Hilary Term 2012: Welcome

January 11, 2012

This term offers the usual remarkable range of early modern events. Marking ongoing debates about the universities and academic freedom, CEMS continues the series on ‘The Universities in Historical Context’ with presentations by G. R. Evans on ‘Dumbing down?’ Did that happen in early modern universities?’ (26 January) and Robin Briggs on ‘Academic Freedom, past and present’ (1 March). In a new CEMS series, ‘Representing the Early Modern’, Peter Mack (Director, The Warburg Institute), speaks on ‘The Library and Photographic Collection of the Warburg Institute as Research Instruments’ (9 February).

Other seminars with early modern components include the Early Modern Literature Graduate Seminar, the Graduate Seminar in Early Modern Intellectual History: ‘Scientific and Other Mentalities in Early Modern Europe’, the Seminar on the History of the Book 1450-1830, the Seminar in Irish History, and the Enlightenment Workshop. Note also Oxford Bibliographical Society lectures by Brian Cummings, Elizabeth Solopova and Kate Bennett. There is a conference on ‘Renaissance Italy and the Idea of Spain 1492-1700: St Edmund Hall, 12-14 January.

A major new Bodleian exhibition on ‘The Romance of the Middle Ages’ opens on 28 January. And the Bodleian’s Walter Harding collection of printed music is commemorated in ‘Ragtime to Riches: celebrating the legacy of Walter Harding’, with talks by Abigail Williams and Michael Burden – and music too (18 January).

Advance notice of a conference on Lucretius and the Early Modern, with a fine line-up including Stephen Greenblatt, to be held on 16-17 May: registration details will be circulated when available.