SCEMS in Bruges: Sixteenth Century Conference preview

Provinciaal Hof, Brugge (via wikimedia)As anyone making bold to search the programme for this week’s Sixteenth Century Conference will discover, a series of SCEMS scholars are among those presenting at what (according to the SCSC) will be their biggest meeting yet. Here is a rundown of the Sheffield schedule:

It’s an early start, as an opening parallel session on Dialogue includes two speakers from the School of English, alongside Joshua Roddam (Nottingham) whose topic is heresy:

Thursday 8:30am (NH Hotel, Sint Kruis)
8. Early Modern Dialogue
Cathy Shrank, “Dialogue in the Early Modern Schoolroom”
Rachel Stenner, “Debating Print in Prefatory Dialogue”

Immediately following, two SCEMS professors participate in a roundtable on historiography, organised by Dave Postles:

Thursday 10:30am (Hotel de Medici, Firenza)
48. Roundtable: Reading History as Text and Text as History
ft. Phil Withington and Cathy Shrank alongside Jose Maria Perez Fernandez (Granada), Paul White (Purdue) and Greg Walker (Edinburgh).

On Thursday afternoon, Dr James Brown, Research Associate on the Intoxicants and Early Modernity project is contributing to the first of a series looking at visualising the world through digital space and time:

Thursday 3:30pm (NH Hotel, Sint Andreas)
86. Visualizing the Early Modern World in Digital Space and Time I
James Brown, “Early Modern Intoxicants in Digital Space and Time”.

Moving to Friday, the University of Sheffield sponsors session 144, focused on vernacularisation:

Friday 10:30 (NH Hotel, Van Dyck)
144 “Vernacularization in Early Modern England: Buildings, Text, Words”
Phil Withington, “The English Invention of ‘Happiness'”
Tania Demetriou (York) on Translating Homeric Emotion
Adrian Green (Durham) “Did English Society see the Birth of ‘Vernacular Architecture’ in the 16th century?”

On Saturday morning, SCEMS Coordinator Iona Hine is first speaker in a session on translation, chaired by Paul Arblaster:

Saturday 10:30 (Provinciaal Hof, Militie Vergaderzaal)
244, “The Vagaries of Translation in the Early Modern World”
Iona Hine (Sheffield), “Ruth as Deserving Stranger: Translation Serving Ideology in Reformation Europe”
Noreen Humble (Calgary) “Learning Ancient Greek in the Sixteenth Century”
Jennifer Sarha (independent) “Sardanapalus, Exemplarity, and Mistranslation in the Early Modern Period”.

Those with Northern Renaissance interests may also want to watch out for Richard Wood (Sheffield Hallam) on Cavendish’s The Varietie, Sidneian Nostalgia and the Rise of Dutch Power.

Finally, look out for the Linguistic DNA project’s poster in the Book Exhibit:

Sint Donaas Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Linguistic DNA: Discovering semantic change in early modern book“.

The poster will be on display throughout the conference, but come along between 1:30 and 3:30 on Saturday afternoon for some Q&A.

The full SCSC programme is available as a PDF on the Society’s website.

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