The Bangor Conference on the Restoration, 27-29 July, 2021

The Bangor Conference on the Restoration, 27-29 July, 2021

Displacement and Return in the Late Stuart World, 1658-1715

The Restoration decades in the Stuart world involved many in displacements, and sometimes returns: the results of religious persecution, political defeat, economic opportunity, European warfare, cultural travel, and other forces. The period 1658-1715 was marked by all kinds of migrations, exiles, colonisations, tours, retirements, searches for fortune, and also by returns from such wandering. These were both experienced directly, and imagined or remembered; they could be real journeys, or ones rhetorically or symbolically constructed; and they affected diverse groups with different motivations: royalists, Huguenots, soldiers, catholics, traders, radical whigs, Jacobites, settlers, students, disappointed politicians, economic migrants and so on.

The Bangor Restoration Conference in July 2021 will explore these themes, and so invites suggestions for papers or panels on any aspect of the topic, broadly conceived, and rooted in any discipline. The conference will be as interested in displacements in art, culture, and literature, as well as concrete physical movements: for example, Milton’s exiled Adam, Dryden’s wandering Aeneas, Bunyan’s Pilgrim, and Behn’s cavalier rovers and transported slave, would fit alongside the experience of real people fleeing from political or religious hostility, or hoping for new lives of prosperity in foreign lands . The conference will cover both the Stuart realms of Britain and Ireland, and places Stuart subjects touched, including the American colonies, continental Europe; and the trans-oceanic posts of Britain’s early commercial and territory empire. The emphasis will not only be on the basic experience of displacement and return; but also on the loss, alienation, exoticism, excitement, transformation, relief or otherness, that these brought. Suggestions and questions can be sent to Professor Tony Claydon at t.claydon@bangor.ac.uk

Plenary Speakers:

Sharon Achinstein: Paradise Lost and the Poetics of the Border

Mark Goldie: The Exiles’ Return: Whig Retribution in 1689

Robin Gwynn: Revocation and Revolution: Huguenot refugees in Britain, and the defeat of Louis XIV’s France

Paulina Kewes: Displaced Royalty: A Transnational Perspective

Re-Reading Milton, Re-Reading Shakespeare Online, June 30, 2020

The Society for Renaissance Studies is hosting a webinar on 30th June at 8.00 pm, in which Claire M. L. Bourne (Pennsylvania State University) and Jason Scott-Warren (Cambridge University) will be discussing Milton and the Free Library of Philadelphia’s First Folio.

The event will be chaired by Daniel Starza Smith (King’s College London).

Registration is free via the SRS’s website:

https://www.rensoc.org.uk/event/re-reading-milton-re-reading-shakespeare/

British Milton Seminar, 21 March 2020: Postponed

Dear all,

Given the rapidly changing situation around COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have decided to postpone the British Milton Seminar scheduled for 21st March 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but hope to host the same programme of speakers and papers in early October 2020 (date to be confirmed).

With thanks and best wishes,

Hugh Adlington and Sarah Knight (co-convenors)

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POSTPONED

BMS 61

Saturday 21 March 2020

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus (Rodney Hilton Library: Room 335, Arts Building) – please below for directions.

There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

11.00-12.30

Vladimir Brljak (Durham), ‘Milton and the Space Age: Premodern Universes and Modern Readers’;

Tessa Parslow (Exeter), ‘“A Meet and Happy Conversation”: Milton and Divorce in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre’.

2.00-4.00

Claire Bourne (Pennsylvania State) and Jason Scott-Warren (Cambridge), ‘Reading Milton Reading Shakespeare’.

Directions

The Rodney Hilton Library (Room 335) is on the third floor of the Arts Building on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

For directions to the Edgbaston campus, please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/getting-here-edgbaston.aspx

For a map of the Edgbaston campus (the Arts Building is marked as R16), please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk) or Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk).

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)

 

British Milton Seminar, 21 March 2020: Update

Dear all,

Given uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we are currently taking advice on whether or not to go ahead with the British Milton Seminar on 21st March as planned (see programme below).

For the time being, please assume that the BMS will go ahead, but please be sure to book only refundable tickets for travel given the possibility that circumstances may change in the coming days.

We will confirm early next week (on Monday 16th or Tuesday 17th March) whether or not the seminar will proceed as planned.

Thank you for bearing with us in the meantime.

Hugh Adlington and Sarah Knight (co-convenors)

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BMS 61

Saturday 21 March 2020

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus (Rodney Hilton Library: Room 335, Arts Building) – please below for directions.

There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

11.00-12.30

Vladimir Brljak (Durham), ‘Milton and the Space Age: Premodern Universes and Modern Readers’;

Tessa Parslow (Exeter), ‘“A Meet and Happy Conversation”: Milton and Divorce in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre’.

2.00-4.00

Claire Bourne (Pennsylvania State) and Jason Scott-Warren (Cambridge), ‘Reading Milton Reading Shakespeare’.

Directions

The Rodney Hilton Library (Room 335) is on the third floor of the Arts Building on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

For directions to the Edgbaston campus, please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/getting-here-edgbaston.aspx

For a map of the Edgbaston campus (the Arts Building is marked as R16), please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk) or Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk).

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)

 

British Milton Seminar, 21 March 2020: Programme

BMS 61

Saturday 21 March 2020

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus (Rodney Hilton Library: Room 335, Arts Building) – please below for directions.

There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

11.00-12.30

Vladimir Brljak (Durham), ‘Milton and the Space Age: Premodern Universes and Modern Readers’;

Tessa Parslow (Exeter), ‘“A Meet and Happy Conversation”: Milton and Divorce in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre’.

2.00-4.00

Claire Bourne (Pennsylvania State) and Jason Scott-Warren (Cambridge), ‘Reading Milton Reading Shakespeare’.

Directions

The Rodney Hilton Library (Room 335) is on the third floor of the Arts Building on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

For directions to the Edgbaston campus, please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/getting-here-edgbaston.aspx

For a map of the Edgbaston campus (the Arts Building is marked as R16), please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk) or Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk).

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)

 

9th Annual Milton Lecture: ‘Milton’s Readers: Fit Audience though Few?’, 19 February 2020

The Friends of Milton’s Cottage are pleased to present:

9th Annual Milton Lecture

‘Milton’s Readers: Fit Audience though Few?’

Professor Hugh Adlington, University of Birmingham

Poets, politicians, artists, musicians and even scientists have been inspired by Milton’s writing, and in numbers far exceeding the ‘few’ Milton himself anticipated. 

Why Milton has mattered so much to so many for so long – and continues to do so – is the subject of this lecture, which also looks at the intriguing story of Milton’s ordinary or non-elite readers. 

It will present fresh archival evidence of the remarkable and often unexpected cultural reach of Milton’s art and thought.

6 pm, Wednesday 19 February 2020

Mercers’ Hall, Ironmonger Lane, EC2V 8HE (Tube: St Paul’s or Bank)

Wine & canapes served; suggested donation £10 / £5 for students.

Reservation essential: Call 01895 831774 or email keith@hughhighley.org.uk

Milton lecture poster 2020 can be downloaded here.

The Canada Milton Seminar XV, 24-25 April 2020

The Center for Reformation & Renaissance Studies, with the Department of English and the Canada Research Chair Program
present
Canada Milton Seminar XV
Friday-Saturday 24-25 April 2020.
Victoria College, University of Toronto
Speakers:
David Scott Kastan (Yale University): ‘Milton’s Shakespeare’
Stephen Dobranski (Chicago State University): ‘Milton and the Poetry of Disaster’
David Loewenstein (Penn State University): ‘Tyrannical Powers: Conceptualizing Tyranny in Milton and Winstanley’
Jessica Wolfe (University of North Carolina): ‘Milton, Chapman, and Homeric Rites’
Other speakers include:
Jason Peters, (Booth University College)
Yulia Ryzhik (University of Toronto Scarborough)
Shaun Ross (Victoria College, University of Toronto)
Andrea Walkden (Queen’s College, CUNY)
For registration and details visit: crrs.ca/milton2020
For more information:
crrs@vicu.utoronto.ca
paul.stevens@utoronoto.ca

British Milton Seminar, 19 October 2019: Programme

BMS 60

Saturday 19 October 2019

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus (Rodney Hilton Library: Room 335, Arts Building) – please below for directions.

There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Programme:

11:00-12:30

Richard Kenton Webb (RCA, Painting), ‘Light / Dark Contrast: Contemporary Drawings Inspired by Paradise Lost’;

Jillian Luke (Edinburgh), ‘Love’s proper hue: Blushing in Paradise Lost’.

14:00-16:00

Thomas M. Vozar (Exeter), ‘Milton’s “Sublime Art”, the Problem of Enthusiasm, and the Politics of Longinian Rhetoric’;

Caitlin Rankin-McCabe (Durham), ‘Ineffable angels in John Milton’s Paradise Lost’.

Directions

The Rodney Hilton Library (Room 335) is on the third floor of the Arts Building on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

For directions to the Edgbaston campus, please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/getting-here-edgbaston.aspx

For a map of the Edgbaston campus (the Arts Building is marked as R16), please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk) or Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk).

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)

British Milton Seminar, 19 October 2019: Programme

BMS 60

Saturday 19 October 2019

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus (Rodney Hilton Library: Room 335, Arts Building) – please below for directions.

There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Programme:

11:00-12:30

Richard Kenton Webb (RCA, Painting), ‘Light / Dark Contrast: Contemporary Drawings Inspired by Paradise Lost’;

Jillian Luke (Edinburgh), ‘Love’s proper hue: Blushing in Paradise Lost’.

14:00-16:00

Thomas M. Vozar (Exeter), ‘Milton’s “Sublime Art”, the Problem of Enthusiasm, and the Politics of Longinian Rhetoric’;

Caitlin Rankin-McCabe (Durham), ‘Ineffable angels in John Milton’s Paradise Lost’.

Directions

The Rodney Hilton Library (Room 335) is on the third floor of the Arts Building on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

For directions to the Edgbaston campus, please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/getting-here-edgbaston.aspx

For a map of the Edgbaston campus (the Arts Building is marked as R16), please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk) or Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk).

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)

Milton Society of America, Call for Papers, RSA Philadelphia, 2-4 April 2020

The Milton Society of America seeks panels and papers for our sessions at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. As an Associate Organization, the MSA may submit up to four guaranteed sessions.

Philadelphia will be the site of the Milton Society’s 2020 annual dinner, which moves to RSA on a three-year trial basis. Details will be announced late this year.

Proposals covering any aspect of Milton studies will be given full consideration, but especially desirable are those considering Milton’s writings alongside these topics:

  • media change
  • justice
  • ends of history
  • the nation in world order

Panels must be organized by a current member of the MSA. Required are the following:

  • a session title of no more than 15 words;
  • a 1-2 page description of the panel;
  • an abstract of 1-2 pages for each of its papers;
  • a 150-word version of each paper abstract;
  • a list of audio-visual requests, if any, and session keywords; and
  • 300-word curricula vitae for the panel organizer and presenters, including full names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses.

Papers may be submitted by both members and non-members of the MSA. Required are the following:

  • an abstract of 1-2 pages
  • a condensed abstract of 150 words;
  • a title of no more than fifteen words;
  • audio-visual requirements, if any, and a list of keywords; and
  • a 300-word curriculum vitae.

Please send all materials to current president John Rumrich and secretary Feisal Mohamed via email (fmohamed@gc.cuny.edu). The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2019. All participants in the Philadelphia conference must be members of the Renaissance Society of America.