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The London Renaissance Seminar meets at Birkbeck regularly to discuss the literature, culture and history of the English Renaissance. It is free and welcomes all students, academics and people with an interest in the Renaissance or early modern period.

Upcoming events

23/24 June: Writing Place in Early Modern England: State, Nation, Boundary

Paris Early Modern Seminar & LRS Symposium - all welcome

When? 11am, 23 June - 1pm, 24 June
Where? Keynes Library & 106, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Friday 23 June (Room 106)

  • 11am-12.30pm: Playing House? Houses, places and commonplaces
    - Louise Fang, Univ. Paris 3, ‘Writing ludic commonplaces for the early modern stage: the dramatic adaptation of the card-playing motif in Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed With Kindness
    - Neil Kenny, Oxford, ‘Houses: places to inherit, inhabit, and imagine. Examples from early modern France’
    - Sarah O’Malley, Nottingham ‘“One can scarce distinguish New-England from Old”: Exploring representations of domestic space in England and its New World colonies’
  • 12.30pm-1.30pm:  LUNCH
  • 1.30pm-3.00pm: Changing places / Writing places
    - Laetitia Sansonetti, Paris Nanterre, ‘Spatial and Textual Thresholds in Books II and III of The Faerie Queene
    - Joad Raymond, Queen Mary,‘What does Milton mean by aliena (/alienigena/exoticus/extraneus)?’
    - Lynn S. Meskill, Univ. Paris Diderot, ‘“Did Julius Caesar build that place?”: Place and Writing in Act III, Scene I of Richard III
  • 3.00pm-3.30pm: TEA
  • 3.30pm-4.00pm: PEMS/LRS Idea Groups
  • 4.00pm-5.30pm: Placing the self: home and away
    - Matthew Dimmock, University of Sussex, ‘Writing China on the Strand’
    - Ladan Niayesh, Paris Diderot, ‘From Travel Guide to Self-Discovery in Andrew Borde’s First Book of the Introduction of Knowledge (1547)‘
    - Anne Geoffroy, Univ. Versailles Saint-Quentin, ‘Writing Venice : James Howell’s Epistolae Ho-elianae
  • 5.30pm: WINE

Saturday 24 June (Keynes)

  • 9.30am-11.00am Loci of thought  / Thinking with place
    - Christine Sukic, Reims,‘“What place is this? what ayre? what region?”: Locating Heroism on the Early Modern Stage’
    - Jemima Matthews, King’s College, ‘Writing in Place’
    - Ann Hughes, Emeritus Keele, 'Celebrating Naseby in London's streets, churches and gardens 19-21 June 1645'
  • 11.00am-11.30am: COFFEE
  • 11.30pm-1.00pm: Placing place and placing texts
    - Myriam-Isabelle Ducrocq, Univ. Paris Nanterre, ‘Harrington’s Republic: a Nowhere Land?’
    - Jennifer Allport Reid, Birkbeck, ‘He went and digd his deathbed in the Churchwall’: The Place of Death in Early Modern Folklore’
    - Paul Davis, University College, ‘Marvell and the Places of Manuscript’.
  • 1.00pm: Line Cottegnies closing remarks

Organisers Line Cottegnies & Sue Wiseman. Event contact:

The London Renaissance Seminar (LRS) is a forum for the discussion of all aspects of early modern history, literature, and culture. It meets regularly at Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome and no registration is necessary.


For further information about LRS contact Sue Wiseman: To join the LRS mailing list, contact Tom Healy: @LondRenaissance

Organisers Line Cottegnies & Sue Wiseman. Event contact:

The London Renaissance Seminar meets at Birkbeck to discuss topics in the culture of the Renaissance. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome to attend. Seminars are usually held in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

London Renaissance Seminar Contact: Sue Wiseman