Calls for Papers and Upcoming Events

Poetics Before Modernity Conference 2017 CfP

Encouraged by the warm reception of the seminar series, we are delighted to announce the Poetics before Modernity Conference 2017, taking place at CRASSH, 14-15 December 2017. Aimed at early- and mid-career researchers, this is a conference with an open call for papers and we hope to attract some of the most exciting current work on the subject in Cambridge and beyond. The deadline for abstracts is 15 June. For all further information, please see the attached CFP and the conference website, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Curiosity & Cognition – Embodied Things 1400-1900

9.30-6.30, Friday 16th June, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, CRASSH, Cambridge

This is an international, interdisciplinary event bringing together a wide range of postgraduate and early career researchers to explore key aspects of material culture and embodied cognition. It will provide a significant discussion on the approach of current scholarship that investigates the human understanding of the world vis-à-vis objects, and consider the significance of embodiment in all processes of cognition and learning, moving beyond an obstructive divide between mind and hand, and between intellectual and manual knowledge.

Dr Marta Ajmar (VARI, Victoria and Albert Museum) will deliver the keynote paper. Dr Ajmar’s current research centres on the significance of embodiment within practice and engages with questions of cognition, experiential learning, knowledge exchange and the epistemology of making.

Registration is now open via this link:

William Perkins Conference

7.30pm Friday 19th May-9.45pm, Saturday 20th May, Round Church, Bridge Street Cambridge

Conference on the influential Elizabethan Cambridge divine William Perkins (1558-1602)  sponsored by the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. This is free to attend without the need for prior registration. Further details and conference brochure here:

The Lisa Jardine Lecture

6.00, Wednesday 24th May, Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Lyndal Roper (University of Oxford)
‘Cleverness is the garment that suits women least’: Luther and Women’

Lyndal Roper is Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford, and the first woman (as well as the first Australian) to hold the Chair. Professor Roper is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a Fellow of the Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften. She is former Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, a former Humboldt Fellow and an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the History Department University of Melbourne. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne. Professor Roper has worked on the history of witchcraft, and in 2016 published Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet (Penguin-Random House). She is currently writing a history of the German Peasants’ War (1524-5), the greatest uprising in Western Europe before the French Revolution.

To book please follow the link below:

Anglo-Iberian Relations: From the Medieval to the Modern: CfP

19-21 October 2017
Zafra, Extremadura, Spain

We are now accepting individual papers, panels and roundtables by academics and heritage professionals for the second conference in this vibrant field of Anglo-Iberian studies, including colonial and Latin American studies. Since our inaugural meeting in 2015 (Mértola, Portugal) we have extended our timeframe from beyond the early modern period, to include papers from the medieval to the modern.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. English is the preferred language of the conference, but papers will be considered in Portuguese and Spanish, if a detailed summary can be provided in English. Panellists may talk only on England or Portugal or Spain if so desired; organisers will team them up with panellists covering the other countries on a similar timeframe or topic. We aim to facilitate researchers wishing to communicate and collaborate with those outside of their present research network.

Abstracts and panel/roundtable descriptions should be sent no later than by midnight on 2 June 2017 to:

If you would like to be considered for one of our Student Bursaries, please let us know when you submit your abstract.

For further information please contact: Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon (