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April 2019

Thomas Whitfield, “Wilkes and Liberty” – Punch bowls and the later-eighteenth-century Wilkite agitations

4 April, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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Newcastle PhD Student Thomas Whitfield speaks on the topic of "Wilkes and Liberty". The consumption of alcohol is well recognised as being an important practice in the formation of community and in the assertion and negotiation of individual and group identity (Dietler 2006). This is particularly true in the context of the eighteenth century, when the techniques, technologies and practices of alcohol consumption grew to become more complex than in any previous period of history. Of particular note in eighteenth-century…

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May 2019

Rachel Fennell | ‘That this should be my body I doubt’: John Lyly’s Endymion and the grotesque Sleeping Beauty

16 May, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jessop West Seminar Room 3

Rachel Fennell, a PhD student at the University of Durham, will be presenting on her research about the Sleeping Beauty motif in early modern texts. Sleeping Beauty is one of the most iconic figures of European fairy tale literature today, but the motif of the sleeping corpse also particularly captured the imagination of medieval and early modern writers. From Gower to Dekker, Boccaccio to Middleton, the enduring appeal of the body that inhabits the liminal space between sleep and death…

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November 2019

Cora James and Andrea Paquin – Early Modern Drama

7 November, 2019 @ 1:05 pm - 2:00 pm
9 Mappin Street G03, 9 Mappin Street
Sheffield, S1 4DT
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Cora James (Sheffield) and Andrea Paquin (York) will be presenting work derived from their PhD research. Cora James is researching the creative input of actresses into Restoration drama, and Andrea Paquin works on early modern boy players.

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December 2019

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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November 2020

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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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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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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February 2021

Early Modern Discussion Group | Dr Katie Bank

25 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr Katie Bank (Department of Music, Sheffield), '(Re)Creating the Eglantine Table'. Dr Bank is a musicologist focusing on early modern English song and musical-visual culture. Her research reflects an interdisciplinary attention to the role of music and music making within the intellectual history of early modern England, particularly the intersection of music, natural philosophy, the passions, and concepts of sense perception (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/music/people/academic-staff/katie-bank). The Eglantine Table at Hardwick Hall (c.1568) was probably crafted to commemorate marriages made between the Hardwick-Cavendish and…

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March 2021

Early Modern Discussion Group | Claire Turner

25 March @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Claire Turner (University of Leeds), ' "No corruption may come in by the windows of your eyes": Outbreaks of Plague and the Sense of Sight in Seventeenth-Century London'.   Claire Turner is a PhD student at Leeds studying how people experienced and perceived epidemic disease through their senses in seventeenth-century England. Her research explores interactions between the traditional five senses (sight, smell, sound, taste and touch) and assesses how sensory interplay affected the way that people experienced, perceived, and remembered the plague.   The…

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April 2021

Early Modern Discussion Group | Charlotte Davis

22 April @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Charlotte Davis (University of York), 'Architects versus Craftsmen? Rediscovering the role of Edward Pearce' Charlotte Davis is a PhD student at the University of York researching late seventeenth-century British sculpture including investigations of sculpture’s cultural significance and charting the development of sculpture’s place as an art form rather than a craft pursuit. John Summerson identified the Restoration City of London as a ‘mercantile stronghold’ whose taste sat in distinction from that of the West End. This division between polite and mercantile…

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