Category Archives: Cambridge Events

*Romanticism and the Experience of Experiment* (CRASSH Seminar)

The final seminar of the CRASSH series Rethinking Life will be taking place on Wednesday 10 June, 4pm – 6pm, in Room S1 of the Alison Richard Building.

Robert Mitchell (Professor of English, Duke University) will be speaking via video link on ‘Romanticism and the Experience of Experiment’.

Open to all. No registration required.

The Eighteenth Century Seminar Easter Term 2015

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar is a post-graduate seminar, sponsored by the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, aiming to explore topics of shared interest to historians (and the historically-minded) with diverse specialisations and sensibilities who work on the eighteenth century.

12 May 2015 ‘The American Stamp Act Crisis in Global Context’
Steven Pincus (Yale University)
Gardner Room, Front Court, Emmanuel College

The seminar meets on Tuesdays at 5pm, at Emmanuel College.

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The Easter Term timetable for the English Faculty’s Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Seminar is also available here.

Graduate Seminar

Changes to the Graduate Seminar timetable for Lent 2015:

Shahidha Bari’s paper, ‘Listening for Leila: The Re-direction of Desire in Byron’s The Giaour‘, which was originally scheduled for the 26th February, has had to be postponed until the next academic year.

The last Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Research Seminar of this term will therefore be this Thursday, the 12th February. Tess Somervell will be speaking on ‘The Temporal Structure of Wordsworth’s Spots of Time’. All are welcome.

See the Graduate Seminar page for more details.

Call for Papers: Graduate Conference 2015

The call for papers for Cambridge’s annual Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference is now available. Please visit the Graduate Conference page for all the details, as well as the conference website.

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference 2014
‘Jargon of Men and Things’: Production and Consumption in the Long Eighteenth Century
Saturday, 18th April, 2015
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

External Respondent: Dr Corinna Wagner (University of Exeter)

Papers from any disciplinary perspective would be welcome on any aspect of the conference theme.
Topics might include (but are not limited to):

– Concepts of appetite and taste
– Literary and artistic creation/reception
– Celebrity and canonicity
– Print culture and the material book
– Objects, hybrids and the non-human
– Luxury, excess, waste
– Trade, colonialism, the exotic
– Categories of identity such as gender, race, class, sexuality, disability

Please email proposals of no more than 400 words to english18.graduateconference@gmail.com. The deadline for the submission of proposals is March 15, 2015. Registration for attendance will close on the morning of Saturday, 11th April.

The Passions and the Performance of Shakespeare

FEELING BETWEEN THE LINES

The first meeting of the Faculty Reading Group in Performance will take place on Monday 3rd November, 4:00pm-5.30pm, in the Boardroom.

James Harriman-Smith, a member of the Research Group for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies, will be giving a paper entitled: ‘Feeling between the Lines: The Passions and Performance of Shakespeare’. He will be focussing particularly on eighteenth-century theories of stage emotion.

The text for discussion will be: Hoxby, Blair, “What Was Tragedy? The World We Have Lost, 1550–1795.” Comparative Literature 64.1 (2012): 1–32.

The text is available on Moodle to members of Cambridge University. You can email Helen Murphy if you don’t already have access to Moodle, to be provided with a login to download the text.

(The Reading Group in Performance is termly meeting of like-minds, interested in questions regarding the situation of performance – dramatic, poetic or otherwise. Scholars are invited to gather around discussion of a text selected by a post-graduate or senior member of the Faculty, who will give a short paper introducing their interest in the topic.)

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar is a post-graduate seminar, sponsored by the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, aiming to explore topics of shared interest to historians (and the historically-minded) with diverse specialisations and sensibilities who work on the eighteenth century.

14 October 2014 Sartorial conformity and non-conformity in the late eighteenth century
Amanda Vickery (Queen Mary, University of London)
Harrods Room, Emmanuel College

The seminar meets on Tuesdays at 5pm, at Emmanuel College, either in the Harrods Room or in the Gardner Room.

Future events:
20 Jan 2015 Antoine Lilti (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris) on the invention of celebrity (Gardner Room)
24 Feb 2015 Emma Rothschild (Harvard) on microhistory (Harrods Room)
3 March 2015 John-Paul Ghobrial (Oxford) and Elizabeth Fowden (Cambridge) on Ottoman-European interactions (Gardner Room)
12 May 2015 Steven Pincus (Yale) on the state, finances and the British Empire (Gardner Room)

Centre for John Clare Studies: Clare, Botany and Classification in the Early Nineteenth Century

The Centre for John Clare Studies is pleased to announce further details of a one-day symposium on ‘Clare, Botany and Classification in the Early Nineteenth Century‘, to be hosted by the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Tuesday 23rd September, 2014.

Although Clare is perhaps best known as an advocate of wild nature, he also loved his own cottage garden. More importantly, Clare was a dedicated botanist, and his work meticulously documents the natural world local to his home in Helpston. This is not simply descriptive poetry: Clare’s was an intellectual interest in botany. Although Clare’s Natural History of Helpstone was not published until 1983, it is a concentrated example of the knowledge and the observational acuity which appears throughout his work. Despite this, relatively little scholarly work has focused on Clare as a botanist. It therefore seemed appropriate to devote our first symposium to this topic.

As well as welcoming scholars with an interest in Clare, botany and related subjects, we are delighted to be able to draw on the expertise of those who work and have worked in the Garden, and the day will include a tour of the glorious systematic beds.

Registration is £10, which includes refreshments in the morning and afternoon. Participants are welcome to bring a picnic to the garden; lunches are also available in the cafe on-site. Please reply by email to register interest in attending. Further information will then be sent about how to pay the registration fee and further details of the day. Please note that places are limited.

For more information about the Centre for John Clare Studies, visit the centre’s website here.

Shakespeare and Edmond Malone

On Thursday 5th June, Research Group member James Harriman-Smith will be speaking at the Modern European History Workshop at St Johns College.

“He who has given all countries and all ages the manners of his own”:
Shakespeare and Edmond Malone

This paper discusses the importance of historical data to the study of literature. Its focus is the work of Edmond Malone (1741-1812), one of the most influential eighteenth-century editors of Shakespeare and the first to argue at length that successful vernacular literary editing depended upon a deep knowledge of the context in which a play or poem was produced. For Malone, such a foundation guarantees the utility of his work and distinguishes it from his predecessors’ outmoded emphasis on beauties and faults. Yet Malone’s extensive mobilisation of archival data is, in spite of his claimed objectivity, itself the basis for a distinctive interpretative approach to Shakespeare, especially visible in the editor’s attitude to anachronisms in the plays. By showing how his author “has given all countries and all ages the manners of his own”, Malone in fact reworks a commonplace of neoclassical theatre criticism in a way that reflects both the cultural and political changes of his era.

Thursday 5th June, 5pm – 6:30pm
Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building, St Johns College, Cambridge

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar Easter Term 2014

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Easter Term 2014

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar is a post-graduate seminar, sponsored by the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, aiming to explore topics of shared interest to historians (and the historically-minded) with diverse specialisations and sensibilities who work on the eighteenth century.

6 May 2014 Technology, Bureaucracy and the Markets in Early Modern Europe
Professor Liliane Hilaire-Pérez (Université Paris Diderot, Paris 7)
Discussant: Professor John Styles (University of Hertfordshire)

The seminar meets on Tuesdays at 5pm. This term the meeting is in the Harrods Room in the Queens Building at Emmanuel College.

Details of the English Faculty’s post-graduate Eighteenth-Century and Romantic seminar can be found here.

Call for Papers: Graduate Conference 2014

The call for papers for Cambridge’s annual Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference is now available. Further details can be found on our Graduate Conference page.

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference 2014
“Bending the mind”: Attention and Instruction in the Long Eighteenth Century
26th-27th April, 2014
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

External Respondent: Professor Anne Janowitz (Queen Mary College, University of London)

The conference committee welcomes proposals of c. 500 words for papers on ‘attention and instruction’ in the long eighteenth century. Themes may include, but are by no means limited to:

– Didactic literature
– Pedagogic practice and conceptions of childhood
– The relationship between image and text
– The relationship between verse, and theories of verse, and erudition
– Political rhetorics
– Scientific perspectives: cognition, biology, instruments
– Forms of literary curatorship
– Long poems

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st April. Please email bendingthemind@gmail.com to submit abstracts, register attendance, or if you have any further questions.