Early Modern Soundscapes
24-25 April 2014, Bangor University, Gwynedd, Wales

Registration has now opened for Early Modern Soundscapes, which will be held at Bangor University, between 24 and 25 April 2014. It will include the Society for Renaissance Studies Third Annual Welsh Lecture, delivered by Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle) and Professor Richard Wistreich (Royal Northern College of Music) and plenary lectures by Professor Tess Knighton (Institució Milá i Fontanals, Barcelona) and Professor Helen Wilcox (Bangor).

The full programme and registration details are available: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/english/Soundscapes.  For further information, please contact Rachel Willie (r.willie@bangor.ac.uk) or Marta Napodano (elued0@bangor.ac.uk).

The Tenth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Workshop
May 6 2014, Columbia University, New York

The Anglo Saxon Studies Colloquium announces:

The Tenth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Workshop

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 at Columbia University

This year’s graduate student ASSC event will consist in a workshop with graduate students andadvanced undergraduate students on any aspect of Anglo-Saxon studies. We will pre-circulate papers approximately 5 pages (single-spaced) in length, providing commentary and discussing the work on the day of the workshop. We encourage work-in-progress and look forward to a collegial event.

Time in Early Modern Thought
9-10 May 2014, University of York, York

A two day conference at the University of York – 9th and 10th May 2014, run jointly by the universities of Lancaster and York as a Northern Renaissance Roses Seminar. The first day will take place in the Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre, and the second in the beautiful surroundings of York Minster Old Palace Library, and will conclude with a concert given by the Minster Minstrels, a renaissance-baroque early music wind group.

There is no charge for the conference, but because numbers are restricted in the Old Palace Library on Saturday 10th, I would very much appreciate if you could contact me for an informal registration / ticketing, e-mailing: kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk  by Tuesday 22nd April. Please note disabled access is restricted for this historic venue.

For more information, please visit here: http://www.york.ac.uk/media/crems/documents/conferences/NRS%20-%20Time%20and%20Early%20Modern%20Thought%20provisional%20programme.2docx.pdf

Society for Neo-Latin Studies, Graduate Student Forum
16 May 2014, King’s College, London


We are organizing a graduate student forum to be held at King’s for graduate students working on or with neo-Latin material. The event is open to students in any discipline and at all stages, including MA/MPhil/MSt students and undergraduates considering graduate work in the field as well as PhD students. The event is scheduled for a Friday afternoon to allow those not based in London to make a weekend of it if they wish. KCL’s Strand campus is extremely central and easily accessible by tube from all the mainline terminals.

Graduate students in neo-Latin studies are unusually isolated: the UK has no departments of neo-Latin, so students are scattered among many departments across the country, including history, English, classics, modern languages, history of science, philosophy and theology. They are often the only student in their department (or even institution) working on a neo-Latin topic. There is a strong need for such students to meet each other, share their research and consult with more senior academics, who are themselves hard to locate and contact for the same reasons – they are scattered among many departments, and almost none of them will have ‘neo-Latin’ in their job title. As a result, strategies for career planning and job applications are particularly challenging for these students. This forum will offer the opportunity to speak pragmatically about such challenges and to discuss career development with staff and students at all stages.

The aim of the forum is to combine brief presentations by five or six students (limited to 10-15 minutes to allow even students at an early stage, for instance an MA dissertation, to present) with a session of presentations by four established academics from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and career stages to advise on career development in the field.

There will be a small registration fee of £10 (payable in cash on
arrival) to cover a sandwich lunch, coffee in the afternoon and drinks at the end of the event. We are applying for funds to allow us to offer some graduate bursaries to cover this fee and travel expenses. The event is generously supported by the Institute of Classical Studies.

If you would like to attend, please book a place by emailing VICTORIA MOUL (VICTORIA.MOUL@KCL.AC.UK) BY THE 1ST OF MAY 2014. Please indicate your institution, research area and the stage you are at (e.g. first year PhD; prospective MA student). If you would like to be considered for a bursary, should funds be available, please indicate this.
(Priority would be given to those traveling the greatest distances.)

If you are interested in PRESENTING A SHORT PAPER on a neo-Latin element of your research please also contact Victoria, with a brief outline of the possible topic. Exploratory papers on ongoing research, or discussions of a particular problem are very welcome: you don’t have to be sure of your conclusions.


1.00-2.00: Arrival, registration, sandwich lunch in S8.08. Chance for introductions and informal networking.

2.00-4.15: series of short (10-15 minute) papers by five or six graduate students on their research. Followed by questions and discussion.

4.15-4.45: coffee break

4.45-6.00: ‘Careers in Neo-Latin’ session, four presentations by neo-Latin scholars at various career stages and from various disciplinary backgrounds: Dr Paul Botley (Warwick, holder of Leverhulme funding for a Neo-Latin project); Dr Emma Buckley (Classics department, St Andrew’s); Dr Andrew Taylor (Cambridge, MML/English); Professor Brenda Hosington (Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, Warwick).

6.00 ONWARDS: Drinks in situ. There will be a dinner afterwards at a local restaurant of an appropriate grad-student-friendly budget for anyone who’d like to come along.

Scholarship, Science and Religion in the Age of Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614) and Henry Savile (1549-1622)
1st-3rd July 2014, Merton College, Oxford

Oxford’s Centre for Early Modern Studies 6th Annual Conference

T.S. Eliot Theatre, Merton College
Tuesday 1st – Thursday 3rd July 2014

Plenary speaker: Anthony Grafton (Princeton)

Rhiannon Ash (Oxford), Philip Beeley (Oxford), Paul Botley (Warwick), Matteo Campagnolo (Geneva), Andrea Ceccarelli (Padua), Ingrid de Smet (Warwick), Mordechai Feingold (Caltech), Robert Goulding (Notre Dame), Nick Hardy (Cambridge), Scott Mandelbrote (Cambridge), Jean-Louis  Quantin (Paris), Paul Quarrie (Maggs Bros.), André-Louis Rey (Geneva), Thomas Roebuck (UEA), Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge), Robin Sowerby (Stirling), Gilbert Tournoy (Leuven), Benjamin Wardhaugh (Oxford), Joanna Weinberg (Oxford).

The conference is co-organized by the University of Oxford (David Norbrook), the University of East Anglia (Tom Roebuck), and the California Institute of Technology (Mordechai Feingold).

Henry Savile (1549-1622) and Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614) were two contrasting giants of late humanism. Savile, Warden of Merton College, Oxford, was a key figure in the history of English science and a formidable presence on the English scholarly and political scene, whose translation of Tacitus led to political controversy and whose editio princeps of Chrysostom in Greek won admiration across Europe. Casaubon, perhaps the leading Greek classical scholar of his generation and a great correspondent within the intellectual exchanges of the Republic of Letters, used his scholarship to become a formidable Protestant polemicist, publishing a vast philological critique of the authorized Catholic ecclesiastical history of Cesare Baronio.

Their lives and works, when considered together, raise vital questions about the history of early-modern knowledge and erudition, the relationship between the histories of science and the humanities, the networks of early-modern intellectual communication, the history of books and archives, the importance of Hebraic scholarship, and the impact of scholarship upon literature. Our conference, timed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Casaubon’s death and the 750th anniversary of Merton College’s foundation (the institution Savile shaped), brings together leading scholars from across the disciplines to answer these questions.

To encourage early registration, we are offering reduced registration rates until the 1st of May 2014:

Full: £100 for three days / £50 per individual day
Graduate: £75 for three days / £40 per individual day

Final conference registration closes on the 19th June 2014.  Graduate bursaries are available upon application.

To find out more, and to register, please follow the link to our conference site:

With thanks for the generous support of: Merton College, Oxford; The Bibliographical Society; the Modern Humanities Research Association; Society for Renaissance Studies; the University of Notre Dame; the Bodleian Library, Oxford; the Faculty of English Language and Literature, Oxford; the Centre for Early Modern Studies; The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities.

Europe after Wyclif
4-6 June 2014, Fordham University, New York

Europe after Wyclif is an international academic conference, sponsored by McGill University (Montreal) and Fordham University (New York City)

[view poster.pdf] For more information, please visit the conference website here: https://www.mcgill.ca/wyclif/

Dramatizing Penshurst: Site, Scripts, Sidneys
8-9 June 2014, Penshurst Place, United Kingdom

Dramatizing Penshurst: Site, Scripts, Sidneys conference to be held at Penshurst Place on 8-9 June, featuring a ‘Read not Dead’ staged reading of Lady Mary Wroth’s Love’s Victory by Globe Education.

The conference website can be found at http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/dramatizing-penshurst/

Katherine Philips 350: Writing, Reputation, Legacy
26-28 June 2014, Marsh’s Library, Dublin

Registration has now opened for the conference ‘Katherine Philips 350: Writing, Reputation, Legacy’, which will be held in Marsh’s Library, Dublin, between 26 and 28 June 2014. This conference marks the 350th anniversary of the publication of Katherine Philips’s Poems (1664) and of her death the same year. It will include plenary lectures by Professor Elizabeth Hageman (co-editor of the forthcoming OUP edition of Philips’s poems, plays and letters), Professor Sarah Prescott (Aberystwyth University), and Linzi Simpson (principal archaeologist at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin), as well as sessions on Philips’s poems and translations, publishing history, archipelagic contexts, and the posthumous reception of her work. The programme also includes an optional visit to the site of Smock Alley Theatre, where Philips’s play Pompey was staged in 1663.

Conference registration is available athttp://www.conference.ie/Conferences/AddRegistration.asp?Conference=252. The conference is supported by the Society for Renaissance Studies, who have funded a small number of postgraduate bursaries (fee waivers). To express interest in applying for a bursary, please write to the co-organisers, Dr Marie-Louise Coolahan and Dr Gillian Wright, atkatherinephilips350@gmail.com. Any other questions about the conference should also be directed to this address.

The closing date for registration is 1 May 2014. Places at the conference are limited, so early registration is strongly advised.

Knowing Nature in the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds
24-25 October, 2014, University of Maryland

The Graduate Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies at University of Maryland, College Park–an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students–is excited to announce this year’s conference, Knowing Nature in the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds.

Nature, according to the critic Raymond Williams, is quite possibly “the most difficult word in the English language.” The genealogy of nature’s complexities—semantic, philological, epistemological, ontological—are the subject of this two-day conference that seeks to bring into dialogue historians of science, philosophy, art, and literature. How did early writers and artists and other thinkers know and encounter nature? What practices made nature legible? What ethics were thought to arise out of the environment? This event considers a wide variety of cultural productions in the medieval and early modern periods. By what metaphors and strategies did pre-modern people represent the sensible world of matter? This event considers a wide variety of cultural productions in the medieval and early modern periods, seeking to rethink the relation between fields of knowledge and to bridge the widening gap between the humanities and the sciences in our own universities.

 The conference will take place October 24-25, 2014.