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The events below are organised by the Department of History. You may also be interested in events in the College of Humanities and general University of Exeter events.

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3 February 202116:00

Virginia Bainbridge (Exeter), 'The Syon Abbey Prosopography Project: Lives of the Brothers c.1415-1622'

Dr Virginia Bainbridge, one of our honorary research fellows, joins us to talk about the Birgittine brothers of Syon Abbey. Although the origins of Syon Abbey lie outside the Southwest, its extant medieval books are currently housed in Exeter's Special Collections - which makes this talk of particular interest to Exeter scholars. Full details
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10 February 202116:00

John Cooper (Exeter), 'The Akhbar al-Sin wa-l-Hind: 9th-10th Century CE Indian Ocean Seafarer Narratives'

Dr John Cooper shares initial thoughts from his new research project on ninth-century nautical/travel/wonders literature, mainly 'The Accounts of India and China' and 'The Wonders of India'. He will present an overview of these works, their manuscript and translation history, the cultural milieu of their production, and their influences (e.g. on the Sindbad stories and hence the Arabian Nights). Full details
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10 February 202117:00

Margaret Schotte (York University, Toronto): Recovering Evidence of Hydrographical Education in New France

This is a Centre for Early Modern Studies and Centre for Maritime Historical Studies Joint Seminar. Margaret Schotte (York University, Toronto), ‘Lessons from Book Lists: Recovering Evidence of Hydrographical Education in New France’. For joining details please email CEMS@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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24 February 202116:00

Sarah Kay (NYU), ‘Phenomenal! Star Maps and their Manuscripts’

Prof. Sarah Kay joins us from New York University to introduce us to some medieval star maps. Prof. Kay is an expert in medieval French and Occitan literature, which she combines with interests in medieval philosophy and modern theory. Full details
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25 February 202115:30

Centre for Early Modern Studies: Postgraduate Showcase

The Postgraduate Showcase is an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the early modern research currently being undertaken at Exeter, and it has been a great success in previous years. At the event MA and doctoral candidates present briefly (5-10 minutes) on their work, introducing their research interests, and summarising and explaining their key research questions and source material. For joining instructions please email CEMS@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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10 March 202115:30

Centre for Early Modern Studies: Ruth Connolly (Newcastle), The Poetics of Prostitution in Ben Jonson's 'On the Famous Voyage'

At this seminar Ruth Connolly (Newcastle) will present on 'Waste matter: The Poetics of Prostitution in Ben Jonson’s ‘On The Famous Voyage’. For joining instructions please email CEMS@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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10 March 202116:00

Research Masterclass: Topic TBC

Research Masterclasses are directed towards the Centre's PhD students and offer expert discussion and insights into particular types of evidence or approaches. Full details
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24 March 202115:00

Orme Symposium

The annual Orme Symposium showcases the work of three of our postgraduate researchers. Each speaker will give a 20-minute paper, followed by either joint or individual question and answer sessions. Full details
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24 March 202115:30

Centre for Early Modern Studies: Early Modern Futures Reading Group

The Early Modern Futures Reading Group was established in 2019 to discuss and address the issue of decolonising the university, and in particular what this means for scholars of the early modern period. Each session uses an article, chapter or blog post as the basis for discussion as we work towards an understanding of anti-racism and decolonising, and consider what action to take within the research centre or our own disciplines. Early Modern Futures is now a regular part of the Centre’s programme of termly events, and we have a ‘Team’ which allows us to keep track of readings, suggest new ones, and to share other resources and experiences. To become a member of the reading group and to be added to our Team, please email CEMS@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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24 March 202118:00

Orme Lecture: Elisabeth van Houts (Cambridge), ‘Hidden Memories: Medieval Obituaries on Lead, 800-1200’

This year's annual Orme Lecture will be given by Prof. Elisabeth van Houts (Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge). The lecture will explore the medieval custom of burying elite men and women with lead plaques tucked away in their coffins, sometimes placed under their heads. They contained short texts of varying lengths from the name of the dead person to short obituaries which give biographical data and sometimes more expansive eulogies. Some have survived alongside their more public grave stone or tomb. Of particular interest is the conundrum that these plaques were hidden and never meant to be ‘published’ yet they were obviously crafted with great effort to pass on information. What audience did their authors have in mind?. Full details
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12 May 202116:00

Zubin Mistry (Edinburgh), 'Monasteries, Medicine and Reproduction in Early Medieval Societies, c.700-1000’

Dr Zubin Mistry introduces to some of the sources for early medieval medicine, particularly in relation to infertility. Dr Mistry's work concerns medical knowledge and practice in early medieval societies. His interest in reproductive medicine has also led him to consider the political and social implications of infertility in the medieval world. Full details
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26 May 202116:00

Research Masterclass: Topic TBC

Research Masterclasses are directed towards the Centre's PhD students and offer expert discussion and insights into particular types of evidence or approaches. Full details
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