The University of Kent is campaigning to prevent the Law Society from breaking up a historic collection of early printed books and manuscripts. For details, following the link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/news/stories/mendham-collection/2012
Anna Murdoch, a second year undergraduate in the English Department, has been appointed on the UROP scheme as the undergraduate research assistant on the Verse Miscellanies Online, and has been working diligently on the project in June and July.
Alice Eardley and Michelle O’Callaghan were busy in June and July delivering papers on Verse Miscellanies Online: Printed Poetry Collections in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, starting with the annual international SHARP: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing conference, held in Dublin, as part of the panel, ‘After Creation: The Evolving Uses of EEBO-TCP in Humanities Research’ on 26 June 2012. Next up was the ‘Renaissance Poetic Form: New Directions’ conference, run by Ben Burton and Lizzie Scott-Baumann from 5 to 7 July 2012 at Wolfson College, Oxford. Finally, on 14 July, Alice and Michelle spoke about the project at the annual international Reading Early Modern Studies Conference, which ran from 12 to 14 July.
Alice Eardley and Michelle O’Callaghan will be launching the website at the EEBO-TCP conference, “Revolutionizing Early Modern Studies”? The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership in 2012, which will be held at the University of Oxford, 17 to 18 September, 2012.
Booking is now open for the Italian Academies, 1525-1700 international conference, held at the British Library on 17-18 September 2012. Keynote speakers include Prof. emerita Alison Brown, Prof. Virginia Cox, Prof. Giovanni Muto, and Prof. Paolo Procaccioli. For information and booking forms visit: http://www.Italianacademies.org.
Our Facebook concept is not new – it was used by sixteenth century scholars who similarly created networks of members and shared information on books, plays, art works and news. They created humorous nicknames for themselves and developed emblems and mottoes to form groups with which they exchanged information. See: http://phys.org/news/2012-06-facebook-concept-sixteenth-century-scholars.html
Institute for Scottish Historical Research Conference, University of St Andrews, 29-31 August 2012: Function, Form and Funding: What are universities for – and who should pay for them? (http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/ishr/ICHU/index.htm)
Call for Papers, Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Joint Conference with the International Adam Smith Society, University of Paris, Sorbonne, 3-6 July 2013: Scotland, Europe & Empire in the Age of Adam Smith & Beyond (http://www.ecsss.org/meetings.htm
McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 16-18th August, 2012.
Papers will be presented on various aspects of this famous pulpit in the life of early-modern England, and especially with respect to the prominent role played by preaching at Paul’s Cross in shaping England’s early-modern religious and political identities. Our goal in particular is to initiate a reappraisal of the formation of sixteenth-century popular opinion on the hypothesis that Paul’s Cross sermons played a vital role in promoting the growth and development of a nascent ‘public sphere’ in Tudor and early-Stuart England.
For further details: http://www.mcgill.ca/creor/events
A new statue of John Donne, Dean of St Paul’s, has been unveiled in the new garden to the south of the cathedral. It is a bronze bust, designed by Nigel Boonham (FRBS), and is inscribed with two lines from Donne’s famous poem ‘Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward’.
For more information please follow this link