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Burkhardt at 200

An interdisciplinary conference to be held at the British Academy, London

 

The bicentenary of the birth of the Swiss scholar, Jacob Burckhardt (25 May 1818 - 8 August 1897), author of Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860), seems an appropriate moment at which take stock and consider whether or not the idea of an ‘Italian Renaissance’ is still a hermeneutically helpful one. This conference will task an interdisciplinary team of scholars of Renaissance studies as well as of Burckhardt himself to interrogate both the Swiss historian’s own agenda as well as the contemporary validity and helpfulness of the label ‘Italian Renaissance’. Specific reference will be made to the themes treated in his classic account: the state as a work of art; development of the individual; revival of antiquity; discovery of the world and of man; society and festivals; morality and religion.

 

Speakers: Robert Black (Leeds, Emeritus), Jill Burke (Edinburgh), Virginia Cox (NYU Villa La Pietra, Florence), Wietse de Boer (Miami, Ohio), Marco Gentile (Parma), Mary Laven (Cambridge), Mikkel Mangold (Basel), Giuseppe Marcocci (Oxford), Sarah Ross (Boston), Nicholas Terpstra (Toronto), Joan-Pau Rubies (Barcelona Pompeu Fabre), Will Stenhouse (Yeshiva, New York), Claudia Wedepohl (Warburg Institute) and Barbara von Reibnitz (Basel)

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Seminar: Prof Patricia Palmer, “A Limerick Jesuit in the Green Atlantic”, Centre for Early Modern Studies Limerick, 15 Nov 2017

Seminar: Prof Patricia Palmer, “A Limerick Jesuit in the Green Atlantic”, Centre for Early Modern Studies Limerick, 15 Nov 2017 | Shakespeare in Ireland
Original author: Emily Y. O'Brien

Musical Culture in the Wars of Religion, 1550-1650

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

 

Talks by:

Peter Bennett (Case Western Reserve) Marie-Alexis Colin (Brussels) Tom Hamilton (Cambridge) Kat Hill (Birkbeck) David van der Linden (Groningen) Margaret McGowan (Sussex) Emilie Murphy (York) David Potter (Kent) Alex Robinson (Cambridge) John Romey (Case Western Reserve) Daniel Trocmé Latter (Cambridge)and featuring a lecture-recital by Edward Wickham and the Choir of St Catharine's College, Cambridge of the Dodecacorde of Claude Le Jeune Edward Wickham (Cambridge)

 

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Dr John Guy biography of Mary, Queen of the Scots adapted as a feature film

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Dr John Guy's biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots is being adapted as a feature film with Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth.

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Dr John Guy biography of Mary, Queen of the Scots adapted as a feature film

last modified Nov 08, 2017 10:23 AM

Dr John Guy's biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots is being adapted as a feature film with Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth.

More information here

Irish Renaissance Seminar meeting, TCD, 18 November, 1–4.30pm

The next biannual meeting of the Irish Renaissance Seminar will be held at Trinity College Dublin on Saturday, 18 November 2017 at 1–4.30pm.

Full details will be posted shortly!

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Gaiety School of Acting Shakespeare Schools Programme: King Lear (Cork and Dublin)

The Gaiety School of Acting Shakespeare Schools Programme presents King Lear. A run at Dean Crowe theatre in Athlone has already been completed, with dates remaining in Cork and Dublin cities at Firkin Crane and Smock Alley theatres respectively.

The Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland is offering Leaving Cert. students a unique opportunity.

The Gaiety School of Acting is delighted to launch our 2017 production of King Lear. This production will travel to Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, Firkin Crane, Cork and The Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone from the 23rd of October to the 1st December.

This is the 5th year of our Shakespeare Schools programme and in 2016 we performed Hamlet for almost 6500 students from 130 schools. This means that almost 1 in every 9 students sitting their leaving Certificate English exams in June will have seen our production. We are excited to once again provide students with the opportunity to see Shakespeare’s work live.

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SBReviews: SHAKSPER Book Reviews Seeking Reviewers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.283  Monday, 6 November 2017

 

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Speaking of Shakespeare with WNET's Stephen Segaller

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.282  Monday, 6 November 2017

 

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Date:         November 2, 2017 at 2:03:37 PM EDT

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Lecture: “Tremulous Hands: Tracing Diseases and Disorders in Medieval Handwriting”, TCD, 9 November, 1pm

Tremulous Hands: Tracing Diseases and Disorders in Medieval Handwriting

“Tremulous Hands: Tracing Diseases and Disorders in Medieval Handwriting”

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 1 – 2pm
Trinity Long Room Hub

Presented by Dr Deborah Thorpe Visiting Marie Sklodowska-­Curie Fellow,
Trinity Long Room Hub, with discussant Prof Brendan Kelly, Dept of
Psychiatry, TCD.

About Medical and Health Humanities

The Trinity College Dublin Medical and Health Humanities Initiative brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines including history, philosophy, sociology, drama, health sciences, religion, cultural studies, arts, literature and languages.These events offer the opportunity to see medicine through the eyes of academics who are concerned with literary, historical, philosophical, aesthetic and technological perspectives of health, illness, disability and practice.

Campus Location: Trinity Long Room Hub
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Courses, Library, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public

Original author: Emily Y. O'Brien

Lecture: “Beyond the Book of Kells: Piers Plowman”, TCD, 7 November, 6.30pm

Beyond the Book of Kells: Piers Plowman

Beyond the Book of Kells: Piers Plowman

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 6:30 – 8pm
Trinity College Long Room Hub

This lecture is part of a series entitled “Beyond the Book of Kells: The stories of eight other medieval manuscripts from the library of Trinity College Dublin.”

In this second talk of the series, Professor Simon Horobin from the University of Oxford will discuss TCD MS 212. This manuscript contains what is perhaps the great medieval English poem, William Langland’s Piers Plowman, an astonishingly rich and searching exploration of what it takes to live rightly in a society corrupt and corrupting. As befits a work of its quality, the poem survives in over fifty manuscripts; this, one of two in Trinity’s collection, is especially significant for containing early biographical information about the poet himself.

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To over 600,000 visitors a year, Trinity is synonymous with the Book of Kells. But that ninth-century manuscript is only part of the story. Ranging in date from the fifth century to the sixteenth, and with origins from across Western Europe, Trinity’s six hundred medieval manuscripts contain languages from Latin and Greek to Old Irish, Old English, Welsh, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Provencal, and Vaudois. The texts embody in microcosm the entire gamut of medieval thought. This series of lectures from manuscript experts – Irish and international – will offer the public an opportunity to encounter eight other extraordinary books from Trinity’s collections, from the ninth-century Book of Armagh to a key manuscript of one of the great medieval English poets, William Langland.

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Before Mumsnet and What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Women’s Magazines as Sites of Information

The Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from the earliest times to the present day. This week, network director Ciara Meehan looks at the dissemination of reproductive advice and information to women in 1960s Ireland.

Heidi Murkoff’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting is the biggest selling book for expectant mothers. First published in 1984, over eighteen million copies have since been sold, contributing to the book being named in 2007 by USA Today as one of the most influential books of the past twenty-five years. This household title is part of a well-established publishing tradition catering for pregnant women. As part of my current project on the everyday lives of women in 1960s Ireland, I’ve been researching the sources of information available to pregnant women, looking in particular at magazines and other prescriptive literature.

Despite the clear success of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, pregnant women are increasingly turning to the internet for further information, and there is a growth in the number of pregnancy-related websites. Surveys of usage in America, Italy, Sweden and China published between 2006 and 2013 show that between 72% and 95% of correspondents used the internet as a source of information on their pregnancy.[1] A separate survey conducted over a twelve-week period in 2010 of 613 users of British-based pregnancy sites found that the most frequent reasons women gave for searching the internet during their pregnancy was to find out information for themselves, to acquire supplemental information to that provided by healthcare professionals, to check specific symptoms, and to give themselves greater control over the decision-making process relating to their pregnancy.[2] The survey also asked women about additional sources and almost one-third of the participants sought information from magazines or newspapers.[3]

Womans Choice coverThe importance of magazines was even greater in the 1960s. Along with newspapers, they served as pre-digital sources of further information. Pregnancy manuals from that decade include Cross and Roden’s Preparing for your Baby and Erna Wright’s The New Childbirth. However, the reasons why women turned to magazines are strikingly similar to the reasons why women have logged on to the internet in the digital age.

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PhD student Stephanie Mawson wins Robert F. Heizer award

Stephanie Mawson, PhD student in the Faculty, has won the 2016 Robert F. Heizer Article Award for a paper published in Ethnohistory. The Heizer Prize was established in 1980 to honor Dr. Robert F. Heizer, ethnohistorian and archaeologist, noted for his research in California and Mesoamerica and is awarded in recognition of the best article in the field of ethnohistory. It is awarded by the American Society for Ethnohistory.

 

The article is: 'Philippine Indios in the Service of Empire: Indigenous Soldiers and Contingent Loyalty,' Ethnohistory, Vol. 63, No. 2 (2016), 381-413.

 

More details on Stephanie’s research: https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/directory/stephanie-mawson

PhD student Stephanie Mawson wins Robert F. Heizer award

Stephanie Mawson, PhD student in the Faculty, has won the 2016 Robert F. Heizer Article Award for a paper published in Ethnohistory. The Heizer Prize was established in 1980 to honor Dr. Robert F. Heizer, ethnohistorian and archaeologist, noted for his research in California and Mesoamerica and is awarded in recognition of the best article in the field of ethnohistory. It is awarded by the American Society for Ethnohistory.

 

The article is: 'Philippine Indios in the Service of Empire: Indigenous Soldiers and Contingent Loyalty,' Ethnohistory, Vol. 63, No. 2 (2016), 381-413.

 

More details on Stephanie’s research: https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/directory/stephanie-mawson

History undergraduates win History of Parliament and Gladstone Prizes

Congratulations to Jilna Shah and Fiona Garrrahan, who have won prizes with their Part II dissertations.

Jilna's dissertation, 'The Conservative Party and British Indians, 1975-90', has won the History of Parliament's annual Undergraduate Dissertation competition for the best undergraduate dissertation presented in 2017 on a subject relating to British or Irish parliamentary or political history before 1997.

It was judged by the History's Editorial Board and Editors, all distinguished historians, to have been a very impressive entry submitted in another competitive year for our award. They stated that the dissertation was a complex and sophisticated discussion of the issue and a genuinely original contribution to the field.

Fiona's dissertation 'The Making and Breaking of Trust during the British Savings Banks Scandals, 1848–1860' won the Gladstone Memorial Prize, awarded each year by the Gladstone Memorial Trust for the most meritorious Part II dissertation submitted by a candidate in the Faculty of Economics, Faculty of History and Department of Politics and International Studies.

History undergraduates win History of Parliament and Gladstone Prizes

Congratulations to Jilna Shah and Fiona Garrrahan, who have won prizes with their Part II dissertations.

Jilna's dissertation, 'The Conservative Party and British Indians, 1975-90', has won the History of Parliament's annual Undergraduate Dissertation competition for the best undergraduate dissertation presented in 2017 on a subject relating to British or Irish parliamentary or political history before 1997.

It was judged by the History's Editorial Board and Editors, all distinguished historians, to have been a very impressive entry submitted in another competitive year for our award. They stated that the dissertation was a complex and sophisticated discussion of the issue and a genuinely original contribution to the field.

Fiona's dissertation 'The Making and Breaking of Trust during the British Savings Banks Scandals, 1848–1860' won the Gladstone Memorial Prize, awarded each year by the Gladstone Memorial Trust for the most meritorious Part II dissertation submitted by a candidate in the Faculty of Economics, Faculty of History and Department of Politics and International Studies.

Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies (Routledge)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.281  Wednesday, 1 November 2017

 

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Date:         October 28, 2017 at 1:41:21 AM EDT

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Gunpowder

It is that time of year when the leaves begin to turn a beautiful mixture of red and golds, and on the air is filled with the smell of bonfires. This year the BBC have preceded the 5th November with the excellent series ‘Gunpowder’ retelling the story of the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. This got me thinking, I have seen lots of remedies for injuries caused by gunpowder but I wondered if gunpowder was ever used in remedies or thought to have medicinal properties.

A surgeon operating on a woman’s mouth. Wellcome Library London

It seems that it was not a very common ingredient in remedies. However, Culpeper’s Last Legacy, a medical text trading on the name of Nicholas Culpeper – a popular medical writer – did include a brief suggestion. The author explained that ‘A little Gun-powder tyed up in a rag, and held so in the mouth, that it may touch the aking tooth, instantly easeth the pains of the [t]eeth’.1

The surgical treatise attributed to Paul Barbette included gunpowder in a remedy to help those that had been shot. The text described a series of remedies to draw thorns, thistles and bullets out of the body. One of which was, ‘Quince-wine mingled with Vinegar, and putting some Saffron and Gun-powder amongst it, if you give it to one that hath been shot, it will do him good.’2

While gunpowder might have been a rare medicinal ingredient, one of its component parts saltpeter (the common name for potassium nitrate, now most often used in fertiliser) was found in an array of medicines. The Choice Manual or Rare Secrets in Physick of Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent, described how saltpeter boiled in a Goldsmith’s earthen pot,  mixed with Roch Alum and Brimstone (or sulphur) made a good medicine for the eyes.3 George Hartman’s collection of remedies mentioned that saltpeter boiled in sack (a type of Spanish wine) was a good solution to soak clothes and apply to sciatica to ease the pain of the condition.4 John Pechey’s Storehouse of Physical Receipts alternatively suggested that ‘Salt-peter’ and ‘white Cristaline Sugar‘ mixed and dissolved in a ‘Draught of Beer‘ was useful to reduce the ‘Effervescence of the Blood and the Heat of the Lungs’.5

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Theatre: Antony and Cleopatra, Dublin Shakespeare Society, 14–18 November

This blog is designed to draw together academic events, plays and research in early modern literature across the island of Ireland.

Created by Dr. Derek Dunne (unifr.academia.edu/DerekDunne) and Dr. Emily O'Brien (tcd.academia.edu/EmilyOBrien), with Dr. Edel Semple (ucc-ie.academia.edu/EdelSemple).

Contact us with news and events at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow us on Twitter at @shakesinireland

Original author: Emily Y. O'Brien
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