Current events

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25 September 201914:00

Prof. Daniel Ogden (Exeter): Lucian's Chaldaean snake-blaster and the saintly dragon-fight tradition yet again, again

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27 September 201910:00

Translation! Festival 2019: Languages in Motion

Translation! Festival 2019: Languages in Motion is a one-day festival across three venues in Exeter city centre to celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of languages and cultures from across the world. Full details
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2 October 201915:30

Visualising Latin American Discourses from a Digital Rhetoric Perspective

Latin American electronic literature is still a relatively unexplored area of study as far as interdisciplinary research methodologies are concerned. This study aims to construct a scientific and artistic exchange between Digital Rhetoric, Latin American Cultural Studies, and Digital Humanities to examine the role of digital rhetoric practices in the construction of cultural discourses in Latin American works of electronic literature. The research project aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue between these previous approaches in order to provide new methodological tools to study Latin American electronic literature from different disciplines and perspectives, and incorporate digital practices in the humanities, such as data visualisation techniques to facilitate evaluation, comparison, and analysis of our results. Following recent methodological approaches on Digital Rhetoric, and Latin American Cultural Studies, I address three main questions: 1) How are discourses and conc. Full details
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2 October 201916:00

CMS Welcome Meeting

A meet and greet for the medievalists with drinks and nibbles.. Full details
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9 October 201914:00

Alasdair Gilmour (Exeter): Influence, imitation and the inter-artefactual domain in platter morphology at Camulodunum

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9 October 201915:30

Centre for Early Modern Studies AGM & Welcome

All are welcome to attend the AGM and welcome reception afterwards.. Full details
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16 October 201915:30

Translation, Advertising and Culture: Selling Italian Products Abroad

If we look at print ads of Italian products for an Anglophone market from a diachronical perspective, we can see that they reiterate very specific and connoted images of Italy and Italianness all over the world. Italian culture is metaphorically ‘translated’ into visual and verbal discourses that a British, American or English-speaking audience can immediately recognize and be charmed. Looking at them closer we can see how ads are always cultural representations created for a target consumer who possesses his own mental representations, attitudes and values. Stuart Hall’s notion of translatability of culture in terms of shared conceptual maps, codes and signs is useful in decoding these ads, as they are the result of a set of social conventions through which individuals become cultural competent subjects. If on the one hand, ads of Italian products abroad are dictated by economical choices, on the other hand, they are the result of social practices strictly linked to a collective ideol. Full details
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16 October 201916:00

Margaret of Turenne and the Case Longshanks Lost: Justice, Remedy, and Jurisdictional Conflicts in Late Thirteenth-Century English Gascony

Sebastian Rider-Bezerra is a PhD candidate at Yale and an Associate Research Fellow at Exeter. His talk concerns his current research into Margaret of Turenne and the exploitation of legal ambiguities in Gascony in the late thirteenth century.. Full details
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17 October 201915:30

Claude-Emmanuelle Centlivres Challet (Lausanne): Infant nourishment, breastfeeding, sexual violence: can modern social and natural sciences fill Roman silences?

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23 October 201913:30

Black History Month at CEMS: Decolonising the Early Modern, a reading group

The reading for this session will be circulated via the CEMS mailings list in advance. For further details please contact CEMS@exeter.ac.uk.. Full details
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23 October 201914:00

Prof. Peter Wiseman (Exeter): Augustus on the Palatine: A Palace-Sanctuary

The ‘palace-sanctuary’ of Augustus on the Palatine was first identified and described by Daniela Bruno and Andrea Carandini in 2008 (see now The Atlas of Ancient Rome, tables 69-72 and 282), and its discovery is cited in Carandini’s recent book La forza del contesto (2017) as a exemplary paradigm of what modern archaeological methods can achieve. However, there is no mention of this monumental complex in the ancient sources; according to Suetonius, Augustus lived in a relatively modest house and ‘disliked grand palaces’. My presentation will address this paradox, and consider how the mismatch of archaeological and textual evidence may be resolved. Full details
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30 October 201914:00

PhD Workshop

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6 November 201914:00

Katherine Harloe (Reading): Winckelmann’s love letters: a case study in queer literary history

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6 November 201915:30

Early Modern Dialogues in Performance: a CEMS workshop

A workshop led by David Parry. The dialogue will be circulated in advance via the CEMS mailing list, for more details please contact CEMS@exeter.ac.uk.. Full details
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6 November 201916:00

Contested Masculinity and Conflicted Identities in the Lais of Marie de France

Jennifer Farrell investigates the lais of Marie de France using gender and queer perpectives. Full details
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6 November 201917:00

Hardy’s Correspondents Launch and Reception

Hardy’s Correspondents Launch and Reception Digital Humanities Lab, 6th November, 5pm-7pm. Full details
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13 November 201914:00

Rebecca Sweetman (St. Andrews) Christianization in the Aegean: pilgrims, ports, and pottery

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13 November 201915:30

Reading, Writing and Translating Women (Round Table)

1)Dr. Katharine Murphy (Hispanic Studies): Women Readers in turn-of-the-century Spain. 2)Viola Nesa Cadruvi (Pfeiffer) (Doctoral candidate and assistant lecturer, Romansh Culture and Literature, Institute of Romance Studies, University of Zurich and visiting researcher in DML, Exeter): Gender research in a minority language – problems and profits: Rhaeto-Romanic Literature in Switzerland 3)Dr. Helen Vassallo (French): Invisible women? Gender, translation and hospitality. Full details
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15 November 201917:30

The Joyce Youings Memorial Lecture: Professor Peter Marshall (Warwick)

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20 November 201914:00

Monica Hellstrom (Durham): Celebrating conversion: Gold-glass bowls and baptism in the late 4th century

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20 November 201915:30

CEMS: Paddy Bullard (Reading): What Book History tells us about Eighteenth-Century Georgic

Centre for Early Modern Studies Research Seminar. Full details
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20 November 201916:00

English: The Forgotten Language of the Medieval Church

Prof. Helen Gittos tells us about her recent research on the intersections of liturgy and the vernacular in medieval England before the Reformation. Full details
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27 November 201915:30

Translating, publishing and illustrating an Italian masterpiece: The many French lives of 'The Betrothed' (1827) by Alessandro Manzoni

The paper will analyse the context in which Manzoni’s novel The Betrothed (1827) was made available to the French public, from the first two rival versions in 1828 to the countless shortened and revised editions published throughout the century and up to the 1960s; these successive versions played a major role in conveying a distorted image of The Betrothed, reducing a complex and pessimistic novel to a naive edifying story meant for a Catholic audience and/or for young readers. Such a shift in interpretation can still be felt today in Manzoni’s reception in France – and not only in France. The special case of Manzoni’s novel therefore sheds light on the way implicit or explicit ideological and commercial strategies can take precedence over linguistic and literary concerns. While this paper will include occasional comparisons between the source text (Italian) and the target text (French), it will focus mostly on the context and para-text, including prefaces and images. Full details
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28 November 201915:00

Rachael Bundy (Exeter): Title TBC

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4 December 201915:30

Work In Progress at the Centre for Early Modern Studies

New members of CEMS will introduce their research interests. Speakers: Chris Ewers (English), Rethinking temporality in the long eighteenth century. Meredith Hale (Art History and Visual Culture), title to follow. Elin Jones (History), Passages of Time: Maritime Temporality and the Royal Navy, 1750 – 1850.. Full details
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4 December 201918:00

Barton Lecture: Writing the History of the Sultan Saladin

This year's Simon Barton Memorial Lecture is being given by Prof. Jonathan Phillips, one of the UK's leading experts on the Crusades. He has published major works on the Second and Fourth Crusades, and is currently writing a new history of the Third. He is also well known to the public through his various appearances on TV and radio. This talk draws on his recently published book 'The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin' (Yale, 2019) and pays tribute to Simon Barton's work on Islam and Spain. Full details
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6 - 7 December 2019

Technological Animation in Classical Antiquity

Supported by the Leventis Foundation. The conference aims to bring together scholars from the fields of ancient technology, philosophy, archaeology and art. Specifically, the conference focuses on the living/moving artifact and the synesthetic experience that it might offer, as the outcome of a technological procedure that exempts it from its association with illusion and artifice.. Full details
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11 December 201914:00

Emily Gowers (Cambridge): Are trees really like people?

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11 December 201915:30

Work in progress (1)

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22 January 202016:00

Some Initial Thoughts about Understanding the Psychology of the Medieval Combatant

Dr Rob Jones completed his PhD on medieval military display at Cardiff. He currently works for Advanced Studies in England, which offers study abroad programmes for students from the US. His talk will discuss the pyschology of combat and will draw on recent research and, no doubt, his own experiences with medieval weaponry. Full details
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5 February 202015:30

European Cinemas of Girlhood

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19 February 202016:00

Employment in the Heritage Sector

Nick Holder is Senior Properties Historian at English Heritage and an Honorary Research Associate at Exeter. In this talk, he will discuss employment opportunities for historians in the heritage sector, and highlight some of the skills and experiences that are needed to pursue careers in this area. Full details
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4 March 202016:00

Working title: Medieval Maritime

Prof. Sebastian Sobecki will talk on an aspect of medieval maritime history. Full details
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25 March 202018:00

Orme Lecture

This year's annual Orme Lecture will be given by Prof. Elisabeth van Houts. Full details
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29 April 202016:00

The Birgittine Brothers of Syon Abbey: Patterns of Vocation Revealed by the Syon Martiloge and Other Records of their Lives, c. 1415-1600

Dr Virginia Bainbridge, an Honorary Research Associate at Exeter, will discuss her recent research on the monks of Syon Abbey during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This talk draws on the manuscripts and archives from the 'Syon Abbey Collection' which is held by the University Library. Full details
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13 May 202015:00

Workshop on Sex and Infertility

This workshop is co-hosted with the Centre for Medical History. Dr Zubin Mistry will talk about his research into childlessness in early medieval societies. Full details
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20 May 202015:30

Piecing Together the Fragments

‘Piecing Together the Fragments’: Jo Balmer is an acclaimed poet, known for her ‘transgressions’ – translations of ancient literary texts, which go beyond translations in order to accommodate personal reflections and autobiographical moments. More recently she has expanded the field of ‘texts’ which inspire her poetry to include non-literary works such as dictionaries, headstones furniture. In a recent volume of poetry – Letting Go – she turns to ancient authors, such as Thucydides, Livy, Virgil and Hesiod – to explore and articulate her grief at losing her mother. Full details
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3 June 202015:30

The notion of happiness - across centuries, cultures and media (Round Table)

1) Early Modern Happiness and Gardens between Britain and China 2) Enlightenment Happiness and the Literary Imagination in Germany and Spain 3) Modern Happiness and Housing between Austria and Britain. Full details
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