Launch of the Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies (SCEMS) – The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield’s new centre brings together over 30 academics specialising in the early modern period (1500-1800), one of the largest communities of early modernists in the world.

The centre’s combined expertise ranges from the late medieval to the late 18th century, from musicology to social history, and from Yorkshire parishes to American colonies; from literary editing and manuscripts, to news-books and novels, to material culture and social practice; from history and literature to linguistics and philosophy.

SCEMS also brings together scholars of the three ‘long’ centuries which make up the early modern period: the long 16th century, the long 17th century, and the long 18th century.

via Launch of the Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies (SCEMS) – News – History – The University of Sheffield.

Research Associate: Publishers and Writers in Shakespeare’s England

St John’s College, Oxford, UK

Applications are invited for a one-year fixed-term position as a Research Associate at the St John’s College Research Centre in Oxford University… on a study of the economics of book production in early modern England, exploring the relationship between publishing, writing, and social status. The successful applicant will have a doctorate in early modern English history or literature, with particular reference to print culture and book history….

Grade 7 for Academic and Academic-related staff, currently starting at £29,541 p.a.
Full-time for one year from 1st October 2013.
Deadline: Friday 26th April 2013

more: Research Associate: Publishers and Writers in Shakespeare’s England – St John's College, Oxford – jobs.ac.uk.

Call for papers | Popes and the Papacy in early modern English culture

An interdisciplinary conference at the University of Sussex, 24th-26th June 2013

Suggested topics include:
Anti-Catholic satire
Literary and pictorial representations of Popes and the Papacy
Pre-Reformation and recusant culture
Diplomacy and correspondence
Art and architecture
Religious controversy/ Theological dispute.
Or any topic related to the theme of the conference. Papers on the later 17th century are particularly welcome.

300 word proposals for papers and panels should be sent to Paul Quinn by March 15th 2013 (extended deadline).

more: Call for papers | Popes and the Papacy in early modern English culture.

Colloquia: Ephemerality and Durability in Early Modern Visual and Material Culture

University of Cambridge 24-25 May 2013; Huntington Library, San Marino, California 27-28 September 2013

Call for graduate / early career participants

This pair of colloquia will examine the fragility and robustness of early modern objects, exploring not only the matter of their material, but also the transitory or forgotten ways in which they were experienced and used. Reflecting on the sensory and temporal dimensions of artefacts, we will consider the effects upon them of memory, habit, and custom, exploring themes such as impermanence, decay, repair, and recycling. While seeking to recapture the early modern contexts that determined ephemerality and durability, we will ponder also the unspoken gaps in museums, libraries and archives, and how these themes shape current scholarship.

Funding for travel and accommodation is available to enable participants to attend the California meeting.

Applications deadline: Monday 25 March

more: Centre for Material Texts » Blog Archive » Ephemerality and Durability in Early Modern Visual and Material Culture.

Conference: Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World

10-11 May 2013, The Getty Center, Los Angeles

An international group of scholars will examine the circulation of objects across regions and cultures in the early modern period (1500–1800), addressing the ways in which mobility led to new meanings, uses, and interpretations. Break-out sessions will invite the audience to consider these questions during an examination of objects from the Getty’s collections. A closing roundtable will provide an opportunity to discuss the methodological and theoretical potential of this line of inquiry for the study and teaching of art history.

Cosponsored by the Getty Research Institute and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute

via Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World > USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

CFP: Place and Preaching (John Donne Sermons project)

a conference which will reassess the ‘place’ of preaching in Early Modern Europe in all its aspects

The organisers welcome proposals (250-500 word abstracts) for further papers on any of the following aspects of sermon culture in Early Modern Europe: Roman Catholic preaching; architectural settings and auditories of preaching; sermons in manuscript and print; performance and delivery; sermon hearing, note taking, and commonplacing; production and reception of patristic and other theological works; rhetoric; and more.

Deadline: 1 May 2013

more: John Donne Sermons – 6-7 September 2013 – Place and Preaching.