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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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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.

Further Information

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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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).

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Original author: Emily Y. O'Brien

Call for Papers: Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference, Maynooth University

The Music Department at Maynooth University is pleased to host the 2018 Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference. The Conference will take place from 5th to 8th July 2018, it is envisaged that  we will be able to include c.170 papers.

We welcome papers and themed session on any relevant topic, from performing and recording early music in the twenty-first century, to madrigal studies, sources studies, analytical studies, medieval and renaissance music in Ireland, to mention only a few. In view of recent political events and across the world, however, as a committee, we would like to suggest at least one topic and create space to consider the politics around researching, teaching and performing Med & Ren music in a time when racists, white nationalists (not only in the US) and xenophobes feel emboldened. How do we teach Med & Ren music courses that do not appear to be safe havens for white supremacists? That challenge ahistorical views of Med & Ren as all white (male) and Christian? What resources do we need? What stories are we not telling? What does intersectional, postcolonial, and/or anti-racist research, teaching and music-making look like or sound like in our field? What are the structural barriers to inclusivity and diversity in our field, and what can we do to remove them? We feel this is an important topic for our research fields, but it is not intended as a conference theme in any restrictive way and we would like to stress of course, that all themes and topics will be considered with equal interest.

Possible formats of presentation include, but are not limited to:

individual papers of 20 minutes paired papers (60 minutes including QA) themed sessions (120 minutes for 4 papers and 90 minutes for 3 papers, including QA) round tables workshops/ lecture-recitals posters short 10-minute presentations

Conference languages: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish

All proposals should include:

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“Antony and Cleopatra: The Historical Context”, Dublin Shakespeare Society, 28 October

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

Prof. Janet Clare, “Cosmography and the Early Modern Literary Imagination”

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Department of English Seminar at Maynooth University

Professor Janet Clare (Hull), “Cosmography and the Early Modern Literary Imagination”

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 16:00 to 17:30

Where: Iontas Seminar Room, Ground Floor, Iontas Building, Maynooth University

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Shakespeare at Rhodes 2017-18

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.280  Thursday, 26 October 2017

 

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The Countess, the Gout and the Spider

Readers of our book Maladies and Medicine will be familiar with the fable of the gout and the spider (we have also blogged about it before). It was a fable which explained why the rich were thought to be more likely to suffer from gout than the poor. In 1713 the fable was reworked as a poem by Anne, Countess of Winchilsea (1661 –1720), and appeared in The Poems of Anne Countess of Winchilsea. The whole poem can be read here. Finch is perhaps best known for another of her poems which deals in matters of health ‘The Spleen’ which was published anonymously. This poem explored melancholy a condition Anne Finch suffered from throughout her life.

 The poem ‘The Gout and Spider. A Fable’ was dedicated to Anne’s husband Heneage Finch ‘after his first Fitt of that Distemper’. The poem starts by rehearsing the fable.

 When from th’infernal pit two Furies rose
One foe to flies, and one to man’s repose,
Seeking above to find a place secure
Since Hell the gout nor spider could endure.
On a rich palace at the first they light
Where pleased Arachne dazzled with the sight
In a conspicuous corner of a room
The hanging fretwork makes her active loom.
From leaf to leaf with every line does trace,
Admires the strange convenience of the place,
Nor can believe those ceilings ever were made
To other end than to promote her trade.
Where proved and prospered in her finished work,
The hungry fiend does in close ambush lurk,
Until some silly insect shall repay
What from her bowels she has spun that day.

The wiser gout (for that’s a thinking ill)
Observing how the splendid chambers fill
With visitors such as abound below
Who from Hippocrates and Galen grow
To some unwealthy shed resolves to fly
And there obscure and unmolested lie.

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Professor Gary Gerstle radio series starts Weds 25th October

Gary Gerstle's four part radio series, America: Laboratory of Democracy, produced by the BBC World Service,  begins airing on Wednesday 25th October. 

It is based on his recent book, Liberty and Coercion, and on interviews he did on a trip across America in June 2017.

The four episodes and dates are as follows:

I.   25 October: Drowning Government in a Bathtub

II.  1 November: Money: The Lifeblood of American Democracy

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Shakespeare Operas: Watch MACBETH in English

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.272  Tuesday, 17 October 2017

 

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Date:         October 15, 2017 at 12:18:34 AM EDT

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Book Announcement: Shakespeare and Feminist Theory

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.271  Tuesday, 17 October 2017

 

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Date:         October 13, 2017 at 1:48:08 PM EDT

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