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December 2019

José A. Pérez Díez, ‘Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, count de Gondomar’

12 December, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
The Diamond, Workroom 2 (G05), 32 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield, S3 7RD United Kingdom
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Dr José A. Pérez Díez (Leeds) will be giving a paper on Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, count de Gondomar, his library, and his probable connections with the professional theatre in London. Gondomar is a fascinating figure remembered in particular for his role in attempting to bring about a marriage between Prince Charles and the Infanta Maria Anna of Spain, and for being satirised in Thomas Middleton's _A Game at Chess_

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Intoxicating Spaces HERA Project

19 December, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SCEMS is delighted to welcome the new HERA project 'Intoxicating Spaces' to present a lunchtime session. This is a great chance to find out more about the project and the research going on here at the University of Sheffield. Further details tbc.

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February 2020

Gemma Shearwood, “For the Entertainment of the Publick”: The emergence of Westminster Abbey as a/the place for sociability in the eighteenth century.

13 February, 2020 @ 1:05 pm - 2:00 pm

York PhD student Gemma Shearwood will be speaking to the title “For the Entertainment of the Publick”: The emergence of Westminster Abbey as a/the place for sociability in the eighteenth century. As an emergent church, Westminster Abbey was shaped by conflict and competition. This paper explores the impact of this competition and the steps taken by Westminster to outmanoeuvre its competitors in order to establish itself as a distinctive place for sociability in the eighteenth century. It begins with an…

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October 2020

SCEMS Welcome Event

29 October, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

The first SCEMS event of the new semester will take place on 29 October 2020. We'll be kicking off the programme with three short papers by recent Sheffield PhD graduates, Dr Michael Bennett, Dr Melanie Russell and Dr Mabel Winter, who will be discussing their new plans and projects. The event will be held online using Blackboard Collaborate. Please follow the Eventbrite link below to register. The link to the Collaborate session will be posted on the Eventbrite’s online event…

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November 2020

Choices | Professor Paul Slack

12 November, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

SCEMS is lucky to have Professor Paul Slack of the University of Oxford as the first speaker for our 'Choices' seminar series. Professor Slack has been one of the leading social and economic historians of the early modern period over the last 50 years, publishing field-defining research in urban history, social policy, the history of plague and pandemics, and economic culture and guiding the editorial policy of major journals like Past & Present and English Historical Review. It will be fascinating to hear…

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Early Modern Discussion Group | Sam Jermy

19 November, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sam Jermy (Leeds), ‘Masculinities, Metatheatricality and the Pregnant Page in Thomas Middleton’s More Dissemblers Besides Women'   (https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/english/pgr/1889/sam-jermy) This paper explores the performance of female-to-male disguise in the early modern theatre and the figure of the pregnant Page in Thomas Middleton's 1614 comedy More Dissemblers Besides Women. It considers the play's experimental treatment of crossdressing conventions and the skilled bodies of boy players to think through Middleton's interest in staging and representing a spectrum of embodied masculinities. The seminar will be held online…

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Projects | Professor Jennifer Richards

26 November, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

The first speaker in our new seminar series, Projects, will be Jennifer Richards (Joseph Cowen Professor of English Literature, Newcastle). In this series, speakers will discuss the funded research activities they’re involved with or with which they have been involved in the past. Professor Richards specialises in Renaissance English literature and the histories of rhetoric, reading and the book. In this session, Professor Richards will be discussing her involvement in the Thomas Nashe project, which focuses on the works and language of…

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December 2020

Early Modern Discussion Group | Lívia Bernardes Roberge

3 December, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lívia Bernardes Roberge (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and Sheffield), ‘The Digger “radical imagination”: representation struggles and construction of identities through print (1649-1652)’ (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/people/phd-researchers/livia-bernardes-roberge). Lívia Bernardes Roberge, visiting researcher at the University of Sheffield and PhD student at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, will be giving a paper on her research into publications of the seventeenth century religious sect, the Diggers. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, Lívia's paper examines the Diggers' use of pamphlets and broadsides to not only express…

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Choices | Professor Susan D. Amussen

10 December, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

The next speaker in our seminar series, Choices, is Professor Susan D. Amussen (University of California, Merced). Speakers in this series are invited to look back over their careers and discuss the choices – good and bad – they have made along the way. Professor Amussen is a leading social and cultural historian of early modern Britain. Her work focuses on issues of class and gender, and race and slavery. Professor Amussen's latest book, Caribbean Exchanges: Slavery and the Transformation of English Society,…

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Early Modern Discussion Group | Sheryl Wombell

17 December, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sheryl Wombell (Wolfson College, Cambridge), ‘The Visible Technician: George Hartman and the publication of Kenelm Digby’s receipts’ (https://www.people.hps.cam.ac.uk/index/phd-students/wombell) This paper examines the posthumous publication of the medical and alchemical receipts of Kenelm Digby (1603-65) by his steward, George Hartman, between 1668 and 1696. Viewing the publications as an historical moment in which the usually ‘invisible technician’ became extraordinarily visible, it interrogates the roles and status of those associated with the manual work of knowledge-making and, particularly, with the distribution of…

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