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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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October 2019

Amanda Herbert, ‘Recipes and Research: Approaches to Food, Medicine, Science, and Culture’

2 October, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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For our first SCEMS event of the year, we have the honour of hosting Dr Amanda Herbert of the Folger Shakespeare Library. On Tuesday 1 October, Dr Herbert will be speaking at the History Department Research Seminar on the appropriation and incorporation of Atlantic- and Pacific-world foods into seventeenth and eighteenth century British diets (specific title to be confirmed). This is open to all without booking, and will take place in the usual slot at 4.15 in room G.03, Jessop…

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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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Vassiliki Markidou, ‘The uses of (dis)remembering in early modern autobiographical verse’

14 November, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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Prof. Vassiliki Markidou of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens will be giving a paper entitled 'The uses of (dis)remembering in early modern autobiographical verse: "The Memorandum of Martha Moulsworth, Widow"'. Vassiliki Markidou is Assistant Professor in English Literature and Culture at the Department of English Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research interests lie in 16th, 17th and 18th century English literature as well as travel literature, and she has published on writers including…

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December 2019

José A. Pérez Díez, ‘Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, count de Gondomar’

12 December, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
The Diamond, Workroom 2 (G05), 32 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield, S3 7RD United Kingdom
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Dr José A. Pérez Díez (Leeds) will be giving a paper on Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, count de Gondomar, his library, and his probable connections with the professional theatre in London. Gondomar is a fascinating figure remembered in particular for his role in attempting to bring about a marriage between Prince Charles and the Infanta Maria Anna of Spain, and for being satirised in Thomas Middleton's _A Game at Chess_

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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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October 2020

SCEMS Welcome Event

29 October, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Online

The first SCEMS event of the new semester will take place on 29 October 2020. We'll be kicking off the programme with three short papers by recent Sheffield PhD graduates, Dr Michael Bennett, Dr Melanie Russell and Dr Mabel Winter, who will be discussing their new plans and projects. The event will be held online using Blackboard Collaborate. Please follow the Eventbrite link below to register. The link to the Collaborate session will be posted on the Eventbrite’s online event…

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November 2020

Choices | Professor Paul Slack

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

SCEMS is lucky to have Professor Paul Slack of the University of Oxford as the first speaker for our 'Choices' seminar series. Professor Slack has been one of the leading social and economic historians of the early modern period over the last 50 years, publishing field-defining research in urban history, social policy, the history of plague and pandemics, and economic culture and guiding the editorial policy of major journals like Past & Present and English Historical Review. It will be fascinating to hear…

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Early Modern Discussion Group | Sam Jermy

19 November, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online

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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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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