SRS Annual Lecture 2024

Piety, Passion & Poetry in Seventeenth-Century Wales

∞ Lloyd Bowen ∞ Simon Jackson ∞
∞ Hannah Thomas ∞
∞ Helen Wilcox ∞ Rowan Williams ∞

21 June 2024, Abergavenny


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.

SRS Book Series: Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge – 2023 Book Round-Up and Looking Ahead to 2024

At the start of the new year, we want to take the opportunity to highlight some of the fantastic work being done in the field of Renaissance Studies by looking back at the books published with the Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge book series in 2023. We will also give a sneak preview…

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Reflections on SRS 2023

The Society for Renaissance Studies’ biennial conference, ‘Difficult Pasts’, organised by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University by Rebecca Bailey, Harald Braun, and Rachel Willie, enabled delegates to enjoy a varied and thought-provoking programme. Panels, roundtable discussions and workshops on an eclectic range of subjects were informed by current enquiry in Renaissance…

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SRS Book Series Interviews: Sjoerd Levelt, Esther van Raamsdonk and Michael D. Rose

In this interview with authors from the Society for Renaissance Studies book series, we talk to Sjoerd Levelt, Esther van Raamsdonk and Michael D. Rose about their edited collection of essays Anglo-Dutch Connections in the Early Modern World, unexplored Anglo-Dutch links, and the unexpected benefits of small word limits.   1. What drew you towards…

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Professor Peter Mack, FBA (1955-2023)

We are deeply saddened to learn the news that Professor Peter Mack died suddenly on Thursday 5th October. He was a longtime member of the SRS and of SRS Council, and served diligently and thoughtfully as Chair from 2013-2016. Peter graduated with an MA from Oxford, before earning his MPhil and PhD at the Warburg Institute…

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SRS Postdoctoral Fellowships: FAQs

Is it a requirement of the Fellowship to be based in a particular location? Postdoctoral fellows need to hold a doctorate from a UK or Irish university but the fellowship may be taken up in any part of the world where you can undertake the research you propose. The Society is unable to sponsor visa…

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Renaissance Studies Article Prize 2023

The Renaissance Studies article prize 2023 has been awarded to two outstanding authors:   Angelo Lo Conte, ‘A Visual Testament by Luca Riva, a Deaf and Mute Pupil of the Procaccini’, Vol. 36 No. 2, pages 222-51, April 2022. DOI 10.1111/rest.12730 This article takes an impressively interdisciplinary approach to a remarkable source that provides a…

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Playhouse Lab

Playhouse Lab is a play-reading group, which meets regularly in the Workshop Theatre of the University of Leeds to explore early modern plays in script-in-hand performances. It is co-convened by José A. Pérez Díez and Jane Rickard, and Brett Greatley-Hirsch manages the website. Our regular readers include members of academic staff; current undergraduate and postgraduate…

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Professor Natalie Zemon Davis, CC (1928-2023)

We are deeply saddened to learn that the historian Natalie Zemon Davis has died just shy of her 95th birthday. Her career spanned decades, encompassed early modern France, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean, and was never confined to or contented with the scholarly debate du jour but instead incorporated categories of analysis which…

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Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons

Although by 1681 Edmund Hickeringill could complain ‘that every Book-sellers Stall groans under the burthen of Sermons, Sermons’ (The Horrid Sin of Man-Catching, 1681 ‘Epistle to the Reader’), many more early modern sermons were preached than printed. Consequently, the print record tells an incomplete story of preaching in early modern Britain, one that generally favours…

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GEMMS Research Assistant Opportunities in the UK and the US

The Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons (GEMMS) project is seeking two PhD students, one in the northeastern US and the other in the UK, in a related field of study (including but not limited to early modern English literature, social, political, and religious history, theology, and book history) to assist with data collection. The…

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Early Modern German Shakespeare in Action: Creation Theatre’s Romio und Julieta

An online roundtable hosted by the Society for Renaissance Studies on 4th May 2021   Participants: Maria Shmygol (University of Leeds), Harry McCarthy (University of Cambridge), Kareen Seidler (ex. Université de Genève), Lucy Askew (Creation Theatre), and Ryan Duncan (Creation Theatre)   This event brought together scholars, translators, and theatre practitioners for a discussion of…

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Religion and the Decline of Magic at Fifty

Sir Keith Thomas on the fiftieth anniversary of his Religion and the Decline of Magic   A speech given at All Souls College on Friday 3 September 2021 by Sir Keith Thomas reflecting on the fiftieth anniversary of his ground-breaking Religion and the Decline of Magic, introduced by Alan Macfarlane. Due to a technical difficulty…

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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.