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International Christopher Marlowe Conference

Event Date: 
07 Sep 2015 to 08 Sep 2015

Registration for the International Christopher Marlowe Conference is now open.

7th - 8th September 2015, University of Exeter.

'The International Christopher Marlowe' is a two day academic conference devoted to exploring the international contexts, both historical and contemporary, informing the work of the English poet and dramatist Christopher Marlowe (c.1564).


Self-commentary in Early Modern European Literature

Event Date: 
26 Feb 2016 to 27 Feb 2016

Writers the world over have often accompanied their texts with a variety of annotations, marginal glosses, rubrications, and explicatory or narrative prose in an effort to direct and control the reception of their own works. Such self-exegetical devices do not merely serve as an external apparatus but effectively interact with the primary text by introducing a distinctive meta-literary dimension which, in turn, reveals complex dynamics affecting the very notions of authorship and readership. In the Renaissance, self-commentaries enjoyed unprecedented diffusion and found expression in a multiplicity of forms, which appear to be closely linked to momentous processes such as the legitimation of vernacular languages across Europe, the construction of a literary canon, the making of the modern author as we know it, and the self-representation of modern individual identities.

The Englishness of English Poetry in the Early Modern Period

Event Date: 
19 May 2016 to 21 May 2016

This two-part international conference taking place first in Strasbourg (May 19th-21st 2016) and then in Paris (May 2017), will focus on the evolution of English poetry over the early modern period. It will deal with aspects related to form and genre, but also with the material dimension of poems as commodities and the different modes of their circulation, across national borders through embassies and translations. As Nikolaus Pevsner defined the “Englishness” of English art (and more specifically architecture) from its mixed quality, we will try to determine if a specifically English way of thinking of and practicing poetry emerges in the Tudor-Stuart era.

SRS Postdoctoral Fellow wins major award

Holly James-Maddocks (SRS Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2015), has been awarded the first New Chaucer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2016) at St Louis University, and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2016-2019) at the University of Birmingham, to conduct research on 'The Illuminators of the Middle English Poetic Tradition'.  Holly aims to better contextualise the production of more than 100 illuminated manuscripts containing works by Chaucer, Lydgate, and Gower, by identifying the non-literary output of the artists involved.

Vile Beings, Bodies, and Objects in Early Modern France (1500-1700)

Event Date: 
09 Jul 2015 to 11 Jul 2015

A two-day conference to be held at the Maison Française, Oxford

Organisers: Dr Jonathan Patterson (Oxford) and Dr Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde (The Open University)

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Economics of Poetry 2016 Efficient techniques of producing neo-Latin verse

Event Date: 
28 Apr 2016 to 30 Apr 2016

The American University of Rome

Call for Papers: deadline August 16, 2015

This international conference will focus upon the techniques neo-Latin authors employed and developed to reduce the effort of poetic composition, streamline its production, and facilitate its presentation when time was a crucial factor for success

Samuel Daniel, Poet and Historian: A Two-day Conference

Event Date: 
10 Sep 2015 to 11 Sep 2015

This is the first Conference devoted to Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), and it is presented by a consortium of universities—UCL’s Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, the English Faculty at Oxford University, St John’s College Oxford, and the Royal College of Music.

Confirmed Speakers include: Warren Boutcher (QMUL); Christopher Goodwin (Lute Society); Karen Hearn (formerly of the Tate, Hon. Professor UCL).

Centres of Diplomacy, Centres of Culture I: The Habsburg and Papal Courts c.1450 to c.1630

Event Date: 
21 Sep 2015 to 22 Sep 2015

This event aims to bring early career scholars from different disciplinary angles (including, but not limited to History, History of Art, Modern Languages, English) into productive dialogue with one another. The conference will also feature a lunchtime workshop with specialists from the museum sector about working with museums for public engagement and teaching.

Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland

Event Date: 
06 Nov 2015 to 07 Nov 2015

Confirmed speakers: Warren Boutcher (Queen Mary); Will Hamlin (Washington State); Katie Murphy (Oxford); John O'Brien (Durham); Richard Scholar (Oxford); David Louis Sedley (Haverford)

Society for Renaissance Studies 7th Biennial Conference

School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow

18-20 July 2016

Keynote Speakers: Professor Neil Rhodes (University of St Andrews); Professor Willy Maley (University of Glasgow); Professor Evelyn Welch (King’s College, London)


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