Workshop for the Early Modern Period (WEMP)

The Workshop for the Early Modern Period (WEMP) provides a forum for students to present research on any aspect of early modern history in a friendly and sociable environment. We invite graduate students to present both works in progress and completed projects. WEMP provides an excellent platform to trial ideas, gain experience presenting work to a group, and responding to ideas and questions.


Easter 2022 Termcard

This term we are delighted to welcome the following graduate students as our speakers:


25 April: Crisis & Revolution

  • Emma Yeo (Durham University): Living through crisis in North East England, c. 1580 to 1603
  • Joel Herman (Trinity College Dublin): Revolutionary Currents: The Newspaper and the Imperial Public Sphere, c. 1760-1770


16 May: Religion & Words

  • Joshua Rushton (University of Leeds): Affective Devotion and the Miraculous in Early Modern Italy: The Shrine of the Madonna of Lendinara, 1576-1584
  • Giovanni Zampieri (University of Padua): The Rhetoric of Confession: Metaphors as Dramaturgical Prompters in Early Modern Manuals for Confessors (1563–1750)
  • Julia Pohlmann (University of Aberdeen): “And Israel married Judah”: The imagined Jew in Scottish covenanting sermons from 1689 until 1707


20 June: Landscape in the Renaissance

  • Ang Li (University of Oxford): The Fertility of the Campo: Possessive Gaze and the Landscape Backgrounds in Italian Renaissance Paintings
  • Pigi Sakellaropoulou (University of Edinburgh): Gherardo Cibo’s landscape illustrations


Format of Meetings

The format consists of two twenty-minute papers (or three fifteen-minute papers) followed by half an hour of discussion. Workshops are well attended by both students and faculty members from a range of disciplines. 

From January to March we will be meeting on Zoom at 5 pm on the third Monday of the month. 


Contact and Information

For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our convenors: Christophe Gillain (, Elvira Tamus (, Xiang Wei (, and Jacob Hendry (

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Subscribe to our mailing list here. The links to join the virtual meetings will be circulated to the workshop mailing list in due course.


This workshop thanks the Faculty of History for its financial support.