Recent and Forthcoming Early Modern Events

Autumn Term 2018

Michael Adas (Rutgers), ‘Dubious Distinctions: Why Europe, not China, was Responsible for the Great Divergence’. Global China Centre Seminar, Wednesday 30 January 1.30pm, venue TBC.

CEMS: Work in Progress At Exeter Roundtable, with Niall Allsopp, James Davey, Elizabeth Williamson and Richard Ward. Wednesday 30 January 3.30pm, Queens 1G.

English Department Visiting Speaker: Edel Lamb (Queen’s, Belfast), “‘I find a princly part’: The Literary Childhood of Lady Rachel Fane (1613-1680)”. Thursday 7 February, time and venue TBC.  

Subha Mukherji (Cambridge), ‘Knowing Encounters: Law, Legibility and the Rhetoric of Presence in Early Modern Drama’. CEMS Seminar, Wednesday 13 February 3.30pm, Queens 1G.

‘Renaissance Skin’: Joint CEMS & Centre for Medical History Mini Colloquium (Wellcome Trust Project, KCL). Members of this Wellcome Trust funded project (KCL) will introduce it, in a discussion led by Evelyn Welch. Wednesday 27 February, Amory 105, 2-5pm.

WCCEH Symposium: Early Modern Childbirth, Pregnancy & Midwifery. Angela Muir (Leicester), Sarah Fox (Independent), Isabel David (Birkbeck), Thursday 7 March, Amory 219, 3-5pm.

Gareth Roberts Memorial Lecture 2019: Matthew Dimmock (Sussex). Thursday 7 March, full details to follow.

Amanda Capern (Hull), ‘Gender, Debt and Emotions in Early Modern England’. CEMS Seminar, Wednesday 13 March, Peter Chalk 2.4, 3.30pm.

Mark Davie (Exeter), ‘Science in the Vernacular: Translating Galileo’. Joint CEMS & Centre for Translating Studies Seminar, Wednesday 20 March, Queens LT4.1, 3.30pm.




Women and Quarrels in Early Modern France/Les Femmes et Les Querelles dans la France de la première modernité

University of Exeter, 18 March 2019. Confirmed speakers: Catriona Seth (University of Oxford), Myriam Dufour-Maître (Université de Rouen) and Derval Conroy (University College Dublin).

This one-day conference sets out to investigate women’s roles as speaking subjects – rather than objects – in quarrels spanning the mid-sixteenth to the late eighteenth centuries in France. It aims not only to bring together a series of case studies but also to  think about common concerns: how did women quarrellers negotiate a hostile reception? Is the art of quarrelling gendered? Does the study of female quarrellers nuance our approach to quarrels more generally?

Papers may be given in English or French, and should last 20 minutes. Abstracts of 200-300 words should be sent to Dr Helena Taylor, by 20 July 2018. Contributions from early-career scholars are particularly welcome. Full details (in English and French) are here: Call for Papers: Women and Quarrels in Early Modern France