Murray Seminar: Emmanuele Lugli – Tuesday 13 February 5pm

Dear Student,

I’m writing with details of next week’s Murray Seminar on Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck. These advanced research seminars are open to all, and attract interested members of the public, staff and students from other London colleges and beyond.  They are an opportunity to hear and contribute to cutting-edge research, often at the very early stages of work in progress.  The timing allows you to attend and still go to classes on the same evening.  All this term’s seminars take place in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 114 (The Keynes Library) at 5pm.  Talks finish by 5.50pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and are then followed by discussion and refreshments.  We hope to see you there.

Emmanuele Lugli  Tuesday 13 February

Chasing Absence: The Body of Christ and the Measures to Enter in Touch with it

This talk focuses on the singular devotion for the ‘mensura Christi,’ or the act of praying with objects that reproduced the height of Christ. It explores the reasons for its phenomenal success, from its diffusion in the twelfth century up to its ban in the seventeenth, and the motives for its marginalization in historical accounts today. The talk asks questions about what turns an orthodox veneration into a mere superstition, an inversion that is all the more puzzling given that the ‘mensura Christi’ relies on measuring, one of the methods to fight credulity. The lecture thus reconsiders the relationships of measuring practices, visual belief, and religious orders, thus contributing to discussions on representations, faith, and material studies.

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VACANCY: London Renaissance Seminar: Research Internship: deadline Monday 4 December 12.00pm.

London Renaissance Seminar: Research Internship

The London Renaissance Seminar invites postgraduate students at Birkbeck to apply for a research internship 2017-18. This internship is open to all postgraduate students at Birkbeck.

The London Renaissance Seminar hosts and organises a variety of events from half-day symposia to lectures, larger conferences and single lectures. Most events are open to audiences. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome to attend. Seminars are usually held in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

The internship is open to all postgraduate students at Birkbeck and is likely to be particularly rewarding for those working in a historical or literary field in the early modern period. The postholder will (a) have a budget of about £150 to fund a research-led event of their choice for the LRS, and (b) to participate in steering and above all maintaining the Seminar during the academic year 2017-18. Thus interns will liaise with event organisers at Birkbeck and beyond, work with members of the Steering Committee and work towards a small filming project which the seminar is undertaking.

The internship is planned to commence in December 2017 and end in July 2018 (there may be some flexibility). The successful candidates will be working on a postgraduate degree, have some prior research experience and be familiar with early modern texts and ideas.

The research intern’s responsibilities include:

  • Devising, planning, scheduling, advertising and delivering an LRS event using the assigned budget: Event to be held in 2017-18.
  • Supporting the Steering Committee and (e.g. planning, events, social media).
  • Supporting LRS filming for a small film by liaising with academics and helping to locate objects at Wellcome Trust.

The intern is to be paid at Grade 5 £15.69 per hour up to a total of 74 hours.

As indicated, students at MPhil and PhD level may apply. In applying, please supply:

  1. 150 words outlining (a) your special area of research and how it relates to the period 1500-1690 (b) how the placement will benefit your academic study; (c) how the internship will develop your career skills.
  2. 150 words giving an initial proposal for an outward-facing LRS event. The format of this event is open (Examples include but are not limited to: postgraduate conference; site-specific seminar; book talk; symposium; performance and analysis).

These can be submitted as separate documents or in the form of a letter. Applicants should also provide:

  1. A full CV
  2. The name of 1 academic referee

Closing date: Monday 4 December 12.00pm.

Interviews:  between 8 and 14 December.

If you are not available during that period please indicate that on your application.

You should submit your application as a MS Word document with the information and documents requested above and marked ‘LRS Intern’ to Professor Susan Wiseman s.wiseman@bbk.ac.uk by 12.00pm on Monday 4 December. Enquiries to the same e-mail please.

Birkbeck welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Birkbeck holds an Athena Swan Award, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.

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Renaissance Studies: Researching the Text – 3rd June

Researching the Text: the Book in the House

School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, Room 114

Programme:

10-1. student panels Birkbeck and University of Kent at Canterbury

10-11.15 Student papers: university of Kent (Hannah Lilley, Kate Munday and Zoe Hudson, with Diane Heath responding and Stuart Morrison)

11.15-11.30 Coffee

11.30—1 Student papers: Birkbeck (Eva-Maria Lauenstien, Ashley, Lou Horton, Cat Griffiths resp, chair Sue Jones)

1-2 Sandwich lunch

2-3.30 British Library: demonstration and discussion of collections

3.45- 4.15 TEA Birkbeck

4.15-5.30 Workshops in researching the book (a) What is this book? (b) What is described by this inventory possible further workshops tbc.

5.30-6.30pm- Prof Paul Salzman ‘Anthologising the Past: How Alexander Dyce Assembled “Specimens of British Poetesses” (1825)’

6.30-7.00pm Drinks and roundtable

Places are still available. To reserve your place please email Kate McCurdy (k.mccurdy@bbk.ac.uk)

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Call for Papers: Othello’s Island 2017, deadline 1 January 2017

Othello’s Island 2017

The 5th annual multidisciplinary conference
on medieval and renaissance studies
and their later legacies

Venue: Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR)
Nicosia, Cyprus, 6 to 8 April 2017
with optional historic-site visits on 9 April

Advance Notice CALL FOR PAPERS

a collaborative event organised by academics from
Sheffield Hallam University, SOAS University of London
University of Kent, University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds

www.tiny.cc/othello2017

Convenors

  • Emeritus Professor James Fitzmaurice, Northern Arizona University (USA)
  • Professor Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
  • Dr Sarah James, University of Kent at Canterbury (UK)
  • Dr Michael Paraskos, SOAS University of London (UK)
  • Benedict Read FSA, University of Leeds (UK)
  • Dr Rita Severis, CVAR (Cyprus)

We welcome applications from researchers to present papers at the 2017 edition of Othello’s Island.

First held in 2013, Othello’s Island now a well established annual meeting of academics, students and members of the public interested in medieval and renaissance art, literature, history and culture.

Othello’s Island is growing in size and stature every year. In 2016 over seventy academics from across the world presented papers at the conference, whilst also experiencing the medieval and renaissance art, architecture and historical sites of Cyprus.

This experience ranged from the island’s material culture, such as the French gothic cathedral of Nicosia, through to the remarkable living culture of the island that is still deeply affected by its medieval and renaissance past.

In 2017 we are interested in hearing papers on diverse aspects of medieval and renaissance literature, art, history, society and other culture.

Papers do not have to be specifically related to Cyprus or the Mediterranean region and do not have to be connected to Shakespeare.

It is worth looking at the range of papers from past conferences to see that previous speakers have covered topics ranging from slavery in medieval Cyprus and Malta, to the impact of Italian Renaissance art on Cypriot Byzantine painting, to the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf and Margaret Cavendish.

That said, given our location, Cyprus, the Levant and the Mediterranean do impact on the conference, not least because for anyone interested in medieval and renaissance history Cyprus is real gem, full of architectural and other material culture relating to the period. This includes museums filled with historic artefacts, gothic and Byzantine cathedrals and churches and a living culture that has direct links to this period.

Othello’s Island has developed a reputation as one of the friendliest medieval and renaissance studies conferences in the world today, and it is also genuinely interdisciplinary. In part this is due to the relatively small size of the event, which generates a true sense of community during the conference.

For more informaton and submission deadlines please visit

www.tiny.cc/othello2017

All information here is subject to confirmation and possible modification

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End-of-term Renaissance lecture: Guest Speaker

On Wednesday 9th December 2015 Prof Neil Kenny (All Souls, Oxford University) will be delivering the term’s guest lecture.  His topic will be ‘Renaissance and Social Hierarchy: Family Transmission.’  Research Students are welcome to join the MA students for what promises to be a terrific talk.  The lecture will take place at 6pm in room B02 in 43 Gordon Square.

Prof. Kenny will also be running a seminar in the 7.40 slot.  Again, you are very welcome to join in, but please be aware that if you want to join the seminar session too, you will have to prepare a short presentation in advance.  Do contact Dr Gillian Woods (g.woods@bbk.ac.uk) know if you are interested in taking part in the seminar so that she can send you the relevant materials.

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