Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thank you

The conference was a wonderful success with stimulating papers and lively discussion. Thank you to all our speakers and supporting institutions.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Continuities Postgraduate Conference - All Welcome

Please check the updated conference schedule.

Registration and how to find us

Registration for speakers will take place from 12.30pm on Thursday 25th June outside the Synge Theatre in the Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin.

Please note that this is not to be confused with the J. M. Synge Theatre located in the Arts Building. There are maps available on the Trinity College website to help you find the conference location.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bursaries awarded

The six postgraduate bursaries generously provided by the Society for Renaissance Studies have now all been awarded. Speakers in receipt of bursaries will need to submit proof of expenses after the conference in order to be reimbursed.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Campus Accommodation

Conference delegates can book rooms on campus at Trinity College Dublin for their stay during the conference. Please visit the accommodation website for more information and to make an online reservation.

Please ignore the Promotion Code section when booking.

All rooms are serviced with bed linen and towels and are cleaned daily. Complimentary tea and coffee supplies are provided and rates include continental breakfast.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Conference Schedule

Venue for both days: SYNGE THEATRE, HAMILTON BUILDING, Trinity College Dublin


2pm Plenary Lecture: Professor Andrew Hiscock, University of Wales, Bangor
"Unruly Genre: Comedy, Critical Appetite and Cultural Difference"
(introduced by Dr. Sarah Alyn-Stacey, TCD)

3pm Panel 1: History of Ideas

Rory Loughnane, Trinity College Dublin, "Exploring Continuities: The Memory-Training Tradition and Early Modern Drama"

Amanda McKeever, University of Sussex, "From Purgatory to Abraham's Bosom: Negotiating the Afterlife during the Reformation"

Jesse Dorrington, University College Cork, "From 'the abominable profession of sacrilege' to a 'love of mischief': Representations of Witchcraft in the Malleus Maleficarum and The Witch"

4.15pm Coffee Break

4.30pm Panel 2: Drama and Sources (chair: Dr. Amanda Piesse, TCD)

Alex May, University of York, "Compiling a Queen: the Elinor Sequence and Edward I"

Paul Quinn, University of Sussex, "Hero, Victim, Martyr, Rapist: The Transformation of King John in 16th- and 17th-Century Texts"

Hsin-yi Hsieh, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, "The Portrayal of God’s People: From the Late Medieval Everyman to Early Elizabethan Morality Plays"

6pm Wine Reception (GSU common room, House 7)


11am Coffee

11.30am Panel 3: Spenser and Milton
(chair: Dr. Mark Sweetnam, TCD)

Abigail Shinn, University of Sussex, "Spenser’s Beast Fable: Mother Hubberd’s Tale and The Book of Raynarde the Foxe"

Cian O'Mahoney, University College Cork, "Reinterpreting their past: Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene in Civil War period literature"

Colin Lahive, University College Cork, "'To dissect / With long and tedious havoc fabl’d Knights / In Battles feign’d': The Refashioning of the Romance Hero in Paradise Lost"

1pm Lunch (own arrangements)

2.30pm Panel 4: Shakespeare (chair: Dr. Andrew Power, TCD)

Laurie McKee, Northumbria University, "Rethinking Service in the Tale of Gamelyn and Beyond"

Karoline Baumann, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, "Negotiations of the medieval in A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

3.30pm Coffee Break

4pm Panel 5: Medievalisms (chair: Dr. Helen Conrad-O'Briain, TCD)

Tom Muir, University of Sussex, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Leland"

Harriet Phillips, University of Cambridge, "'An older time there was so yore': the merry world and the broadside ballad"

5pm Plenary Lecture: Dr John McCafferty, University College Dublin
(introduced by Prof. Danielle Clarke, UCD)

7pm Conference Dinner (Ciao Bella Roma, Parliament Street, Dublin 2)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Call for Papers

Continuities: From medieval to early modern in English literature (1400-1650): a postgraduate conference at Trinity College Dublin on 25th and 26th June 2009. Deadline for abstracts: 3rd April 2009.

Keynote speakers: 
Professor Andrew Hiscock (University of Wales, Bangor)
Dr John McCafferty (University College Dublin)

In recent decades academics have attempted to demonstrate that the period between late medieval and high renaissance was not the barren cultural wasteland which previous generations of literary critics deemed it to be. Medievalists have become more forward-looking: no longer taking Chaucer as a boundary beyond which they cannot venture and identifying many ongoing historical, literary and religious traditions which unite their era with the one that follows. ‘Early modernists’ have begun to question the term ‘renaissance’ (with its associations of value and teleology) in order to envision the period of artistic achievement as one which began long before the emergence of Shakespeare.

‘Continuities’ seeks to tap into this general movement towards synthesis and co-operation between medievalists and early modernists by calling upon the future generation of critics (postgraduates) to present papers which emphasise these literary linkages and which continue to interrogate the notion of a discernible ‘break’ between the two eras.

The conference organisers especially welcome papers on the following subjects: the afterlives of medieval texts (editions, translations, receptions); texts and authors of the fifteenth century; the rediscovery and rehabilitation of forgotten or maligned texts/authors fl. 1400-1550; developing world views and travel narratives; surviving traditions (the liturgical year and parish life, mysteries, yule plays and moralities); the appropriation and transformation of medieval texts, genres and literary models.

Those whose work focuses on the later early modern period are welcome to submit papers dealing with earlier sources and analogues for ‘renaissance’ texts; early modern conceptualizations of the (medieval) past; historiography and history plays; fictional constructions of the past; memory and cultural heritage in literature; tradition and innovation; interrogating the terms ‘medieval’/‘renaissance’/‘early modern’; the renaissance ‘canon’.

Papers are required to be no more than 20 minutes in length. 150-word abstracts should be sent to the conference organisers (Darragh Greene, Emily O’Brien and Kate Roddy) at by Friday 3rd April 2009. Further information available at the conference blog: