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October 2017

Andy Kesson Masterclass

6 October, 2017 @ 10:00 am
Jessop West G03

Dr Andy Kesson is the Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded Before Shakespeare project. In this workshop he'll be sharing his insight into early modern London playhouses with a particular focus on putting archival material into dialogue with performance-based approaches. This workshop is free and open to all interested postgraduate students and members of staff. As spaces are limited, please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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November 2017

Alex Shepard, Childcare, family and economy in early modern Britain

16 November, 2017 @ 5:10 pm - 6:30 pm
Diamond LT 05

We're delighted to welcome Professor Alex Shepard (University of Glasgow) as a Visiting Speaker. This lecture approaches childcare as a form of work as part of a mission to promote a gender inclusive account of economic development. Focussing on Britain during a period of dynamic economic and social change, this lecture explores the ‘body work’ and labour relations involved in childcare provision at a time of relatively high dependency ratios and high parental mortality. Contrary to common assumptions that mothers have…

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Alex Shepard Masterclass

17 November, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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In the masterclass Prof Shepard will discuss some source materials (e.g. Old Bailey trials) which capture incidentally the allocation of child care responsibilities. This masterclass is open to all postgraduate students and members of staff. However, places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

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June 2018

Lori Anne Ferrell, When did you last see your father? How the Victorians Curated the Reformation

13 June, 2018 @ 5:10 pm - 7:00 pm
Jessop West G03

Lori Anne Ferrell (John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Claremont Graduate University) will analyze the work of rival nineteenth century subscription societies, The Parker Society and the Library of Anglo-Catholic Theology, investigating the complexities of their commitments to the idea of “reformation” in an age of new intra-confessional controversy in the Church of England.  Ferrell examines how the Victorians published documents to correct the public understanding of British Protestantism; how this undertaking was designed to address the…

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Lori Anne Ferrell Masterclass

14 June, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jessop West Seminar Room 3

Workshop on the editing of the English Reformation Professor Lori Anne Ferrell is John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Claremont Graduate University. She has worked extensively on early modern religion and is the author of several books, including Government By Polemic: James I, the King’s Preachers, and the Rhetorics of Conformity, 1603–1625 (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998) and The Bible and the People (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008). Places are free,…

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November 2018

Emily Butterworth, Negotiating Hypocrisy in Sixteenth-Century France

1 November, 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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Hypocrisy was, according to William Bouwsma, the characteristic vice of the late Renaissance and early modernity, denounced everywhere from pulpit to essay. Primarily a religious concern – and given urgent and virulent expression in confessional polemic – it was also a political one – with concerns of Machiavellian dissimulation particularly focused, in France, on the Italian queen Catherine de Medici. Both these strands are investigated by two writers, Marguerite de Navarre and Michel de Montaigne, both intimately involved in the…

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Dr Emily Butterworth, Obscenity: Word Histories

2 November, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
9 Mappin Street, Pool Seminar Room 123

Dr Emily Butterworth (King's College London) will be leading a masterclass on Friday, 2 November (abstract below). Places are free and open to staff and students; if you are a member of staff, please e-mail the SCEMS co-ordinator (c.steenbrugge@sheffield.ac.uk) to be added to the reserve list, if you are a student please register via this link. Paying attention to words and their contemporary meanings is an important part of Dr Butterworth's research. Obscenity offers an unusually rich and suggestive history in the…

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February 2019

Dr Jessica Winston, Between Theatre and Reading: Early English Plays on BBC Radio (1956-1957) and Traditions of ‘Partial Performance’

7 February @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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In Shakespeare performance criticism, the current trend is to conceptualize each performance as a unique event that brings together text, acting, lighting, directing, sound, blocking, spatial layout, and other elements to create a unique occasion. In these cases, the text is only one part of the production, and often not even the most significant part. While this idea of performance makes sense for full-scale, and especially professional productions, it does not map well onto modes of performance where the textual…

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Dr Jessica Winston, Not-Shakespeare in Performance

8 February @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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Dr Jessica Winston (Idaho State University) will be leading a masterclass on Friday 8 February (abstract below) Places are free and open to staff and students; if you are a member of staff, please e-mail the SCEMS co-ordinator to be added to the reserve list, if you are a student please register via this link. This seminar invites participants to raise methodological and theoretical questions about researching not-Shakespeare in performance. Two brief articles, one by Emma Smith and one by…

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October 2019

Amanda Herbert, ‘Recipes and Research: Approaches to Food, Medicine, Science, and Culture’

2 October @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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For our first SCEMS event of the year, we have the honour of hosting Dr Amanda Herbert of the Folger Shakespeare Library. On Tuesday 1 October, Dr Herbert will be speaking at the History Department Research Seminar on the appropriation and incorporation of Atlantic- and Pacific-world foods into seventeenth and eighteenth century British diets (specific title to be confirmed). This is open to all without booking, and will take place in the usual slot at 4.15 in room G.03, Jessop…

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