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December 2016

Early Modern Forum: Eliza Hartrich

8 December, 2016 @ 1:05 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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The Social Meaning of Texts: Comparative Musings on Pre-Modern English and Irish Municipal Records Dr Eliza Hartrich, Lecturer in the History Department, speaks to the title 'The Social Meaning of Texts: Comparative Musings on Pre-Modern English and Irish Municipal Records', hosted by the EMDG. Thursday lunchtime programme coordinated jointly by the postgraduate-run Early Modern Discussion Group and SCEMS. From October to December, the interdisciplinary Forum meets in the Humanities Research Institute at 1:05pm. NB There will be no Forum on…

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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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Brett Greatley-Hirsch: ‘Take a table’ and other early modern stage props: a quantitative approach

9 March, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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Empirical studies of Renaissance drama, including authorship attribution study, typically focus exclusively on patterns of language. However, a play is more than its dialogue, and the same empirical approaches might also uncover latent patterns in non-verbal features of the drama. Stage properties or 'props' are one such feature, and this paper presents a quantitative analysis of the frequency and distribution of props in plays written for (and performed on) the commercial London stage, 1590–1609.

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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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‘Order and Disorder in the Early Modern Book’ with Catherine Evans and Alison Horgan

30 March, 2017 @ 1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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This EMF is jointly organised with Book History. It will feature 2 current PhD students from the School of English. Catherine Evans will talk about 'Pleating time in early modern almanacs' and Alison Horgan will discuss '"here is no Thread of Story, nor Connection of one part with another": organisation in some C17/C18 commonplace books and miscellanies'.

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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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