Good news  – the postponed conference will go ahead on 19 June at Jesus College.

Oxford Brookes University

Early Modern Research Cluster


Saturday 19 June 2010

Followed by a public lecture by Alison Weir and Tracy Borman

Registration is free, and includes lunch and refreshments.

Limited funding is available to assist postgraduate students with travel expenses.


9:30 – 10:30  Plenary

Sandra Clark (Institute of English Studies, University of London)

‘“The Woman to the Plow and the Man to the Hen-roost”:

Women and the ‘Family Economy’ in Popular Literature’

10:30 – 11:00  Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Seminar panel: Women and Text

Suzan van Dijk (Huygens Institute, Netherlands)

‘Georgette de Montenay, Anna Roemers Visscher

and Other Women Translating/Commenting Upon Each Other’

Helen Hackett (University College London)

‘Catholic Women as Participants in Manuscript Networks:

the Case of Constance Aston Fowler’s Verse Miscellany’

Elaine Hobby (Loughborough University)

‘“The Woman’s Book”: Rewriting of ‘Women’ in

The Birth of Mankind (1540-1654)’

12:30 – 1:30  Lunch

1:30 – 3:00  Seminar panel: Women and Space

Amanda Flather (University of Essex)

‘Gender, ‘Place’ and the Experience of Domestic Space in Early Modern England’

Jessica Malay (University of Huddersfield)

‘Navigating the Domestic: Spatial Strategies in the Plain and

Compendious Relation of the Case of Mrs. Mary Hampson’

Lynn Robson (Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford)

‘“Strange Wench! What Character May Fit Thee Best?”:

the Exemplarity of Anne Greene’

3:00 – 3:30  Coffee

3:30 – 4:30  Roundtable discussion on ‘Teaching Gender’

Joanne Bailey (Department of History, Oxford Brookes University)

Barbara Eichner (Department of Music, Oxford Brookes University)

Eleanor Rycroft (Department of English, Oxford Brookes University)

5:00 – 6:00  Reception

6:00 – 7:00  Public lecture

Tracy Borman and Alison Weir, ‘The Virgin and the Whore’

Please contact the organisers for details and registration:

Katharine Craik or

Eleanor Lowe

Professor Jeroen Duindam (University of Groningen), author of Myths of Power: Norbert Elias and the Early Modern European Court (1994) and Vienna and Versailles. The Courts of Europe’s Dynastic Rivals 1550-1780 (2003), lectured on ‘Dynastic centres in early modern Europe and Asia: an attempt at comparison’ on 29 April. Professor Duindam argued that a focus on the household offered fruitful possibilities for cross-cultural comparisons that would avoid narratives of Western exceptionalism. Ranging across French, Austrian, Ottoman, Moghul and Chinese courts, he analyzed comparable patterns in understandings of the ruler’s role, problems of succession, the administrative role of the court, relations with urban centres, and other areas in which rulers faced common problems; illustrations strikingly brought out these commonalities. A very fruitful discussion explored the situation of religion and the differing models of aristocracy and bureaucracy, and the extent to which the role of the state as opposed to the monarchy in China might have offered a different kind of common ground with European developments now classed as modern.