The Eleventh International Milton Symposium

University of Exeter,


20-24 July 2015

The International Milton Symposium, normally held every three years, brings together scholars from across the world for five days of lively discussion and convivial exchanges about all things Miltonic. The Eleventh IMS will be held at the University of Exeter, England, from Monday,  July 20 through Friday, July 24, 2015.

The Symposium will feature, in addition to papers on numerous aspects of Milton’s poetry and prose, his political, religious, and cultural contexts, his contemporaries, and his biography, plenary lectures by Maggie Kilgour (McGill), Mary Nyquist (Toronto),  David Quint (Yale), Paul Stevens (Toronto), and Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge). There will also be a series of Special Sessions, including one on the progress and problems of the new Oxford Complete Milton, and another on the pedagogical and scholarly uses of electronic texts, specifically Oxford Scholarly Editions Online.

Conferees will have the opportunity to hear the Tallis Scholars in concert at Exeter Cathedral, to visit Montacute House in Yeovil, and to take a walking tour of Civil War Exeter. Indeed, the rich Civil War History of Exeter will be a feature of the Symposium. Located in the beautiful Devon countryside, close to the sea and to Dartmoor National Park, the cathedral city of Exeter, founded by the Romans, is among those English cities most dramatically affected by the Civil War. Supporters of Parliament secured the city in 1642, and from early in 1643 it served as the western headquarters of the Parliamentary Army. After a determined and prolonged siege, it fell to Royalist forces in the autumn, who so strongly fortified the city that it was re-taken by the Parliamentary Army only in 1646.

The Symposium is sponsored by the English Department's Medieval and Renaissance Research Group and the Centre for Early Modern Studies. Exeter English has been ranked first in the UK for world-leading research. There are more than twenty members of staff in the Medieval and Renaissance Research Group  with particular strength in the seventeenth century. Exeter's Centre for Early Modern Studies brings together early modernists from English, History, Drama, and other disciplines for lively seminars and colloquia.

The IMS11 Programme is now available to view.

Please note any questions should be directed to General enquiries

Photography by Matt Austin