Hilary 2014

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Tuesdays (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th weeks) 5.15 pm; Breakfast Room, Merton College. Please note later starting time this term.

Tuesday 21 January
Joad Raymond (Queen Mary): ‘John Milton, European’

Tuesday 4 February
Susan Wiseman (Birkbeck):‘“Lecture upon the Shadow': night poetry in George Chapman, John Donne, and Lucy Hutchinson’

Tuesday 18 February
Sukanta Chaudhuri (Jadavpur University): ‘The Transmission of Early Modern Pastoral Poetry’ 

Tuesday 4 March
Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania): ‘"The Secular Renaissance?  Raphael's ‘Sistine Madonna’ and Shakespeare's Hamlet’

All interested are welcome. Drinks will be served after the seminar

Rhodri Lewis, David Norbrook, Diane Purkiss, Tiffany Stern



Tuesdays, 5pm, Breakfast Room, Merton College

Hot drinks, affable discussion, and early-modern literature joseph.hone@jesus.ox.ac.ukniall.allsopp@merton.ox.ac.uk

SECOND WEEK (28th January) Group Reading & Discussion
Jakub Boguszak (St Hilda’s): Ben Jonson in Parts
Ever wondered how the early modern actors managed their parts? Join us for a group reading where you can pick a part and see for yourself how amusing and strange the early modern rehearsals and performances must have been when hardly anyone knew more that his own lines and cues. An obstacle or a blessing, the professional actors' ignorance of what was going on beyond the horizon of their own lines was an everyday reality. This forum is your chance to get a glimpse of that reality and share your thoughts. After a quick introduction, we will read a few acts from one of Ben Jonson's lesser-known plays and have a discussion afterwards.

FOURTH WEEK (11th February) Talk and Discussion
Guest speaker Sharon Achinstein (St Edmund Hall): Reflections on Editing Milton’s Divorce Tracts
A major scholarly endeavour usually beyond the experience of most graduate students is editing. One such project currently underway in Oxford is the OUP Complete Works of John Milton. Kindly joining us for this session will be Sharon Achinstein, who will share her experiences of editing the divorce tracts for the OUP Complete Works, as well as answering our questions. Her talk will be followed by an informal round-table discussion, on themes including the merits and shortcomings of the Oxford Milton project, the purpose of large-scale editions and their role in our work, as well as the peculiar problems of editing Milton.

SIXTH WEEK (25th February) Research Papers
Micah Coston (Linacre): "The Comet's in his eye": Early Modern Staging of the Vision, Spectacle, and Wonder of Blazing Stars
Niall Allsopp (Merton): “One false tenet in the political philosophy”: Cowley and Hobbes

EIGHTH WEEK (11th March) Research Papers
Katy Ricks (Balliol): Dryden and Lucretius
Emily Jennings (Merton): Prophetic Rhetoric vs. the State, 1613-1619: A Case Study of a “Treasonable” Political Prophecy



The following seminars will be given at 5pm on Mondays in the Danson room, Trinity.

Convener: Dr C Joynes

Professor Yvonne Sherwood, Kent, 10 Feb: ‘Performing Jeremiah: Bernardino de Sahagun and Stefan Zweig’

Dr Sarah Apetrei, 24 Feb: ‘Songs of Sion: psalmists for a new dispensation in 17th-century Britain’



Papers are in English, begin at 5pm and take place in room 3 of the Taylorian.

Week 5
Tuesday 18th Feb,
Professor David Hook: 
"El tizón de la nobleza de España: An Agenda for Axe-grinding"

(Referred to by Cadalso as one of the ‘más famosos libelos’ in Spanish, and an almost obligatory reference for anyone writing about the Inquisition, limpieza de sangre, the ills of Golden-Age society or the decline of Spain, the work commonly known as the Tizón de la nobleza de España or Tizón de España is traditionally attributed to Cardinal Francisco de Mendoza y Bobadilla (1508-1566), successively bishop of Burgos and bishop-elect of Valencia (though he died before taking up the latter appointment).  Notorious as a source of scandal and surrounded by lurid stories concerning the official response to it, the work, which conventionally began its separate existence as a Memorial addressed to Philip II, is a rhetorically unpretentious list of  ‘blots’ of Jewish or Muslim ancestry among the nobility. It exists in numerous manuscript copies but was not printed until the s.XIX; there is still no accurate and complete catalogue of the manuscript witnesses, no study of its textual transmission, and still less a properly-established text or critical edition.  This paper will examine some problems relating to the text and transmission of the work, reveal the existence of a previously-unknown Italian translation, and consider some of the uses to which the work has been put in various contexts, from nineteenth-century Anglo-American Hispanists to the fringes of modern politics.)

Week 6
25 February
, Dr Jonathan Thacker (Merton): "'Para tiempos de veras/ se ejercitan en las burlas': Rehearsals and Rehearsing on the Golden Age Stage’.



Rees Davies Room, History Faculty, Wednesdays 1-3pm

sandwich lunch provided – all welcome

Conveners: Johannes Depnering, Kat Hill, Hannah Murphy, Lyndal Roper, Carla Roth, Joshua Teplitsky and Ed Wareham

22 Jan

Josh Teplitsky and Yair Mintzker, Princeton and Berlin: ‘Outsiders in the inner circle: Jews, Christians, and courtly politics’

5 Feb

Carla Roth, Anna Linton, KCL, and Adam Morton: ‘Laughter and tears’ Chair: Rebekka Habermas, Göttingen

18 Feb, venue changed to Colin Matthews Room

Steven Pfaff, Washington: ‘The Protestant Reformation and collective action’

26 Feb, Ashmolean

Timothy Wilson: ‘The Welby Collection’ (places limited; book at: regius.p.a.@history.ox.ac.uk)

12 Mar

Erik Midelfort, Virginia: ‘Dissidents in Germany: 1670–1730’



The following session will be held at 2.00 p.m. (ending by 3.30 p.m.) on Wednesdays in Hilary Term 2014 in the Hovenden Room, All Souls College, Oxford. There will be two papers at the sessions.

22 January

SARAH HUTTON (Aberystwyth University): Negotiating Social Order – Women and Philosophy in the Early Enlightenment

BRIAN RICHARDSON (University of Leeds): Oral Culture and Social Class in the Italian Cinquecento

Convener: Neil Kenny [neil.kenny@all-souls.ox.ac.uk]

5 Feb:

Rodrigo Cacho, Cambridge, ‘Poetry and the lettered class in early modern Spanish America’

Stéphane Van damme, EUI, Florence, ‘Learned passions: revisiting moral and social practices in the sciences of the classical age’

19 Feb:

Clare Bucknell, ‘Meritocratic drama: aspects of social mobility in eighteenth-century sentimental comedy’

M A Katritzky, Open
 ‘Performing social outcasts: Samuel Butler’s Hudibras skimmington’

5 Mar:

Emma Smith, ‘Early readers of Shakespeare’s First Folio’

Rowan Tomlinson, Bristol, ‘Method, judgement, and social origin: the politics of reading and writing historia in renaissance France’




Convenors: Dr Joanna Weinberg and Professor Martin Goodman

The Seminars will take place on Wednesdays(except in week 2*) at 2.30-4pm in the Quarrell Room, Exeter College

Week 1: 22 January
Nigel Wilson (Lincoln College, Oxford)
Observations on the editio princeps and some MSS

Week 2: MONDAY 27 January *
Professor Walter Stephens (Johns Hopkins Univ.)
Pseudo-Biblical Interpretations of Josephus in Early Modern European Polemics

Week 3: 5 February
Dr Meir Ben Shahar (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem )
Josephus on Jaddus the High Priest and Alexander the Great – Fact or Fiction? Religion, Politics and Historiography in Late 17th Century England

Week 4: 12 February
Professor Tessa Rajak (Somerville College, Oxford)
Josephus as witness to the punishment of the Jews:  the English translations from Thomas Lodge to Whiston and his contemporaries

Week 5: 19 February
Dr Joanna Weinberg (Oriental Institute, Oxford)
Josephus and Josippon in early modern Jewish historiography

Week 6: 26 February

Jan Machielsen (New College, Oxford)
Jewish Entanglements: The Ancient Essenes and the Catholic Defence of Monasticism

Philipp Nothaft (The Warburg Institute)
Josephus and New Testament chronology in the work of Scaliger

Nigel Wilson (Lincoln College, Oxford)
A supplementary note on the editio princeps

Week 7: 5 March
Dr Theodor Dunkelgrün (Cambridge)
Against Apion and the problem of the Hebrew Canon in early modern biblical scholarship

Week 8: 12 March – NOTES SESSION
Dr Jan Machielsen (New College, Oxford)
Jewish Entanglements: The Ancient Essenes and the Catholic Defence of Monasticism
Dr Joshua Teplitsky (St Peter’s College, Oxford)
Reading Josippon in eighteenth-century rabbinic and popular culture
Dr Philipp Nothaft (The Warburg Institute)
Josephus and New Testament chronology in the work of Scaliger



The following seminars will be given at 3pm on Thursdays in the Harold Wilson and Memorial rooms, Jesus. Tea from 2.30pm.

Ms Hanna Hopwood, 20 Feb: ‘Shameful beards – the changing faces of the cywyddwyr’

Dr Christine James, Swansea, 13 Mar: ‘Battles and bibles: a Welsh poet’s perspective on the events of 1588’



The following seminars will be given at 5pm on Thursdays in the lecture theatre, 2nd Floor, Littlegate House, St Ebbe’s.

Conveners: Dr H Grootenboer, Dr M Leino, Oxford Brookes, and Dr C Whistler

30 Jan

Dr Robin Usher, Oxford Brookes: ‘Thomas Fuller’s Pisgah Sight of Palestine (1650) and the earliest illustrations to English Judaica’

27 Feb

Dr François Quiviger, Warburg Institute: ‘Bacchus in Renaissance academies and workshops’

13 Mar

Dr Giovanna Vitelli: ‘Powhatan’s mantle as object and context’



A forum for work in progress

The following seminars will be given at 5pm on Thursdays in Wharton Room, All Souls. Convenor: Dr Bent

Julian Gardner, University of Warwick, 6 Feb: 'The cardinals' music. Visual and other evidence for music and music-making in late thirteenth-century Rome.'

Abstract: A good deal of work has been devoted to the music of papal Avignon, very much less to that of Rome in the thirteenth century. The treatises of two musicians linked to the curia Amerus/Aluredus and Elias Salomon have been published, but there has been little systematic attempt to pull together the evidence for musical interests of the College of Cardinals in the period between Innocent III and Benedict XI (1198 - 1304). A great deal is known about the Roman liturgy both of the papal court and the religious orders in the period, but it has been little studied in its architectural and artistic contexts. Still less has been done in scrutinizing the visual evidence for musical interest in papal Rome, in mural painting, manuscript illumination, metalwork and embroidery. This is an initial attempt.

Professor Jessie Ann Owens, California at Davis, 13 Feb: ‘Key, tune and air in Morley’s Introduction’

Professor Davitt Moroney, California at Berkeley, 20 Feb: ‘Musical gigantismo in sixteenth century Florence: reconstructing Stefano Rossetto’s 50-part motet Consolamini, consolamini popule meus’.

Abstract: Following the identification of Alessandro Striggio's Mass in 40 and 60 parts (announced in JAMS in 2007), two further gigantic pieces from the mid sixteenth century can now be added to the repertoire. First, a somewhat earlier (1545?) setting of the Ten Commandments, composed as a complex canon (40 parts in 4); and second, an extravagant 50-part Christmas motet Consolamini, consolamini popule meus ("Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people") by Stefano Rossetto, who was one of the organists at the Duomo in Florence in the mid 1560s, at the time Striggio was composing his Mass. Unfortunately 18 of Rossetto's 50 parts are now missing in the only source. This paper discusses various scholarly issues that had to be dealt with before a reconstruction of the work could be undertaken.

Rob C. Wegman, Princeton University, Thursday 27 February (6th week): 'A Brief History of Measurable Notation, c.1200-c.1280'


What is there to justify yet another retelling of the history of rhythmic notation in the thirteenth century? The claim in this paper is that the story could perhaps be told differently. There are parts of the story that are not supported by our historical witnesses. While lack of such support is of course unavoidable in historical enquiry, there is another problem that may not be altogether unavoidable. For our witnesses do say a number of things about rhythm and notation — and leave other things pointedly unsaid — that are not explained by the story as we have come to tell it. This is a problem that we could at least try to remedy in an alternative version.

A good example is the question that triggers my enquiry. Briefly put, is it significant that no music theorist in this period ever uses the adjective “modal”? Aquinas used the term modalis for what we still call modal logic today. But as far as our witnesses are concerned, modal rhythm, or modal notation, do not exist. They are concerned with other things, which they do not seek to integrate into a system that may be evaluated for its coherence or consistency. They can live with contradictions that arise from the separate historical origins of different practices. This, I suggest, is what justifies a retelling of the story. A system that was never set down as such before the nineteenth century cannot have a history in the thirteenth. And that leaves us with the question what an alternative history of measurable notation, c.1200–1280, might look like.

Please contact Margaret Bent <margaret.bent@all-souls.ox.ac.uk> if you plan to attend and would like to receive the extensive handout ahead of the seminar.

Professor Kerry McCarthy, Duke
, 13 Mar: ‘Sheppard and the English psalm-motet’



The following seminars will be given on alternate Thursdays at 3.30pm.
Maison Française d’Oxford, 2–10 Norham Road 

Conveners: Richard Scholar and Alain Viala

23 Jan

Jonathan Patterson: ‘How to be a miser’

6 Feb

Wes Williams: ‘How to be a monster’

20 Feb

Alain Viala: ‘How to be a person of polite manners, honnête, galant and so on’

6 Mar

Alain Viala: ‘How to be an early modern quarreler’



The following seminars will be given on alternate Thursdays at 5.15pm.

Conveners: Emma Claussen, Richard Scholar, Caroline Warman and Wes Williams

23 Jan

Richard Cooper: ‘“Nos ancêtres les Gaulois”: inventing Gallic antiquities in
Renaissance France.’Followed by a book launch and drinks reception

6 Feb

Victoria Harvey, Cambridge: ‘“Corps infect et defaict, ame fausseet traitresse”: the plague of Vieilles in the Receuils satyriques’

20 Feb

Daniel Brewer, Minnesota: ‘“Ma délicieuse île”: picturing other spaces with Rousseau’

Matthew Cheung Salisbury, Julia Hartley, Michael Hawcroft and David Maskell will lead a roundtable at 3.30pm on 6 March following the performances of Esther in the chapel of St John’s (27 February–1 March, 8pm)
Subject: ‘Performing, picturing and staging Racine’s Esther’



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

23 January
Dr David Gehring (Univ. of Durham): ‘John Foxe, Mainland Martyrologies and International Protestantism’

Elizabeth Evenden and Thomas S. Freeman, Religion and the Book in Early Modern

England: The Making of Foxe's ‘Book of Martyrs’ (2011), esp. 69-134; Mark Greengrass and Thomas S. Freeman, ‘The Acts and Monuments and the Protestant Continental Martyrologies’, http://www.johnfoxe.org/index.php?realm=more&gototype=modern&type=essay&.... R. Woolf, Reading History in Early Modern England (2000), esp. 79-131.

30 January
Nicola Whitehead (Jesus College)
‘“To pursue the point of their former discourse”: James Howell and the Writing of Royalism in Interregnum England’

Daniel Woolf, ‘Conscience, Constancy, and Ambition in the Career and Writings of James Howell’, in John Morrill, Paul Slack and Daniel Woolf, eds., Public Duty and Private Conscience in Seventeenth-Century England (1993); William Harvey Vann, Notes on the Writings of James Howell (1924); D.R. Woolf, ‘Howell, James (1594?–1666)’ ODNB

6 February
Dr Leslie Theibert (University College): ‘Emulating Empire: The Spanish Imperial Model and the Western Design’

Sophus Reinert, Translating Empire: Emulation and the Origins of Political Economy

(2011), ch.1; John Elliott, ‘Learning from the Enemy’ in his Spain, Europe, and the Wider World, 1500-1800 (2009).

13 February
Dr Katy Gibbons (Univ.of Portsmouth): ‘“Cutting the Earl’s Beard”: Relics, Martyrdom and the Reputation of Thomas Percy, 7th earl of Northumberland’

Alexandra Walsham, ‘Skeletons in the Cupboard: Relics after the English Reformation’, Past and Present, 206, supplement 5 (2010), 121-143; Anne Dillon, The Construction of Martyrdom in the English Catholic Community, 1535-1603 (2002).

20 February
Prof. Glyn Parry (Roehampton Univ.): ‘Shakespeare, Catholicism, and “Tyranny” in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England’

Richard Wilson, Secret Shakespeare: studies in theatre, religion and resistance (2004); Randall Martin, ‘Rehabilitating John Somerville in 3 Henry VI’, Shakespeare Quarterly, 51:3 (2000), 332-40; Henry VI, Part Three, ed. Randall Martin (The Oxford Shakespeare, 2001), 75-6; and Act 5, scene I., lines 7-15.

27 February
Dr Freyja Cox-Jensen (Univ. of Exeter) and Dr John Pitcher (St John’s College) ‘Publishers and Writers in Shakespeare’s England’

Mark Bland, ‘The London Book-Trade in 1600’ in David Scott Kastan (ed), A Companion to Shakespeare (1999), 450-63; Alan B. Farmer, Zachary Lesser, ‘Structures of Popularity in the Early Modern Book Trade’, Shakespeare Quarterly 56:2 (2005), 206-213.

6 March
Chris St-John Smith (Lady Margaret Hall): ‘“Harty and assured to the King’s services”: Chief Justice Finch and the Political Management of the Caroline Court of Star Chamber’

Reading list:

L.A. Knafla, ‘Finch, John, Baron Finch of Fordwich (1584-1660)’, ODNB; K. Sharpe,

The Personal Rule of Charles I (1992), 665-82; T.G. Barnes, ‘Due process and slow process in the late Elizabethan and early Stuart Star Chamber’, American Journal of Legal History, 6 (1962), 315-46.

13 March
Student presentations

Convenors: Ian Archer, Alexandra Gajda, Steven Gunn



The following seminars will be given at 5pm in room 10b, Taylor Institution, unless otherwise noted.

28 Jan, Roy Griffiths Room, Keble

Lina Bolzoni, Scuola Normale di Pisa, ‘Memory palaces: the renaissance and the contemporary world’

10 Mar

Fabio Camilletti, Warwick, ‘The prince and the maiden. Leopardi, Hamlet and the art of detour’



Global & Imperial History Research Seminar

Fridays at 5pm in the Colin Matthew Room, History Faculty

7 Feb: Toby Green (King’s College, London): 'African States and Atlantic Empires: States and Diasporas in Upper Guinea and West-Central Africa During the Long 17th Century'


Oxford Architectural History Seminar

The following seminars will take place at 5.30pm in the Lecture room, Turl Street rooms, Lincoln (former Turl Bar, entered from Turl Street).

James Jago, York, 3 Feb: ‘Inheritance, identity and “synchronistical necessity”: towards a reassessment of reformed English architecture in the early modern era’


Keble talks

24 January, Walter Stephens (John Hopkins), ‘Warping the Weft of History: Orlando furioso, canto 15’. Roy Griffiths Room, Keble. 2.30pm.


ASC Medieval and Renaissance Studies Cluster Lectures

28 January, Lina Bolzoni (Scuola Normale Superiore),’Memory Palaces: the Renaissance and the Contemporary World', Roy Griffiths Room, Keble. 5.00pm. Giulio Camillo appears to be quite an eccentric figure. He was a poet and master in the art of rhetoric, a magician and an alchemist, and a friend of many poets and great artists (among which Titian) who in mid-Cinquecento devised a utopian project: a theatre of memory meant to contain all the existent knowledge and offer models for the production of new texts and new images. What were the grounds for that project? And why is it still alive, for some aspects, in several 20th Century projects, such as The Encyclopaedic Palace of Marino Auriti, which opened up the Venice Biennale in 2013?

25 February, Jason Peacey (UCL), ‘Fanatics in Foreign Lands: Diplomacy and Print in Seventeenth Century Europe’. Gibbs Room, Keble, 5pm. Scholarship on the last years of Charles II’s reign – between the Popish plot and the succession of James II – has often concentrated on tension between Tories and Whigs (including the exclusion crisis and subsequent plots); on intelligence and espionage relating to Whig exiles in the Low Countries; and on print culture and public politics. Sometimes these themes have overlapped – in analysis linking intelligencers and newsmongers, and in evidence about Whig printing in the Dutch republic – but even here scholarship has remained somewhat Anglocentric, in terms of a concentration upon prominent plotters, and on the production and circulation of English texts for an English public. The aim of this paper, however, is to highlight ways of overcoming this problem, involving evidence relating to the scale and ambition of, and the thinking behind, the intelligence and surveillance operation, and involving insights that can be gained by exploring the diplomacy of print, the transnational dimensions of print culture, and the interlocking nature of European publics.

Faculty of Music Research Colloquia

The following colloquia will be given at 5.15pm on Tuesdays in Denis Arnold Hall. Convenors: Carina Venter and Alexi Vellianitis

Professor Tiffany Stern, 18 Feb: ‘Shakespeare’s lost music’



McKenzie Lecture

Dr William Noel, Pennsylvania, will deliver the 19th annual McKenzie Lecture at
 5pm on 20 February in Lecture Theatre 2, English Faculty.
Subject: ‘Bibliography in bits: the study of books in the 21st century’


Early Modern Catholicism Network

Early Career Lunch: ‘Being a Catholic in Early Modern Europe’. Meeting on Friday 24 January, 12.45-2pm in the common room on the third floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building to discuss the topic ‘Being a Catholic in Early Modern Europe’ (British Isles included), in an informal way and over lunch (sandwiches provided). This is the first of four informal lunches this term (same time and place, weeks 1, 3, 5, 7) that aim to bring together graduates, postdocs, and all early career folk working on early modern Catholicism across the humanities, as part of the TORCH Early Modern Catholicism Network. Email Tom Hamilton (tom.hamilton@new.ox.ac.uk) and Katie McKeogh (katie.mckeogh@linacre.ox.ac.uk) for a scan of the (short!) text we plan to discuss and to confirm numbers for lunch.


Annual Special History Faculty Lecture

Ulinka Rublack, Professor of Early Modern European History, Cambridge, will deliver the 2014 Special Faculty Lecture at 5pm on 10 February in the Examination Schools.

Subject: ‘The politics of renaissance fashion’

Carlyle Lectures

Power and Pleasure, 1513–1776. David Wootton, Professor of History, York, will deliver the Carlyle Lectures at 5pm on the following Thursdays in the Examination Schools:

6 Feb: ‘The Enlightenment Project’

13 Feb: ‘Power (1513: Machiavelli)’

20 Feb: ‘Pleasure (Hobbes)’

27 Feb: ‘The state (Hume)’

6 Mar: ‘Happiness (du Châtelet)’

13 Mar: ‘Self-evidence (1776: Bentham, Jefferson, Smith)’


Professor of Arabic Inaugural Lecture

Professor Julia Bray, Laudian Professor of Arabic, will deliver her inaugural lecture at

5pm on 6 February in the Auditorium, St Johns. Open to all.

Subject: ‘Human chain’


Foundation for Law, Justice and Society/Centre for Socio-Legal Studies

The following events will take place at 5.30pm in the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson, unless otherwise noted. To register: www.fljs.org/events.

Professor Denis Galligan will lead a seminar on 5 March.
Subject: ‘Shakespeare and the lower register of constitutional thought: the historical plays’

Oliver Smithies Lecture

Professor Christian Wieland, Freiburg, will deliver an Oliver Smithies Lecture at 5pm on 27 February in Lecture Room XXIII, Balliol.

Subject: ‘Water and politics in Europe, 1550–1750’


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