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

Forthcoming events

Trinity Term 2014

Seminar series

CEMS Events

Relevant seminars from multi-period series





Sanctity: Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Discussion Group 

The Early Modern Catholicism Network, TORCH 
Mondays 12.30-1.30pm, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Third Floor Common Room 

An interdisciplinary lunchtime discussion group meeting to consider new approaches to sanctity in the early modern world, particularly intended for graduate students and early career researchers, but all are warmly invited to attend. Starred texts will form the starting point for discussion. Free sandwich lunch provided. Contact emma.turnbull@balliol.ox.ac.uk to confirm participation. 

Week 2 (20 October): Approaches to Sanctity 

* Clare Copeland, ‘Sanctity’ in Alexandra Bamji, Geert H. Janssen, and Mary Laven eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation (Farnham, 2013), pp. 225-241. 

Simon Ditchfield, ‘Thinking with Saints: Sanctity and Society in the Early Modern World’, Critical Enquiry, 35 (2009), pp. 552-584. 

Week 4 (3 November): The Material Culture of Sanctity 

* Katrina Olds, ‘The Ambiguities of the Holy: Authenticating Relics in Seventeenth-Century Spain’, Renaissance Quarterly, 65 (2012), pp. 135-184. 

Tracy Elizabeth Cooper and Marcia B. Hall eds., The Sensuous in the Counter-Reformation Church (Cambridge, 2013). 

Week 6 (17 November): Sacred Kingship 

* Azfar Moin, The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam (1400-1700) (New York, 2012). Available online via SOLO. 

Alan Strathern, ‘Drawing the Veil of Sovereignty: Early Modern Islamic Empires and Understanding Sacred Kingship’, History and Theory, 53 (2014), pp. 79-93. 

Week 8 (1 December): The Politics of Sanctity 

* Peter Lake and Michael Questier, The Trials of Margaret Clitherow: Persecution, Martyrdom, and the Politics of Sanctity in Early Modern England (London, 2011), especially chapter 3. 

Gillian Ahlgren, Teresa of Avila and the Politics of Sanctity (Ithaca, 1996). 

Conveners: Nicholas Davidson, Tom Hamilton, Katie McKeogh, Emma Turnbull 


Cultures of Knowledge Seminar Series

The Digital Humanist: Open Resources, Shared Standards, Virtual Communities

Theme:  Modern and historical scholarly communities
When:   Mondays, Michaelmas Term (20 Oct – 24 Nov). 5.15 pm
Where:  Rees Davies Room, History Faculty, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2RL

All are welcome (no specialist knowledge required!), and all are warmly invited to stay for wine and chat after the paper.

Mon 20 Oct:
Melissa Terras(University College London)
Transcribe Bentham:Sharing Labour, Sharing Platforms, Sharing Data

Mon 27 Oct:
Kathryn Eccles(University of Oxford)
Looking into the Crowd: Understanding the Users of Digital Heritage Collections

Mon 10 Nov:
Sally Shuttleworth and Victoria Van Hyning(University of Oxford)
Constructing Scientific Communities in the 19th and 21st Centuries: Science Periodicals and the Zooniverse

Mon 17 Nov:
Eero Hyvönen(Aalto University)
Harmonising the Heterogenous: Shared Ontologies and Linked Data in Archives, Museums and Libraries

Mon 24 Nov:
Howard Hotson(University of Oxford)
Collaboration, Early Modern Letters Online, and Horizon 2020: The Creation of One Virtual Community to Reassemble Another


Early Modern Literature Seminar 

Convenors: Professor Rhodri Lewis and Professor Tiffany Stern. Tuesdays, weeks 1, 4 and 7 at 5.15pm | Faculty of English, St Cross Building

Week 1: 14th October 
Room: History of the Book Room 
Colin Burrow, All Souls College, Oxford 
‘Imitation in Later Sixteenth-Century England’ 

Week 4: 4th November 
Room: Seminar Room A 
Nicholas McDowell, University of Exeter 
‘"Seasoned with Witty Sayings": How Andrew Marvell Heard his Rabelais’ 

Week 7: 25th November 
Room: History of the Book Room 
Claire Preston, Queen Mary, University of London 
‘"A pretty home in Athens": Literary Places of Early-Modern Science’ 


Early Modern Graduate Forum

Michaelmas Term, 2014. Seminar Room B, English Faculty, 5.15-6:30pm

Wednesday (Please note change of day and that we will be in Seminar Room A) 22 October (2nd week)
Justin Begley (University), ‘Poetic Matter in Margaret Cavendish’s Poems and Fancies’
Kathleen Keown (Lincoln), ‘“An excuse for their performance": The Elegies of The Nine Muses’ (1700)

Tuesday 11 November (5th week)
Natalya Din-Kariuki (Balliol), ‘Describing, Experiencing, and Editing an Early Modern Travel Diary’
Kirsten Macfarlane (Lincoln), ‘Analysing Early Modern Schematics: EstablishingManuscript Drafts of Printed Diagrams’

Tuesday 18th November (6th week)
Niall Allsopp (Oriel), ‘Dryden, Machiavelli, and the Reasoning of Restoration Panegyric’
John-Mark Philo (Worcester), ‘Embassies and Ambassadors: Anthony Cope’s Livy and Tudor Foreign Policy’


Convened by Emily Mayne (emily.mayne@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk) & Callum Seddon



Early Modern World Seminar 

Michaelmas Term 2014 

This weekly seminar meets on Wednesdays at 11.15 till 1 in the Old Common Room, Balliol College. 

All are warmly invited to buy lunch at Balliol cafeteria after the seminar where a table has been reserved. 

 15 Oct 

Kiri Paramore 


The Politicization of Christianity in Early-Modern East Asia 

23 Oct 

NO SEMINAR, but Lyndal Roper’s INAUGURAL 

Luther, Dreams and the Reformation 

THURS 23 Oct 5 pm Exam Schools 

29 Oct 

Sophie Nicholls 


“These damnable and partial words, Leaguer and Politique": Catholic Critiques of League 

Political Thought 

5 Nov 

Jo Hedesan 


”God Loves Women More than Men”: Female Excellence in Early Modern Alchemical Philosophy 

12 Nov 

Abigail Brundin, Irene Galandra Cooper, Maya Corry, Marco Faini, Deborah Howard, Mary Laven, Alessia Meneghin, Zuzanna Sarnecka, Katie Tycz (Cambridge) 

Domestic Devotions: The Place of Piety in the Renaissance Italian Home 


New College, Sir Christopher Cox Room 

Joint meeting with the Early Modern Catholicism Network, TORCH 

19 Nov 

Benjamin Darnell (Oxford) 


Adrianna Catena (Oxford) 

French Naval Finances in the Era of the Spanish Succession 

Indigo in the Spanish Empire: Trade, 

Manufacture, and Material Culture, 1550-1700 

26 Nov 

Natalia Nowakowska 


King Zygmunt and Martin Luther: Poland and the Early Reformation 

3 Dec 

Jan Machielsen (Oxford) 

The Anatomy of a Witch-Hunt? Pierre de Lancre 

and the Pays de Labourd (1605–1617) 


Future of Editing

All seminars will be held at 12.00, in the Access Grid Room, Oxford e-Research Centre, 7 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG. They are free and open to all, and followed by a sandwich lunch to continue the conversation.

Professor Ian Gadd, Bath Spa University
"Aren't you rather young to be an editor?": editing the History of Oxford University Press
Thursday 6 November

Dr Nicole Pohl, Oxford Brookes University
“An Editor’s duty is indeed that of most danger” (Piozzi): editing Sarah Robinson Scott
Monday 10 November

Dr Philip Carter, Oxford University Press
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s Online Evolution: recent past and not too distant future
Thursday 13 November

Professor James Loxley, University of Edinburgh
On the Road with Ben Jonson, or, How Do You Edit a Walk?
Thursday 20 November

Professor Joanne Shattock, University of Leicester
Editing a Prolific Author: Margaret Oliphant
Thursday 27 November

Professor Scott McCracken, Keele University
Editing Stream of Consciousness: the Dorothy Richardson Editions
Thursday 4 December


Early Modern Britain Seminar Michaelmas Term 2014

Thursdays at 5pm in The Breakfast Room, Merton College (tea from 4.45). Suggested preparatory reading follows the titles.

16 October Dr Paulina Kewes (Jesus College) ‘“Plesures in Lernyng” and the Politics of Counsel: Queen Elizabeth in Oxford (1566)’
- The History of the University of Oxford: III, ed. J. McConica (1986), 117-50, 397-440; M. Hill Cole, The Portable Queen: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Ceremony (1999); S. Keenan, ‘Spectator and Spectacle: Royal Entertainments at the Universities in the 1560s', in J.E. Archer et al (eds), The Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I (2007), 86-103; John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I, ed. Elizabeth Goldring et al (OUP, 2014).

23 October Inaugural Lecture of the Regius Professor, Examination Schools.

30 October Dr Paul Seaward (History of Parliament) ‘The View from the Devil’s Mountain: Clarendon, Hobbes, History and the Legal-Clerical Complex of Restoration England’
- Thomas Hobbes, Behemoth, ed. P. Seaward (2010), general introduction; Jeffrey Collins, ‘The Restoration Bishops and the Royal Supremacy’, Church History, 68 (1999); Jacqueline Rose, Godly Kingship in Restoration England: the Politics of the Royal Supremacy 1660-1688 (2011) ch. 2-3

6 November Prof. John Walter (Univ. of Essex) ‘England’s Shibboleth? The Protestation Oath 1641–1642’
- Edward Vallance, Revolutionary England and the National Covenant:  State Oaths, Protestantism and the Political Nation, 1553-1682 (2005), ch. 2, pp. 51–61; David Cressy, ‘The Protestation Protested, 1641 and 1642’, Historical Journal, 45 (2002), 251-79

13 November Colin Greenstreet (MarineLives Project) ‘Patterns in the Court: The application of English Admiralty Court records to the study of seventeenth-century Social, Material and Economic History’ 
- George Steckley, ‘Litigious Mariners: Wage Cases in the Seventeenth-Century Admiralty Court’, Historical Journal, 42 (1999), 315-45; http://annotatehca1370.wikispot.org/ for HCA 13/70 and http://annotatehca1371.wikispot.org/ for HCA 13/71; https://www.academia.edu/ 6551336/Dominique_Ritze_Caecilia_Zirn_Colin_Greenstreet_Kai_Eckert_Simone_Paolo_Ponzetto_Named_Entities_in_Court_The_Marine_Lives_Corpus_May_2014_ ;

20 November Mark Geldof (Merton College) ‘“If thou cut my flesh, I will cut thy flesh again”: Change and Continuity in Elite Violence, 1500-1560’
- Sydney Anglo, ‘How to Kill a Man at Your Ease: Fencing Books and the Duelling Ethic’, in S. Anglo (ed.), Chivalry in the Renaissance (1990), 1–12; Thomas A. Green, ‘Societal Concepts of Criminal Liability for Homicide in Mediaeval England’, Speculum, 47 (1972), 669–94; Shannon McSheffrey, ‘The Slaying of Sir William Pennington: Legal Narrative and the Late Medieval English Archive’, Florilegium, 28 (2011), 169–203.

27 November Ioanna Tsakiropoulou (Lincoln College) ‘Catholic Wives and Daughters of the Aldermen of London, c. 1580-1630: Gender, Politics and Kinship’

A. Walsham, Church Papists: Catholicism, Conformity and Confessional Polemic in early modern England (1999); F. Dolan, Whores of Babylon: Catholicism, Gender and Seventeenth- Century Print Culture (1999); D. Lindley, The Trials of Frances Howard : Fact and Fiction at the Court of James I (1993).

4 December Reviews of recent work



Ideas and Society c. 1600 – 1800

Dacre Centenary Lectures, Michaelmas Term 2014
Fridays in the Examination Schools, 5 p.m.

17 October: Colin Kidd, ‘Priestcraft, the Devil and the Union of 1707’

24 October: Anthony Grafton, ‘Humanism and History in the Late Renaissance: Isaac Casaubon, Polybius, and the Political Uses of the Past’

31 October: Jonathan Israel, ‘Radical Enlightenment and the French Revolution’

7 November: David Womersley, ‘Ideas and Society in the Pays de Vaud: Edward Gibbon and Georges Deyverdun Read the Classics’

14 November Michael Hunter: ‘The Enlightenment Rejection of Magic: New Thoughts on an Old Theme’

21 November: Brian Young, ‘Scepticism and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain: The Strange Case of Dr Johnson and Mr Hume’

28 November: Sir Noel Malcolm, ‘Hobbes’s Leviathan and Christian Doctrine’ 


CEMS events this term


Relevant seminars from multi-period series



Lectures and one-off events

The Alfred Lehmann Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 12 November 2014
5.00 pm at the Taylor Institution
Elisheva Carlebach (Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society. Columbia University)

'Revealed Beauty and Hidden Danger: On Jewish Books of Time in Early Modern Europe'
Refreshments to follow