Recent and Forthcoming Early Modern Events

Summer 2021

All CEMS events will be online this term. For joining instructions please email

CEMS: The State of Play. An informal catch up and discussion of plans for the 2021-22 academic year. Wednesday 5 May, 3.30pm.

Early Modern Futures Reading Group: please add your reading suggestions to the team - email the Centre to join the group if you are not yet a member. Wednesday 19 May, 3.30pm, Teams.

Milton: the State of the Field. A roundtable and celebration of the publication of Nicholas McDowell's Poet of the Revolition: The Making of John Milton. Wednesday 16 June, 4.30-6pm.

*Race and Early Modern Studies: Professor Farah Karim-Cooper, Friday 11 June*

Anti-racist workshops for tutors 

Professor Karim-Cooper will lead workshops on developing an anti-racist approach to teaching early modern subjects. If you are a member of staff or a postgraduate student and you would like to participate in one of the workshops, please book your place via Eventbrite using one of the links below. The workshops will take place on Teams. **If your preferred workshop is fully booked, please email as we may be able to release additional tickets.**

Sign up for the 11 – 12.30am workshop

Sign up for the 1.30 - 3pm workshop.

Shakespeare and Anti-Racism: In Conversation with Professor Farah Karim-Cooper 

5 – 6pm, Zoom. Book your place via Eventbrite. 

Professor Karim-Cooper will be joined by Exeter’s Professor Jane Milling to talk about her research. The event is free, and open to the general public, but to join you must book your place via Eventbrite.  

Professor Karim-Cooper is Professor of Shakespeare Studies, King’s College London and Head of Higher Education & Research at Shakespeare’s Globe, where she has worked for the last sixteen years. In 2018 she curated the Globe’s first Shakespeare and Race Festival. She is an executive board member for RaceB4Race, a consortium of Scholars and institutions that seek racial justice in the field of pre-modern literary studies. In the UK she is creating the first ever Scholars of Colour network. 

Professor Karim-Cooper has published over forty chapters in books, reviews and articles and is a General Editor for Arden’s Shakespeare in the Theatre series and their Critical Intersections Series. She has written two books: Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama (Edinburgh University Press, 2006, revised ed. 2019) and The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch and the Spectacle of Dismemberment (Arden 2016). She has co-edited volumes on Shakespeare’s theatres, edited a collection for Arden, Titus Andronicus: The State of Play (2019) and has edited John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi for the Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama, edited by Jeremy Lopez (2020). She is currently writing a book on Shakespeare and Race.


CEMS in a Time of Covid-19: Spring 2021

All CEMS events will be online this term. If you are a member of the university who would like to join these online sessions please email

Helen Berry (Exeter), ‘What the Foundling Hospital Children Did Next: Patterns of Foundling Charity Apprenticeship, c. 1750-1800’, Wednesday 20 January, 3.30pm.

CEMS 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’, Wednesday 10 February, *5pm*.

CEMS Postgraduate Showcase: if you would like to give a 5-10 minute presentation on your research at this showcase please get in touch. Wednesday 24 February, 3.30pm.

Ruth Connolly (Newcastle), ‘Waste matter: The Poetics of Prostitution in Ben Jonson’s ‘On The Famous Voyage’’. Wednesday 10 March, 3.30pm. 

Early Modern Futures Reading Group: please add your reading suggestions to the Team – to join contact Wednesday 24 March, 3.30pm.


CEMS in a Time of Covid-19: Autumn 2020

All CEMS events will be online this term. If you are a member of the university who would like to join these online sessions please email

CEMS Annual General Meeting and Welcome, Wednesday 14 October, 3.30pm.

Early Modern Futures Reading Group: Imtiaz Habib, Black Lives in the English Archives, 1500-1677: Imprints of the Invisible (Routledge, 2008). Wednesday 21 October, 3.30pm.

Work In Progress at CEMS: Chris Ewers, 'Rethinking Temporality in the long eighteenth century'; Elin Jones, 'Learning the Ropes: Seamanship and Useful Knowledge, 1770-1820'; James Fisher 'Learning through Labour: The Mystery of Husbandry, 1600-1800'. Wednesday 4 November, 5pm (please note the later start time).

The Joyce Youings Memorial Lecture 2020: Live Discussion Wednesday 18 November, 3.30pm.We are delighted that this year the lecture will be delivered by Professor Jonathan Barry, whose topic is 'Bristol and Exeter compared: Researching Early Modern Cities'. Jonathan will record the lecture and it will be available to watch online from around the 11 November, via a link circulated to members of this mailing list. This will give members plenty of time to view the lecture before we meet for a live online discussion on Wednesday 18 November at 3.30pm.

A CEMS and Digital Humanities Lab Joint Seminar: Brett Greatley-Hirsch (Leeds), 'Early Modern Authorship and Genre: What’s in a name?', Wednesday 25 November, 3.30pm.

Legal documents from the Indo-Islamic world: a new resource, presented by Nandini Chatterjee, Elizabeth Thelan, Dominic Vendell. Wednesday 2 December, 3.30pm.