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Early Modern Interdisciplinary

Lent Term 2017

12 - 1:15pm

The Early Modern Interdisciplinary Seminar is a fortnightly meeting of scholars whose work relates to any aspect of early modern History. The seminar exists to highlight  and  discuss  innovative  research  that  weaves  together  a diverse array of disciplines, including History, English Literature, Philosophy, Law, Linguistics, Economics, and Theology.

The seminar aims to bring academics, researchers and students from a wide  variety  of  fields  and academic backgrounds into ever-closer dialogue with one another, and to explore the many ways in which cross- disciplinary themes, ideas, arguments and evidence can illuminate the early modern period.

The meeting is divided into two sections. The first section invites a guest speaker to deliver a paper on their research for one hour. The second section provides 15-30 minutes for the speaker to answer questions on the topic and engage in a discussion on the cross-disciplinary implications of their work.

Attendees are invited to bring a packed lunch to the seminar. Tea and coffee is also provided.

1st February [Little Hall, Sidgwick Site]

Dr Hannah Murphy (University of Oxford)
"No day without a line": calligraphy, perspective and the craft of writing in early modern Nuremberg

15th  February [History Faculty, Room 5]

Dr Alex Robinson (Sorbonne)
'Et le roi prit tant plaisir à la musique': Royal taste and music in the Renaissance - the case of Henri IV of France  (1589-1610).

1st March [English Faculty, Room GR03]

Nailya  Shamgunova (University of Cambridge)
Queering the Anglo-Ottoman Contact, c. 1550-1700


8th March (English Faculty, Board Room

In Collaboration with the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature (CMEMLL)

Dr Maria Mendes (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa) will present the following paper:

Praise with Purpose: Flattery in Early Modern England


Susceptibility to flattery has long been considered a character flaw, which is the reason those who believe it are usually described as being vain, proud, tyrannical or conceited. I will close-read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, so as to question if Caesar’s failure to anticipate the conspirators’ plot is, as is usually thought, an illustration of his proneness to flattery or, as I hope to show, an example of the flatterer’s capacity to mirror one’s own mind. Flatterers might be very able in showing rhetorically what the flattered person’s ideal self would look like, and they might in turn tend to supplement rhetorical suggestion with their own desires and concerns. If this is the case, flattery is central to understanding that Julius Caesar describes a hermeneutic difficulty, and characterises the difficulties of knowing another’s mind.


15th  March [English Faculty, Room GR03]

Dr Oliver Morgan (University of Geneva)
Apostrophising the King in Shakespeare's Richard II

Simone Hanebaum (sh840)
Nadine Weiss (nw349)
Joseph Ashmore (ja443)
Patrick McGhee (pm541)

 Lent Term 2017 programme - print version


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New joint degrees start October 2017