Conferences

Photo of the back of Mason Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies is the focus for a broad range of conferences, workshops and symposia organised by CREMS staff, and attended by academics and postgraduates from across the UK and around the world. 

This page contains information about forthcoming conferences, as well as brief details of past meetings. The University of Birmingham is the perfect location for academic conferences, and is easily accessible by road, rail and air. CREMS events take place across a range of venues, from the vibrant Edgbaston campus to the idyllic Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Forthcoming conferences

Cultural Production in the Early Modern Household

Date & Venue: 28 June 2014, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

Organisers: Hugh Adlington and Tom Lockwood

The aim of the colloquium is to bring literary scholars and cultural historians together to explore the wealth of different forms of cultural production – decorative, literary, visual and devotional, among others – taking place in different kinds of early modern household.  The one-day colloquium will comprise three panels.  The first panel will focus on visual arts and material culture in early modern households. The second will feature case studies of cultural production in households of the nobility. The third panel will focus on cultural production in ambassadorial households. The concluding paper will focus on the important yet often hidden roles played by women in early modern diplomacy.

Confirmed speakers: include Dr Nadine Akkerman (Leiden); Dr Tara Hamling (Birmingham); Professor Andrew Morrall (Bard College); and Dr Mark Netzloff (Wisconsin-Milwaukee).  Registration is £20 for staff and £10 for postgraduates/unwaged delegates (this includes the colloquium fee and refreshments).  Please book by Friday 30 May, via the University of Birmingham online shop.  For further information, please email: Caroline Ashton, CAL Events Manager.

Past conferences

The Early Modern Career

Date & Venue: 2 May 2014, Winterborne House, Edgbaston Campus

Organisers: Tara Hamling and Tom Lockwood

Part-conference, part-workshop, part-networking event, ‘The Early Modern Career’ (funded by a British Academy grant) combined an examination of what it meant to pursue a career in the early modern period, with an exploration of what it means to pursue a career in early modern studies in academia today.  There were a mixture of short papers and discussions from members of the 'Midlands3Cities' institutions, as well as a keynote address from Professor Gordon Campbell (FBA).

Sin and Salvation in Reformation England

Date & Venue: 26-28 June 2013; The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

Organiser: Jonathan Willis

A major international and interdisciplinary conference, funded in part by the Leverhulme Trust, exploring some of the transformations and permutations which the concepts of sin and salvation underwent over the course of the Reformation in England, as well as the practical consequences of these changes as lived.  The conference featured keynote addresses from Dr Arnold Hunt, Professor Alec Ryrie and Professor Alexandra Walsham, as well as more than twenty shorter papers from participants from the UK, EU, USA, Canada and Australia.  An edited volume of essays arising from the conference is in preparation.

New Directions in Catholic Reformation Research

Date & Venue: Saturday 9 June 2012; Arts Building, Edgsbaston Campus

Organisers: Elaine Fulton and Simone Laqua-O'Donnell

A one-day colloquium reflecting on recent developments, discussing emerging trends and presenting new thoughts on early modern Catholicism in all its guises.  More than a dozen participants gave short presentations regarding their research, including: Liz Tingle, Mary Laven, Silvia Evangelisti, Katy Gibbons, Jonathan Willis, and Margaret Small.

Gardens and Gardening in early modern England

Date & Venue: Saturday 18 June 2011; The Birmingham and Midland Institute

Organiser: Jill Francis

A one-day colloquium hosted by the Early Modern Gardens in Perspective Research Network, in conjunction with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin.  Speakers included: Dianne Barr, Anna Keay, Paula Henderson, Celia Downie, Donna Canada-Smith, Jill Francis, David Marsh and Sarah Alyn Stacey

The Cultural Agency of Chaplains in Early Modern Britain: A One-Day Colloquium

Date & Venue: Saturday 26 June 2010; The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

Organisers: Hugh Adlington, Tom Lockwood, Gillian Wright

A one-day colloquium exploring the important, but often hidden, contributions made by chaplains of the nobility and gentry to early modern culture. Speakers included: David Crankshaw, Kenneth Fincham, William Gibson, Tom Lockwood, Erica Longfellow, Mary Morrissey, and Angus Vine.

Crossing the Channel: England and the Continent in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries

Date & Venue: Friday 26 June 2009; The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

Organisers: Margaret Small and Alexandra Gajda

A one-day colloquium exploring intellectual, diplomatic and cultural links between England and continental Europe.  Speakers included: Raphael Hallett, Catherine Fletcher, Catherine Gibbons, Sarah Mortimer, Toby Osborne, Aysha Pollnitz, Astrid Stilma, Tracey Sowerby.

Religion and Violence in Early Modern France: the Work of Natalie Zemon Davis

Date & Venue: Saturday 28 June 2008; The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

Organisers: Graeme Murdock, Penny Roberts (Warwick), Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes) and Andrew Pettegree (St Andrews)

NZDA one-day conference celebrating the work of Professor Natalie Zemon Davis, on the occasion of the thirty-fifth anniversary of the publication of her seminal article 'The Rites of Violence: Religious Riot in Sixteenth Century France', organised jointly by CREMS and the universities of Warwick, Oxford Brookes and St Andrews.  Professor Davis herself spoke on the genesis and context of her article, and other speakers included: Mack Holt, Philip Benedict, Mark Greengrass, Stuart Carroll.  The conference has resulted in a special supplementary edition of Past and Present (click here to view the table of contents).

 

 

'La France Outremer': Expeditions, Encounters and Exchanges

Date & Venue: Saturday 7 July 2007; The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon 

Organisers: Graeme Murdock and Penny Roberts (Warwick)

A one-day conference organised jointly between CREMS and Warwick University, exploring the experience of the French overseas during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. During this period of early colonial ventures and missionary endeavours there was a fluid and competitive situation for the advancement of European interests overseas. France is often viewed as having lagged behind other European powers in exploiting these opportunities. One of the main concerns of this workshop was to interrogate this perception through a series of case studies and in a variety of geographical contexts.

Everyday Objects: Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture and its Meanings

Date & Venue: 27-30 June 2007; The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

Organisers: Tara Hamling and Catherine Richardson

9780754666370A major international and interdisciplinary conference that brought together academics working in humanities disciplines, museum professionals and conservators to discuss current research in the field of material culture studies. Around forty participants gave papers on subjects as diverse as clothing, ritual, pottery and music.  Plenary lectures were delivered by John Styles and David Gaimster.  The conference resulted in an edited collection, published in 2010:

Tara Hamling and Catherine Richardson (eds), Everyday Objects: Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture and its Meanings (Ashgate, 2010).

 

Urban Life in Early Modern France

Date & Venue: 10 June 2006; The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

Organiser: Graeme Murdock

This workshop explored current research on urban life in early modern France, focussing in particular on the second half of the sixteenth century, and on themes including governance and authority, religious life and confessional identities, and gender and society. Speakers included: Robin Briggs, Kevin Gould, Ray Mentzer, Eric Nelson, Wendy Perkins, Penny Roberts, Andrew Spicer and Liz Tingle.