Early Modern Discussion Group Seminars

The Early Modern Discussion Group Seminar Series

The Early Modern Discussion Group (EMDG) is a postgraduate-led group for the circulation and discussion of ideas about early modern history. We host a variety of speakers each semester who generally give 20 minute papers, with two speakers in each session, though sometimes we have just one speaker who will present a longer paper. We sometimes also have reading sessions where we discuss a recent journal article.
Below is a record of some previous sessions. Information about forthcoming EMDG events can be found under theDiscussion Groupmenu above.


Topics and speakers from past EMDG sessions:


Spring 2015

23 February: Serenella Sessini and Laura Stefanescu (Music, Sheffield)
Music, Silence and Devotional Practice in the Gualenghi-d’Este Hours.
9 March: Niall Allsopp (English, Oxford)
Andrew Marvell and William Davenant
20 April: Sam Garwood (Archaeology, Sheffield)
An examination of cultural and economic exchange through an analysis of glass cargoes from 16th– and 17th-century shipwreck assemblages.
27 April: Dr Liesbeth Corens (History, Cambridge)
Creating counter archives: English Catholic record collectors in the late 17th century.
11 May: Dr Richard Ward (HRI, Sheffield)
Rethinking the Bloody Code: Capital Punishment at the Centre and on the Periphery of 18th-Century Britain.


Autumn 2014

13 October: Adam Smith (English Literature, Sheffield),
‘Too Many Freeholders: Re-Writing Joseph Addison in the Eighteenth-Century North’
27 October: Joe Saunders (Philosophy, Sheffield),
Kant on Value’
17 November: Dr Iona Hine (Biblical Studies, Sheffield),
‘Miles Coverdale: An English translator in sixteenth-century Europe’
1 December: Dr Richard Blakemore (History, Oxford),
‘Pieces of eight, pieces of eight: the venture economy of early modern seafaring’


Spring 2014

10 February: Christy Ford (Oxford),
‘Print Communities in the Eighteenth Century’
Anna Jenkin (Sheffield),
‘“The World Thy Tomb”: Murderous and Martyred Mid-wives in 1680s London and Paris’
24 February: Jamie Goodrich (Wayne State/Sheffield)
Early modern nuns (Fulbright Research project).
10 March: Postgraduate roundtable discussion:
Social networks in history: methodologies and findings’,
led by Nicola Walker (Sheffield) and Kate Davison (Sheffield)
24 March: Andrew Hardie (Lancaster)
‘Analysing EEBO-TCP as an annotated corpus’
2 June: Patrick Wallis (LSE),
‘Between household and market: apprenticeship in early modern England’.


Autumn 2013

16 October: Prof. Stuart Carroll, University of York:
Rituals of reconciliation in early modern Europe
20 November: Heather Dalton, University of Melbourne,
‘The merchant’s daughter, the merchant’s wife: faith, knowledge and translation in England’s early sixteenth century Atlantic trading networks’
27 November: John Gallagher, University of Cambridge.
11 December: David Garrioch (Monash)
Fire in the early modern city’.


Spring 2013

16 January:
Dr. Georg Christ (University of Manchester).
‘The Wake of Crusade. Piracy, Embargoes and Venice as ‘Ordnungsmacht’ in the Eastern Mediterranean (1340-1370)’.
Dr. Sasha Handley (University of Manchester)
‘From lychnobites to bed-faggots: sleep and sociability in early modern England c.1660-1760’.
13 February:
Dr. Vivienne Larminie (University of Oxford & the History of Parliament Trust)
‘A Fifth Column at Westminster? The French church and Parliament, 1642-1662’.
Amy Calladine (University of Nottingham).
‘Urban rituals and the proclamation of Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector, 1658’.

13 March:
Richard Scott (University of Sheffield).
10 April:
Prof. Allison Coudert (University of California, Davis):
‘Apocalypticism, Millenarianism, and the Scientific Revolution.’
8 May:
Dr. Andrew Hopper (University of Leicester)
‘Social mobility in the English Revolution: the case of Adam Eyre’
Prof. Phil Withington (University of Sheffield):
‘Urban citizens and England’s civil wars.’
5 June:
Jennifer Bishop (University of Cambridge):
“The importance of being honest: friendship and reputation in the records of the Goldsmiths’ Company, c.1545-1570′.
Dr. Felicity Stout (University of Sheffield).