The Oxford Renaissance Online Seminar

The Oxford Renaissance Online Seminar

The Oxford Renaissance Online Seminar (OROS) is a temporary online seminar series designed to allow scholars of early modern literature to share and hear new research with a global audience. The series will run from mid-May to mid-September. Talks in the series will range across the authors, forms and genres of the early modern period, will be given both by established and emerging scholars in the field, from a panoply of academic institutions, and will vary from formal academic papers to more general and informal discussions of a speaker’s current research.

The OROS is run from St Anne’s College, Oxford, where it is convened by Dr Robert Stagg (please direct any enquiries to Talks will be screened through the St Anne’s College, Oxford Facebook page: see below for details of how to watch and ask questions of our speakers.

The OROS will take place every Wednesday at 8pm UK time.

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How to tune in

At or around the time a seminar is due to begin, click on the link below to access the St Anne’s College, Oxford Facebook page where talks will be screened through our Facebook Live facility. You do not need a Facebook account to watch these talks. If you want to ask questions of our speakers using the ‘real-time’ comments function, you will need to have or temporarily sign up for a Facebook account.

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Wed 13th May – Simon Palfrey (Oxford), ‘Blowing up The Faerie Queene

Wed 20th May – Two Early Modern Performance Spaces: Harry McCarthy (Exeter), ‘Bowling at Blackfriars: Sport and Jacobean Performance’, and José A. Pérez Díez (Leeds), ‘The “playhouse” at St Paul’s: What We Know of the Theatre in the Almonry’

Wed 27th May – Danielle Clarke (UCD), ‘A Seventeenth-Century Irish Woman and her Recipe Book’

Wed 3rd June – Eoin Price (Swansea), ‘Philip Massinger and the Dearth of the Author’

Wed 10th June (POSTPONED until 30 Sept)- Andrew Bozio (Skidmore), ‘Timur the Lame: Marlowe, Disability, and Form’ 

Wed 17th June – James Loxley (Edinburgh), ‘Work, Working, Works: Ben Jonson and Labour’

Wed 24th June – Erin McCarthy (Newcastle, Aus), ‘Attribution, Ascription, and Women’s Writing in Manuscript Miscellanies’

Wed 1st July – Cathy Shrank (Sheffield), ‘Civil Conversations’ (See handout)

Wed 8th July – Richard Schoch (QUB), ‘Performing Restoration Shakespeare’

Wed 15th July – Farah Karim-Cooper (Globe), ‘Shakespeare, Race and Performance’

Wed 22nd July James Kuzner (Brown), ‘The Form of Love: Poetry’s Quarrel with Philosophy’

Wed 29th July (POSTPONED until 7 September) – Maria S. Mendes (Lisbon), “Praise with Purpose: Shakespeare and Flattery” (See handout)

Wed 5th August – Varsha Panjwani (Boston), ‘Chutzpah: The Politics of Bollywood Shakespeare Subtitles’ 

Wed 12th August – Jyotsna Singh (MSU), ‘Hakluyt’s Books, Hawkins’ Slaves: English Slaving Practices and the National Imaginary —1560-1590’ (See handout)

Wed 19th August – Douglas Clark (Manchester), ‘Cogitative Flow: Early Modern Thinking and the Blue Humanities’

Wed 26th August – Holger Syme (Toronto), ‘What’s Berlin to Shakespeare, or Shakespeare to Berlin?’

Wed 2nd Sept – Adrian Streete (Glasgow),’Admonitory Laughter, Prosopopoeia, and the Promise of Tudor Evangelical Literature’ (Handout)

Wed 9th Sept – Margaret Tudeau-Clayton (Neuchâtel), ‘“The naturall constitution of the People of England”: Aristotle’s Theory of Ethnic Character in Early Modern England’ (Handout)

Wed 16th Sept – Ambereen Dadabhoy (HMC), ‘“Othello was a lie”: Shakespeare and Race’

Wed 23rd Sept – Lucía Martínez Valdivia (Reed), ‘Early Modern Audiation: Impossible Sound in English Verse’

Wed 30th Sept – Andrew Bozio (Skidmore), ‘Timur the Lame: Marlowe, Disability, and Form’