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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.

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.

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