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The University Gazette provides a comprehensive list of Lectures and Seminars for the term.

Forthcoming events

Hilary Term 2015

Seminar series

CEMS Events

Relevant seminars from multi-period series





Week 1

Monday 19th

Italian Renaissance Seminar

Paul Hills (Courtauld Institute of Art), ‘Clothing the word: Lippi, Donatello, and Bellini’
5pm, St Catherine’s College


Besterman Enlightenment Workshop, sponsored by the TORCH Enlightenment

Programme/Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment
Andrew Jainchill (Queen’s University, Ontario), ‘A Radical Critic of the Old Regime: The Political Writings of the marquis d’Argenson’
5pm, Voltaire Foundation (99 Banbury Road)


Tuesday 20th

Early Modern Literature Seminar

Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), 'A Red Herring: Fishing, God and Polemic in Elizabethan England'
History of the Book Room, English Faculty 5.15pm 


Wednesday 21st

The Relation of Literature and Learning to Social Hierarchy in Early Modern Europe

Conversation avec ROBERT DESCIMON (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris): L’hiérarchie sociale en France sous l’Ancien Régime (Session to be held in French)
12.30pm, Colin Matthews Room, History Faculty.  Sandwiches will be provided free of charge on a first come first served basis for all attending.


Thursday 22 Jaunary

Early Modern Britain Seminar

Dr Ted Vallance (Roehampton Univ.), ‘Addressing the Good Old Cause: Loyal addresses, humble petitions and the construction of public support 1658-9’
5pm in The Breakfast Room, Merton College (tea from 4.45). 

Suggested preparatory reading: Jonathan Fitzgibbons, ‘“Not in any doubtfull dispute”? Reassessing the Nomination of Richard Cromwell’, Historical Research, 83 (2010), 281-300; Mark Knights, Representation and Misrepresentation in Later Stuart Britain (2005), 109-62.


Regular meetings


Early Modern Literature Seminar 

Hilary Term 2015 
Convenors: Professor Rhodri Lewis and Professor Tiffany Stern 
Tuesdays, weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7 
History of the Book Room, English Faculty - 5.15pm 

Week 1- Andrew Hadfield (Sussex): 
'A Red Herring: Fishing, God and Polemic in Elizabethan England'

Week 3- Daniel Starza Smith (Oxford): 
' “Was hit soo? or ys hit but a dreame?” The Epistolary Romance of Sir John Conway and Elizabeth Bourne, c.1570–90' 

Week 5- Pavel Drábek (Hull): 
' “One Auspicious, and one Dropping eye”: Frivolous Drama in Early Modern Eu-rope'

Week 7- Debora K. Shuger (UCLA): 
'The Death of Archbishop Laud' 



A new informal reading group, meeting once a term in the Old Bookbinder’s pub (naturally) to discuss critical writing relating to the material objects of literature, ranging across all periods from the medieval to the contemporary. All welcome!

For the first session we will be looking at the first chapter of Lisa Gitelman’s Paper Knowledge, ‘A Short History of _____’, on blank books (notebooks, ledgers, blotters, etc.). In future we might look at Bonnie Mak’s How the Page Matters or Christina Lupton’s Knowing Books.

To tell us you’d like to attend, or for more information, or for a PDF of the reading, please contact Adam Smyth (adam.smyth@ell.ox.ac.uk) or Dennis Duncan (dennis.duncan@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

Where: The Old Bookbinder’s Ale House, 17-18 Victor Street, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6BT
When: Wednesday of week 2, Hilary Term (28 January 2015)
What: Lisa Gitelman, ‘A Short History of _____’, in Paper Knowledge (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014), pp. 21-52.


CEMS events this term


Relevant seminars from multi-period series



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