SCEMS Early Modern Discussion Group | Autumn 2020

The Early Modern Discussion Group is delighted to announce its Autumn 2020 speakers. The EMDG is a postgraduate-led, interdisciplinary forum for discussion of a broad range of topics across the period c.1500-1800. Papers are given by postgraduate researchers and early career researchers, followed by Continue reading SCEMS Early Modern Discussion Group | Autumn 2020

SCEMS Online Seminar Series 2020-2021

Choices and Projects For 2020–2021 we’re running an online seminar series based around two themes. Our Choices speakers have been invited to look back on their careers and discuss the choices they have made along the way. The kind of Continue reading SCEMS Online Seminar Series 2020-2021

Online Seminar Series | Intoxicating Spaces Project: ‘What’s Your Poison?’

The Sheffield-based ‘Intoxicating Spaces’ project, funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area), is hosting five free digital talks, open to all, exploring the history of specific intoxicants. Seminars will take place on Wednesdays at 1–2pm BST/GMT between 14 October and 9 December Continue reading Online Seminar Series | Intoxicating Spaces Project: ‘What’s Your Poison?’

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

In November Alex Shepard, Professor of Gender History at the University of Glasgow, came to Sheffield to share her thoughts on her new project, on childcare, family and economy in early modern Britain. This project is in its infancy, but Continue reading Alex Shepard, ‘Childcare, family and economy in early modern Britain’

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

Chaos in the Commonplace Book

Alison Horgan unravelled the complexities of commonplace book structures in her talk for Book History @ Sheffield. Intriguing spaces where chaos is both allowed free rein and corralled by organisational principles, commonplace books create new poetic configurations and patterns from Continue reading Chaos in the Commonplace Book

Rethinking Time via the Early Modern Almanac

Back in the crisp days of March, Book History @ Sheffield heard a fabulous paper from Sheffield PhD student, Catherine Evans. In her talk, ‘Pleating Time in Early Modern Almanacs’, Catherine reported back on archival research completed during a four Continue reading Rethinking Time via the Early Modern Almanac

Dutch Politics in the Sheffield Vaults

On a superb visit to Western Bank Library’s Special Collections – hosted by the wonderful archivist, Amanda Bernstein – we went to the deepest darkest dungeon to admire the University’s extensive rare book collection. Special Collections house a treasure trove Continue reading Dutch Politics in the Sheffield Vaults

Lost Books

SCEMS member and occasional book historian Dr Iona Hine offers some reflections based on her recent review of Lost Books (ed. Andrew Pettegree & Flavia Bruni; Leiden: Brill, 2016)

Jonson in Sheffield: as it happened

Intoxicants presentation at SCEMS Jonson 400 day

Last weekend, Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies hosted a celebration of Ben Jonson and the 400th anniversary of his Workes. With more than a dozen people presenting, this was a full and thought-provoking symposium. Speakers reflected on Jonson’s works Continue reading Jonson in Sheffield: as it happened