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November 2020

Projects | Professor Jennifer Richards

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

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
Online

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
Online

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
Online

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

Projects | Professor Jane Whittle

18 February @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Online

The next speaker in our seminar series, Projects, will be Jane Whittle (Professor of Economic and Social History, Exeter), who will be discussing her project, 'Forms of Labour: Gender, Freedom and Experience of Work in the Preindustrial Economy'. The history of labour and its role in Europe’s preindustrial development has very largely been the history of adult men. Forms of Labour seeks to put other workers in the picture, particularly women and servants, not simply by ‘adding them on’ but by…

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Early Modern Discussion Group | Dr Katie Bank

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

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

Choices | Professor Colin Burrow

4 March @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Online

Professor Colin Burrow is a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls’ College, Oxford. His many scholarly achievements include editing the poetry of Shakespeare and Jonson for the Oxford Shakespeare and the Cambridge Ben Jonson as well as an array of publications such as the monographs Imitating Authors: Plato to Futurity (Oxford, 2019) and Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity (Oxford, 2013). He had a leading role in the project team for the Scriptorium early modern commonplace books project, on whose advisory board he sits. He also…

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Choices | Professor Andy Wood

18 March @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Online

SCEMS is delighted to be hosting Professor Andy Wood (Durham) for our next Choices seminar. Andy Wood is a Professor of Early Modern Social History at Durham University. His work focuses on early modern riot and rebellion, social relations and popular culture. Notable publications include The Politics of Social Conflict: The Peak Country, 1520-1770 (Cambridge, 1999), Riot, Rebellion and Popular Politics in Early Modern England (Basingstoke, 2002) and The 1549 Rebellions and the Making of Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2007). Most…

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Early Modern Discussion Group | Claire Turner

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

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
Online

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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