Trinity 2017

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Tuesdays: weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7

Ertegun House, 5.15pm

Convenors: Professor Rhodri Lewis and Professor Emma Smith

Week 1 (25 March)

Pascale Aebischer (University of Exeter): "Viewing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: Social Division and Anamorphic Vision"

Week 3 (9 May)

The New Oxford Shakespeare (2016): Panel discussion with Rhodri Lewis, Laurie Maguire, Emma Smith and Adam Smyth

Week 5 (23 May)

Tim Harrison (University of Chicago): "Impossible Experience: Embryology, Poetry, and the Nature of Consciousness in Early Modern England"

Week 7 (6 June)

Kathryn Murphy (Oriel College, Oxford): "The Look and the Like: Lancelot Andrewes's Real Words"



Wednesdays at 12.15 pm
Lecture Room 6, New College

All are very welcome (including undergraduates).
Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Week 1 (26 April)

Jennifer Bishop (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge), ‘Civic Writing: Cultures of Record-Keeping in Early Modern London’

Week 2 (3 May)

Ruth Ahnert (Queen Mary University of London), ‘Metadata, Surveillance and the Tudor State: Digital Methods and the State Papers Archive’

Week 3 (10 May)

Niall Allsopp (Oriel College, Oxford), ‘“One False Tenet in the Political Philosophy”: Hobbes and Cowley’s Poems (1656)’

Week 4 (17 May)

Joseph Wallace (University of Birmingham), ‘Equality in Early Modern England: Two Diverging Accounts?’

Week 5 (24 May)

Scott Mandelbrote (Peterhouse, Cambridge), ‘Poetry and Perversion in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Cambridge’

Week 6 (31 May)

Catherine Bates (University of Warwick), ‘On Not Defending Poetry: The Economics of Sidney’s Golden World’

Convenors: Tim Wade (New College) and Chris Gausden (Jesus College)



Tuesdays of weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8 at 5.15pm

History of the Book Room, St Cross Building

Convenor: Micah Coston

Week 2 (2 May)

Ellen Ellis: "Inked, Intent and Fervent: Elizabeth Blake/Berkeley/Burnet and her Spiritual Diary"

Deborah Ramkhelawan: "'Dear Sister Moll': Reading Mary Evelyn’s Childhood Correspondence"

Week 4 (16 May)

Laura Wright: "Joan la Pucelle and the Noise of War in 1 Henry VI"

Audrey Borowski: "From The Horizon of the Human Doctrine to The Restitution (Apokatastasis): Leibniz between Finite Combinatorics and Infinite Metaphysics"

Week 6 (30 May)

Niall Allsopp: "Thinking About Ritual in Early Modern Literature"

Week 8 (13 June)

Beatrice Montedoro: "Dramatic Extracting in a Newly Discovered Manuscript"

Christopher Gausden: "Laelius: Sir Henry Lee (1533-1611), Literature and Politics”



Tuesdays at 5pm

Wolfson College, Seminar Room 3

Convenors: Nick Davidson & Miles Pattenden

Week 1 (25 April)

Liesbeth Corens (University of Cambridge): 'Counter-Archives and creating communities: early modern English Catholic collecting' 

Week 3 (9 May)

Stefan Bauer (University of York): 'Sforza Pallavicino: Writing the History of the Council of Trent '

Week 5 (23 May)

Sophie Nicholls (University of Oxford): 'Gallicanism in the French Wars of Religion: the case of René Choppin'

Week 7 (6 June)

Harald Braun (University of Liverpool): 'Giovanni Botero, Reason of State, and Spain'



Wednesdays 5pm

Hovendon Room, All Souls College

Week 1 (26 April)

Helen Watanabe O’Kelly (Oxford): 'Queens Consort, European Court Culture and Cultural Transfer;

Week 3 (10 May)

Jan Kvetina (Charles University Prague): 'Political Dialogues and Republican Discourses in the Polis-Lithuanian Commonwealth'

Week 5 (24 May)

Hamish Scott (Oxford): 'Succession, Inheritance and the Formation of Europe’s Aristocracies c.1300-1750'

Week 7 (5 June - MONDAY) 

Kerstin Weiand (Gießen): 'Dynamics of Crusades in Early Modernity'




Monday 8 May 2017
Christ Church Upper Library at 5.15 p.m.

David Rundle (Corpus Christi College, Oxford): 'More than a house for books: collecting and Christ Church library'

Monday 22 May 2017
Weston Library Lecture Theatre at 5.15 p.m.

Alessandra Panzanelli Fratoni (15cBooktrade, based at the British Library): 'Reconstructing dispersed collections: Burney and Consul Smith in the British Library'

Wednesday 7 June 2017
McKenna Room, Christ Church
Meeting to begin at 4.30 p.m. Lecture to follow at 5.15 after a brief interval for tea.
Richard Serjeantson (Trinity College, Cambridge): 'The archival afterlife of Francis Bacon (d. 1626): from Hartlib to Harley, via Lambeth'



Mondays Week 2, 4, 6, and 8

5.15pm Old Library, Hertford College (except week 2)

Week 2 (May 1)

POSTER DISPLAY WORKSHOP: Graduates and Postdocs present their research through posters and discussion (all welcome). OLD HALL, MANSFIELD COLLEGE. NOTE ALTERNATIVE VENUE

Week 4 (May 15)

Professor Chloe Wigston-Smith, University of York:  ‘Bodkin Aesthetics: Ordinary Luxury and Material Metamorphosis in the Eighteenth Century'

Week 6 (May 29)

Rathika Muthukumaran, ‘"Modesty in Nakedness": Siam and the Politics of Modesty in the Anonymous The Unnatural Mother

Christy Edwall,  ‘How to do things with Linnaeus’

Week 8 (June 12)

FACULTY PRESENTATION: Professor Ros Ballaster, Mansfield College:  ‘Being there: the fiction of presence in eighteenth-century theatre and novel’



The following seminars will take place at 11:15am on Mondays in the Old Common Room, Balliol College, unless otherwise noted.

Week 1 (24 April)

Sir Noel Malcolm (All Souls): ‘Tracking a transnational family in the sixteenth-century Mediterranean world: the Brunis and the Brutis’

Week 2 (1 May)

Dr Elizabeth Key Fowden (Cambridge): ‘Plato’s throne and Solomon’s temple: Graeco-Islamic historical imagination in Ottoman Athens’

Week 3 (8 May)

Mr Nenad Filipović (Oriental Institute, Sarajevo): ‘ 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore: An attempt at a microhistorical reading of an early 16th-century Ottoman petition’

Week 4 (15 May)

Dr Hannah Skoda (St John’s): ‘ “His master’s chattel in matters superadded to nature, though in nature things all are equal” (Aquinas). Towards a legal anthropology of late medieval slavery’

Week 5 (22 May)

Professor Marilyn Booth (Magdalen), response from Dr Christina De Bellaigue (Exeter): ‘Girlhood translated? Reading Fénelon’s Traité de l’éducation des filles (1687) in twentieth-century Egypt’

Week 6 (29 May)

Dr Cecilia Tarruell (History/TORCH): ‘Beyond exclusion: Migrations from the Islamic world to the Spanish Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries’

Week 7 (5 June)

Dr Cesare Santus (L’école française de Rome): ‘Forbidden contacts: Catholic and Orthodox Christians in the Ottoman Empire (17th-18th centuries)’

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Maison française d’Oxford, the Early Modern Catholicism Network, and l’École française de Rome. 

Week 8 (12 June)

Professor Stephen Davis (Yale):  ‘At the periphery of texts, at the center of textual heritage: A study of Christian Arabic manuscripts at the Monastery of the Syrians in Egypt’

Week 8 (15 June)

Professor Ali Yaycioğlu (Stanford), with response from Professor Marc Baer (LSE):  ‘Partners of the Empire and the Formation of a State-Society: Rethinking the Ottoman Order in the 18th and 19th centuries’

(NB. This seminar will take place in the New Powell Room at Somerville College, and it is convened by Prof J Innes and Dr J-P Ghobrial.)


This seminar is supported by funding from the Programme in Eastern Mediterranean Studies in the History Faculty.  Convenor: Dr J-P Ghobrial (



Thursdays at 3.30pm

Maison Française Library
2-10 Norham Road

Organisers: Jessica Goodman and Richard Scholar

Week 1 (27 April)

Jean-Alexandre Perras (Jesus College): "Génie"



Thursdays at 5.15pm

Maison Française Library
2-10 Norham Road

Week 1 (27 April)

Graduate Showcase 

Week 3 (11 May)

Julia Prest (St Andrew’s): "Créole Imitations: The Politics of Dance in pre-Revolutionary Saint-Domingue" 

Week 5 (25 May)

Marine Ganofsky (St Andrew’s): "La Volupté à table, ou Des Petits Soupers dans la France et la littérature du XVIIIe siècle"



A joint graduate seminar of the Faculties of History and Theology & Religion, University of Oxford

Thursdays at 5pm

The Gibbs Room, Keble College

(In the basement of the Warden’s Lodging: access via the main entrance of the College and Porters’ Lodge, Keble Road). The paper is followed by refreshments

Conveners: Judith Maltby, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Sarah Mortimer, Grant Tapsell

Week 1 (27 April)

Peter McCullough (Lincoln College, Oxford): 'Lancelot Andrewes' Reformation Inheritance: The Only Way Is Essex'

Week 2 (4 May)

Leif Dixon (Regent’s Park, Oxford): 'The Ranter Mood: Thinking about Theology and Emotions in Regicidal England'

Week 3 (11 May)

Colin Armstrong (Queen’s University, Belfast):  ‘A Laudian in Ulster: The Irish career of Jeremy Taylor, 1658-1667’

Week 4 (18 May)

John McCallum (Nottingham Trent University):  'Welfare and the Kirk: Poor Relief in the Reformed Church in Scotland, 1560-1650'.

Week 5 (25 May)

Lucy Kaufman (Keble College, Oxford): 'Churchwardens, Sidemen and Scavengers: Political Agency, Lay Governance, and Religious Discipline in Elizabethan London.'

Week 6 (1 June)

Mark Byford (Independent Scholar): ‘Debating before Great Britain¹s Solomon: the perspective of the 'plaintiffs' at the Hampton Court Conference of 1604.’

Week 7 (8 June)

Susan Royal (University of Durham): ‘Tolerance and History Writing in Reformation England.’

Week 8 (15 June)

Nicholas McDowell (University of Exeter): ‘The Religion of John Milton’



The seminar will meet weekly, on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. (except in 1st week, when the session will start at 4:30), in the Turl Yard Lecture Room, Lincoln College (ask at the college lodge for directions). Tea and Coffee will be served from 4.45pm. Asterisked speakers are graduates, whose papers may be shorter than usual. All research students working in this period are encouraged to attend; anyone else interested is also very welcome.

Week 1 (26 April) - 4.30pm (with tea and coffee from 4.15pm)

Joint-Session with the Global History Seminar

William Pettigrew and the PEIC group (Kent): 'Transoceanic Constitutions: The Corporation as a Protagonist in Global History, c.1550-1750'

Week 2 (3 May)

**Geraldine Porter (Merton): '"All the reserve of his family, and all the dignity of his ancestors": Elite Political Families in the Eighteenth-Century Houses of Parliament'

Week 3 (10 May)

**Hamish Roberts (St Antony’s): 'Politicised Millennialism in the Late Eighteenth-Century British Empire'

Week 4 (17 May)

Steve Pincus (Yale): 'Patriot Fever: Imperial Political Economy and the Causes of the War of Jenkins Ear'

Week 5 (24 May)

Eric Schnakenbourg (Nantes): 'Shipping and Trade in Wartime under Neutral Flags in Eighteenth-Century Europe'

Week 6 (31 May)

Shunsuke Katsuta (Tokyo): 'The Bottle Riot reconsidered: Dublin politics of the early 1820s'

Week 7 (7 June)

Undergraduate Thesis Session
Two current undergraduates will discuss the experience and findings of their recently-completed theses.

Week 8 (14 June)

June Ryan Hanley (New): 'Olaudah Equiano: Celebrity Abolitionist'

For information about the seminar, and news of forthcoming events, visit our Facebook page: We would be happy to post notices of interest to our group – contact

J. Innes (Somerville), B. Harris (Worcester); S. Skinner (Balliol); O. Cox (TORCH); P. Gauci (Lincoln)



Wednesdays, 5.00–6.45pm

All Souls, Old Library (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 All very welcome.


Week 1 (26 April)

ROB ILIFFE (Linacre College, Oxford), ‘Fear and loathing of the imagination: the religious foundations of anti-hypotheticalism in early modern natural philosophy’

Week 2 (3 May)

SONJA BRENTJES (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), ‘Teaching the sciences, medicine and philosophy at madrasas and mosques (12th-17th centuries)’

Week 3 (10 May)

IAN MACLEAN (All Souls College, Oxford), ‘Girolamo Cardano’s De prudentia eximia et artificiosa (1576): mathematics and decision-making’

Week 4 (17 May) 

MATTHIEU HUSSON (Paris Observatory), ‘Alfonsine astronomy: a research project’

Week 5 (24 May) 

ANNA-MARIE ROOS (University of Lincoln; All Souls College, Oxford), ‘The travel diary of Martin Folkes (1690-1754): Newtonianism, antiquarianism, and scientific peregrination’

Week 6 (31 May)

JUSTIN STOVER (University of Edinburgh), ‘The last astronomer's lost book: Walter le Pruz between England and France in the thirteenth century’

Week 7 (7 June)

RAPHAËLE GARROD (CRASSH, Cambridge), 'A Spider's Tale. Jesuit Ingenuity at La Flèche in the Seventeenth Century’

Week 8 (14 June)

CHARLES BURNETT (Warburg Institute, London), ‘“Arabica veritas” - Europeans’ search for “truth” in Arabic scientific and philosophical literature of the Middle Ages’



Paul Nelles (Carleton):  'The Vatican Library and the Counter-Reformation'

5-6pm in the Lecture Theatre, Weston Library 

Thursday, 4 May: 'Libraries, space and power'

Tuesday, 9 May: 'Cardinals and councils'

Thursday, 11 May: 'An eternal archive'

Tuesday, 16 May: 'Scribes in the city'

Thursday. 18 May: 'Urbs et orbis: popes and printers'

Tickets are free but space is limited; please book in advance here.



Friday 21 April

Radcliffe Humanities, all day

'Collaborative Book Production'

This one-day workshop aims to explore collaborative book production from the Middle Ages to the present day. It is the aim of the workshop to shed light on the practicalities, purposes and thought processes behind collaborative working methods. More information here.


Tuesday 25 April

New Perspectives on the Psalms: A Series of Public Lectures

6.15pm, Ursell Room, Pusey House, St Giles

Henrike Lahnemann: 'Singing the Psalms in 16th-century Germany'


Monday 8 May

5pm, History Faculty, Colin Matthew Room

The TORCH Crisis, Extremes, and Apocalypse network are hosting a talk on 'Terminus or Renovation? Francis Bacon and Crisis in Early Modern Knowledge' with Dr Richard Serjeantson (University of Cambridge). More information here.


Monday 15 May

Architectural History Seminar 

5:30pm, Lower Lecture Room, Lincoln College

Professor Maurice Howard (Sussex): 'The scholar in the study: creating and decorating private spaces in Renaissance England'


Tuesday 23 May 

New Perspectives on the Psalms: A Series of Public Lectures

6.15pm, Ursell Room, Pusey House, St Giles

Anne Hudson: 'Devotion or language lesson? The Revision of Rolle's English Psalter'

Elizabeth Solopova: 'Englished Latin or the language of love? The Revision of the Wycliffite Psalter'


Thursday 25th May

5.15pm, New Library, St Anne’s College

Shakespeare / Shoreditch – film screening

Shoreditch, 1580: rough, edgy, unsparing, and fun. Shoreditch, 1600: expensive, emptying, with its reputation for entertainment on the wane. Sound familiar? 'Shoreditch: Shakespeare's Hidden London' is a feature-length documentary uncovering Shakespeare's early career in Shoreditch and exploring how the area has been shaped by gentrification then and now. Featuring interviews with Peter Tatchell, archaeologists, actors, and academics.

Introduced by Robert Stagg (Lecturer in English at St Anne's College, Oxford)
Followed by discussion with Emma Smith (Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Oxford)
Free; followed by drinks reception (c/o Oxford CEMS and St Anne's College).


Tuesday 6 June

Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, 5.30pm — 6.30pm. Reception follows in Blackwell Hall.

The Bodleian Libraries invite you to a lecture by Lorna J. Clark (Carleton University, and Royal Bank of Canada Foundation Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries)

A family culture of creativity: 'Memoranda of the Burney Family'

From humble beginnings as a musical apprentice, Charles Burney (1726–1814), rose to the forefront of the musical world in eighteenth-century London and established a literary reputation through the publication of his musical tours through Europe and his General History of Music (1776-89).  He corresponded with a wide circle of acquaintance that included composers, singers, artists, actors, writers, and politicians. Burney inspired members of his family to ‘read, write and be literary’.  The Burneys had a ‘scribbling’ as well as a ‘hoarding’ habit, leaving behind more than 10,000 documents spread around the world.  Of this archive, the Bodleian holds 31 letters, as well as ‘Memoranda of the Burney Family’ that records family history over 250 years. This remarkable document reveals the rich creative atmosphere that lay behind the professional success of the Burneys in art, music, and literature, and which this lecture will aim to explore. 

Lorna J. Clark is the editor of several scholarly editions, most recently a volume in the series of The Memoirs of the Court of George III (Pickering, 2015), two volumes of The Court Journals of Frances Burney (Oxford, 2014), and a novel, The Romance of Private Life (1839) in the Chawton House Library Series.  Her current research project is an edition of The Letters of Dr Charles Burney, which completes a project begun forty years ago at Balliol College.

Please register for a free ticket, using the link above.


Wednesday 21 June

10am-1pm, Turl Yard Lecture room, Lincoln College

Oxford Renaissance Seminar Roundtable: The Nations in 16th-century Rome

Various meanings have been attributed to the term ‘nation’. Its meaning in the medieval period differs considerably from its meaning in the construction of the nation-state before and after the French Revolution. Falling between these two historical periods, the Renaissance was the age when the national churches were established in Rome, these having the ability to represent diverse national interests. In the context of early modern state-building and the confessional struggles, the notion of a Roma communis patria will be considered as a specific field of investigation in its political, diplomatic and religious aspects. Rome, used as a case study, offers a good standpoint from which to assess the many conflicts raised by the emergence of proto-national interests in the redefinition of early modern political and religious borders. 

Bertrand Marceau (EFR): "How were the Nations understood in 16th century Rome?"

Nicholas Davidson (St Edmund Hall) : "Italian Nations in Rome in the 16th century?"

Irene Fosi (Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara): "Space and identity: the Florentine nation in Rome"

Discutants : Alain Tallon (Paris-Sorbonne) et Olivier Poncet (École des chartes)