Hilary 2023

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Convenor: Michelle Pfeffer

Time: 2pm, Thursday, weeks 1-8.

Venue: The Old Library, All Souls College. 


It is also possible to join this seminar online. To do so, please register by clicking here.


Week 1: Thursday, 19 January, 2pm.

‘Free will and change in the theory of causation’

Speaker: Professor Thomas Pink (KCL)


Week 2: Thursday, 26 January, 2pm. 

The philosophy of sleep between paradoxes and thought experiments: Descartes, Gassendi, Locke and Leibniz’

Speaker: Professor Carla Rita Palmerino (Nijmegen)


Week 3: Thursday, 2 February, 2pm. 

“Enslaved by African angels”: Swedenborg on African superiority, evangelization, and slavery in the Swedish Age of Liberty’

Speaker: Dr Vincent Roy-Di Piazza (Oxford and Stockholm)


Week 4: Thursday, 9 February, 2pm.

Early modern scholarship on idolatry and the Chinese Rites debate’

Speaker: Dr Felix Schlichter (Cambridge)


Week 5: Thursday, 16 February, 2pm.

Mapping the chiaroscuro: Marsilio Ficino on Plato’s allegory of the cave’

Speaker: Dr Anna Corrias (Cambridge)


Week 6: Thursday, 23 February, 2pm.

‘What makes early modern intellectual history “early modern”? Marsilio Ficino (1433-99), Plotinus and astrology in the transition from medieval to Renaissance astrology, magic and religion’ 

Speaker: Dr Darrel Rutkin


Week 7: Thursday, 2 March, 2pm. 

‘Anglo-Venetian views on cross-confessional alliances during the Thirty Years War’

Speaker: Professor Filippo de Vivo (Oxford)


Week 8: Thursday, 9 March, 2pm. 

‘The freedom to philosophize in the German Enlightenment from Christian Wolff to the Berlin Academy’

Speaker: Dr Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucharest)

Convenors: Margaret Bent and Matthew Thomson.

Time: Thursdays. Weeks 2, 5, and 8. 5.00pm (UK time)

Venue: Online only via Zoom. To register, please use 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. Please contact matthew.thomson@ucd.ie if you experience any technical difficulties.



Week 2: Thursday 26 January, 5pm.

‘The Sadler Sets of Partbooks and Tudor Music Copying’.

Speaker: Julia Craig-McFeely (DIAMM, University of Oxford, and Tudor part books project).

Discussants: Magnus Williamson and Owen Rees.

Abstract: To be added in term.


Week 5: Thursday 16 February, 5pm.

‘Soav’ e dolce – Nicola Vicentino’s intervallic vision’

Speaker(s): Martin Kirnbauer and the project team VicenOno21 (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis / FHNW). 

Discussants: n/a

Abstract: To be added in term.


Week 8: Thursday 9 March, 5pm.

‘Figeenth-century song masses’

Speaker: Emily Zazulia (University of California at Berkeley)

Discussants: TBD.

Abstract: To be added in term.

Convenor: Hanna Sinclair

Time: Mondays of odd weeks of term, 4.30pm.

Venue: Memorial Room, Jesus College.


Week 1: Monday 16 January, 4.30pm.

First title: 'The Dignity of the Crown and Public Oeconomy: the Royal Household under George III and Burke's Economical Reform of 1782'

First speaker: Amanda Westcott (Keble) 

Second title: 'Three Hail Marys: complexity within the character and representation of Queen Mary II of England'

Second speaker: Stuart Parks (St. Cross)


Week 3: Monday 30 January, 4.30pm.

'Royal Courts Behind Convent Bars'

Speaker: Luc Duerloo (University of Antwerp)


Week 5: Monday 13 February, 4.30pm.

'A Court from Below: The Courtiers and the Court of Louis XIII, 1610-1643'

Speaker: Marc Jaffré (Durham University)


Week 7: Monday 27 February, 4.30pm.

'Royal Blood and the Un-doing of a Maharajah: Duleep Singh, Queen Victoria and Courtly Colonialism'

Speaker: Priya Atwal (Community History Fellow, Faculty of History, Oxford)

Regrettably, this session has been cancelled due to industrial action by the UCU.

Convenors: Sophie Aldred and Alex Beeton

Time: Mondays, weeks 3, 5, 7, & 8. 5.00-6.30pm.

Venue: Online only. Microsoft Teams. Please email  britaininrevolution@gmail.com for the link/to be added to the mailing list.


Week 3: Monday 30 January, 5pm.

'Charles I and the French Connection - 1636 to 1639’

Speaker: Fraser Dickinson


Week 5: Monday 13 Februrary, 5pm.

'Women and Warfare in 1640s Ireland’

Speaker: Jane Ohlmeyer (Trinity College Dublin)


Week 7: Monday 27 February, 5pm.

Title to be confirmed.

Speaker: George Southcombe (University of Oxford).


Week 8: Monday 6 March, 5pm.  

 Please note that this will be a one-off in person event. Full details to be announced in due course.

John Morrill, Ann Hughes, George Southcombe, Grant Tapsell. Book Launch and Round Table Discussion, The Letters, Writings and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell


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

Time: Thursdays of weeks 1-8. 5pm.

Venue: Habakkuk Room, Jesus College. Please note that in week 8 this seminar will take place at The Ship Street Centre, Jesus College. The seminar will also be available via Teams. If you wish to attend online please email ian.archer@history.ox.ac.uk.


Week 1: Thursday 19 January, 5pm.

‘The Prosecution of Heresy in the Henrician Reformation’

Speaker: Dr Paul Cavill (Pembroke College, Oxford).

Suggested reading: J. A. Brundage, ‘Proof in canonical criminal law’, Continuity and Change, 11 (1996), 329–39; H. A. Kelly, ‘Thomas More on inquisitorial due process’, English Historical Review, 123 (2008), 847–94.


Week 2: Thursday 26 January, 5pm. 

‘Diplomatic Culture and Diplomatic Communication in the Tudor Period’

Speaker: Dr Tracey Sowerby (Europaeum)

Suggested reading: Tracey A. Sowerby, ‘Early Modern Diplomatic Studies’, History Compass, 14 (2016, Online), 441-56; Helmer Helmers, ‘Public Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe: Towards a New History of News’, Media History, 22 (2016), 401-20.


Week 3: Thursday 2 February

This week there are two papers. 


‘England's Second Reformation, Royalist Moral Theology, and the Rise of Christian Epicureanism, 1642-1660’

Speaker: Jacob Chatterjee (Balliol College, Oxford)

Suggested reading: J.D. Chatterjee, ‘“Celestial Epicurisme”: John Locke and the Anglican Language of Pleasure, 1650–1697’, The Seventeenth Century, 37/2 (2022): 303–34; A. Milton, England's Second Reformation: The Battle for the Church of England, 1625-1662 (2021), caps. 8, 11; S. Mortimer, Reason and Religion in the English Revolution: the Challenge of Socinianism (2010), caps. 4, 5.


‘Williamite Land Grants, Court Patronage and the Law, 1689-1702’

Speaker: Stuart Parks (St Cross College, Oxford)

Suggested reading: Paul Halliday, Dismembering the Body Politic: partisan politics in England’s towns,1650-1730 (1998), ch.8; Mark Goldie and Clare Jackson, ‘Williamite Tyranny and the Whig Jacobites’, in Redefining William III: The Impact of the King Stadholder in International Context, eds. E. Mijers and D. Onnekink (2007), 177-201; Brian Cowan and Scott Sowerby (eds.), The State Trials and the Politics of Justice in Later Stuart England (2021), Intro and ch.8; J.G. Simms, The Williamite Confiscation in Ireland (1956), 82-120.


Week 4: Thursday 9 February, 5pm.

This week there are two papers. 


‘The Release of Lord Darnley: a new perspective’

Speaker: Victoria Smith (Worcester College)

Suggested reading: Simon Adams, ‘The Release of Lord Darnley and the Failure of the Amity’, Innes Review, 38 (1987), 123-53; Jane Dawson, ‘Mary, Queen of Scots, Lord Darnley and Anglo-Scottish Relations in 1565’, International History Review, 8 (1986), 1-24.


'Women, Family, and Memories of the Marian Exile'

Speaker: Laura Roberts (Magdalen College, Oxford). Laura will be speaking via Teams.

Suggested reading: K. Hodgkin, ‘Women, Memory and Family History in Seventeenth-Century England’, in E. Kuijpers et al (eds), Memory before Modernity: Practices of Memory in Early Modern Europe (2013), 297-314; S. Thompson and K. Barclay, ‘Religious Patronage as Gendered Family Memory in Sixteenth-Century England’, Journal of Family History, 20/10 (2020), 1-17.


Week 5: Thursday 16 February, 5pm.

This week there are two papers. 


‘Episcopal Conservatism and the Implementation of the Henrician Reformation’

Speaker: Yicen Liu (St Cross College, Oxford)

Suggested reading: Lucy Wooding, Rethinking Catholicism in Reformation England (2000); Margaret Bowker, The Henrician Reformation: The Diocese of Lincoln under John Longland 1521-1547 (1981); Aude De Mézerac-Zanetti, ‘Reforming the Liturgy under Henry VIII: The Instructions of John Clerk, Bishop of Bath and Wells (PRO, SP6/3, Fos 42r–44v)’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 64/1 (2013), 96-111.


‘Mediocrity and Magnificence in King Charles II’s Representation in Colonial Contexts (1660-85)’

Speaker: Joanna Smith (Lincoln College, Oxford)

Suggested reading: A. Keay, The Magnificent Monarch: Charles II and the Ceremonies of Power (2008), esp. 1-8, 207-9; Charles II: Art & Power, Royal Collection Trust exhibition (Dec. 2017- June 2019),  https://www.rct.uk/collection/themes/exhibitions/charles-ii-art-power/the-queens-gallery-palace-of-holyroodhouse (30 Dec. 2020); H. M. Beckles, ‘The “Hub of Empire”: The Caribbean and Britain in the Seventeenth Century’, in N. Canny and A. Low (eds.), The Origins of Empire (1998), 218-40.


Week 6: Thursday 17 November, 5pm.

‘Charles II: Conformity, Toleration and the Supremacy’

Speaker: Prof. Ken Fincham (Univ. of Kent at Canterbury)

Suggested reading: John Spurr, The Restoration Church of England (1991), 29-61; J. Rose, Godly Kingship in Restoration England: The Politics of The Royal Supremacy, 1660–1688 (2011), chs 2 and 4.


Week 7: Thursday 2 March, 5pm. 

Transfer of Status presentations.

Various speakers.


Week 8: Thursday 9 March, 5pm. Please note that this seminar will take place at the Ship Street Centre, Jesus College.

Transfer of Status presentations.

Various speakers.

Convenors: Lorna Hutson, Joe Moshenska, Emma Smith, Bart van Es

Time: Tuesdays, weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7. 5.15-7.15pm. Week 7 will begin at 12.30pm.

Venue: T. S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College. Week 7 will take place in the Mure Room, Merton College.


Week 1: Tuesday 17 January, 5.15pm.

'England’s Insular Imagining'

Bart Van Es and Lorna Hutson in conversation on England’s Insular Imagining.


Week 3: Tuesday 31 January, 5.15pm.

'Women Walking in Shakespeare'.

Speaker: Dr Eleanor Rycroft (University of Bristol)

Abstract: To be updated in term.


Week 5: Tuesday 14 February, 5.15pm.

‘Ghost Kings’

Speaker: Professor Sarah Knight (University of Leicester)

Abstract: To be updated in term.

This talk will no longer go ahead at this date owing to industrial action.


Week 7: Tuesday 28 February, 12.30pm. Please note the change of venue to the Mure Room, Merton College.

‘The First Folio at 400: What Are We Celebrating?’ 

Speaker(s): Emma Smith, Ben Higgins and Amy Lidster


All are welcome to attend. Pre-circulated reading will be available (when appropriate) through CEMS.

Convenors: Victoria Fallanca, Raphaële Garrod and Alice Rouillere.

Time: Thursday, weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7. 5.15-7pm. Tea, coffee, and biscuits are served beforehand.

Venue: Maison française, Oxford.


Week 1: Thursday 19 January, 5.15pm.

‘Clouds and Apparitions in Sixteenth-Century Poetry: Ronsard’s Ghostly Idoles.’

Speaker: Alice Roullière (St John's College, Oxford)


Week 3: Thursday 2 February, 5.15pm.

'Entre impressions et discernement: configurations du consentement et de l’héroïsme féminins dans la version originale de la Belle et la Bête (1740)’

Speaker: Ourida Mostefai (Brown University, Providence)


Week 5: Thursday 16 February, 5.15pm.

‘Impressions libertines: des limites de l’englobement français du monde chez les libertins érudits’.

Speaker: Stéphane Van Damme (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)

Convenors: Filippo de Vivo (St Edmund Hall), Federica Gigante (History of Science Museum), Giuseppe Marcocci (Exeter), Gervase Rosser (St Catherine's), Jane Stevens (Oxford Brookes), Emanuela Vai (Worcester)

Time: Tuesdays of odd weeks of term, 4.30pm.

Venue: Old Dining Hall in St Edmund Hall, Queen's Lane.


Week 1: Tuesday 17 January, 4.30pm.

'Waiting for the Emperor: Italian Princes, the Pope and Charles V'.

Speaker: Elena Bonora (Parma)

Abstract: In the 1540s, some Italian princes, lords and cardinals wrote to each other using a secret, highly imaginative language. They were waiting for Emperor Charles V to descend on Italy to cut the papacy and Papal States down to size once and for all. Their letters, which have never before been used by historians, were not literary fantasies; behind the fictitious names, metaphors and the ferocious satire against Pope Paul III, there were weapons, money and power.

            For years, against the background of the battle between the two giants – the pope and the emperor – the courts of Mantua, Florence, Milan and Ferrara, with their extensive political relations and organised networks of loyalty, pursued a grand plan of containing the pope’s power by allying with men of Charles V such as Diego Hurtado de Mendoza in Italy and Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle at the Habsburg court.

            The epoch-making conflict between the ‘Italy of the Emperor’ and the ‘Italy of the pope’, which then involved leading figures of the Italian ruling class, was not merely political: it was mixed with religious problems, it developed in the sphere of communication, and left traces in Italian cultural life, on the frescoed walls of palaces and in the pages of books. But the daring project drawn up by the Italian princes in the shade of the imperial eagle failed, and failed forever, as the Counter-Reformation advanced and the sun began to set on the Europe of Charles V.


Week 3: Tuesday 31 January, 4.30pm.

''The Fabrication of Historical Truths': Rodrigo Calderon and his Dignified Death in Italian Handwritten, Printed and Whispered News'.

Speaker: Paola Molino (Padua)

Abstract: “All historians have accorded concurrent testimony to the patience and heroism which characterized the close of his wild and meteoric career”. With these words the English novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton closed the description of the noble end of the main character of his 1838’s novel Calderon, the Courtier (1838). Indeed, the death of the powerful confident and “right hand” of the Duke of Lerma, secretary of the Royal chamber and advisor of King Philipp III triggered at the time the writing of several histories and “Relazioni veriterie”. In particular, the story of his execution, in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor on 21 October 1621, was spread immediately by alleged eyewitnesses who reported all a similar circumstance: a socially various crowd had come to witness the death of a corrupted and greedy murderer. Yet during the execution Calderón had apparently shown a pride and at the same time a modesty in front of death, that his attitude provoked a swing in the opinion of the public, that finally sympathized with the dying Calderón much more than with the living one, making of him a symbol of stoicism rather than one of the corruption of the Spanish government. More than making this death exceptional for contemporaries, the circumstances reported in the many printed reports, when compared with the crude handwritten avvisi newsletters of the execution preserved mainly in Florence, Rome, Madrid and Vienna, allow a reflection on the mobility of textuality and on the role played by different media in the transmission of the past and in the fabrication of “historical truths”.


Week 5: Tuesday 14 February, 4.30pm. 

'Beautiful Bodies: Spirituality, Sexuality and Gender in Leonardo's Milan'

Speaker: Maya Corry (Oxford Brooks)

Abstract: In the closing decades of the quattrocento, in Sforza Milan, a bold new form of imagery emerged. Working under the influence of Leonardo da Vinci a number of Lombard artists produced works of art in which sitters were idealised beyond recognition, or the beauty of the divine was re-imagined as strikingly androgynous. Significant numbers of these images were produced, and they found particular favour with elite consumers. How did contemporaries understand them? What explains their social and cultural potency? This paper explores these questions from a range of perspectives, taking account of contemporary medical understandings of the sexed body, challenges to the gender binary, libertine attitudes towards homoeroticism and the creation and maintenance of networks of power.


Week 7: Tuesday 28 February, 4.30pm.

*Joint session with the Digital Humanities and Sensory Heritage Network

'Making the Renaissance Public: Location Based Interpretation of Early Modern Urban Space'

Speaker: Fabrizio Nevola (Exeter)

Abstract: We increasingly order the world around us in geo-spatial terms, empowered by mobile devices and geo-location, toggling between 2D maps to 3D street views. The potential of these same technologies for historical research on cities is only starting to be realized. At the same time Augmented Reality (AR) invites a new approach to the 'museum without walls', reuniting cultural heritage - cities, buildings, artworks - across time and space. Drawing from two research projects, Hidden Cities (see www.hiddencities.eu) and Florence4D (www.florence4d.org) this paper considers how digital art history methods are creating new research opportunities, while at the same opening up new ways to engage the wider public. Spatially-determined research questions encourage us to think about how meaning is constructed from the triad of spaces-objects-people, while spatial technologies (GIS, GPS, 3D modelling) allow us to shape innovative responses to those questions, ranging from interactive map interfaces to locative interpretation delivered on handheld devices. In so doing we’re discovering new things about the material culture of public space in the Renaissance, but also making that research directly available to the public. 

Convenors: Alex Laar and Flynn Allot

Time: Tuesdays of even weeks of term, 5.15pm.

Venue: Seminar Room B, English Faculty.


Please note that titles for papers in this series will be circulated via the Graduate Forum mailing list. To join, please email: earlymoderngraduateforum@gmail.com


Week 2: Tuesday 24 January, 5.15pm.

Paul Norris (Brasenose)

Alex Laar (New)


Week 4: Tuesday 7 February, 5.15pm.

Jane Cooper (All Souls)

Lottie Page (Magdalen)


Week 6: Tuesday 21 February, 5.15pm.

John Colley (Jesus)

Joseph Turner (Christ Church)


Week 8: Tuesday 7 March, 5.15pm.

Yafit Shachar (Visiting Student)

Anna Clark (St John's)

Seminar Leaders: Ros Ballaster, Christine Gerrard, Katie Noble, Nicole Pohl, David Taylor, Ben Wilkinson-Turnbull, Carly Watson, Abby Williams.

Time: Tuesdays of even weeks of term, 5.30pm. *Please note different time in week 4.

Venue: Seminar Room East, Mansfield College.


Week 2: Tuesday 24 January, 5.30pm. 

'Creating Cosmopolitanisms: Eighteenth Century Women Travel Writers and the Re-imagination of Identity'

Speaker: Dr Shirley F. Tung (Kansas State University).


Week 4: Tuesday 7 February. *Please note this seminar will take place at the earlier time of 12.30pm.

'Women and Regional Theatre in Britain in the Long Eighteenth Century'

Speaker: Dr Fiona Ritchie (McGill University).


Week 6: Tuesday 21 February, 5.30pm.

‘Salon Diplomacy and State Bankruptcy: Women’s Informal Diplomatic Spaces in Denmark-Norway during the Napoleonic Wars’

Speaker: Dr Kristine Dyrmann (University of Oxford)

*This session has been cancelled due to industrial action.


Week 8: Tuesday 7 March, 5.30pm. *Please note this seminar take place online only.

'Eighteenth-Century Delaniana: Mary Hamilton's Collage-Biography of Mary Delany on Mary Delany and Mary Hamilton'.

Speaker: Dr Nataliia Voloshkova (Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University, Kyiv, Ukraine; currently Kazimierz Wielki University of Bydgoszcz).

*Please contact ros.ballaster@mansfield.ox.ac.uk for the joining link before 5 March 2023.

Convenor(s): Nicholas Cronk (St Edmund Hall) and Avi Lifschitz (Magdalen College)

Time: Wednesday evenings. 5pm. *With the exception of week 6.

Venue: Summer Common Room, Magdalen College.


Week 1: Wednesday 18 January, 5pm.

'Lecturing on pedagogy: Kant's creative use of Basedow’s educational philosophy'

Speaker: Jürgen Overhoff (Münster)


Week 2: Wednesday 25 January, 5pm.

'« Fi! l[a] vilain[e] hypocrite »: picturing women atheists in eighteenth-century Paris'

Speaker: Ruggero Sciuto (St Edmund Hall, Oxford)


Week 3: Wednesday 1 February, 5pm.

'William Warburton’s Divine Legation of Moses (1738-1741) and theological learning in the public sphere'

Speaker: Michelle Pfeffer (Magdalen College, Oxford)


Week 4: Wednesday 8 Feb, 5pm.

'Radical translations: the transfer of revolutionary culture between Britain, France and Italy (1789-1815)'

Speaker: Sanja Perovic (King’s College London)


Week 6: MONDAY 20 Feb, 5pm.

'Islamic influences on European thought in the seventeenth century'

Speaker: Luisa Simonutti (ISPF/CNR, Milan)


Week 8: Wednesday 8 March, 5pm.

'The Old Regime deck of playing cards'

Speaker: Jeffrey Ravel (MIT)


Further information: www.voltaire.ox.ac.uk


Convenors: Hannah Smith (St Hilda's), Kiran Mehta (Worcester), B. Harris (Worcester), P. Gauci (Lincoln)

Time: Tuesdays, weeks 1 to 8, 4.15pm.  Refreshments will be available from 4.00pm onwards.

Venue: The regular venue will be the Beckington Room, Lincoln College. Please note that in week 4 the seminar will convene in the Lower Lecture Room, Lincoln College. For those who cannot make it to Lincoln, the talks will also be available via Teams. Please contact perry.gauci@lincoln.ox.ac.uk for access.


Week 1: Tuesday, 17 January, 4.15pm.

'Samuel Forsaith's 'commonplace book': Dissent and the Middling Sorts in the reign of George III'

Speaker: Peter Forsaith (Oxford Brookes)


Week 2: Tuesday, 24 January, 4.15pm. 

''Decline' and the Cultural History of the University'

Speaker: Leif Hammer (Magdalen)


Week 3: Tuesday, 31 January, 4.15pm.

'The Kings’ Dinners: Food, Identity and Patriotism in the Household of George III’

Speaker: Sarah Fox (Birmingham). Please note that Sarah will be joining remotely, but attendees can gather at Lincoln or online.


Week 4: Tuesday 7 February, 4.15pm. This seminar will take place in the Lower Lecture Room, Lincoln College.

'‘Gentlemen of the first respectability, character, and connexions’: Intermediation in an Eighteenth-century Credit Market'

Speaker: Diane Clements (IHR, London)


Week 5: Tuesday 14 February, 4.15pm.

'Sour Saints and Bad Subjects': Scottish Presbyterian Dissent and the British State, 1775-1820'

Speaker: Myles Smith (St Edmund Hall)


Week 6: Tuesday, 21 February, 4.15pm. 

'‘A Great War for the Empire’? The French Colonial Empire and the Seven Years War'

Speaker: Francois-Joseph Ruggiu (Sorbonne Université, CNRS, Maison française d’Oxford)


Week 7: Tuesday, 28 February, 4.15pm. 

'Money and Power: The Political Worlds of the Late Georgian Banker'

Speaker: Perry Gauci (Lincoln)


Week 8: Tuesday, 7 March, 4.15pm.

'West Indian Estate Ownership in England and Wales 1700-1830'

Speaker: Elisabeth Grass (St Peter's)


For information about the seminar, and news of forthcoming events, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oxford-seminar-in-mainly-British-History-1680-1850/123050627891042  We would be happy to post notices of interest to our group – contact perry.gauci@lincoln.ox.ac.uk





Convenor: Neil Kenny (neil.kenny@all-souls.ox.ac.uk)

Time: Please see individual notices.

Venue: Wharton Room, All Souls College. *Unless otherwise specified.

Please note that there will be two papers per session.


Week 1: Wednesday 18 January, 2pm.

First Paper: 'Money Matters in Parnassus: Satirising in Fiction the Poets’ Ways to Achieve (16th and 17th Centuries)'

First Speaker: Raphaëlle Errera (Sorbonne Université)

Second Paper: 'Rabelaisian Hierarchy and its Reception'

Second Speaker: Neil Kenny (All Souls College, Oxford)


Week 3: Tuesday 31 January, 4.30pm. Please note that this seminar will take place in the Hovenden Room, All Souls College.

First Paper: '"Great" or otherwise, we don't use those terms here': Social Hierarchy in the Dialogue of the Dead?'

First Speaker: Jessica Goodman (St Catherine's College, Oxford)

Second Paper: 'Between Streets and Salons: The Social Status of Juggling and Conjuring in La Magie du Pont-Neuf (c. 1643–1651)'

Second Speaker: Thibault Maus De Rolley (UCL)


Week 4: Wednesday 8 February, 2pm. Please note that this seminar will take place in the Bursar's Study, All Souls College.

'Beastly Habitués: Animals and Exiles at the Salon of Hortense Mancini'

Speaker: Annalisa Nicholson (The Queen’s College, Oxford)


Week 8: Wednesday 8 March, 2pm.

''learning has brought disobedience': Marginal Literacies and Anti-Colonial Resistance in Early Modern England'

Speaker: Adam Bridgen (University of St Andrews)