice), Shakespeare and Venice


Shakespeare's Hamlet for Children

Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:30:32 AM

Start: Mar 26, 2014 2:00:00 PM
End: Mar 26, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Location: Room 235, Foster Court, Malet Place, off Torrington Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JG

Laura Tosi (Universita Ca’Foscari, Venice), “I could a tale unfold..”: Adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet for children


Two Lamentable Tragedies

Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:28:50 AM

Start: Mar 21, 2014 7:00:00 PM
End: Mar 21, 2014 11:00:00 PM

Location: Jeremy Bentham Room, Wilkins South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

A research production of ‘The Tragedy of Thomas Merry’ from Robert Yarrington’s Two Lamentable Tragedies (1601).

Lamentable Tragedies

The production will be staged using early modern rehearsal practices and actors’ parts.

To reserve a ticket, email twolamentabletragedies@gmail.com. Tickets are free, but space is limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Autumn 2013

10 September 2013, 5.30pm, Foster Court 114

Dennis Flynn, Donne's Enclosures: the etiquette of privacy and secrecy in his correspondence

Dennis Flynn will reveal some of the key findings from his ongoing work on the ground-breaking Oxford edition of John Donne’s letters. Remarkably, the Oxford Letters will be the first scholarly edition of this major author’s correspondence. This paper will begin with an introduction to the project, explaining why Donne’s letters have proved so trenchantly difficult to edit. It will then focus on the question of enclosures in these letters, in order to demonstrate the ways that Donne understood and played with courtly conventions of epistolary etiquette. Respondent: Jeanne Shami, University of Regina Dennis Flynn and Jeanne Shami are co-editors, with M. Thomas Hester, of The Oxford Handbook of John Donne, and are both senior editors of the forthcoming Oxford edition of Donne’s letters.

This seminar is part of the series ‘John Donne’s Conversions, 1613-2013’, sponsored by UCL Grand Challenges. For information please contact Daniel Starza Smith (ucledsm@ucl.ac.uk).

Wednesday 16 October 2013, 4.30 pm, Foster Court 233

Crying Out in Pain: Understanding Physical Suffering in the Early Modern Period

Guido Giglioni (The Warburg Institute), Raw imagination and Mental Pain in Elijah Montalto’s Archipathologia (1614)

Mary Ann Lund (University of Leicester), “The Pain's Nothing”: Relative Perceptions of Pain in Early Modern Literature

Respondents: Tony Dickenson (UCL, Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology) and Maria Fitzgerald (UCL, Developmental Neurobiology)

Organised by Anna Corrias (The Warburg Institute) and Angus Gowland (History Department, UCL)

Wednesday 23 October, 5.30pm, School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, 16 Taviton Street, Room 431

Donne's Conversions III

We are delighted to announce the last in our three-part seminar series John Donne’s Conversions, 1613-2013. This seminar will directly address the question of early modern religious conversion, particularly as it pertains to Donne’s sermons.

Michael Questier (Queen Mary, University of London), The significance of converts and conversion in writing a narrative of post-Reformation England

Mary Morrissey (Reading), Motives for conversion in Donne’s sermons

Please note that unlike previous events in this series, this seminar will take place in the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, 16 Taviton Street, in room 431. Location details are available here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/estates/roombooking/building-location/?id=126 . Attendees are welcome to arrive from 5pm.

John Donne’s Conversions, 1613-2013 has been sponsored by UCL Grand Challenges. For information please contact Daniel Starza Smith (ucledsm@ucl.ac.uk).

Wednesday 13th November 2013, 2 - 6pm, Foster Court 307, SELCS Common Room

Postgraduate / Postdoctoral Workshop

Moving: Pathways, Transport and Place

A workshop on early modern travel writing, historical geography and environmental criticism with a view to exploring how Digital Humanities, in particular the visualisation of data and the interactive mapping of historical information can be employed to produce new ways of seeing the early modern world. We are interested in the relationship between actual and fictional/textual journeys and the ways in which this distorting lens can be represented visually.


Robin Edwards (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL), Visualisation, Geographical Data and Infographics

Nydia Pineda (Queen Mary, University of London), Mapping Francis Godwin’s Man in the Moon

Andrew Reynolds (UCL, IoA), Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England

Elisabetta Tarantino (European Humanities Research Centre – Oxford), John Rastell's Cosmographical Play

Katherine Parker (University of Pittsburg), Toward a more “perfect knowledge: British geographic knowledge and South Seas exploration in the eighteenth century

Colm MacCrossan (Digital Editor, Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership Subject Specialist, EEBO-TCP Collections: Navigations), Visualising Hakluyt

James Lyon Fenner (Collaborative Doctoral Student with the Science Museum London and University of Nottingham), ‘British Small Craft’: the cultural geographies of mid twentieth technology and display

This event is free to attend and all are welcome, simply register on our Evenbrite page.

For more information contact the organizers: Alexander Samson (a.samson@ucl.ac.uk) or Isabelle Moreau (i.moreau@ucl.ac.uk).

Sunday 24th November, 1 - 7pm, Wilkins Old Refectory

Iphigenia at Aulis: A Special Performance

A special performance of Lady Jane Lumley's 1555 translation of the Euripides play. Booking information and further details are available on the poster.

Wednesday 4 December 2013, 4.30pm, Roberts Building Room 309

Literary Geographies and Roaming Relics

Jaime Goodrich (Wayne State University), Mapping the Literary Geography of Early Modern English Benedictine Convents

James Kelly (Durham), Roaming Relics: English Women Religious and Identity Formation in Counter-Reformation Europe

Wednesday 11th December 2013, 2 - 4pm, Foster Court 307, SELCS Common Room

Borderlands: From the California Missions to Manila Ivories

Ana Ruiz Guiterrez (University of Granada), Manila Ivories and Transnational Exchanges

Miguel Sorroche Cuerva (University of Granada), Building Frontiers in the Californian Missions

**These talks will be in Spanish**

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Summer 2013

29th May, 4.30pm, Foster Court 225

Gabriel Harvey's Reading

Mathew Symons (UCL, Centre for Editing Lives and Letters), Matching up the Margins: Across Gabriel Harvey's Books
Chris Stamatakis (UCL, English), How Gabriel Harvey Read His Castiglione

Respondent: Lisa Jardine (UCL, Centre for Editing Lives and Letters).

24th April, 4.30pm, Foster Court 132

*Special Guest Lecture*

Stephen Pender (University of Windsor, Ontario), Heat and Moisture, Rhetoric and Spiritus

An abstract of his talk is available here.

16th May, 6.30pm, Roberts Lecture Theatre 106, Roberts Building

Staging Daniel's Cleopatra

Professor Helen Hackett in conversation with one of the directors of the world premiere of Samuel Daniel's Tragedie of Cleopatra, Yasmin Arshad, as well as two of the actors from the show. It will include live performance and extracts from the DVD made of the production. The event is free but ticketed, book at Eventbrite.

Spring 2013

24th January, *Christopher Ingold G21, Ramsay Lecture Theatre, 6pm*

Special Lecture

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 (UCL)

Sunday 3rd March, 2pm

Samuel Daniel's Tragedie of Cleopatra

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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.

To learn more about the production and to view rehearsal photos, please visit our blog, Twitter, or Facebook.

See also the European Institute and UCL Events page.

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

For more on the project see The Italian Academies 1525 - 1700 and Italian Academies Database.

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

In addition to our own seminars detailed below we were delighted to be associated with:

Reevaluating the Literary Coterie, 1550-1825

A series of seminars organised by Will Bowers and Hannah Crumme.

10th October

Erica Fudge (Strathclyde), The Animal Face of Early Modern England

24th October

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.

28th November

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*

Special Lecture 

Karen Hearn (Honorary Research Professor, UCL), 'Representing Pregnancy in Elizabethan & Jacobean Portraits'

Spring and Summer 2012

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.

Sizen 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

Autumn 2011

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

Lucy 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

Spring and Summer 2011

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

Autumn 2010

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

Spring and Summer 2010

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.

Other Events