Colloquium: Practical Knowledges and Skill / Postgrad Workshop: Interdisciplinarity

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University of Otago

Colloquium: Practical Knowledges and Skill in Early Modern England
27-28 August 2012
Postgraduate Workshop: Interdisciplinarity in Medieval and Early Modern Research
29-30 August 2012

NB. Bursaries are available for early career staff as well as postgrads: Bursary Application


The University of Otago’s Early Modern Thought Research Theme will be holding a two-day colloquium on “Practical Knowledges and Skill in Early Modern England.” The first day will be devoted to natural philosophy, science, and religion, and the second day to theatre and performance.  Speaking at the colloquium will be Peter Marshall (Warwick), Peter Harrison (Queensland), Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest), Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin College), John Sutton (Macquarie), Michael Neill (Auckland), David Carnegie (Victoria), and Lyn Tribble (Otago).

Postgraduate Workshop

Most research in medieval and early modern studies involves interdisciplinary work. Whether it be historians working with philosophers, scholars of literature working with classicists or some other combination, research in these fields often requires one to collaborate with and learn skills from scholars in cognate disciplines. This workshop will bring together leading scholars with extensive skills in interdisciplinary research in order to share their skills and experience with postgraduate students and early career researchers.

The Early Modern Thought Research Theme will be running the workshop in conjunction with ANZAMEMS.  Bursaries are available for postgraduates and for early career researchers.  Facilitating the workshop will be Peter Marshall (Warwick), Peter Harrison (Queensland), Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck College), and John Sutton (Macquarie).

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About the speakers and facilitators:

Peter Marshall, Department of History, University of Warwick

Professor Marshall’s research interests are in aspects of religious belief and practice in early modern Britain, particularly the cultural and political impact of the English Reformation.

Peter Harrison, Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland

Professor Harrison is currently editing his Gifford Lectures under the working title of ‘Science, Religion and Modernity’ and is also working on a project concerned with conceptions of progress in history and the historical sciences.

Sorana Comeanu, English Department, University of Bucharest

Dr Comeanu present research interests are the intellectual and cultural history of early modern England; relationships between literature, philosophy, and theology; the history of moral thought, of approaches to knowledge and mind; the identity of cultural actors; Francis Bacon; John Locke; Daniel Defoe.

Paul Menzer, Department of English, Mary Baldwin College

Dr Menzer is the Director of the Shakespeare and Performance program at Mary Baldwin College.

John Sutton, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University

Professor Sutton’s research focuses on the philosophy and sciences of memory, and covers two main areas: philosophy of psychology/cognitive science, and history of science.

Michael Neill, Department of English, University of Auckland

Emeritus Professor Neill’s research interests include Shakespeare, 16th and 17th century drama, literature of Early Modern nationalism and imperialism, post-colonial and Irish literature.

David Carnegie, School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies, University of Victoria

Professor Carnegie is currently co-editing Vol. 4 of The of Works John Webster for Cambridge University Press, and Twelfth Night for Internet Shakespeare Editions.

Stephen Clucas, Department of English and Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London

Dr Clucas is currently working with Timothy J. Raylor of Carleton College, Minnesota on an edition of Thomas Hobbes’s De corpore for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes.

Lyn Tribble, Department of English, Otago University

Professor Tribble’s current project, for which she has received a Mellon fellowship for research at the Folger Shakespeare Library, is “Ecologies of Skill in Early Modern England.”

Peter Anstey, Department of Philosophy, Otago University

Professor Anstey is currently writing (with Alberto Vanzo) a history of early modern experimental philosophy provisionally entitled ‘Experimental Philosophy and the Origins of Empiricism’. This is part of a broader research project on experimental philosophy.

Terence Doyle, Department of Medicine, Otago University

Professor Doyle’s current research interests are in the influence of Greek studies and language on 16th and 17th century medicine and in the cardiorespiratory physiology of Richard Lower and his associates.