Postponed: Society for Renaissance Studies 9th Biennial Conference

7th to 9th July 2020


Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Studies is the Society’s quarterly multi-disciplinary journal, publishing articles and editions of documents covering all aspects of Renaissance history and culture. Latest Issue


SRS Book Series

This series is dedicated to the exploration of the many cultures of knowledge, learning, reading and performing in the Renaissance and Early Modern world (c.1400-c.1700).


The Bulletin is published twice a year and is issued free to members. It contains substantial articles relating to SRS events and reports on Society-funded projects and conferences.

Renaissance Studies Latest Issue (June 2020)

The latest issue of Renaissance Studies (Vol 34, no. 3, June 2020) is now available on-line via the Wiley Online Library.   Articles Nina Geerdink, ‘Economic advancement and reputation strategies: Seventeenth‐century Dutch women writing for profit’, pages 350-374 Maria Ruvoldt, ‘Gossip and reputation in sixteenth‐century Rome: Tommaso de’Cavalieri and Lavinia della Valle’, pages 374-391 Laura…

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Virtual Show & Tell: The ‘Work’ of Early Modern Paperwork

Report of online event, held on April 29 2020 ‘Thou paper-faced villain’, (Doll Tearsheet, 2 Henry IV, 5.2) Rebecca Carnevali (Warwick University), on a printed licence for carrying weapons, Bologna post-1640 Jonathan Patterson (St. Hilda’s College, Oxford), on the Registres des Deliberations du Bureau de la ville de Paris, Paris 1735, recording late seventeenth-century practice…

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Society for Renaissance Studies: Response to the coronavirus pandemic

During this anxious time, it has been truly heartening to see the myriad of creative and often generous interventions that organisations large and small have made to support scholars and students stuck at home. From publishers and libraries who have opened up collections of journals and books that usually reside behind paywalls, to museums and…

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SRS Online Events

Following a successful trial, the SRS is now able to host a series of online events on its website, free of charge. These can take the form of live events or prerecorded activities. Unless speakers request that the event be deleted, it will remain on the website, where it can be watched on catch-up. Only…

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Notice of Postponement of Society for Renaissance Studies Conference 2020 to 2021. 

It is with great regret that we announce that we have taken the difficult decision to postpone for twelve months this year’s SRS Conference, which was due to take place from July 6-9, 2020. The conference will remain in Norwich, but will now take place on June 29–July 1, 2021 (preceded by the inaugural public…

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Richard Baxter, verbosity and sedition

As the ailing Richard Baxter waited in the dock, physically propped up by his friends, during his trial for sedition in 1685, he was excoriated by his judge, the notorious Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys: Richard, thou art an old fellow, and an old knave – thou hast written books enow to load a cart, every…

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Error in Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Error

This book began with a fascination for the sensation when you read or hear Shakespearean dramatic poetry that is so dense and complex it almost passes over you. You haven’t understood it, but it also hasn’t left you entirely blank, either. If you hear it in the theatre you only get one shot, and if…

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Materials for research during Covid-19

A number of organisations have made available materials to facilitate research during the Covid-19 pandemic. We have tried to compile some of these in the list below. Please get in through the Contact Us form, if you would like any links to be added, or to report a broken link. Our list of useful external…

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Shakespeare’s Accents: Voicing Identity in Performance

The focus of my book My book is about voices and how the voicing of Shakespeare on stage has traditionally privileged some accents over others, thereby leading to an alignment of English Shakespeare in performance with the speech of elitism. This alignment, I found, dates as far back as the second half of the seventeenth-century….

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Shakespeare, Spectatorship and the Technologies of Performance

This book investigates the intersection between the production of early modern drama and experimentation with technologies of performance that came to a peak between 2009, when the National Theatre launched its NT Live broadcasts, and 2016, the year that saw an explosion of creativity centred on the quatercentenary celebrations of Shakespeare’s life. In that short…

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Doubtful Readers: online book launch

powered by Crowdcast   Due to the ongoing travel restrictions and disruption caused by Covid-19, a number of book launches and other events of interest to our members have been cancelled or postponed. In what the SRS hopes will become a regular series, we have invited Erin A. McCarthy, author of  Doubtful Readers:  Print, Poetry,…

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Reliquiæ Baxterianæ: online book launch

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions and disruption caused by Covid-19, a number of book launches and other events of interest to our members have been cancelled or postponed. In the first of what the SRS hopes will become a regular series, we have invited members of the editorial team for the Oxford University Press…

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Information about our own biennial conference, and other events around the world that may be of interest to those with an interest in the Renaissance period.