Inaugural Bolton-King Lecture, Dr Elizabethanne Boran, 25 October 2017

The Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick, is pleased to welcome Dr Elizabethanne Boran (Edward Worth Library, Dublin) who will deliver the first Bolton-King lecture on Wednesday 25th October, 5.15pm, in GEMS0-028. Her lecture will be on “Buying and selling medical books in eighteenth-century Dublin”. All welcome!Bolton King


Dr Eleanor Giraud lecture, Hunt Museum

Dr Eleanor Giraud of the Irish World Academy will deliver a Hunt Museum Highlight Lecture entitled ‘Reading between the lines: neglected notation in a medieval manuscript’ on Monday 4th September, at 1pm in the Captain’s Room, Hunt Museum, Limerick

A finely decorated manuscript leaf from a twelfth-century Gospel lectionary will be the subject of this Highlights Lecture. Its depiction of the crucifixion was no doubt the reason it entered the Hunt Collection. However, equally interesting are the readings or ‘lections’ on the reverse of the leaf, which display small marks of musical notation, indicating how the text should be intoned. This lecture will explore the notation used to guide lectors through their melodic reading of lections at Mass. Dr Eleanor Giraud is a lecturer and course director of the MA in Ritual Chant and Song at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick.


Doctoral Student Stephen Griffin Awarded Richard Plaschka Fellowship

CStephen Griffinongratulations to PhD student Stephen Griffin on his recent award of a Pre-Doctoral Richard Plaschka Fellowship by the OeAD GmbH, the Austrian service centre for European and international mobility and cooperation programmes in the fields of education, science and research. Recipients of Plaschka grants can work as visiting researchers at university departments and carry out specialist studies in libraries, archives or at research institutions. Fellowships are awarded in the field of Humanities for History and Archaeology and the grant itself is named after the Austrian historian, who died in 2001 and who worked at the University of Vienna as a university professor for Eastern European history from 1967 to 1993.Applications are open to both Pre-doctoral fellows and Postdoctoral researchers who are occupied with Austria-related topics.Stephen’s award will allow him to visit the University of Vienna to conduct research at the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv over the coming academic year. Stephen is supervised by Dr Richard Kirwan.

Lecture to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Society for Renaissance Studies


The Society for Renaissance Studies is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of lectures in Ireland and the UK in early September, on the theme of the five senses. You are warmly invited to attend the Dublin lecture, by Prof. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (Ireland Professor of Poetry) on ‘Gunpowder and Perfume: The Poetry of John Donne’, which takes place at the National Library of Ireland on Wednesday 13th September at 7pm, and will be followed by a wine reception.

Richard Kirwan’s research in Germany

our very own Dr Richard Kirwan writing from the archives in Munich:

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Dr Richard Kirwan, Department of History and member of the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick writes about his research sabbatical this semester:

“Since January 2017 I have been undertaking research in German archives in Tübingen, Stuttgart, Nürnberg, Erlangen, Munich, and elsewhere. My purpose has been to identify and examine primary sources relating to the experiences of converts and religious exiles from the world of learning who sought and sometimes found refuge at the universities of the Holy Roman Empire in the period between the Peace of Augsburg (1555) and the Peace of Westphalia (1648).

This was a time of heightened confessional antagonism in which universities became partisan in their religious affiliations. In this they followed the lead of the territorial rulers who determined the confession of their territories, a privilege guaranteed under the Peace of Augsburg. In this context, universities came to play an important role in establishing and maintaining…

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Prof Andrew Hadfield to Visit UL


The Centre for Early Modern Studies is delighted to host Professor Andrew Hadfield, University of Sussex, who will deliver a lecture entitled

“Truth, Lies and Scandal at the Court of King James: The Countess and the Archbishop”

 Thursday April 20th, Main Building C1079, 12pm.

Professor Hadfield is distinguished scholar of many aspects of early modern literature and culture, and is an expert in Shakespeare and Spenser. He is the author and editor of several books, including Edmund Spenser: A Life (OUP, 2012), Shakespeare and Republicanism (2005), and (ed. with R. Gillespie) The History of the Irish Book, vol III: The Irish Book in English, 1550-1800 (OUP, 2006). He is currently Visiting Professor at University College Dublin (April-May 2017).

All Welcome!

Dr Carrie Griffin on Shakespeare’s Almanacs

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Dr Carrie Griffin, lecturer in English, was invited to speak at the research seminar held by the University of Glasgow’s English Language and Linguistics Research Seminar on March 16th. In a presentation entitled “Shakespeare’s Almanacs” Carrie spoke about her current research into suspicion of some of the cheap material that was being printed and widely read at the close of the sixteenth century in England, an attitude that is especially evident in several of Shakespeare’s plays, in particular A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Her research shows that Shakespeare’s work identifies almanacs as problematic publications because they encourage reading without understanding, and that in his plays almanacs are frequently associated with copying, repetition and imitation, and are the subject of scornful remarks. Her work feeds into a wider project on understanding parodic references to the cheapening of knowledge by the early modern printing press in…

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