photographNew Research in the Medieval and Early Modern Period

Inaugural Conference of the North-East Medieval and early Modern Symposium

Location: Percy Building, room G5
Time/Date: 26th January 2012, 09:30 - 16:30

Are you a Postgraduate Researcher working in the period c. 1400- c. 1700? This new Symposium is a forum for Postgraduate Researchers throughout the North-East. At its inaugural conference, the Symposium aims to explore the breadth and depth of research in the North East from c. 1400-1700. The Symposium is interdisciplinary and intends to build up links between PG researchers in our field, establish a forum to present work in progress, and explore opportunities for collaboration and publication.

Programme (Thursday 26 Jan 2012:  School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics : Percy Building, room G5, Newcastle University)

9.30 Registration

10.00 Opening Remarks

10.00 Session 1:

Jamie McKinstry (Durham): “That never happened, I was there!”: Treachery, Trickery, and Middle English Romance

Liam Temple (Northumbria): Margery Kempe: Mystic, Maverick or Madwoman?

Susan Royal (Durham): Re-forming the Radical Lollards in the English Reformation

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Session 2:

Brianne Preston (Newcastle): Examining the Life and Work of Dr. Lázaro de Soto

Cheryl Cottrell-Smith (York): The Island Utopia and the Chronotope: Temporal Distortion in Utopian Fiction of the Renaissance

Hamood Obaid (Newcastle): Topical readings of the “representation” of Islam in Elizabethan England

12.30: Lunch

13.30 Session 3:

Emma Kennedy (York): Defence and defiance: the 1614 and 1615 London Lord Mayors’ Shows and the Cockayne Project

Simon Moore (Newcastle): ‘The Trumpets Being Ordred to Sound ... Sir Henry Vane Replyed’:  Rebel Martyrs in Restoration Discourse

Cate Ashley (Huddersfield): Alice Thornton (1626-17907) – Woman of Letters

Dr Peter D. Wright (Newcastle): The Diary of Ralph Jackson, 1749-1756: A Contemporary Perspective of Trade on the Tyne in the Eighteenth Century

14.30 Closing remarks from respondents Prof. Henrike Lähnemann and Prof. Jennifer Richards

14.50 Drinks reception

All welcome, but please contact Simon Moore ( if you plan to attend.

About North East Medieval and Early Modern Symposium

Supported by the Medieval and Early Modern Research Group at Newcastle University ( NEMS exists to build a strong community of Postgraduate Researchers in our field across the North East Universities. We are an informal and welcoming group, offering opportunities to share your research, participate in interdisciplinary discussions, and collaborate on the organisation of events and conferences, and on publication projects. Initially, we will meet twice yearly to hear research papers and socialise with colleagues. NEMS is entirely free to attend, and each meeting is followed by a drinks reception.

Image: From Anon, Mirabilis Annus, The Year of Prodigies and Wonders (1661)

Published: 17th October 2011