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2019
DateEvent
22 October 2019

Re-animating the Hispano-Philippine Ivory

6-8 June 2019

Seventeenth-Century Libraries: Problems & Perspectives

20 March 2019

Joachim du Bellay’s Roman Poetry / Teachers' salaries in Verona (1407-1515)

13 March 2019

‘The very verge of his confine’: Cicero, Shakespeare and Attitudes to Old Age

6 March 2019

The early editions of Paradise Lost

27 February 2019

Post-medieval Latin verse in English manuscript sources, c.1550-1700: initial findings

20 February 2019

Ovid's Heroides & Early Modern Literary Tradition / Division of Linguistic Labour in Communal Italy

25 January 2019Digital Launch Event: The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe
2018
DateEvent
5 December 2018

Tenochtitlan Political Propaganda / The Vocabulary of Sacrifice

20 November 2018

Birdsongs and Sonnets: Listening to Renaissance Lyric

14 November 2018

al-Ġazālī's Medieval Arabic Philosophy / Art, Architecture and Light Beams in Late-Medieval Italy

31 October 2018

Poetry and Usury: Symbolic Economies in Shakespeare’s Sonnets

17 October 2018

Performance and revelry in Rubens's St George and the Dragon

17 September 2018

The virtuosa singer in the academies of early modern Italy

28 June 2018

Archiving the Academies of Early Modern Italy: Critical methodologies and digital tools

9am, 4 June 2018 To 6pm, 8 June 2018

Magic, Milton and Medieval Dog Love! The UCL Festival of Culture 2018

30 May 2018

Being Black in Tudor England/Being English in Mughal India

25 May 2018

'Trust Me' - A Symposium on the Language of Medical Expertise and Imposture in English, 1400-1900

23 May 2018

“Thou look’st pale”: Narrating Physical Responses on the Early Modern Stage

5pm To 7pm, 9 May 2018

Fire Assay and Cupellation / Wit, Waterworks and Wanderlust

25 April 2018

Power in Iceland / Perfection and Colonialism

20 April 2018

The Science of Naples: Making Knowledge in Italy’s Pre-eminent City, 1500-1700

16 April 2018

UCL IAS Lies: Lying in Early Modern English Culture

15 February 2018

Early Modern Studies Virtual Open Day

6 February 2018

Paper and pizza / Ink and drink: Considering an MA in Early Modern Studies?

31 January 2018

Dreams, Nightmares, and Insomnia

31 January 2018

Goldoni, the Masons, and the Mysteries

2017
DateEvent
7 December 2017

Fake News

6 December 2017

Alchemy and Education

29 November 2017

Neo-Latin and History of the Book

23 November 2017

The Early Modern Wound

20 November 2017

Binding the frontier: networking of émigrés in Habsburg Hungary & Kingdom of Naples 16-18th century

1 November 2017

Debt and doorways in Renaissance comedy

26 October 2017

Early Modern Insects

25 October 2017

Popular Literacies and the First Historians of the First Crusade

18 October 2017

Representing ‘Reality’ in European Travel Narratives of the Safavid Empire

20 September 2017

European Perspectives on the English Reformation - Workshop

5-10 June 2017

Gold, Shakespeare, Plague, Monsters and Written Treasures: The UCL Festival of Culture

17 May 2017

Madame de Stael

23 March 2017

Early Modern Studies Virtual Open Day

21 March 2017

Paper and pizza / Ink and drink: Considering an MA at UCL?

15 March 2017

Recycling Books

8 March 2017

Reflecting on Dante's Aristotelianism / The Renaissance revival of Menippean satire

1 March 2017

Self-Narrative and Self-Description

23 February 2017

Migrant crises, past and present

2016
DateEvent
8 December 2016

Spatial margins and social marginality in fifteenth-century London / Rewriting Modernity

30 November 2016

Ariosto and the Cantimpanca

23 November 2016

MREMS 2016 - 17 Seminar 1

13 October 2016

Launch event for The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe

1 October 2016

Mary I (1516-1558). A Conference in her 500th Anniversary Year

9 June 2016

The Physiology of Youth and The Vagueness of Vagrancy

7 June 2016

A discussion about the future of the early modern and adjacent moments at UCL

3 May 2016

Specimens of Poetesses

24 March 2016

Seeing Bacon

23 March 2016

Oratory and Rhetoric

2 March 2016

Love and Law

2 March 2016

Revolution, Biopolitics and Roguery

25 February 2016

Clothing, Natural Knowledge and Parasitic Discourse

20 January 2016

Rabelais

2015
DateEvent
17 December 2015

‘Popular Piety and Medieval Religious Revivals: The Bianchi of 1399’

25 November 2015

‘A new comodye in englysh in maner of an enterlude’: La Celestina in circulation between the Hispanic book market and the Tudor Stage

19 November 2015

'What's in a purse? 'Purse hoards' and classification in medieval numismatics

11 September 2015

Samuel Daniel, Poet and Historian

20 May 2015

Pregnancy and False Pregnancy

6 May 2015

Epic! Between Ancient and Early Modern Empires

19 March 2015

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

19 February 2015

Cardinal Oliviero Carafa's 1472 Naval Expedition against the Turks

18 February 2015

Fictional Embassies

5 February 2015

Early Modern Women Translators: A Re-evaluation of Their Creative and Political Agency

2014
DateEvent
5 December 2014

Travel and Writing in the Global Renaissance: Revisiting the Peregrination of Fernão Mendes Pinto

23 October 2014

Marsilio Ficino and the Mirror of the Soul

3 June 2014

The Many Faces of Cleopatra

9 May 2014

Revisiting Ivan Fedorov’s Legacy in Early Modern Europe

7 May 2014

Polemical Possessions

28 April 2014

Big History

26 March 2014

Shakespeare's Hamlet for Children

21 March 2014

Two Lamentable Tragedies

19 March 2014

Shakespeare and Venice

12 March 2014

Greek Tragedy's Renaissance Inflections

11 March 2014

Demonic Possession

12 February 2014

Historical Geography and the Early Modern

2013

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**


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


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. 


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

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. Speakers: 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.


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 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)


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).


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).


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.


24th April, 4.30pm, Foster Court 132

*Special Guest Lecture* Stephen Pender (University of Windsor, Ontario), Heat and Moisture, Rhetoric and Spiritus


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.


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.


Sunday 3rd March, 2pm, The Great Hall, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB

Samuel Daniel's Tragedie of Cleopatra

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. 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. 


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)


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

Special Lecture: Nigel Smith (Princeton), Literature, Politics and the Dutch Republic

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.


6th December *Archaeology G6 Lecture Theatre, 4pm*

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


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; 


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.


10th October

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


2nd May, 4.30 pm. Galton Lecture Theatre, 1-19 Torrington Place

Theory and the Medieval Animal.

Karl Steel (Brooklyn College), On Worms; Bob Mills (KCL), On Animals


21st March. Roberts Building 110.

Catholic Aesthetics.

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’


29th February. Roberts Building 110.

Borderlands

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


1st February. Foster Court 114.

War and the French Sixteenth Century.

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


18th January. Foster Court 114.

Early Modern Theories of the Soul.

Richard Serjeantson,(Cambridge), The soul and the human sciences before the Enlightenment; Guido Giglioni (Warburg), Bacon on the Soul

2011

16th November

Women and the Early Modern Sermon

Guest Lecture with Jeanne Shami (University of Regina)


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.


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


8th June. Malet Place Engineering 1.03. *5pm*

Francis Bacon in International Collaboration

Alan Stewart (Columbia)


9th March. Foster Court 243.

England and Spain.

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


9th February. Foster Court Room 243.

English Catholics, European Contexts.

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;l Alison Shell (UCL, English), English Catholic Womanhood in Richard Verstegan's 'Odes'; 


19th January. Drayton Jevons Lecture Theatre.

Travel and the Idea of Europe.

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?

2010

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


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


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


11th May at 4.30pm, Foster Court 243.

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


29th April 2010, 5pm, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, followed by a reception in the North Cloisters at 6pm.

Centre Launch Event: Shakespeare and the Inquisition

Professor Brian Cummings, Sussex University