Our sister Centre, the University College London Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, held its launch conference on 15-17 September, with an impressive muster of international speakers. Questions addressed included African Atlantic connections, conceptions of the Amerindian, diplomacy and culture, intellectual geography, women’s writing, festivals, neo-Latin literature, Anglo-French and Anglo-Spanish cultural relations, diplomatic and cultural relations with the Levant, the theory and practice of Hebrew studies, and epistemology and politics. The conference saw the launch of the new MHRA Tudor and Stuart Translations series. Keynote speakers were Barbara Fuchs, Andrew Hadfield, Brenda Hosington, Andrew Laird and David Norbrook.

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The second international Cultures of Knowledge conference, held at St. Anne’s College, 5 – 7 September 2011, addressed spatial dimensions of intellectual history. The papers ranged across and beyond Europe, through and beyond the seventeenth century. Presentations were given from two projects exploring the temporal and spatial representations of  correspondence networks in the early modern period: Mapping the Republic of Letters and the Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic.