Some ‘Newes’: Up-coming Events & Resources

In his Anatomy of Melancholy, Richard Burton wrote: “Est natura hominum novitatis avida; mans nature is stil desirous of newes, variety, delights.” Well, we have some news for you to kickstart February.

Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies: Visiting Speaker Series

The Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies (SCEMS) is very excited to announce their Inaugural Visiting Speaker Series of 2013. From April-November SCEMS will host leading scholars who will give a public lecture one day and a seminar master class the next on the sources they use – including why and how they use them.

The series begins with a roundtable event on inter-disciplinary studies on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April. It will be headed by Sir John Elliott (Oxford) in discussion with Paul Hammond (Leeds) and Stuart Carroll (York), plus Mike Braddick (Sheffield), Susan Fitzmaurice (Sheffield), John Moreland (Sheffield) and Cathy Shrank (Sheffield).

Places are limited for all events so register your interest early at

Northern Renaissance Seminar Series

Interested in Puritan print culture; seventeen-century anti-Catholicism; propaganda or satire?

On the 20th April 2013 Northumbria University is hosting the next event in the Northern Research Seminar: ‘The Politics of Puritan and Nonconformist Writing, 1558-1689’. The already confirmed  plenary speakers are Adrian Streete (Queen’s University Belfast) and Glyn Parry (Northumbria University). More details below.

Northumbria NRS April 2013

Sic preist, sic pariche: what suld mair? (R. Sempill, 1583)

Do you have a passion for parish art, culture or heritage? Are you researching parish history? The Warwick Network for Parish Research invites you to join My-Parish! It’s a new and exciting online community and resource for anyone interested in parishes from the Middle Ages to the modern day, in Britain, Europe or the Americas. You can join for free at

Already the site features podcasts and videos from the 2012 Symposium ‘Parish Studies Today’ and also blog on Beat Kümin’s research leave at Greifswald. Look at the flyer below for more details.

My-Parish Flyer 2012

We can also confirm that the inaugral North West Early Modern Seminar will be hosted by the University of Manchester on 1st March 2013. The event will take place in the outstanding John Rylands Library, built in the 1890s and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world! More details about this seminar will be posted over the next week.


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