CEMMN.net Graduate Seminar

CEMMNnet Research Seminar (Spring semester, 2017)

All events (aside from trips) 12:45-1.45 in ArtsOne 3.17, Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS. Lunch included; please email Kirsty Rolfe (k.rolfe@qmul.ac.uk) to attend.

Week 2 (18 January) 

Trip: ‘The Royal African’ exhibition, Museum of London Docklands


Week 3 (25 January)  a joint event with the Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English (QMCRLE)

Emily Vine, QMUL: ‘Death and domestic religious ritual in early modern London: examples from the Huntington Library’

ArtsOne 3.17


Week 4 (1 February)

‘Selling your research’ workshop

ArtsOne 3.17


Week 5 (8 February): no seminar (PhD training day)


Week 6 (15 February)

Liesbeth Corens, Cambridge

ArtsOne 3.17


Week 7 (22 February): no seminar (reading week)


Week 8 (1 March)

Trip: ‘Fire! Fire!’ exhibition, Museum of London


Week 9 (8 March)

Clare Whitehead, QMUL

ArtsOne 3.17


Week 10 (15 March)

Joel Grossman, QMUL

  ArtsOne 3.17


Week 11 (22 March)

Joanne Paul, Sussex

ArtsOne 3.17


Week 12 (29 March): no seminar




Previous seminar series


CEMMNnet Directors’ Seminar

Autumn semester, 2016


Week 2 (5 October) – a joint event with the Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English (QMCRLE)

Kirsty Rolfe, QMUL: ‘“To bee even sicke againe with sorrow”: Emotional responses to news in 1620s sermons’

ArtsOne 1.31


Week 3 (12 October): no seminar


Week 4 (19 October) – joint with QMCRLE

Eyal Poleg, QMUL: ‘“The Skins of Beasts”: A Material History of the Bible in Late Medieval and Early Modern England’

ArtsOne 1.31


Week 5 (26 October)

Erin McCarthy, NUI Galway: ‘Collaboration and compilation in English recusant family miscellanies: Folger MS E.a.1’

ArtsOne 3.17


Week 6 (2 November): no seminar (PhD training day)


Week 7 (9 November): no seminar (reading week)


Week 8 (16 November) – joint with QMCRLE

Nicola Clark, Royal Holloway: ‘Musical Tombs: the Howard women, commemoration, and the Dissolution of the Monasteries’

ArtsOne 1.31


Week 9 (23 November)

Peter Auger, QMUL: ‘Research Communication and the Early Modern Boundaries Project’

ArtsOne 3.17


Week 10 (30 November)

Gabor Gelleri, University of Aberystwyth: ‘Women and the Art of Travel’

  ArtsOne 3.17


Week 11 (7 December)

Heather Froehlich, University of Strathclyde: ‘300 ways to call a woman a whore in Shakespearean England’

ArtsOne 3.17


Week 12 (14 December) – joint with QMCRLE

Rachel Willie, Liverpool John Moores University: ‘Private Grief and Public Passion: Anatomising the King’s Two Bodies’

ArtsOne 1.31


CEMMNnet Directors’ Seminar

Spring semester, 2016


Week 2: Wednesday 20 January

Silke Vanbeselaere (King’s College London) – ‘Social Network Analysis in Historical Research’


Week 3: Wednesday 27 January

Matt Symonds (University College London) – ‘Linking up the margins: the Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe’.


Week 4: Wednesday 3 February

Kirsty Rolfe (Queen Mary University of London) – ‘Death and the nation: London’s plague of 1625 and global providence’.


Week 5: Wednesday 10 February

Carly Watson (University of Oxford) – ‘The First Modern Editor of Shakespeare? Lewis Theobald and the Art of Editing’.


Week 6: Wednesday 17 February

A trip to see the exhibition ‘Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee‘ at the Royal College of Physicians – details TBC.


Week 7: READING WEEK (no seminar).


Week 8: Wednesday 2 March

Peter Auger (Queen Mary University of London) – Language Skills for Early Modernists: An Early Career Workshop


Week 9: Wednesday 9 March

John Gallagher (Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge) – ‘The Italian London of John North’.


Week 10: Wednesday 16 March

Natasha Simonova (University of Cambridge) – ‘Neverending Stories: Reprinting Early Modern Romance’.


Week 11:Wednesday 23 March

Liesbeth Corens (Jesus College, University of Cambridge) – ‘”The Cries of Innocent Blood are Loud and Long”: early modern English Catholics’ counter-archive’.  Seminar cancelled


Week 12:Wednesday 30 March

Week 12 (30 Mar): Natalya Din-Kariuki (Balliol College, University of Oxford) – title TBC.





CEMMNnet Directors’ Seminar

Spring semester, 2015


Week 3: Wednesday 28th January

‘The History Manisfesto’. We will be discussing this recent book, which encourages a move back to the longue durée in historical writing. Available online here:http://historymanifesto.cambridge.org/



Week 4: Wednesday 4th February


Claire Williams and Harriet Phillips, ‘Browne and Cultures of Curiosity, a forthcoming exhibition at the Royal Society’ (paper)


Week 5: Wednesday 11th February

Peter Auger, ‘Coping with Copiousness’  (paper)

Peter suggests some optional reading for this session: Abigail Shinn and Angus Vine, ‘Theorizing Copiousness’, Renaissance Studies¸ 28 (2014), 167-82.



Week 6: Wednesday 18th February


Discussion of Bruno Latour on networks. Read his keynote lecture ‘Networks, Societies, Spheres: Reflections of an Actor-network Theorist’ here: http://www.bruno-latour.fr/sites/default/files/121-CASTELLS-GB.pdf



Week 8: Wednesday 4th March


Discussion of Quantitative Analysis: three entries on ‘The Novel and Moral Philosophy’ by Michael Witmore and Julie Park at the very interesting Wine Dark Sea blog:




we may decide, after this session, to follow this up with another session towards the end of the semester in which we try to analyse and manipulate the datasets of the TCP in different ways.



Week 9: Wednesday 11th March

Discussion of Katherine Acheson, Visual rhetoric and early modern English literature (Ashgate, 2013), chapter one. We’ll find some way of circulating this closer to the date.


Week 10:Wednesday 18th March

Discussion of Brian W. Ogilvie, The Science of Describing: Natural History in Renaissance Europe (Chicago, 2008)


Weeks 11 and 12 to be confirmed






CEMMNnet directors’ seminar

First semester, 2014-15


The directors’ seminar of the Centre for Early Modern Mapping, News and Networks will meet on Wednesdays throughout term at 12:15-13:45 in ArtsOne 3.17 (Joad Raymond’s office: if this proves too small we will relocate). You are welcome to bring lunch.


The seminar will consist of a range of activities: the presentation of papers in progress by research students and staff; discussions of recent publications; advanced classes on research skills and techniques. The schedule for this semester is as follows:


Week two, 1 October

Discussion of Franco Moretti on Network Theory and Plot Analysis in Hamlet. It was published as number 2 of Literary Lab’s self-published pamphlets (as well as appearing in Moretti’s recent collection Distant Reading). You can download the pamphlet here: http://litlab.stanford.edu/?page_id=255


Week three, 8 October

No meeting


Week four, 15 October

A Social Edition of the Devonshire MS (BL Add 17,492): we will discuss the process, benefits and pitfalls of this wiki edition. Please browse:



Week five, 22 October

The Historian’s Macroscope: we’re going to be thinking not only about the thesis of this forthcoming book by Shawn Graham, Ian Milligan, and Scott Weingart, but also the process of its composition – written in public using the CommentPress platform. Please read the Preface, and chapters entitled ‘The Joys of Abundance’ and ‘Building the Historian’s Toolkit’, as well as browsing the following sections to get a feel of the volume as a whole: http://www.themacroscope.org/


Week six, 29 October

Paper by Lotte Fikkers, title to be confirmed


Week eight, 12 November

Paper by Lucy Gwynn, ‘”Drinking the waters of knowledge”: the hermeneutics of the bookshelf’


Week nine, 19 November

No seminar this week: instead you are invited to a field trip run by CREMS. This is to be held at 11:00-13:00 at the British Library. Our host will be Peter Barber the Head of Maps. We will be able to request in advance access to particular items. Further details to follow. You will need to book for this, as there will only be 20 places. All PhD and MA students are invited to attend this, and it should be edifying.


Week ten, 26 November

Paper by Hetta Howes, ‘Fulling linen and cleansing souls: labouring with water in late medieval devotional texts’


Week eleven, 3 December

Paper by Nydia Pineda, ‘Selecting the inhabitants of the the moon: a glimpse of the process behind Michael Van Langren’s lunar map’


Week twelve, 12 December

Editing books, reviewing books: we will discuss Paul Hammond’s review of The Oxford Edition of the Complete Works of John Milton, vol. 3. Paul Hammond (2013): The Complete Works of John Milton: Volume III: The Shorter Poems, The Seventeenth Century http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0268117X.2013.774995