6th SRS Biennial Conference: Southampton

Event Date: 
13 Jul 2014 to 15 Jul 2014


The Society's 6th Biennial Conference will take place at the University of Southampton from 13–15 July 2014.

For updates to the conference programme, please consult the:


[Conference Website

Addendum: are delighted to announce the addition of Prof. Wendy Heller from Princeton University as our 4th Keynote speaker. We are also extremely pleased to let you know that before the Wiley-sponsored drinks reception at 6.30 pm on Sunday 13th you will be able to enjoy a musical concert of 'Cut Down Comus', Milton and Henry Lawes' masque of temptation, youthful folly and the dark forces of untamed nature, starting at 5.15pm in the Turner Sims Concert venue. Further details of this and other conference events can be found at the conference website.  




The conference theme is ‘Performative Spaces’.  Renaissance scholars from the disciplines of archaeology, architecture, history of art, history, history of science and medicine, literature, music, philosophy  and other fields will present papers that engage with ‘Performative Spaces’: 


  • as liturgical or religious performances;
  • by addressing the ways objects were intended to tell stories;
  • as processions, rituals, and ceremonies;
  • as houses, and through building design;
  • by exploring diplomatic and political spaces;
  • as actual and textual musical and dramatic performances;
  • through artistic representation;
  • as anatomies or scientific experiments;
  • through clothing or furniture;
  • as seascapes/ landscapes;
  • through the use of new technologies such as podcasts, blogs, twitter;
  • by addressing public engagement and pedagogy.

In addition there is an ‘Open Strand’ for panels or papers on any aspect of Renaissance studies.


Plenary lectures will be given by Lena Cowen Orlin (Georgetown), Sharon Strocchia (Emory), Simon Thurley (English Heritage), and Greg Walker (Edinburgh) and there will be workshops on publishing and research funding and tours of historic buildings around the city.


The deadline for proposals has now passed. Details of postgraduate and postdoctoral bursaries for to cover travel, registration and accommodation expenses are now available on the conference website.

Please note that the SRS has come to an agreement with the Renaissance Society of America: RSA members will not have to join the SRS to participate in this conference.

For further information please contact the conference organizers Professor Ros King (Director, CMRC) and Professor Claire Jowitt Conference Convenor, SRS.