Music/Musicology

Northern Renaissance Seminar: Communication, Correspondence and Transmission in the Early Modern World

Event Date: 
12 May 2016 to 13 May 2016

The University of Leeds

It is a commonplace that the advent of printing in Europe revolutionised communication and the transmission of ideas. This Northern Renaissance Seminar event seeks to complicate and move beyond the “printing revolution” narrative to consider the messy and multiplicitous facets of communication, correspondence and transmission in the early modern world. How was it conceptualised, theorised or deployed as metaphor? What were its geographical, temporal or linguistic limits? How might it be transgressive or disruptive, and who might try to circumscribe it? We welcome contributions from a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art history, archaeology, languages, and drama.

Symposium 2015: Bloody Passions: Extreme Emotions in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Event Date: 
31 Oct 2015

Keynote speaker: Dr Bridget Escolme (QMUL)

Early modern literature is rife with bloody passions and extreme emotions, from the violent excesses of tragic drama to the passionate outpourings of sermons. Recent scholarship has considered individually the shifting interpretative grounds of passion, blood and emotion in this period. This one day symposium, hosted by the Centre for Studies in Literature at the University of Portsmouth, seeks to bring these areas of study into fruitful dialogue to consider the intersections of blood and passion in extreme emotions in early modern literature and culture. Through exploring the representation and effect of these intersections, the symposium will interrogate the construction and deconstruction of the inner and outer, physical and spiritual early modern subject.

Postdoctoral Research Associates (Remembering the Reformation)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (three-year fixed term appointment). This post will begin on 1 January 2016 and run until 31 October 2018.

Worlds and Networks of Higher Learning: Modes of Interaction between Universities, Academies and Schools, 1400-1750

Event Date: 
10 Oct 2015

Northumbria University is extending an invitation on the 10th of October 2015 to the first workshop of a series of four launching an international collaborative project sponsored by the British Academy. The project investigates the nature and scope of higher learning and collaborative networks from the late Middle Ages to the era of Enlightenment.

Self-commentary in Early Modern European Literature

Event Date: 
26 Feb 2016 to 27 Feb 2016

Writers the world over have often accompanied their texts with a variety of annotations, marginal glosses, rubrications, and explicatory or narrative prose in an effort to direct and control the reception of their own works. Such self-exegetical devices do not merely serve as an external apparatus but effectively interact with the primary text by introducing a distinctive meta-literary dimension which, in turn, reveals complex dynamics affecting the very notions of authorship and readership. In the Renaissance, self-commentaries enjoyed unprecedented diffusion and found expression in a multiplicity of forms, which appear to be closely linked to momentous processes such as the legitimation of vernacular languages across Europe, the construction of a literary canon, the making of the modern author as we know it, and the self-representation of modern individual identities.

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