Alex Taylor, Tobaccomania: the mass-consumption of tobacco in seventeenth-century England

For the final EMF this semester, we welcome Alex Taylor (PhD candidate in History). Alex will focus on a sixty year period (1625-1685) in which tobacco was transformed into a cheap and widely available commodity, the first of the so-called Continue reading Alex Taylor, Tobaccomania: the mass-consumption of tobacco in seventeenth-century England

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

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

Alex Shepard Masterclass

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 Continue reading Alex Shepard Masterclass

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

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

What were they thinking? The challenges of academic book reviews

This session is intended as a development activity for postgraduates and early career researchers. Combining insight into published book reviews and anecdotes about the writing process with pragmatic advice, this session will examine the role of book reviews as a Continue reading What were they thinking? The challenges of academic book reviews

Andy Kesson and Before Shakespeare

Sheffield postgraduate Cat Evans reports on the lecture, ‘Peculiar Houses: Building public theatres in Elizabethan London’ given by Dr Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton, London) on 5 October 2017, and on the masterclass he gave the following day. Andy Kesson Continue reading Andy Kesson and Before Shakespeare

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

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

Andy Kesson Masterclass

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 Continue reading Andy Kesson Masterclass

Andy Kesson, ‘”Peculiar houses”: building theatres in early modern London’

We will welcome Dr Andy Kesson (Reader in the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton) as our first Visiting Speaker of 2017-2018. Drawing on his work as Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded Before Shakespeare project, Continue reading Andy Kesson, ‘”Peculiar houses”: building theatres in early modern London’

Cavendishes, Castles and Special Collections: IPA670

New opportunity for postgraduates studying the region’s early modern past More information is now available about the new MA module in Interdisciplinary Early Modern Studies (IPA670) which kicks off this autumn: This 15-credit course presents an opportunity to explore local early Continue reading Cavendishes, Castles and Special Collections: IPA670