Academic Year 2021-22

Michaelmas 2021

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Convenors:     Professor Margaret Bent and Dr Matthew Thompson

Venue:            Online: Zoom. To register please use this form.  

Time:              Thursdays, [Weeks 3, 5 and 8], 5pm.* Please note change of day in Week 5.

For more details about registration please see the attached document. 

Week 3: Thursday 28 October, 5pm 

The Restoration of Anima in Hildegard of Bingen's Sung Play the Ordo Virtutum

Speaker: Margot Fassler (Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music and Liturgy, University of Notre Dame; Tangeman Professor of Music History Emerita, Yale University).

Discussants:  Alison Altstatt (University of Northern Iowa), Barbara Newman (Northwestern University)

Abstract: This presentation is based on chapters from Margot Fassler's forthcoming book Cosmos, Liturgy, and the Arts in the Twelfth Century: Hildegard's Illuminated Scivias (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022).  The musical dimensions of the book have been crafted to make what can be a highly technical subject accessible for non-specialists. Hildegard is an excellent composer for this goal: she worked in many disciplines, including the visual arts, and took this aspect of her thinking over into her musical/poetic creations.  This short discussion will focus on one example of music and the graphic, that is the character Anima as she comes to life in Hildegard's sung play the Ordo Virtutum. The presentation explains the widely recognized polarity in Hildegard's play between two tonal areas, one E and the other in D. Here the focus is primarily on Anima's musical development in scales with finals of the pitch D. Within this area, Anima moves from joy, to the fallen condition, to restoration. In the play, a range of characters inspire her return to health, and, as they do so, they "tutor" her  in the ability to recover particular pitches and ranges of pitches. The sense of expectation is greatly heightened through the use of music in this dramatic work as Hildegard demonstrates skill in character development through singing within community. This work was apparently designed to be sung by the Benedictine nuns on the Rupertsberg, where Hildegard was the magistra, the leader of the community. The play was a teaching tool for performative theology and also may have been designed to ready the women and other members of the probable congregation to receive communion.

Week 5: Wednesday 10th November, 5pm

Music in a vanished kingdom: traces of fifteenth-century polyphony in the Teutonic Order State in Prussia

Speaker: Paweł Gancarczyk (Associate Professor, Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)

Discussants: Lenka Hlávková (Charles University, Prague), Reinhard Strohm (University of Oxford)

Abstract: The Teutonic Order State in Prussia (1228–1525) belongs among those ‘vanished kingdoms’ (Norman Davies) that, not having contemporary heirs, remain on the margins of the main stream of historiography. While much attention has been focused on the political and church history of medieval Prussia, we still know extremely little about its musical culture. To fill this gap in our knowledge is the aim of the project ‘Music in the Teutonic Order State in Prussia: sources, repertoires, contexts’, of which I am principal investigator.
Alongside chant sources preserved in Pelplin, Gdańsk, Toruń and Berlin, we also have evidence of polyphony being practised in Prussia. All this evidence concerns the fifteenth century and the western regions of the state (which in 1466 became part of the Kingdom of Poland known as Royal Prussia). During my lecture I would like to discuss archival records regarding polyphonic practices, and present several music sources preserved mainly in Gdańsk. I will focus in particular on fragment 2153a, containing repertory typical for Central Europe in the second quarter of the fifteenth century. I will describe the genres represented in this manuscript (motet, cantio, rotulum) in the context of mensural theory known from the treatise originating in the Duchy of Mazovia (Prussia’s southern neighbour). Referring also to other sources, I would like to put forward the hypothesis that the Teutonic Order State belonged to the same network of Central European cultural connections as Silesia and Bohemia.


Week 8: Thursday 2nd December, 5pm

The Confraternity of Jongleurs and Bourgeois of Arras: A Reappraisal

Speaker: Brianne Dolce (Fitzjames Research Fellow in Music, Merton College, Oxford)

Discussants: Discussants: Catherine A. Bradley (University of Oslo), Barbara Haggh-Huglo (University of Maryland, College Park)

Abstract: The Confraternity of Jongleurs and Bourgeois of Arras has long figured prominently in musical histories of the thirteenth century, but its influence on musical society—and vernacular music making in particular—has often been misunderstood. Through a close paleographic analysis of the Confraternity’s register of membership, Bibliothèque nationale de France, français 8541, I show that the Confraternity simultaneously recorded the names of living and dead members, and therefore its entries of nearly eleven-thousand names, half of which belong to women, cannot be precisely dated. Nevertheless, my comprehensive study of these names reveals that they not only include those of the trouvères with which the Confraternity is so frequently associated, but also of civic and liturgical musicians—many of them women—constituting an important cross-section of musicians and types of musical practices existing in Arras over three centuries. Moreover, an in-depth look at the Confraternity’s membership betrays a community deeply invested in practices and movements associated with lay religion in the period. Thus, by carefully excavating the true extent of the Confraternity’s musical influence in Arras and beyond, I argue that we stand to gain a radically new perspective on interactions between religious culture and vernacular musical life in one of the centers of high-medieval European music-making.


Advance notice of seminars, Hilary Term 2022

27 January
Laude and Lyric Poetry in Late Thirteenth-Century Florence

Speaker: Lachlan Hughes (University of Oxford)
Discussants:  Blake Wilson (Dickinson College (PA)) and Elena Abramov-Van Rijk (Jerusalem)

17 February
Two Fragments, One Manuscript: Introducing a Newly-Discovered Italian Source of Ars Nova Polyphony

Speaker: Antonio Calvia (Università di Pavia) and Anne Stone (CUNY Graduate Center)

10 March
Demystifying Morley: New Findings about A plaine and easie introduction to practicall musicke (1597)

Speaker: John Milsom (Liverpool Hope University) and Jessie Ann Owens (University of California at Davis)

Convenors:     Sophie Aldred, Alex Beeton

Time:              Mondays, [Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7], 5pm.

Venue:            Online: Teams. To sign up email:


Week 1: Monday 11th October, 5pm

Alex Beeton, (University of Oxford): ' “O nos miseros!” George Stradling and Royalism in Interregnum Oxford'.


Week 3: Monday 25th October, 5pm

Norah Carlin: 'Regicide or Revolution: Political Ideas in the Petitions of September 1648-February 1649'.

Week 5: Monday 8th November, 5pm

Eilish Gregory, (New College of the Humanities & Anglia Ruskin): 'Catholic Sequestrations during the English Revolution'.

Week 7: Monday 22nd November, 5pm

Ken Fincham, (University of Kent): 'The Church of England in 1660: Annus Mirabilis (for some)'.

Convenors:                 Ian Archer, Alexandra Gajda, Steven Gunn and Lucy Woodin

Venue/Platform:       Hybrid

In person:  The Ship Street Centre, Jesus College.

Online: Teams. If you wish to attend online please email

Time:                          Thursdays, [Weeks 1-8], Tea from 4.45. 5pm start.


Week 1: Thursday 14th October, 5pm

Dr Ian Archer, (Keble College): ‘Martial Culture and Martial Practice in early modern London’

  • M. Prak, ‘Citizens, Soldiers, and Civic Militias in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe’, Past and Present, 228:1 (2015), 93-123; N. Younger, War and Politics in the Elizabethan Counties (2012), ch. 2.

Week 2: Thursday 21st October, 5pm

Dr Dom Birch, (King’s College London): ‘Harmony and Quiet in the Parish: Legal Pluralism and Early Modern England’

  • Margo Todd, ‘For Eschewing of Trouble and Exorbitant Expense: Arbitration in the Early Modern British Isles Symposium’, Journal of Dispute Resolution (2016); Keith Wrightson, ‘The ‘Decline of Neighbourliness’ Revisited’, in Local Identities in Late Medieval and Early Modern England, ed.  N.L Jones, D. Woolf (2007); Brian Tamanaha, ‘Understanding Legal Pluralism: Past to Present, Local to Global’, Sydney Law Review 30 (2008).

Week 3: Thursday 28th October, 5pm

 Dr Eloise Davies, (Pembroke College): ‘Venice and the Polemical Works of James VI & I’

  • W.B. Patterson, King James VI and I and the Reunion of Christendom (1997), ch. 3; Filippo De Vivo, ‘Historical Justifications of Venetian Power in the Adriatic’, Journal of the History of Ideas 64 (2003), 159–76; Aysha Pollnitz, Princely Education in Early Modern Britain (2015), ch. 7.

Week 4: Thursday 4th November, 5pm

 Dr Lauren Working, (Oxford English Faculty): ‘Early Stuart Sociability after Colonialism’

  • Misha Ewen, ‘Women Investors and the Virginia Company in the Early Seventeenth Century', Historical Journal, 62:4 (2019), 853-74; Amy Clukey and Jeremy Wells, ‘Introduction: Plantation Modernity’, The Global South, 10:2 (2016), 1-10; Michelle O'Callaghan, The English Wits: Literature            and Sociability in Early Modern England (2007), intro and ch. 1.

Week 5: Thursday 11th November, 5pm

Dr Rosamund Oates, (Manchester Metropolitan University): ‘Speaking in Hands:  Deafness, Sign Language and Preaching in Early Modern England’

  • Arnold Hunt, The Art of Hearing: English Preachers and their audiences 1590-1640 (2010), ch. 1-2; Emily Cockayne, ‘Experiences of the Deaf in Early Modern England’, Historical Journal 46:3 (2003).

Week 6: Thursday 18th November, 5pm

Prof. John Morrill (Selwyn College, Cambridge): ‘A New Edition of Cromwell: Why? How? What’.

  • John Morrill, ‘Textualising and Contextualising Cromwell’, Historical Journal, 33             (1990), 629-39; Blair Worden, ‘Thomas Carlisle and Oliver Cromwell’, Proceedings of the British Academy, 105 (2000), 131-70.

Week 7: Thursday 25th November, 5pm 

Dr Alexandra Gajda, (Jesus College): ‘Peace in the City: War, Peace, Commerce and the Treaty of London’

  • Susan Doran, ‘1603: a Jagged Succession’, Historical Research, 93/261, 443-465; Pauline Croft,       ‘Trading with the Enemy, 1585-1604’, Historical Journal, 32/2 (1989), 281-302; K. R. Andrews, Elizabethan Privateering (Cambridge, 1966), chs. 6, 8 and 10. 

Week 8: Thursday 2nd December, 5pm

Dr Lucy Wooding, (Lincoln College): ‘The Performance of Sanctity: Religious Symbolism and Tudor Royal Pageantry’

  • Jennifer Loach, ‘The Function of Ceremonial in the Reign of Henry VIII’, Past and Present, 142 (1994); Virginia Reinburg, ‘Liturgy and the Laity in Late Medieval and Renaissance France’, Sixteenth Century Journal 23 (1992); Fiona Kisby, ‘When the King Goeth a Procession’: Chapel Ceremonies and Services, the Ritual Year and Religious Reforms at the Early Tudor Court, 1485-1547’, Journal of British Studies 40 (2001).

Convenors:                 Emma Smith, Katie Murphy, Lorna Hutson, Joe Moshenska

Venue/Platform:       In person:   Weeks 1, 3, 4 & 7: T. S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton

                    Week 5: Lecture Theatre 2, English Faculty

Time:                          Tuesdays, [Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7], 5.15-7.15pm*. Please note the different venue and timing in Weeks 4 and 5.

Week 1: Tuesday 12th October, 5.15-7.15pm

Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, (Kings College, London): ‘The Sex of Style: Women, Poetry, and Criticism in the Seventeenth Century’ 

Abstract: While the last half century has brought to light many early modern women playwrights, poets and prose writers, we do not yet have any kind of canon of early modern women critics. It is now widely recognized that women were making literature, but not that they were theorizing it—‘playing the critic’, in Anne Southwell’s phrase. One reason for the absence of women from the history of criticism is the gendering and sexualization of critical language from the Renaissance to the present: feminine; sweet; original; irregular; smooth; difficult. This paper will suggest the implications of some of these terms, and the poetic styles they are used to characterise, and will also suggest how our history of criticism might be changed by reading seventeenth-century women as critics.

Week 3: Tuesday 26th October, 5.15-7.15pm

Ramie Targoff, (Brandeis University): ‘Forging Women’s Networks in Lanyer’s Salve Deus

Abstract: This paper examines Lanyer’s strategies both to create female alliances in her extensive dedications to Salve Deus and to find new voices within her poem in order to construct alternative histories for women. How Lanyer justifies her own intellectual ambition, what place she imagines for herself in an inchoate female canon, and what relationship we might imagine between her poetic project and other examples of women’s literary and artistic production around the year 1610, will form the larger context of the talk.

Week 4: Thursday 4th November 5.15-7.15pm

Special Lecture

Stephen Greenblatt, (Harvard University): ‘The Master’s Books’


* Week 5: Tuesday 9th November, 5.00pm, Lecture Theatre 2, English Faculty

The Wells Shakespeare Lectures: ‘Decoding Shakespeare’

Bill Sherman, (Warburg Institute)

Lecture 1: ‘How to Make Anything Signify Anything’


Week 7: Tuesday 23rd November, 5.15-7.15pm

Reading and Discussion Group

For the final session of the term we will read and discuss the introduction and chapter 2 from Melissa Sanchez’s recent book Queer Faith (NYU Press, 2019), and consider how its methodology, focused upon the intersection of theology, queer theory, and critical race theory, relates to wider tendencies in early modern studies.  PDFs of the reading will be circulated closer to the seminar.


Convenors:                 Dr Vittoria Fallanca (New), Prof. Raphaële Garrod (Magdalen), Dr Gemma Tidman (St John’s) 

Venue/Platform:       In person*: Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars will be held in person at the Maison française d’Oxford. Face coverings are strongly recommended for all attendees.

* Please note Week 3 will be held on Zoom.

Time:                          Thursdays, [Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7], 5.15pm


Week 1: Thursday 14th October, 5.15pm 

Marine Roussillon, (Université d’Artois): ‘Écrire les fêtes (France, 17e siècle)’

Week 3: Thursday 28th October, 5.15pm UK time, *via Zoom 

Mélanie Lamotte, (Tulane University): ‘Making Race: Discourses, Policies and Social Orders in the French Atlantic and Indian Oceans, c. 1608–1756.’

Please email to sign up for this sessionA link will be circulated to attendees closer to the time.

Week 5: Thursday 11th November, 5.15pm 

Roundtable with Jonathan Patterson, Lorna Hutson and Ian Maclean (University of Oxford)

‘Transcultural encounters: law and the study of literature in the early modern period’: Around Jonathan Patterson’s Villainy in France (1463-1610): A Transcultural Study of Law and Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021).


Week 7: Thursday 25th November, 5.15pm 

Dominique Brancher, (University of Basel): ‘De l’art de rester debout en étant couché: Montaigne ou l’arrêt tonique de la pensée.’

Organisers: Meghan Kern (Lincoln) and Katie Mennis (Somerville)

Time: Tuesdays, [Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8] 5.15pm

In person: English Faculty, Seminar Room B.


Week 2: Tuesday 19th October, 5.15pm

Introductory drinks

Week 4: Tuesday 2nd November, 5.15pm

Edward Stein, (Merton): '"The fittest instrument": The Ecopoetics of Writing in John Taylor's Taylor's Goose'

Kate Allan, (Exeter): ‘"By a finite, see an infinite power": Alchemical Metonymy in Hester Pulter’s Poems and Emblemes


Week 6: Tuesday 16th November, 5.15pm

Week 6: 'Demystifying the B course' with Flynn Allott (Oriel).


Week 8: Tuesday 30th November 5.15pm

Richard Phillips, (Balliol): 'George Peele's Edward I: Playing with Pageantry'

Christopher Fell, (Hertford): 'Editorial Afterlives: The Afterlife of the Oxford Complete Works (1986-7) in the Third Arden Shakespeare Series (1995-2020)'




Convenors:     Ros Ballaster, Christine Gerrard, Katie Noble, Nicole Pohl, David Taylor, Ben Wilkinson-Turnball, Abby Williams

Venue:            In person: All meetings in Seminar Room East, Mansfield College (accessible via wheelchair).

Time:              Tuesdays, [Weeks 2, 4 and 6], 5.30-7pm.* Please note Week 2.


Poster of the termcard [plaintext written in this section]. A black background, with a pink banner section at the top of an engraving of the Chevalier D'Eon bisected vertically down the middle in half male and half female dress

Week 2: Tuesday 19th October, 12.30-2pm

‘Where do we know from?’

Introductions from all interested researchers at Oxford University in literature of the long 18th century (1660-1830). Instructions for sign up and participation will be posted Twitter @EngFac18thC

Week 4: Tuesday 2nd November, 5.30-7pm

Dr Hannah Murray, University of Liverpool: ‘Charles Brockden Brown’s Gothic Citizens’.

Week 6: Tuesday 16th November, 5.30-7pm

Professor David O’Shaugnessy, National University of Ireland, Galway: ‘Accounting for taste: the business of Georgian theatre’

Time:              Thursdays*, [Weeks 3, 5, 8, 9], 5pm. 51.5pm. Please note Week 8.

Venue:            Hybrid: where possible in-person events will be streamed on Zoom. For more information contact


Week 3: Thursday 28th October| The Queen’s College, Magrath Room|5.15pm

Jacob Ridley, (University College): ‘Polemo-Middinia: scatological Scots-Latin at the Sheldonian Press’.

Accompanied by an exhibition of works by Edmund Gibson.


Week 5: Thursday 11th November| Merton College, T.S.Eliot Theatre| 5.15pm

Hosted jointly with Merton History of the Book Group

Julia King, (Merton College): ‘Syon’s Abbesses, women’s leadership, and book networks in fifteenth-century England’.


*Week 8: Tuesday 30th November| Online, Zoom| 5.15pm

With the Bodleian’s Centre for the Study of the Book

What does feminist bibliography do?

A panel discussion with Sr Sarah Werner (independent scholar), Dr Francesca Galligan (Bodleian Library) and Dr Tiffany Stern (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birhmingham).


Week 9 [outside of term]: Thursday 9th December| Online, Zoom|5.15pm

Winter library visits with the Librarians of Mertion, St John’s and Worcester Colleges: Printing for pleasure: private press collections at three Oxford colleges

Hilary 2022

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Convenors: Margaret Bent and Matthew Thomson

Time: Thursdays, [Weeks 2, 5, 8,], 5pm

Venue: Online. Zoom


The seminars in 2021-22 will continue on Zoom. The seminars are all on Thursdays at 5 p.m. UK time (GMT). The first (individual) presentation will be about half an hour, followed by invited discussants who will engage the speaker in conversation about the paper. The two joint presentations will have no additional discussants. In all cases, the floor will be opened for comments and questions by others after about an hour. This mailing comes to you from our colleague Dr Matthew Thomson, who expertly hosts the Zoom meetings, as set out below. We hope you will join us.

If you are planning to attend a seminar this term, please register using this form. For each seminar, those who have registered will receive an email with the Zoom invitation and any further materials a couple of days before the seminar. If you have questions, please email

Week 2: Thursday 27th  January, 5pm

Lachlan Hughes (University of Oxford): ‘Laude and Lyric Poetry in Dante’s Florence’

Discussants: Elena Abramov-Van Rijk (independent scholar, Jerusalem) and Blake Wilson (Dickinson College (PA))

Abstract: The lauda, a form of vernacular song which flourished in the Marian confraternities of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Italy, has much in common with the lyric poetry written by Dante and his peers: the adoption of the ballata form, the development of a religiously inflected poetics of praise, the elevation of the vernacular, etc. Despite having much in common, however, the two traditions have typically been read as unrelated, in no small part due to an entrenched critical narrative, perpetuated by literary scholars and musicologists alike, which sees the poetry of medieval Italy as essentially ‘divorced’ from any possible musical execution, in stark contrast to the hybrid model of the troubadours. If the medieval Italian poetic tradition is characterised by a conspicuous absence of (notated) music, then the lauda, preserved in the earliest extant collections of musically notated Italian poetry, seemingly has no place in it.

This paper will begin by exploring the origins, consequences, and limitations of such a critical framing, drawing on a historical overview of early (and largely unsuccessful) efforts at assembling a corpus of laude, beginning in the late nineteenth century. It will then present the principal musical sources of the thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century lauda and reflect on their problems and possibilities, before moving to a consideration of what might be gained by reading the secular poetry of Dante and his peers against the contemporary tradition of the lauda. In a broader sense, the paper will also reflect on the advantages of reading a single repertoire through different disciplinary lenses, and what this might tell us about the scholarly traditions in which we work.

Week 5: Thursday 17th February, 5pm

Antonio Calvia (Università di Pavia) and Anne Stone (CUNY Graduate Center): ‘Two Fragments, One Manuscript: Introducing a Newly-Discovered Italian Source of Ars Nova Polyphony’

Abstract: In 2019 and 2020 two largely intact parchment bifolios containing Ars nova polyphony were found independently in Milan-area libraries: one at the Biblioteca Universitaria in Pavia by Giuseppe Mascherpa (independent scholar) and Federico Saviotti (University of Pavia) and the other at the Biblioteca Trivulziana in Milan by Anne Stone. In May 2021, Saviotti, Stone, and Antonio Calvia realized that the two bifolios belonged to the same original manuscript, and began a joint project to study them together. This talk presents findings from our initial research into the origins, provenance, and contents of the “Codice San Fedele-Belgioioso,” a compilation of mass ordinary movements and secular songs whose internal evidence points strongly to a provenance in the Milan area c. 1400. The 12 compositions that survive appear to be unica: three mass ordinary compositions and nine French-texted songs with two surviving voices. The measurements of these bifolios (approximately 465x620 mm, with a page size of approximately 465 mm tall and 310 wide) are larger than any surviving manuscripts of polyphony contemporary with them, and the quality of the parchment and the elegance of the hand make it clear that the manuscript was professionally copied for an institution that had considerable resources. These finds thus have the potential to significantly expand our scanty knowledge of cultivated polyphony in late medieval Lombardy. 

Week 8: Thursday 10th March, 5pm

John Milsom (Liverpool Hope University) and Jessie Ann Owens (University of California at Davis): ‘Thomas Morley’s A plaine and easie introduction to practicall musicke (London, 1597): new observations and discoveries’

Abstract: As we complete our research into England’s first major printed music treatise, we take this opportunity to share our current thoughts about Morley’s A plaine and easie introduction, and explain our strategy for publication. Underlying our work is a focus on ‘making’ – the processes of making a manuscript for the printer, and of making a printed book from that manuscript. Morley’s manuscript does not survive, so must be inferred from the finished book; but an investigation of its text does draw us into the materiality of his working methods, as he ‘tombles and tosses’ his various sources, whether acknowledged or not, and transforms them both to reflect his own understanding and priorities, and to make them conform to his design and purpose. The identification of Morley’s extensive ‘library’ of sources reveals a complex and multi-layered text, created in part from pre-existing materials and in part from his own experience and training as a musician. His distinctive voice emerges from the tantalizing accounts of musical practice evident in action verbs like foist, shift, stir, hang. Our investigation of the 1597 edition itself – the book qua book – has led to unexpected discoveries. We now believe that Morley, quite exceptionally, may have devised his treatise largely as a sequence of double-page spreads, and hence composed its literary content, music examples, tables and diagrams to fit into two-page openings. If our theory is correct, then layout is in effect an integral element of Morley’s text: pedagogy and design proceed hand in hand. Initially we had planned to publish a three-volume study in which our new edition of Morley’s text (vol. 1) is accompanied by a critical apparatus (vol. 2) and a set of essays by a distinguished cohort of musicologists (vol. 3). Our approach, however, has been transformed by the decision to add a full colour facsimile of a copy of the 1597 edition itself (vol. 4), allowing the book’s remarkable properties to be fully savoured and appreciated.

Convenors: Dmitri Levitin and Noel Malcom

Time: Wednesdays, [Weeks], 5-7pm.

Venue: Week 1 Zoom; Weeks 2-8 provisionally in person.


As always, this year’s iteration of the Seminar in Early Modern Intellectual History will consist of papers on a wide range of subjects: philosophy, science, scholarship, religion, politics, and the social setting of early modern intellectual life.

Due to the continued difficulties posed by the pandemic, at least one session will have to be held via Zoom. The rest are currently planned to be held in person, in the Hovenden Room, at All Souls College. Access is via the entrance to the College on the High Street – please ask at the porter’s lodge for further directions, or consult the information on the All Souls Website. Any changes to the programme will be posted on the Events page of the Oxford Centre for Intellectual History.

All sessions will be held on Wednesdays, 5–7pm UK time. As the first session will be on Zoom, we ask that you register here by 12pm on the day before if you would like to attend. A link will then be sent out before the session. From then on, the email list will be used to provide any changes to the programme. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Week 1: Wednesday 19th January, 5-7pm. Zoom.

Christoph Lüthy, (Radboud University): ‘Where is the Mechanic? Agency in the Age of the Mechanical Philosophy’.

Week 2: Wednesday 26th January, 5-7pm    

Simon Mills, (University of Newcastle): ‘Jean Gagnier: An Eighteenth-Century Oxford

Arabist and “Enlightened” Views of Islam’.

Week 3: Wednesday 2nd February, 5-7pm

Sophie Aldred, (Oxford): ‘Reason, Reading and Religion: Lord Robartes and the

Restoration Church’

Week 4: Wednesday 9th February, 5-7pm

Deni Kasa, (Oxford): ‘Why Milton Rejected the Trinity: Education and Community in Paradise Lost

Week 5: Wednesday 16th February, 5-7pm

Ingrid de Smet, (University of Warwick): ‘The Seal of Secrecy, the Seal of Confession: A Renaissance Problem?’

Week 6: Wednesday 23rd February, 5-7pm

Dániel Margócsy, (University of Cambridge): ‘Worms: the Nature of Ships and the

Nature of Humans in Early Modernity’

Week 7: Wednesday 2nd March, 5-7pm

Lodi Nauta, (University of Groningen): ‘Boyle and Locke on Natural Kinds’ 

Week 8: Wednesday 9th March, 5-7pm

Claire Crignon, (Université Paris-Sorbonne): ‘What is at Stake in a Natural History of the

Air? Ways of Knowing and Ways of Believing’

Convenors: Sophie Aldred and Alex Beeton

Time: Monday, [1,3,5 and 7], 5pm

Venue: Teams. For meeting invite please email .


Week 1: Monday 17th January, 5pm

Dr Joel Halcomb, (University of East Anglia): Despiteful names, disreputable churches, and denominational formation in the "puritan" revolution'

Week 3: Monday 31st January, 5pm

Professor Ann Hughes, (Keele University): ‘Nehemiah Wallington reads the news, 1645-7'

Week 5: Monday 14th February, 5pm

Dr Jon Parkin, (University of Oxford): ‘Leviathan and the Defence of the King’

Week 7: Monday 28th February, 5pm

Professor Nicholas McDowell, (University of Exeter): ‘John Milton, Oliver Cromwell and Virtue Politics’ 


Convenors: Ian Archer, Alexandra Gajda, Steven Gunn and Lucy Wooding

Time: Thursdays at 5pm.

Venue: On Teams weeks 1-4. For meeting invite please email Provisionally in person from Weeks 5-8. 


Week 1: Thursday 20th January, 5pm

Prof. Paulina Kewes, (Jesus College): ‘Parliaments in Early Modern Europe’s Political Imagination’

Dr Paul Seward, (History of Parliament): ‘Parliaments in Early Modern Europe’s Political Culture’


Paul Seaward, ‘Why the History of Parliament Has Not Been Written’, Parliamentary History, 40 (2021), 5-24; Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, The Emperor’s Old Clothes: Constitutional History and the Symbolic Language of the Holy Roman Empire, trans. Thomas Dunlap (2015), Introduction; Paulina Kewes, Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves, and Paul Seaward, ‘Recovering Europe’s Parliamentary Culture, 1500-1700’ and other blogs in the series.

Week 2: Thursday 27th January, 5pm

Dr Sadie Jarrett, (Queen’s College): ‘“Learning the arte of piracy”: The Welsh Gentry and early modern British Expansionism’


A.H. Dodd, ‘Wales and Ireland from reformation to revolution’, in Studies in Stuart Wales (1952), 76-109; Paul Hammer, ‘A Welshman Abroad: Captain Peter Wynn of Jamestown’, Parergon, 16 (1998), 59–92.

Week 3: Thursday 3rd February, 5pm

Alex Beeton, (New College):Tempora mutantur”: Royalists in Places of Education during the Rump Parliament'


J. Twigg, The University of Cambridge and the English Revolution, 1625-1688 (1990), 103-205; W.A.L. Vincent, The State and School Education, 1640-1660, in England and Wales: a survey based on printed sources (London, 1950); B. Worden, ‘Politics, Piety, and Learning: Cromwellian Oxford’, in his God’s Instruments, Political Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell (2012), 91-193.


Hannah Lee (St Edmund Hall): ‘The Readmission of the Jews and the Power of the Civil Magistrate in the 1650s’


 Andrew Crome, ‘English national identity and the readmission of the Jews, 1650–1656’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 66 (2015), 280–301; Eliane Glaser, ‘Reasons … theological, political, and mixt of both: A reconsideration of the “readmission” of the Jews to England,’ Reformation 9 (2004), 173-203.

Week 4: Thursday 10th February, 5pm

Professor Peter Lake, (Vanderbilt University): ‘“A late and sad example”: Issues of Peace and War, and the Political Life, on the Caroline Stage’.

Week 5: Thursday 17th February, 5pm

Aude de Mézerac-Zanetti, (Université de Lille): ‘New Heuristic Approaches to the Liturgy: Changing Worship Practices in the reign of Henry VIII’


Week 6: Thursday 24th February, 5pm

Sophie Aldred, (Worcester College): ‘”Justifying the Gospel Ministry” – Lord Robartes on Preaching, Ordination, and the Restoration Settlement’


A. Milton, England’s Second Reformation, The Battle for the Church of England, 1625-1662 (2021). 


Christopher Barbour-Mercer, (St Catherine’s College): ' “A commonwealth is not fit for us, because we are not fit for a commonwealth”: Trimming and Republicanism in the Restoration Crisis ’


Jonathan Scott, Algernon Sidney and the Restoration Crisis, 1677-1683 (1991), ch. 7; Andrew Mansfield, ‘The First Earl of Shaftesbury’s Resolute Conscience and Aristocratic Constitutionalism’, Historical Journal (in press, 2021); Gaby Mahlberg, Henry Neville and English Republican Culture in the seventeenth century: dreaming of another game (2009), ch. 1.

Week 7: Thursday 3rd March, 5pm

Catherine Jenkinson, (Lincoln College): ‘Prisoners and Religion in the Tower of London, 1547-1625’


Peter Lake and Michael Questier, ‘Prisons, Priests and People’, in Nicholas Tyacke (ed.), England’s Long Reformation, 1500-1800 (London, 1998), pp. 195-233; John H. Langbein, Torture and the Law of Proof: Europe and England in the Ancien Régime (Chicago, 1977).


Ellen Paterson, (Lincoln College): ‘A Land So Distressed Without War’: Economic Crisis, the Commission for Trade, and Anti-Monopoly Petitioning c. 1622-1624’


B. Supple, Commercial crisis and change in England 1600-1624 (1959), chs. 3-4; T. Leng, Fellowship and freedom: the Merchant Adventurers and the restructuring of English commerce, 1582-1700 (2020), ch. 6.

Week 8: Thursday 10th March, 5pm

DPhil Student Transfer of Status presentations

Convenors:   Emma Smith, Katie Murphy, Lorna Hutson, Joe Moshenska

Time: Tuesday, [Weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7], 5.15-7.15pm

Venue: Weeks 1, & 3 on Zoom, 5.15 GMT. For link please email CEMS Research Co-Ordinator Weeks 5 & 7, T. S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton.

Week 1: Tuesday 18th January, 5.15-7.15pm, Zoom

Esther Osorio Whewell, (Corpus, Oxford): 'Play the whole thing backwards: Radio Nashe’

Abstract: When readers have complained or enthused, in variations, that Thomas Nashe is all style and no substance, have they meant, ‘it’s all noise’ , or, ‘it’s so noisy I can’t concentrate’? Something else entirely? This paper will approach Nashe’s noisiness by double roundabout way of Lisa Samuels and Jerome McGann’s ‘deformative criticism’, and BBC radio sound effects in the mid-20th century—in third programme broadcasts made in the early days of the Radiophonic Workshop, writing by radio pioneer Lance Sieveking in the years before the Workshop, and gags by The Goon Show around the edges of it. Radio sound effects are a different way of reading Nashe’s obstructive and distorting forms of keeping going, if not necessarily a way of discovering anything about them we didn’t already know. Is there any point in this? Is it allowed?  

Week 3: 1st February, 5.15-7.15pm, Zoom

Curtis Perry (University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign) and Lorna Hutson (Merton, Oxford): ‘Seneca, rhetoric, and the writing of character in early modern English drama’


C. Perry, ‘Shakespeare and the Resources of Senecan Tragedy’, Shakespeare and Senecan Tragedy, (Cambridge, 2021), 1-36. 

L. Hutson, ‘Introduction’, Circumstantial Shakespeare, 1-35. 

Abstract: In his new book, Shakespeare and Senecan Tragedy (2020), Curtis Perry proposes that “instead of reading Senecan drama as failed realistic mimesis . . .  we should read it as a form of tragedy that experiments self-consciously with the relation between rhetoric and character”. Lorna Hutson has also argued (in Circumstantial Shakespeare) against the tendency of Shakespeare criticism to treat rhetoric and classical form as obstacles to be overcome in pursuit of artistic freedom. In this session, Lorna Hutson will engage Curtis Perry in conversation exploring the formal and rhetorical underpinnings of early modern dramatic character. The conversation will address how we might rethink rhetoric generally, and Seneca’s rhetoric in particular, as a resource of Shakespearean experimentation in the creation of dramatic characters and imagined worlds’.

Week 5: 15th February, 5.15pm-7.15pm

Race and Drama, East and West: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Session

Simon Park (Medieval and Modern Languages - Portuguese, Oxford ) ’Talking Race in Gil Vicente’

Nandini Das (English, Oxford) ‘Middleton's Triumph of Honour and Industry: Race and Trade in English civic performance’

Ewan McDonald (Oriental Studies - Chinese, Oxford) ‘Sailing the Western Oceans- Encountering the Other in a Seventeenth Century Chinese Court Drama’

Week 7: Tuesday 1st March, 5.15-7.15pm

Brian Cummings, (York) ‘Erasmus on Trust’

Abstract: Today, we say, there is a crisis of trust. In the USA this is often expressed in biblical terms. Yet the question of trust in the text embodied in the Bible is compounded by the presence of words for ‘trust’ within that text. In 1516, Erasmus printed a Greek text of the New Testament which only makes the question more problematic. The word Πίστις is translated by the Latin word fides both in the Vulgate and in Erasmus’ independent translation of 1519. Yet as Erasmus explains, the verb πιστεύω means something distinctive, something perhaps more easily conveyed in English by ‘trust’ than ‘faith’. In Greek, to ‘trust’ something is an instinctive confirmation of what is known by experience or evidence: we cannot make ourselves trust something that is ‘untrustworthy’ or that we do not understand. While this is a distinctively sixteenth-century problem, it is also perhaps the crisis of the twenty-first. This paper will discuss Erasmus’ philology of Πίστις as a way into the epistemology of deciding how to believe and how to doubt, in his time and in ours.

Convenors: Victoria Fallanca, Raphaële Garrod and Alice Rouillere.

Time: Thursday, [Weeks 1, 3,5 & 7], 5.30-7pm


Venue:  Maison Française d’Oxford

Week 1: Thursday 20th January, 5.30-7pm

Richard Cooper (St. Benet's Hall) presents his edition of Les Tombeaux de Marguerite de Navarre. 

Week 3: Thursday 3rd February, 5.30-7pm

Hannah Williams (Queen Mary University of London): tile tbc.

Week 5: Thursday 17th February, 5.30-7pm

Early Modern Seminar Social

Week 7: Thursday 3rd March, 5.30-7pm

Nathalie Jeter, (Queen's College): ‘"Ces histoires trop vraies": Materiality, memory & metis in Huguenot escape tales

Eli Bernstein, (Jesus College): ‘Thinking with ‘Judgment’ in Sixteenth-Century France’

Raphaëlle Errera, (Magdalen College): 'Writing literary history and criticism in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century fiction'

Convenors: Johannes Dillinger, Barbara Eichner, Lyndal Roper, Edmund Wareham, Róisín Watson

Time: Wednesday, [2, 4, 6 & 8], 2-3.30pm

Venue: Online. For invite please email


Week 2: Wednesday 26th January, 2-3.30pm

Susan Foister, (National Gallery):Curating Dürer's Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist’

Week 4: Wednesday 9th February, 2-3.30pm

Morgan Golf-French, (Oxford): ‘Textbooks and the Teaching of "Race" in the German Enlightenment’

Week 6: Wednesday 6th February, 2-3.30pm

Richard Calis, (Cambridge): ‘Being Lutheran in the Early Modern Middle East: Accommodation, Dissimulation, and Non-Conformity’

Week 8: Wednesday 9th March, 2-30pm

Tanya Kevorkian, (Millersville): ‘Music and Urban Life in Baroque Germany’

Convenors: Ros Ballaster, Christine Gerrard, Katie Noble, Nicole Pohl, David Taylor, Ben Wilkinson-Turnball, Abby Williams

Time: Tuesday, [Weeks 2, 6, and 8], 5.30-7pm*. Please note different time in Week 6.

Venue: Weeks 2 and 6 held at Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Mansfield College. Week 8 will be on Zoom (details for sign up will be posted @EngFac18thC)

18th Century Seminar Termcard HT 2022. Text is on a black background. At the top of the document is a painting of music, printed texts, musical instruments and comb held on a rack on the wall. Plaintext for the termcard can be see on the current webpage.

Week 2: Tuesday 25th January, 5.30-7pm

Anne Thell, (National University of Singapore): ‘Art and Evanescence in Anson’s Voyage Round the World (1748).’    

Week 6: Tuesday 22nd February, *12.30-2pm

‘Talking Things: Introducing research with eighteenth-century objects’

In-house workshop with 5-minute flash talks by Abigail Williams, Nicole Pohl, Lucy Powell, Xiaofan Wu, Madeleine Saidenberg, Katie Noble, Ben Wilkinson-Turnbull, Helen Dallas. 

Respondent: Dr Jim Harris (Ashmolean)  


Week 8: Tuesday 8th March, 5.30pm, Zoom.

Kate Ozment, (Cal Poly Polomo, USA): ‘The Marks of Character: Commodification of Difference in Eighteenth-Century British Print’

Convenors:     Jenyth Evans and John Colley

Time:              Thursday, [Weeks 1-8], 4pm.

Venue:            St Edmund Hall. For more details, and to join the GLARE mailing list,  

please email and


Week 1: Thursday 20th January, 4pm

Statius, Thebaid, Book 8, lines 456–96.

Week 2: Thursday 27th January, 4pm

Demosthenes, Against Meidias, sections 1–6.

Week 3: Thursday 3rd February, 4pm

Ovid, Ex Ponto, 1.3, lines 1–60 (‘Hanc tibi Naso tuus mittit … spicula missa manu’) 

Week 4: Thursday 10th February, 4pm

Lysias, On the murder of Eratosthenes, sections 1–8 (‘Περ πολλο ν ποιησαμην προσφρων πλεσεν ατν’)

Week 5: Thursday 17th February, 4pm

Cicero, In Verrem I, section 2 (‘Equidem ut de me confitear … meum tempus obsideret’)

Week 6: Thursday 24th February, 4pm

Aristophanes, Clouds, lines 1-38 

Week 7: Thursday 3rd March, 4pm

Cicero, In Verrem I, section 12 (‘Verum illud quod institueram dicere … ab hoc scelere nefario’)

Week 8: Thursday 10th March, 4pm

Aristophanes, Clouds, lines 223-75


Convenors: Perry Gauci (Lincoln), O. Cox (TORCH) , H. Smith (St Hilda's) , B. Harris (Worcester)

Time: Tuesdays, Tea from 4pm for a 4.15pm start.

Venue: Hybrid. Except, please note Week 5 is online only.

In person: Lincoln College, Beckington Room.

Online: Teams. Please email for meeting invite or to be added to the mailing list.


Week 1: Tuesday 18th January, 4.15pm

Joanna Innes, (Somerville): ‘Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions Part Three: Latin America and the Caribbean’

Week 2: Tuesday 25th January, 4.15pm

Sally Holloway, (Oxford Brookes): ‘The Foods of Love? Food Gifts, Courtship, and Emotions in Eighteenth-Century England’

Week 3: Tuesday 1st February, 4.15pm

Eleanor Bland, (Oxford Brookes): ‘Policing Suspicion: Proactive Policing in London, 1780-1850’

Week 4: Tuesday 8th February, 41.5pm

James Lees, (Trinity): ‘Forest Surveys and the State in the English Atlantic, c.1600-1800’

*Week 5: Tuesday 15th February, 4.15pm, Zoom

Natasha Glaisyer, (York): ‘ "By a Mistake it was published in the last Gazette": Printing Errors in the London Gazette’

Week 6: Tuesday 22nd February, 4.15pm

Stephen Hague, (Rowan, NJ): ‘The Long S-shaped Shadow of the Long Eighteenth Century’

Week 7: Tuesday 1st March, 4.15pm

Gordon Fairclough, (Lincoln): ‘The Commercial Gentleman’s House in the English Lakes Counties, c.1750-1830’

Week 8: Tuesday 8th March, 4.15pm

Dominic Ingram, (College of Arms): ‘Heralds and Heraldry at the College of Arms’

Time: Thursday, [Weeks 1, 4, 6, 8]


Week 1: Thursday 20th January, 5.15pm, Weston Library Lecture Theatre

Chiara Betti, (SAS: Institute of English Studies/Bodleian): New research on Richard Rawlinson’s copper plates: from the engraver’s shop to the printed paper


Week 4: Thursday 10th February, 5.30pm, Balliol Historical Collections Centre – St Cross Church

Hannah Ryley (Balliol College): Re-using manuscripts in late Medieval England’


Week 6: Thursday 24th February, 12.30pm, Weston Library Lecture Theatre

Nicole Gilroy, (Bodleian): ‘Loose threads: an interdisciplinary approach to the conservation of textiles in library collections’ 


Week 8: Thursday 10th March 2022, 5.15pm, Lincoln College – Oakeshott Room

Phillip Errington, (Peter Harrington Books): Harry Potter and the descriptive bibliography

Trinity 2022

Convenors: Lorna Hutson, Joe Moshenska, Katie Murphy, Emma Smith

Time: Tuesday, [1, 3, 5 &7], 5.15-7pm, with a special lecture on Friday 27th May in Week 5.

Venue: T.S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton.* Please note different venue, Friday Week 5.


Week 1: Tuesday 26th April, 5.15-7pm

Professor Katharine Craik, (Oxford Brookes) and Dr Jennifer Edwards, (The Queen’s College, Oxford): 'Lifelikeness and Deathlikeness in Shakespeare'.

Abstract: The speakers will consider the risks and rewards of life- and death-likeness in Shakespeare’s work. Exploring light in Love’s Labour’s Lost and ecstatic experience in Romeo and Juliet, these papers bring into focus the dramatic tension between issues of embodiment, emotion, and reality. 


Week 3: Tuesday 10th May, 5.15-7pm

Professor Adrian Streete, (Glasgow): ‘Admonitory Laughter, Prosopopoeia, and the Promise of Tudor Evangelical Literature.’


Week 5: Tuesday 24th May, 5.15-7pm

Dr Ezra Horbury, (University of York): 'Fearing the Body of the Witch: Gerontophobia and Transphobia in Early Modern Drama'.

Abstract: This talk explores the phobic disgust and erotic fixation surrounding elderly witches in early modern drama, analysing their supernatural attempts to restore youth, reproduce, seduce young men, and commit sexual violence. It investigates the troubling gender ambiguity and predation with which playwrights characterise senescent bodies, and probes the historical overlap between transphobia and gerontophobia.


* Week 5: Special Lecture, Friday 27th May, 5.15-7pm, 10 Merton Street Lecture Room, University College (access from Logic Lane)

Professor Jeff Dolven (Princeton), 'Turn, Verse, Trope'

Abstract: Turns in talk structure conversation and its imitation in writing, especially drama. They also structure thinking and the imitation of thinking in poetry. Taking a sestina by Sir Philip Sidney as proof text, this paper will explore the ways in which the dynamics of turn-taking, in shared and inner speech, interact both with the formal properties of poetry and with the turn of figuration.


Week 7: Tuesday 7th June, 5.15 -7pm

Graduate students in English were asked to nominate recent criticism for us to discuss in our final seminar of term.  Based on their suggestions, on June 7th we will be reading and talking about the following two chapters, both of which are available through SOLO:
Victoria Kahn, The Trouble with Literature (OUP, 2020), ch.1: ‘Literature and Literariness.’
Urvashi Chakravarty, Fictions of Consent (UPenn Press, 2022), ch.2: ‘“Leaue to Liue More at Libertie”: Race, Slavery and Pedagogy in the Early Modern Schoolroom.’

Convenors: Victoria Fallanca, Raphaële Garrod and Alice Rouillere.

Time: Thursday, Weeks 2, 5, 6 & 7, 5.30-7pm

Venue: Maison Française d’Oxford


Week 2: Thursday 5th May, 5.30-7pm

Joint session with Mogens Laerke (MFO) and the Maison des sciences et de l’homme (Clermont-Ferrand)

Anne Rouhette and Sandya Patel, (Université Clermont Auvergne): ‘La traduction (du) voyage, entre France et Angleterre : théorie et pratique’


Week 5: Thursday 26th May, 5.30-7pm

Frederic Tinguely, (Université de Genève): Molière à Constantinople


Week 7: Thursday 9th June, 5.30-7pm

Alison Calhoun, (University of Indiana, Bloomington): ‘Turning on the Waterworks: Plumbing and Psychology at the Versailles Fountains’.

Convenors: Ros Ballaster, Christine Gerrard, Katie Noble, Nicole Pohl, David Taylor, Ben Wilkinson-Turnball, Abby Williams

Time: Tuesday, Weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8, 5.30pm. * Please note different time in Week 4.

Venue: Mansfield College, Seminar Room East. *Please note different Venue in Week 2.

* Week 2: Tuesday 3rd May, 5.30pm, St Hugh’s College - Mordern Hall

A professional script-in-hand performance of Hannah Cowley's 1779 farce Who's the Dupe? Produced by The R/18 Collective and Creation Theatre. Directed by Colin Blumenau. To be followed by a Q&A. Tickets are free. All welcome.

*Week 4: Tuesday 17th May, 12.30-2pm

Dr Daniel Cook, (University of Dundee): ‘Gulliver’s Afterlives’.


Week 6: Tuesday 31st May, 5.30-7pm

Dr Tim Somers (Newcastle University) ‘Jesting Cultures and Masculinity’.

Week 8: Tuesday 14th June, 5.30- 7pm

Alice Huxle, (St John’s College): ‘Before Barrie: Eighteenth-Century Fairies in Kensington Gardens'

Katie Noble, (Christ Church): ‘Mediation in the Mind: Prints and Performance’.

Followed by end of term drinks.

Convenors: Christopher Archibald, Daniel Haywood, Kate Shore

Time: Wednesday, Weeks 2-7, 5.15pm. *Please note different time in 7th week.

Venue: Hybrid

            In person: St John’s College, New Seminar Room

Online: To join online please email  


Week 2: Wednesday 4th May, 5.15pm

Paulina Kewes, (Oxford): ‘Rethinking the Edwardian Succession’.


Week 3: Wednesday 11th May, 5.15pm

Niall Allsopp, (Exeter): ‘Sermons and Ceremonies in Civil War Exeter’.


Week 4: Wednesday 18th May, 5.15pm

Alexander Samson, (UCL): ‘Novel Representations of Tudor History’.


Week 5: Wednesday 25th May, 5.15pm

Maria Shmygol, (NUI Galway): ‘Travelling Players and Continental Adaptations of English Drama: The Case of Tito Andronico (1620)’.


Week 6: Wednesday 1st June, 5.15pm

Carla Suthren, (UCL): ‘“It was Greek to me”: (Not) Quoting Phoenician Women’.


*Week 7: Wednesday 8th June, 5.30pm

Michael Edwards, (Cambridge): ‘Friendship and Philosophy in the circle of Anne Conway’.


Week 8: Wednesday 15th June, 5.15pm

Jim van der Meulen, (Oxford): ‘Between Official Record and Gonzo Journalism: Parliamentary Diaries as a Transnational Genre in Seventeenth-Century Europe’.




Convenors: Kirsten MacFarlane, Sarah Mortimer, Grant Tapsell, Judith Maltby and Diarmaid MacCullough.

Time:   Thursday, Weeks 1-8, 5pm.

Venue: Hybrid

In person: St Cross College – St Cross Room.

Online: All the seminars will be hybrid bar week 3, which is online only.* Please sign up for each week's seminar separately using the links which will be circulated on the CEMS mailing list. We have not carried over any lists from last year, so please do sign up even if you attended the seminar virtually in 2021.

Week 1: Thursday 18th April, 5pm

Harriet Lyon (Cambridge), 'The Dissolution of the Monasteries and its Legacies in the Early Modern Historical Imagination’.

Week 2: Thursday 5th May, 5pm

Sarah Mortimer (Oxford), ‘Religion and political thought in early modern Britain - and beyond’.


*Week 3: Thursday 12th May, 5pm. Online only.

Michael Winship, (Georgia): ‘Coming to Synodical Grips with John Cotton’s Keyes of the Kingdom of Heaven in Westminster, London, and Cambridge, Massachusetts’.


Week 4: Thursday 19th May, 5pm.

Richard Cust, (Birmingham): ‘Family chapels in post-Reformation England’.


Week 5: Thursday 26th May, 5pm

William White, (York): 'Peacemaking and the Clergy during the English Revolution'.


Week 6: Wednesday 2nd June, 5pm

Anastasia Stylianou, (UEA): 'Looking East: Greek Christian Influences on the English Reformations’.


Week 7: Thursday 9th June, 5pm 

Karie Schultz, (St Andrewes): ‘Two Kingdoms Theology and Political Duties: The Intellectual Framework of the Scottish Revolution, 1637-1651’.


Week 8: Thursday 16th June, 5pm

Joan Redmond, (KCL): 'Justifying Rebellion: Violence and Religion in Ireland, 1641-2'.