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February 2017

James Shaw: ‘Shylock in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and in reality: Moneylending, usury and stereotypes in early modern Venice’

9 February, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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Thursday lunchtime programme coordinated jointly by the postgraduate-run Early Modern Discussion Group and SCEMS. From February to May, the interdisciplinary Forum meets in the Humanities Research Institute at 1:05pm.  

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James Cook, Tom Leng and Rachel Stenner: ‘Teaching Early Modernity: a roundtable’

16 February, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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What are the challenges and opportunities that come with teaching the early modern period at an undergraduate level? This session will hear from three different early modernists representing different disciplines. The purpose will be to share experiences and ideas about how we can convey the richness of the early modern period to our students.

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March 2017

David Coast: ‘Speaking for the People in Early Modern England’

2 March, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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This paper examines the authority of what might loosely be called “public opinion” in political and religious polemics in England from c. 1529 - 1640. One important strand of elite political rhetoric portrayed the common people as an ignorant and potentially rebellious many-headed multitude who were susceptible to seditious rumour. Yet some polemicists were willing to argue that the vox populi was the vox dei, and enlisted the supposed views of the common people in support of a variety of…

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Harriet Smart: ‘If it was superior, so much the better’: Political manoeuvrings in the sacred landscape of Huey Tozoztli

16 March, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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Huey Tozoztli was the fourth ceremony celebrated in the Nahua (Aztec) ritual calendar which spanned 18 months. Occurring once a year, this was as a maize veneration ceremony where nobles and commoners alike plucked stalks of fresh corn to celebrate a successful harvest. However, in 1507 Huey Tozoztli was celebrated in a very different way. Far from being a domestic harvest festival, the Mexica ruler of Tenochtitlan with three allied rulers and two sworn enemies took part in a gruelling…

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Sonia Tycko – “Coercion and Consent in Early Modern English Military Impressment”

23 March, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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The Thursday lunchtime programme coordinated jointly by the postgraduate-run Early Modern Discussion Group and SCEMS, welcomes Sonia Tycko, PhD candidate at Harvard University and visiting student at Cambridge University. The drama of selecting men to be common soldiers for late Elizabethan and early Stuart armies played out inside village and town communities. Constables and tythingmen faced off with potential soldiers and their families. Under close observation by neighbors, these officers, and the deputy lieutenants to whom they answered, followed a…

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May 2017

Stephen Basdeo: “The Rogue and the Outlaw: Towards a Cultural History of the Early Modern Underworld”

18 May, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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This Thursday lunchtime programme coordinated jointly by the postgraduate-run Early Modern Discussion Group and SCEMS welcomes Stephen Basdeo, PhD candidate at Leeds Trinity University. The poem A Gest of Robyn Hode dates from the fifteenth century. It was not printed, however, until the early sixteenth century. While many scholars have studied the Gest in its medieval context, no researcher thus far has analysed it in its early modern context. The eponymous outlaw in the Gest is viewed positively. He is…

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October 2017

Mabel Winter, ‘they are not so powerful as they made themselves’: Politics, power, and business in seventeenth-century England

12 October, 2017 @ 1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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This week we welcome Mabel Winter, a PhD student in History, who will explore the intimate relationship between politics, power and business through the case study of the Bank of Woollchurch Market (1670-1677). Whilst trade was growing at a monumental rate in the second-half of the seventeenth century, politics and economics were adapting to the new national circumstances. The Restoration added further confusion, introducing an Anglican Church settlement that would provide even further religious and political conflict, prompting a separation within the…

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Thomas Rose – ‘The Socio-Politics of Hunting in Early Stuart England: three case studies from the Midlands’

26 October, 2017 @ 1:05 pm - 1:55 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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A PhD student at Nottingham University, Thomas Rose will be presenting his research on the socio-politics of hunting in early Stuart England, through three case studies from the East Midlands: Jacobean royal progresses, a gentry hunting network, and aristocratic gifting of venison. The postgraduate-led EMDG works in conjunction with SCEMS and the Early Modern Forum, providing a fortnightly speaker series taking place on Thursday 1.05-1.55 pm in the HRI. We are an interdisciplinary group for the Arts and Humanities focussing…

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November 2017

Apurbaa Chatterjee, Nature in the Culture of Empire: Showcasing Early British India

23 November, 2017 @ 1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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For this EMF, we welcome History PhD student Apurbaa Chatterjee. She will deal with the visual representations of Indian flora and fauna during early British rule, around 1760 to 1820. In doing so, her talk situates nature within imperial politics and understands its representations as crucial to British control over India. This in turn feeds into the creation of imperial self-image that was vital to the legitimacy of British rule in India. This session is organised by the EMDG.

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February 2018

Tom Rutter, Ben Jonson and the Cavendishes

15 February, 2018 @ 1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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For the first EMF this semester, our very own Tom Rutter (English) will present on Jonson's professional and personal relationship with William Cavendish, Earl of Newcastle, including his commissioned poems and entertainments, plays written under Cavendish's influence, and Jonson's stay at Welbeck during his 1618 walk to Scotland. Listeners can expect centaurs, cheese-mites, an incontinent midwife, and Robin Hood to boot. All welcome! This session is organised by the EMDG.

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