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26th November: MT Plumer Lecture, Plumer Fellow Professor Goran Stanivukovic - Shakespeare Before Shakespeare: Early style-making’

5pm via Zoom. Email for link.


October 3rd:  Dr Lucy Wooding - ‘Convictions, Loyalties, Identities: the experience of the English Reformation’

3-4pm via Zoom

To register contact Living Stones Iffley:    



The International Spenser Society, “Getting Started with Spenser” - an online workshop

December 15th|5pm GMT|Online.

This workshop focuses on developing inclusive teaching resources for reading Spenser in terms of race, gender, class, ecocriticism, and more.

What’s the best way to get started with Spenser? The sheer bulk and complexity of his oeuvre have always made this question inescapable, but they have taken on a particular urgency in the current moment. The question of how Spenser can be taught today is a large and abstract one: what does it mean to engage with Spenser in this political and cultural context? Does the peculiar capaciousness of his writing still make him a valuable resource for confronting and reflecting upon racism, misogyny, or ecological crisis? But these questions are, in the classroom, eminently practical and specific: Which parts of which texts do we choose in pursuit of these questions, and which topics and strategies does a reader need at the outset?

The International Spenser Society is pleased to announce a virtual roundtable which will engage these questions. In this online workshop, scholars at different career stages will explore together the challenges and possibilities of teaching and learning about Spenser’s work, and, crucially, consider how the resources and contradictions of Spenser’s writings can interrogate the political and pedagogical conditions that shape our contemporary classroom.

The workshop will serve as a first step towards developing an online pedagogical resource: short recordings by Spenserians from across the globe, offering practical ways into some of the topics that teachers of Spenser might wish to address, including Spenser and gender, Spenser and race, Spenser and class, Spenser and disability. These short recordings might then be played in a class in order to begin and orientate a discussion of that topic. As a part of the workshop, participants will discuss preliminary ideas for such recordings, in order to develop a sense of how they might work most effectively.

Please see details and register for the event at:

getting started with spenser


Ideas of Community in the Early Modern World, 1500-1700.

An Oxford Graduate workshop. 7-8th December. Online. For more information please see attached poster, and email


The Northern Early Modern Network Inaugural Conference. 

Thursday 26th - Friday 27th November |Online

10 fascinating panels ranging from the urban lives of soldiers, prostitutes, and nobles, to the activities of migrants, as well as the religious, textual, and painted landscapes of the Renaissance.

Keynote papers from Michael Ohajuru on “The John Blanke Project” and Helen Smith on “Print and Practice: Working with Thin Ice Press”. For more information, and to register, visit:


Bureaucratic Poetics

Thursday 26th- Friday 27th November |Zoom. Email Johnathon Foster for the link:

See programme below. Keynotes by Dr Johnathon Patterson (St Edmund's Hall) 'Colbert's Police Files: The Poetics of Bureaucratic Character in Seventeenth-Century France' and Dr Martin Maguire (Trinity College, Dublin) 'A distasteful milieu”: Brian O’Nolan and the civil service, 1935–53'.


Cumberland Lodge webinar, Sir Stanley Wells and Dr Paul Edmondson in conversation

26th November, 5-6.30 pm. | Zoom. Facebook and website live stream also available. See link below to register.

Everyone is welcome to attend the first virtual Cumberland Conversation taking place on Thursday, 26 November at 6-7pm, featuring two of the world’s leading Shakespearean scholars, Sir Stanley Wells and Dr Paul Edmonson.

Paul and Stanley reflect on their lives’ work to date, dedicated to the study of Shakespeare. In particular, they discuss their new book All The Sonnets of Shakespeare, which assembles the sonnets in their probable order of composition, giving a fresh sense of what the sonnet form meant to Shakespeare. This Conversation is chaired by Chief Executive, Canon Dr Edmund Newell.

The event takes the format of an informal conversation, with a question-and-answer session afterwards. It is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

Please register online in advance to reserve your place:

You do not need a Zoom account to register or join this free Conversation, and once registered you will be able to watch the event live as a non-video participant and take part in the Q&A. The event will also be streamed the Cumberland Lodge Facebook page and website, if you prefer not to register or to watch back later.


Georgetown University, The Christian Literary Imagination Series, Molly Clark (Merton College, Oxford) ‘Christopher Smart’s Alphabetical Imagination’

24th November, 4pm (UK time)| To register visit


Workshop: Creative Forms of Natural Philosophy

Friday 30th October, 16.30-18.00 | Zoom -  email to register. 

The focus of this workshop revisits and reconsiders the diverse literary forms that comprised early modern, natural philosophical knowledge and practice. From narrative poetry and allegorical romance, to philosophical theatre and thought experiments in prose, forms of ‘imaginative’ literature broadened the directions of natural philosophical pursuit and created new intellectual possibilities. This multi-disciplinary workshop teases out some of these complex threads, reflecting further on the place of imaginative literature within early modern natural philosophy. 

Speakers and papers 

Debapriya Sarkar (University of Connecticut): The Romance of Scientific Method 

Liza Blake (University of Toronto): Magnetic Physics and Theatrical Psychology: William Gilbert and Ben Jonson's Magnetic Lady 

Kathryn Murphy (University of Oxford): The Edge of the Self at the Limit of the World: Nathaniel Fairfax’s Thought Experiments 

This free event is organised by Cassie Gorman (Anglia Ruskin University), one of the Directors of Scientiae. To register, please email Cassie at and you will receive a link to join the workshop on Zoom. Please do not share this link. Note that we will be recording the workshop in its 90-minute duration. You can find details of past events in the series here:


TIDE Seminars: “Polyglot Encounters in Early Modern English Narratives of Distant Travels”

9th and 11th November , 5-6.30 pm. Registration via Eventbrite.

Join us for two virtual evening sessions (5-6.30pm) on 9 & 11 November 2020   

Organisers: Nandini Das (TIDE, Exeter College, Oxford), Ladan Niayesh (LARCA, University of Paris; Visiting Fellow, Exeter College, Oxford) 


Session 1: Global Threads and Tangles

9 November, 5:00-6.30PM

Chair: Laetitia Sansonetti (Université Paris Nanterre & Institut Universitaire de France)

Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex): “The Madoc Legend, Language and Race at the Dawn of The First British Empire”


Sarah Knight (University of Leicester): “‘Their Garments variegate like ye fishes in ye Euxine sea’: fashion, languages and perceptions of the Ottoman world at the early modern English universities”

Session 2: Communications and Miscommunications

11 November, 5-6.30PM

Chair: Sophie Lemercier-Goddard (IHRIM, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon)

Donatella Montini (University of Sapienza Rome): Travel and Translation in John Florio’s Two Navigations

Matthew Dimmock (University of Sussex): “Ylyaoute! English Engagements with the ‘Strange Tongues’ of the Far North”


For more information, and to register, visit:


CREMS York Online Events 

Thursdays, see programme for start times| Online 

Join the York CREMS for their online events this year on Zoom. Please register in advance – all links are in the attached termcard.


Bodleian Special Collections Coffee Mornings 

Fridays 10.30-11.30 | Online 

Join the Bodleian’s Special Collections curators for a weekly coffee morning, presenting books for the Bodleian Special Collections for discussion.

Teams link to be circulated.


The Edinburgh Early Modern Network Online Events

September - December 2020 | Online

All early modern scholars are invited to join the Edinburgh Early Modern Network for their online events. See attached PDF for more details. To Join the Edinburgh Early Modern Network please send an email with your name and academic affiliation to on Twitter @EdEarlyModern.


The Field of Cloth of Gold Conference

10 July 2020 | Online


Points of Interest: Early Modern Punctuation, On and Off the Page
10-11 September, University of Cambridge


Baroque Latinity
11th–12th September 2020, Churchill College, Cambridge


Privacy at Court? A Reassessment of the Public/Private Divide within European Courts (1400-1800)
10-12 December 2020, University of Copenhagen



Call for Submissions


International John Bunyan Society (IJBS) annual Early Career Essay Prize|Deadline 1st March 2021.

This year’s theme is ‘pastoral care, medical practices and welfare of religious dissenters during the Long Reformation'. For more information see the poster below.


Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama (ROMARD) Deadline 14th October 2020

ROMARD is an annual peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the dissemination and discussion of bold interdisciplinary approaches, methodologies, and conceptualizations regarding the study of drama, performance, theatre, and theatricality from pre-modernity (500-1650). Additionally, ROMARD seeks work that expands the exploration of the dramatic impulses, theatrical phenomena, and performative material of the past, encompassing global cultures and histories. We invite full-length articles that challenge and/or re-examine established narratives, definitions, documentation, and ontologies concerning historical performance(s) and theatricality. Articles submitted may include—but are not limited to—archival research, historiographical analysis, literary criticism, performance theory, performance-as or performance-based research, historical dramaturgy, productions census, or efforts in translation of source materials.

ROMARD is seeking submission for its upcoming issue. Preliminary deadline for submissions is 14 October 2020. Go to for more details, and for how to submit.


Call for Submissions

Shakespeare SPECIAL ISSUE  ‘Shakespeare and Versification’ | Deadline 31st October 2020

At the start of Charles Dickens’s Hard Times (1854), Mr M’Choakumchild drills his pupils in ‘the sciences of compound proportion, algebra, land-surveying and levelling’. The list continues, as a mixture of tedium and threat, until it reaches the ne plus ultra ‘prosody’ (Mr M’Choakumchild’s topics are ‘at the ends of his ten chilled fingers’, one finger for each of the syllables in a strict blank verse line). For a long time, versification has been a m’choakumchildish subject – with a reputation for being scientistic, deontological, rebarbative, and downright tedious. 

A special issue of the journal Shakespeare, due to be published in 2022, will work to upset (perhaps to correct) this reputation. Where most scholarly work on versification has tended toward linguistics and authorship attribution studies, this special issue invites a broader consideration of Shakespeare’s prosody. The journal’s editors are keen to see fresh, imaginative scholarship about Shakespeare’s versification that works toward these ends. What would happen if we thought about metre more ambiguously or multiplicitously? Might we think about prosody alongside gender, or sexuality, or race, or class, or disability? Could we think about the cultural histories of Shakespeare’s metre, or its bibliographical and editorial histories in print and manuscript, or its dramaturgical qualities onstage? Do we need to reckon with the versification of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, in England and in Europe, to understand his own prosody aright (if it is indeed truly his own)? 

Shakespeare is one of the leading journals in Shakespeare studies, and more information about it can be found here: 

The special issue will be edited by Dr Robert Stagg (The Shakespeare Institute / University of Oxford). It will include approximately five articles of c.6000 words each, though there is considerable flexibility as to word counts and so forth. All articles will be subject to double-blind peer review, as is customary in Shakespeare. Anyone interested, however provisionally, in contributing an article to the special issue is invited to email by the end of October 2020. 


Jobs & Funding

DPhil position: 'The first history of Elizabethan England: the making of William Camden's Annals'

An Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at the University of Oxford in partnership with the British Library is open for application. For information see:


DPhil position: 'Jewish Books and their Readers in Early Modern Cambridge', AHRC Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership, deadline: 8th January 2021.

Applications are invited for an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at The University of Oxford, in partnership with the Perne Library, Peterhouse, Cambridge.

From the sixteenth century, individuals and institutions began to collect printed Hebrew books in unprecedentedly large numbers. These books are witness to a remarkable moment in European history, when Christian scholars began to take the Jewish origins of their religion seriously, learning enough Hebrew not just to read the Old Testament but also to explore the vast corpus of Jewish literature that followed it. In recent years, this expansion of Hebraic knowledge has been the subject of sustained attention, and scholars have linked it to ground-breaking developments in fields ranging from astronomy and chronology to philosophy and politics, not to mention biblical criticism. And yet, despite this, many of the most basic questions about the acquisition of expertise in Hebrew remain unanswered.

How did scholars learn Hebrew, through which texts, and in what contexts? How did institutions acquire Hebrew books, and how were these books used by their readers? How did the study and teaching of Hebrew change over the course of the early modern period, and what effect did this have on the experience of individual students? This Collaborative Doctoral Award will explore such questions and so provide preliminary answers to the most foundational questions about the study of Hebrew in early modernity.

Given the diverse routes this research could take, we welcome candidates from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, whether linguistic, literary, historical, theological or philological. Intensive language training will be provided, although some prior knowledge of Latin or Hebrew would be an advantage. The candidate will also have the chance to develop specialised palaeographical and 
bibliographical skills and, if interested, the opportunity to organise exhibitions related to their research.

More details here. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Kirsten Macfarlane ( with questions and for any guidance before submitting their application. Applications should be  submitted for the DPhil in Theology and Religion: