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The Birkbeck Medieval and Renaissance Studies Summer School: On the River

26-28 June 2013

The Birkbeck Medieval and Renaissance Summer School delivers exciting, cutting-edge research to postgraduates and early-career scholars, and helps participants develop crucial research skills. Hosted by Birkbeck, University of London, and located in the heart of Bloomsbury, the Summer School draws together some of Britain’s foremost scholars of Medieval and Renaissance literature, art, culture and history.

The theme for 2013 was ‘On the River’. We considered Shakespeare’s Bankside and the maritime riches of Greenwich as well as Walton’s fishermen. The programme also included a hands-on workshop in the British Library map room; lectures by Professor Paul Strohm (Columbia) and Professor Julie Sanders (Nottingham). We had a print workshop (back by popular demand), visited Greenwich and discussed maps at the British Library. There were opportunities, too, for participants to talk about their own research interests. Workshops and seminars were led by Birkbeck staff including Anthony Bale, Zoltan Biedermann, Stephen Clucas, Jess Fenn, Adam Smyth, Sue Wiseman, Gillian Woods.

Podcast: Professor Paul H. Strohm (Columbia) – Chaucer on Thames Street.

Blog: Jackie Watson, a third year PhD student in English at Birkbeck, explains why 'there is nothing so quirky, and at the same time so profoundly intellectual, as the Birkbeck Medieval and Renaissance Summer School (BMRSS)...'