Hilary 2018

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South School, Examinations Schools


Fridays, 5.00pm


Weeks 1-6


All are welcome!


The 2018 James Ford Lectures in British History are given by Professor Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge) on:

The Reformation of the Generations: Age, Ancestry, and Memory in England c. 1500-1700


Week 1 (19 January)

Youth and Age


Week 2 (26 January)

Kith and Kin


Week 3 (2 February)

Ancestry and Genealogy


Week 4 (9 February)

Generation and Generations


Week 5 (16 February)

History and Time


Week 6 (23 February)

Memory and Archive



Lorna Hutson and Emma Smith


Mure Room, Merton College

(Please note change of venue for 13 February’s seminar. This will take place in the Fitzjames Room)


Tuesdays, 5.15pm


Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7


All welcome. Wine and refreshments served.


Week 1 (16 January)

Lucy Munro, King’s College, London

‘New Histories of the Blackfriars Playhouse’


Week 3 (30 January)

Peter Womack, University of East Anglia

‘Tyrannical humours: bad kings on the Elizabethan stage’.


Week 5 (13 February) (Fitzjames Room)

Elizabeth Clarke (Warwick), David Norbrook (Merton) and Jane Stevenson (Campion Hall)

Panel discussion to mark the publication of Lucy Hutchinson, Theological Writings and Translations, Oxford University Press


Week 7 (27 February)

Jason Scott-Warren, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

‘Distributing Donne’


Programme available for download here:



 Nick Davidson, Oren Margolis and Gervase Rosser


 St Catherine’s College


 Mondays, 5.00pm




All Welcome.


Week 1 (15 January)

Luca Giuliani (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)

‘Michelangelo’s David and his Sling‘


Week 2 (22 January)

Cordelia Warr (Manchester University)

'Touch, texture and the Franciscan habit’


Week 3 (29 January)

Christa Gardner von Teuffel (Oxford)

‘Brunelleschi Impresario: new chapels and new altarpieces at San Lorenzo, Florence’ 


Week 4 (5 February)

Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja (Cambridge University)

‘Insulting women and women insulting in early modern Italy: Literary and criminal history’


Week 5 (12 February)

Oscar Schiavone (Durham University)

‘Luca Martini: Dante scholar and patron of the arts in the service of the Medici’


Week 6 (19 February)

Maya Corry (Oxford University)

‘Neoplatonism, Aristotelianism, body and soul in Leonardo’s Milan’


Week 7 (26 February)

Giuliano Milani (Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée)

‘The long prehistory of the pittura infamante (IX-XIII centuries)’


Week 8 (5 March)

Oren Margolis (Oxford University)

'Hercules in Venice: Aldus Manutius and Erasmus of Rotterdam'


Programme available for download here:



Neil Kenny


Wharton Room, All Souls College


Wednesdays, 2.00-3.30pm (Week 4 on Monday)


Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8


All very welcome.


Week 2 (24 January)

TIFFANY STERN (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham):

Puppets, Bibelots, and Ballad-sheets: Literature as Artefact in Early Modern Europe

PHIL WITHINGTON (University of Sheffield):

Reading, Writing, and Social Practice in Early Modern England


Week 4 (Monday 5 February)

JENNY OLIVER (St John’s College, Oxford):

The Building of Knowledge and the Building of Society: Montaigne’s bastiment

CATHERINE RICHARDSON (University of Kent):

Assessing the Learning of the Early Modern English Middling Sort: Material and Textual Sources


Week 6 (21 February)

RAPHAËLE GARROD (University of Cambridge):

It Takes One to Know One: Erasmian Ingenuity and the (Un)making of Scholarly Communities

ISABELLE MOREAU (École Normale Supérieure, Lyon):

Amazons, Idlers, and the Republic of Letters


Week 8 (7 March )

NEIL KENNY (All Souls College, Oxford):

Literature, Learning, and the Family Function (La Croix du Maine, Scévole de Sainte-Marthe)

IAN MACLEAN (All Souls College, Oxford):

The Social Status of Publishers in Europe (1560–1630) and Their Place in the World of Learning


Programme available for download here:



Philip Beeley, Christopher Hollings, Yelda Nasifoglu, and Benjamin Wardhaugh


Hovenden Room, All Souls College


Wednesdays, 5.00pm




Week 1 (17 January)

Christopher Hollings (University of Oxford)

‘“Black strokes upon white paper”: changing attitudes towards symbolic algebra from the nineteenth into the twentieth century’


Week 2 (24 January)

Ralf Krömer (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

‘Justification of axioms: a neglected topic in the history of mathematics?’


Week 3 (31 January)

Katharina Habermann (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

‘Gauss’s diary, Riemann’s Hypothesis, and Klein’s letters: the central archive for mathematics bequests in Göttingen’


Week 4 (7 February)

Emmylou Haffner (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

‘Insights into the long “genesis” of Dedekind’s lattice theory’


Week 5 (14 February)

Natasha Glaisyer (University of York)

‘Speaking, reading, writing and printing numbers in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England’


Week 6 (21 February)

Karine Chemla (Université Paris Diderot)

‘Forms of proofs for algebraic equations in medieval China’


Week 7 (28 February)

Matthew Landrus (University of Oxford)

‘Geometry and mathematics for the technical and visual arts at the turn of the sixteenth century’


Week 8 (7 March)

Jeanne Peiffer (CNRS)

‘Reading mathematics in the eighteenth century: Montesquieu and young d’Alembert’


Programme available for download here:




Margaret Bent


Wharton Room, All Souls


Thursdays, 5.00-7.00pm


Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8


All are welcome.

Week 2 (25 January)

Yolanda Plumley (University of Exeter)

Music and the Staging of Princely Power in Late Medieval France


Week 4 (8 February)

James Burke (University of Cambridge)

The making and re-making of the Sadler partbooks: GB-Ob MSS Mus. e. 1–5


Week 6 (22 February)

Mark Everist (University of Southampton)

Music, Pleasure and the Intertextual Arts in the Long Thirteenth Century


Week 8 (8 March)

Karl Kügle (University of Oxford and University of Utrecht)

The Koblenz fragments: fourteenth-century music, fifteenth-century church reform, and uses of the past in late medieval Europe


Programme with abstracts available to download here:





Dr Dmitri Levitin and Sir Noel Malcolm


Hovenden Room, All Souls


Mondays, 5.00–6.45pm



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 at https://www.asc.ox.ac.uk/visiting-the-college.

All very welcome.


Week 1 (15 January)

Renée Raphael (University of California, Irvine)

‘Mechanics in the margins: an anonymous annotator, eclectic reading, and Galileo's Two New Sciences’


Week 2 (22 January)

Richard Serjeantson (Trinity College, Cambridge)

‘Francis Bacon in Poland: for and against the “Great Instauration” in Second Reformation Europe’


Week 3 (29 January)

Timothy Twining (Caius College, Cambridge)

‘Richard Simon and the remaking of biblical criticism, c. 1665–1685’


Week 4 (5 February)

Daniel Garber (Princeton),

‘Novatores: negotiating novelty in early modern philosophy’


Week 5 (12 February)

David Lines (Warwick)

‘Philosophical teaching in sixteenth-century Bologna’


Week 6 (19 February)

John Christie (Oxford)

‘Enlightenment's Apocalypse: prophecy, providence and science in the work of Joseph Priestley’


Week 7 (26 February)

Dirk Van Miert (Utrecht)

‘The “Hairy War” (1640-1650) and the historicization of the Bible: the role of philology in a public debate on men wearing long hair in the Dutch Republic’


Week 8 (5 March)

Delphine Bellis (Sarton Centre, Ghent)

‘Gassendi’s theory of vision: at the crossroads between Epicureanism and early modern empiricism’


Programme available for download here:



Ian Archer, Alexandra Gajda, Steven Gunn, Lucy Wooding


The Breakfast Room, Merton College


Thursdays at 5pm (tea from 4.45).


Weeks 1-6


18 January 2018 (1st Week)

Dr Ceri Law (Univ. of Cambridge)

Remembering and Forgetting Recantation in the English Reformation


25 January 2018 (2nd Week)

Prof. Jason Peacey (UCL)

‘“To Move the First Day of Term”: Strategies, Practices and a Seventeenth-Century Microhistory’


1 February 2018 (3rd Week)

Prof. Peter Marshall (Warwick Univ.)

‘Long Reformation in the Far North: Kirk and Culture in Early Modern Orkney’


8 February 2018 (4th Week)

Ernesto Oyarbide Magana (Wolfson College)

‘Procuring “Local Knowledge”. The Library of the First Count of Gondomar in the context of his Diplomacy’


15 February 2018 (5th Week)

Wesley Correa (Corpus Christi College)

‘Political Dialogue, Exchange and Propaganda, c. 1461-1537’


22 February 2018 (6th Week)

Prof. Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge)

‘The Reformation of the Generations: Age, Ancestry, and Memory in England c. 1500-1700’: Discussion of the James Ford Lectures in British History’

This seminar meets in the Colin Matthews Room in the History Faculty, except Week 6 when we are in the Gerry Martin room.  We meet on Wednesdays 2 till 4.

We’re also including announcements of some other German-related events we think will interest you.


Week 2 Wednesday 24 January 2 to 4 pm

Howard Jones (Keble) 'Translating Luther's Sermon on Indulgences and Grace and 95 Theses'

Edmund Wareham (Somerville) 'Translating the Passional of Christ and Antichrist'


Week 4 Wednesday 7 February 2 to 4 pm

Christiane Andersson (Bucknell)

‘Censorship of Art in the Reformation in Germany’


Week 5 Friday 16 February 2 to 4 pm (Taylor Institution Library)

Craig Harline (Brigham Young)

‘A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation​’, followed by a presentation of Reformation pamphlets held by the Taylor Library


Week 6  Wednesday 21 February 2 to 4 pm (Gerry Martin Room)

Kerstin Weiand (Marburg)

‘Hessen-Kassel and the Peace of Westphalia (title tbc)’


Week 7, MONDAY 26 February, 12.45 to 18.30 CONFERENCE QUEEN’S, MARIA THERESA (registration required)

17.00 Shulman Auditorium, Queen’s

Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (Münster)

‘Maria Theresa and the Catholic Enlighenment’


Week 8 Wednesday 7 March 2 to 4 pm

Sarah-Maria Schober (Basel and Oxford)

"Disgusting Objects in Early Modernity"


Seminar Organisers: Ian Maclean, Lyndal Roper, Edmund Wareham, Peter Wilson



Liesbeth Corens


Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College


Mondays at 12 noon


Weeks 4, 6, 8


Week 4 (5 February)

Oliver Cox (Oxford University)

'Developing research-led collaborations in the heritage sector: a how to guide'


Week 6 (19 February)

Marianne Wilson (National Archives)

'Archives and Researchers'


Week 8 (5 March)

Catherine Fletcher (Swansea University)

'History in trade publishing'


Programme available for download here:



Laura Wright and Beatrice Montedoro


Seminar Room B, English Faculty


Tuesdays, 5.15pm


Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8


Week 2 (23rd January)

Christopher Gausden, "Walter Quin: A Scottish Court Poet and the English Court in the 1590s.”

Lucia Alden, "Playing with Profit in Early Modern Theatre."

Week 2 (6th February)

Kilian Schindler, "Pigs and Puritans: Conversion in Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair."

Katie Ebner-Landy, "Problems with Political Readings of Early Modern Drama: The Case of The Troublesome Raigne."

Week 6 (20th February)

Georgina Wilson, "‘Take care in the cutting out’: John Blagrave's Mathematical Iewel and the Material Transmission of Knowledge."

Sophie Zhuang, "'The Hateful Siege of Contraries': Satan’s Paradoxical Speech and Milton’s Theodicy."

Week 8 (6th March)

William Kroeger, "'The matter's in my head and in my heart': As You Like It's dramatic materiality."

Benjamin Card, "'This fleamy clodd of an Antagonist': Milton's Insults and How to Take Them."


Programme available for download here:


Ruggero Sciuto


Seminar Room, Third Floor, Radcliffe Humanities Building


Tuesdays, 5.30-7.00pm


Weeks 5, 6, 7, 8


Week 5 (13 February)

Sir Noel Malcolm (All Souls College, Oxford)

'The Same Game, But with Different Rules: Western Diplomats in Early Modern Istanbul'


Week 6 (20 February)

Professor Christine Vogel (Universität Vechta)

'Trust Building Measures in Cross-Cultural Settings: Diplomatic Networking Practices in Early Modern Istanbul'


Week 7 (27 February)

Professor Isabella Lazzarini (Università degli Studi del Molise)

'Multilayered Networks, Information Gathering and Letter-Writing: For a 'New Diplomatic History' of Early Renaissance Italy (1350 - 1520 ca.)'


Week 8 (6 March)

Professor Hamish Scott (Jesus College, University of Oxford)

'Europe's Diplomatic Culture, c.1700 - 1900: Continuity and Change'

Week 7

Friday 2 March, 5.30-7.30pm

'Musical and Literary Approaches to the Operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau' (Jaqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College)

(Please RSVP to Jonathan Patterson)