Postgraduate and Early Career Workshop, 28/10/22: Collaboration VALE / London Renaissance Seminar, Birkbeck College, London

Textual Urns Form and Materiality of Commemorative Writing in Early Modern England


Friday 28 October


Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

This day explores the form and fabric of commemorative writing. It provides a forum to discuss texts of remembrance in the broader context of Early Modern England and recent interest in the materiality of the text. We aim to investigate the social, political and religious work performed by a poetics of memory and grief across material forms. It consists of a postgraduate and early career workshop followed by talks by two leading scholars working in the field to formulate new approaches. Both are open to all.

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13:30-14:00 Welcome and Introductions

14:00-15:30 Postgraduate and Early Career Work in Progress Presentations and Discussion

15:30-16:00 Tea, Coffee and Biscuit Break

16:00-16:30 Patricia Phillippy (Coventry University), ‘“Soe darke in in the morning”: Remembrance and Climate in Alice Thornton’s Autobiographical Manuscripts’

16:30-17:00 Claire Gheeraert-Graffeuille (Université de Rouen Normandie), ‘Commemorating the Christian martyr and the Civil War hero in Lucy Hutchinson’s Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson

17:00 Discussion, Drinks and Nibbles

This event is hosted by the LRS and VALE (Voix Anglophones Littérature et Esthétique Research Group, at Sorbonne Université). It is organised by Emma Bartel (Sorbonne Université) and Eva Lauenstein (Birkbeck). We are kindly supported by a Society for Renaissance Studies Small Conference Grant. For any questions, please contact