To take place on Wednesdays in Room 103, Arts Building starting at 16:00 (N.B.: the annual lecture takes place at 17:00 in Arts Lecture Room 3).
Please click on the headings below to view past years' seminar programmes.
1 October: Paul Hammond (Leeds), ‘What is "evil" in Paradise Lost?’
15 October: Kate Smith (Birmingham), ‘Global houses, global homes: mobility and migration in the long eighteenth century’
2 October: Penny Roberts (Warwick), ‘Secrets and spires: transgressing boundaries in sixteenth-century France’
16 October: Carly Watson (Birmingham), ‘"Sua Sall You Tak New Troy": A New Sonnet and Jacobean Literary Culture before 1603’
20 November: Ruth Connolly (Newcastle), ‘Editing as a Critical Act: Reading the Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick’
4 December: Stephanie Appleton (Birmingham), 'Will-making on the deathbed in Stratford-upon-Avon, c.1540-1640'
15 January: Angela McShane (V&A/RCA), "How happy's the state where no discords are breeding": Harmony and the Politopop of later seventeenth-century England'
29 January: Tom Lockwood (Birmingham), 'Rochester at Rhyme'
8 March: Anne Hughes (Keele), '"Begun at Westminster and ended at Wirksworth": hearing sermons in town and country in the 1640s'
19 March: Gabriel Heaton (Sotheby's), 'Where commerce meets scholarship: valuing early modern books and manuscripts'
26 September: Janet Dickinson (Birmingham), ‘Rethinking the 1590s: the 2nd Earl of Essex and the late Elizabethan regime’
10 October: Jeanne Shami (All Souls, Oxford), ‘Historical fictions: contemporary engagements with John Donne’
28 November: Jill Francis (Birmingham), ‘Gardening networks and exchanges: the notebooks and correspondences of Sir Thomas Hanmer of Bettisfield’
9 January: Melanie Evans (Birmingham), 'Styling the Word, re-styling the Self? The English translations of Princess Elizabeth Tudor'
23 January: Amin Momeni (Birmingham), 'Islamic Persians in Caroline Drama'
6 February: Erin Sullivan (Shakespeare Institute), 'The Passions of Thomas Wright'
27 February: Graeme Murdock (Trinity College, Dublin), 'Do good fences make good neighbours? Tolerance and intolerance in early modern Savoy'
13 March: Alan Bryson (Sheffield), 'The Talbot Family'
20 March: Chris King (Nottingham), 'Constructing space and society in the early modern city: houses, objects and social identity'
28 September: Jonathan Willis (Birmingham), 'Music and the English Reformation'
12 October: Christopher Burlinson (Cambridge), 'Keeping Texts: Elizabethan Puritans in England and the Netherlands'
16 November: Michelle O'Callaghan (Reading), 'Collections and Coteries: Reading Verse Miscellanies'
11 January: Islam Issa (Birmingham), ‘Milton in Arabic: Paradise Lost and Religio-Cultural Transformation’
25 January: Sarah Knight (Leicester), ‘The Niniversity at the Bankside: students on the Elizabethan stage’
8 February: Cathryn Enis (Reading), ‘“Marching in battell araye”: the roads to Drayton Bassett and the riots of 1578’‘
14 March: Claire Preston (Birmingham), ‘Trope and trillo: Robert Boyle’s languages of science’
6 October Tara Hamling (Birmingham): ‘Old Robert’s Girdle: Visual and Material Props for Protestant Piety in Post-Reformation England’
20 October Kim Hackett (York): ‘Making “Republikes of Kingdomes”? Dutch Pamphlet Polemic and English Politics, 1619-1623’
3 November Max von Habsburg (Oundle School): ‘The Imitatio Christi within the Late Medieval and Early Modern World of the Jesuits’
8 December Harry Newman (Shakespeare Institute): ‘Publishing Women’s Secrets: Prefacing Printed Gynaecological and Obstetrical Texts in Renaissance England’
2 February David Coast (Sheffield): ‘“Ad Faciendum Populum”: perceptions of propaganda in the newsletters of William Trumbull and Sir Dudley Carleton, 1616-25’
16 February Alison Findlay (Lancaster): ‘Ceremony, Charles I and Shakespeare’s Henry IV’
9 March Alex Bamji (Leeds): ‘Scandalous heresies: the priorities of the Inquisition in seventeenth-century Venice’
23 March Denise Thomas (Birmingham): ‘“A compleat Library ... the onely Paradise of this world.” The reading practice of Thomas Hall B.D. (1610-1665)’
30 September David Hemsoll (Birmingham): ‘Giulio Romano and the Palazzo Tè in Mantua: Designing a Princely Palace’
14 October Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (St Edmund Hall, Oxford): ‘Early Modern Women’s Poetry and Historical Formalism’
18 November Marcus Nevitt (Sheffield): ‘Sing Heavenly News: Samuel Sheppard, Epic and the Serial’
2 December Simone Laqua O’Donnel (Birmingham): ‘A bishop meets his maker or the creation of a celibate clergy in post-Tridentine Münster’
13 January Astrid Stilma (Christ Church Canterbury): ‘The King’s to Blame? Imagining the Gowrie Conspiracy, 1600-1639’
27 January George Southcombe (Oxford): ‘Muckworm wordlings, scarlet stains and glorious lovers: the varieties and uses of dissenting verse, 1660-1700’
3 March Jules Whicker (Birmingham): 'Military Virtue in the Background and Structure of Luis de Belmonte Bermúdez's play La monja alférez / The Lieutenant Nun (1626)'
17 March John Walter (Essex): 'Gesture and the Politics of Touch in early modern England'
1 October John Jowett (Shakespeare Institute): 'The Paper Trail: “The Booke of Sir Thomas Moore”'
15 October Jacqueline Eales (Christ Church, Canterbury): 'National Political Culture and Provincial Preaching as a point of contact in Early Modern England'
19 November Lucy Munro (Keele): 'Archaic Shakespeare'
3 December Wendy Trevor (Birmingham): 'Seneca’s De Beneficiis and Commodity Measuring Amity in Early Modern Drama'
14 January Tobias Green (Birmingham): 'The Role of Intercultural Exchanges in the Birth of the Atlantic Slave Trade in the ‘Guinea of Cape Verde’ During the Sixteenth Century'
28 January Sylvia Gill (Birmingham): 'Paying off Purgatory: 1548, Involuntary Redundancy and Clerical Pensions'
11 February Angus Vine (Scriptorium Project, Cambridge): 'Bacon’s Notebooks: From Wastebook to Ledger'
4 March Ita MacCarthy (Birmingham): 'Grace: A Renaissance Keyword'
18 March Clive Holmes (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford): 'The Witch of Wapping: Judicial Murder; Family Disputes; Constitutional Law
20 May Sheila Christie (Bristol): 'Enacting Violence: Representations of Military Activity and Civic Disorder in the Chester Mystery Plays'