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
- 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.
Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:38:14 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 26, 2014 2:00:00 PM
End: Mar 26, 2014 4:00:00 PM
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
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
research production of ‘The Tragedy of Thomas Merry’ from Robert Yarrington’s Two
Lamentable Tragedies (1601).
The production will be staged using early modern rehearsal practices and actors’ parts.
To reserve a ticket, email email@example.com. Tickets are free, but space is limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
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.
Questier (Queen Mary, University of London), The significance of converts
and conversion in writing a narrative of post-Reformation England
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 (email@example.com).
Wednesday 13th November 2013, 2 - 6pm, Foster Court 307, SELCS Common Room
Postgraduate / Postdoctoral Workshop
Moving: Pathways, Transport and Place
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Isabelle Moreau (email@example.com).
Sunday 24th November, 1 - 7pm, Wilkins Old Refectory
Iphigenia at Aulis: A Special Performance
special performance of Lady Jane Lumley's 1555 translation of the
Euripides play. Booking information and further details are available on
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**
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
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 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.
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'
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
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
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
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
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.