Scrutinizing Surfaces in Early Modern Thought

Event Date: 
08 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

The Second Northern Renaissance Roses Seminar

Keynote Speakers: Helen Smith (University of York), Richard Wistreich (Royal College of Music, London)



Run jointly by the universities of Lancaster and York (and funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University) this interdisciplinary conference takes up and develops Joseph Amato’s trans-historical investigation of how ‘humans, ourselves a body of surfaces, meet and interact with a world dressed in surfaces’ (2013: xv) in the early modern period.


The conference will take place in the Storey, Lancaster City Centre and the Regimental Chapel, Lancaster Priory, and will feature a recital of early-modern music by Lancaster Priory’s Choir.


There is no registration fee but places are limited. Please contact Liz Oakley-Brown ( to book.



Organised by Kevin Killeen (York) and Liz Oakley-Brown (Lancaster)

Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (University of York):



The Northern Renaissance Seminar: