Birkbeck Early Modern Society Programme 2015

This is to announce our programme of exciting speakers for the rest of this academic year kicking off with Dr Susan Anderson on Friday 16 January 2015.

All our events are held at Birkeck.

16 January 2015, 6.30 pm: Dr Susan Anderson, Leeds Trinity, Representing Early Modern Disability. Room 101, 30 Russell Square. Susan Anderson is Senior Lecturer in English at Leeds Trinity University. Her research concentrates on interdisciplinary approaches to performance in early modern drama and spectacle. She has published widely on a range of early modern performance genres. In 2012, she was one of the organisers of a 3-day international conference on “Disability and the Victorians: Challenging Legacies”, and later that summer, she organised a day conference on “Disability and the Renaissance”. Her talk for the Early Modern Society emerges from her project, Disability and Shakespeare, which focuses on theatrical drama in order to examine the intersections between early modern literature and disability. Dr Anderson’s lecture will be followed by drinks and a question and answer session.

6 February 2015, 6.30 pm (MAL B18): Dr Simon Smith, University of Oxford, Hearing, Seeing and Feeling Music in the Early Modern Playhouse

21 February 2015, Annual Conference: Feast or Famine 1-5pm (B04, 43 Gordon Square): Free of charge and open to all. Please note that this is an afternoon conference, followed by drinks.

6 March 2015, 6.30 pm: Dr William Pettigrew, University of Kent, Royal African Company and the Development of the English Slave Trade, c 1670-1750. Room 532, Malet Street, Members free (membership £7), non members £4.

17 April 2015, 6.30 pm: Dr Philip Mansel, Louis XIV and Nationalism, Birkbeck, Room 417, Malet Street.

8 May 2015, 6.30 pm: Dr Linda Grant, From pornographic sparrows to Nashe’s dildo: exploring the erotic in early modern literature.

5 June 2015,6.30 pm: Dr Alixe Bovey, University of Kent, Medieval Giants in Early Modern London, Room B18 Malet Street.

3 July 2015, 6.30 pm: Professor Peter Mack, Renaissance Rhetoric as Questions about Literature, with special reference to Hamlet and Tom Jones,Room B18, Malet Street, followed by our summer party.

Professor Mack would like us to read Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, known as Tom Jones, book 14, chapters 7 and 8 before the talk.
More information about Professor Mack can be found on this link


Please note that these events are free of charge to members. Membership for the academic year to October 2015 costs just £7. Single events are £4 for non members. Drinks and nibbles are provided after each lecture.

To become a member all you need to do is to turn up at any of our events and pay the charge.
Looking forward to welcoming you in the New Year


Dr Laura Jacobs
Secretary, Birkbeck Early Modern Society

For details of our aims and events please see
Unless otherwise specified the charge for each event is: members free (membership £7), non-members £4, donations welcome.

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