Sensing the Early Modern: Birkbeck Early Modern Society Student Conference


Saturday 20 February 2016 (venue tbc)

The Birkbeck Early Modern Society is pleased to announce the programme for its annual student conference:


11.15 – 11.45 Registration

11.45 – Welcome from Sue Jones, President, Birkbeck Early Modern Society

11.45 – 1.15 Panel 1: Literary Senses

  • Sensing Renaissance Metre, Robert Stagg, PhD Candidate (third year), University of Southampton
  • ‘A pleasing dream, that mockes the mind with silken thoughts’: the pleasures and pains of early modern reading, Emily Buffey, PhD Candidate in English Literature, University of Birmingham
  • ‘All eyes and no sight’ – Visual Uncertainty in Shakespeare, Shani Bans, PhD candidate in English, University College London

1.15 – 2.00 Lunch break – lunch will not be provided but tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. We can provide details of nearby places to buy food.

2.00 – 3.30 Panel 2: Senses of Place

  • ‘Wealthy Sherewode Was Our Heritage’: Sensing the Forest in Early Modern Folklore, Jennifer Reid, MPhil/PhD candidate in English Literature, Birkbeck College
  • Thomas Howard, 14thEarl of Arundel: Aristocrat and Art Collector, Torben Lund, MA Renaissance Studies, Birkbeck College
  • The Porch Watch: Sensing Spirits on St. Mark’s Eve, Christeen Abee, MA Renaissance Studies, Birkbeck College

3.30 – 4.00 Tea break

4.00 – 5.30 Panel 3: Senses of Time

  • The Materiality of Mourning: Grieving Love in the Seventeenth-Century, Sarah Ann Robin, PhD candidate in History, Lancaster University
  • Finding the Past by Following the Nose, Joanna Ferris, MA Early Modern History, Birkbeck College
  • “Renew, O Lord, in me a constant sprite”: Temporality and music in early modern psalms, Catherine Evans, PhD candidate in English Literature, University of Sheffield

5.30 – Closing remarks from Sue Jones, followed by drinks


If you wish to attend the conference then please complete the registration form at this link HERE


There is no charge to attend the conference. You do not have to be a current member to attend but if you would like to join the Early Modern Society this would help them greatly:

Please go to
You will find the Early Modern Society in the Academic category
To join please register (even if you are not a student) and choose either Student Membership £7 (CURRENT Birkbeck Students ONLY) or Associate Membership £7 (if you are not a current Birkbeck Student).
Membership entitles you to free entry to EMS lectures and is valid for the academic year  2015/16.

The Early Modern Society blog:


To contact the Early Modern Society, email



Image: When the senses are shaken – intaglio colour etching by William Blake from his 1796 book ‘A Large Book of Designs’

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