The Early Modern Inns of Court and the Circulation of Text

Event Date: 
14 Jun 2019 to 15 Jun 2019

King’s College London


We are delighted to announce that registration for ‘The Early Modern Inns of Court and the Circulation of Text’ is now open. Delegates may also purchase a concession ticket to a performance of The Misfortunes of Arthur; which we are returning to Gray’s Inn, its original place of staging, for the first time since 1587! As well as offering two-days of Inns-related papers, our programme includes plenary addresses from Prof. Arthur Marotti and Prof. Michelle O’Callaghan, a performance of Gray’s Inn drama, The Misfortunes of Arthur, by specialist theatre company, The Dolphin's Back, and an exhibition of materials curated in association with Middle Temple Library.


Standard rate - £80


Student and unwaged ECR rate - £35


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A draft programme can be found here


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The Inns of Court were culturally significant institutions of literary production, circulation and performance in the early modern period; their status as a stepping-stone between the universities and courtly or legal employment meant that many major (and minor) literary figures filtered through them. The Inns were communities of learning and leisure in which writers could produce, disseminate, consume, and influence each other’s writing. Even literary figures that did not reside in the Inns, such as William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, were associated with their members and influenced by their culture.


Building on the intellectual foundations of two recent Inns-related conferences, “The Early Modern Inns of Court and the Circulation of Text” will investigate the ways in which material and oral literatures were transmitted throughout, within, and beyond the Inns. This conference aims to centralise thought about the Inns, putting scholarship concerned with the disparate literary outputs of the Inns into a historical and materially-minded conversation. 



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Submission date for papers: 
10 Jan 2019