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'.