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Event: NUI Irish Historical Research Prize Lecture 2021, UCC

NUI Awards: IHRP Lecture
Boole Basement 1 Lecture Hall
University College Cork

5.30 pm 17 May 2023

In 2021, the National University of Ireland awarded Dr Máirín MacCarron the Irish Historical Research Prize for her monograph, Bede and Time: Computus, Theology and History in the Early Medieval World, published in 2019 by Routledge.

IHRP, first awarded in 1922, is offered in alternate years for the best new work of historical research with a significant Irish dimension, which must have been published for the first time, by a graduate of the National University of Ireland.

The evening will also present an opportunity to celebrate other UCC students and graduates who have received NUI awards.

For further detail on NUI Awards and IHRP see:

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Event: Banning Books: The Antwerp Indexes of Plantin, 1569-1571, 12-13 June 2022

The seminar “Banning Books: The Antwerp Indexes of Plantin, 1569-1571” will be held at the Museum Plantin-Moretus (Antwerp) on 13-14 June 2022.

This seminar is part of “Los límites del disenso”, a research project of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and has been organized by Benito Rial Costas (Complutense University of Madrid).

Attendance is open to all at no charge, but registration is required:

Programme: Monday 13 June


“It Was Happening Here”

Benito Rial Costas (Complutense University of Madrid)


“The Measures of the Duke of Alba against Subversive and Heretic Printing in the Netherlands. Legislation, Control of Booksellers and the Preparation of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum of 1570”

Gustaaf Janssens (KU Leuven)


“Pressure, Punishment and Reintegration: Royal Pardons Letters for Printers in the Wake of the Antwerp Indexes, 1568-1590”

Hans Cools (KU Leuven) and Gert Gielis (Archives de l’État en Belgique)


“New Insights into the Printing History of the 1570 Index Librorum Prohibitorum

Kristof Selleslach (Museum Plantin-Moretus)


“The Spread of the Antwerp Indexes of Prohibited Books, 1569-1571: A Long-Time Study”

Renaud Adam (Arenberg Auctions)




“What Kind of Dutch Secular Books the Authorities Were Afraid of?”

Hubert Meeus (University of Antwerp)


“Vernacular Bible Reading and the Antwerp Indices of 1569, 1570, and 1571”

Wim François (KU Leuven)


“Stopping the Rot: Religious Converts in the Plantin Indexes of Prohibited Books”

Richard Kirwan (University of Limerick)


“Francisco de Enzinas, Auctor Primae Classis”

Ignacio García Pinilla (University of Castilla-La Mancha)


“Proscribed Prescriptions: The Case of Pompeo Della Barba and His Secrets of Nature

Folke Gernert (University of Trier)

Tuesday 14 June


“Understanding the Censor. A Reading of the Antwerp Expurgatory Index (1571)”

María José Vega (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)


“The 1571 Index Expurgatorius: Erasmus Emasculated or Sublimated?”

Alexandre Vanautgaerden (University of Warwick)


“The Plurality of Catholic Censorship: The Different Expurgations of Johannes Wild (Ferus) and the Antwerp Indexes of 1569, 1570 and 1571”

Markus Müller (University of Wuppertal)


Closing remarks


Show and Tell: “The Officina Plantiniana’s material legacy exhibited by the printing of Jan Baptist Houwaert’s Pegasides Pleyn (1582-1583)”

Kristof Selleslach (Museum Plantin-Moretus)

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Event: Irish Renaissance Seminar (online), 21st May 2022, UCC

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Conference: Morality, Exemplarity, & Emotion in Medieval Insular Texts, c. 700-c.1500 (online)

17-18 March 2022, Heinrich-Heine University

This 2-day online conference brings together scholars who work on medieval Insular texts and who are interested in the translation and representation of morality, exemplarity, and emotion in a range of genres and languages, and across the early/late medieval period.

To register please visit: Morality, Exemplarity, & Emotion in Medieval Insular Texts, c.700-c.1500 Registration, Thu, Mar 17, 2022 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite

For further information please contact

Please see below for the programme.

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Fragmented Pasts: Reading Manuscript Fragments, 7th April 2022, UL


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Event: Seminar for Ancient and Medieval Studies, UCC

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Event: Vernacular Books and Reading Experiences in the Early Age of Print, Leiden UL, August 25-27 2021

International conference ‘Vernacular Books and Reading Experiences in the Early Age of Print’

In the first 150 years of European printed book production (c. 1450-1600), the new medium of print evolved from its indebtedness to manuscript culture into a full-grown means of communication and articulation. How were reading experiences shaped both by producers and users of vernacular books? Who read in the vernacular, why, and how? These are the central questions of the international and interdisciplinary conference ‘Vernacular Books and Reading Experiences in the Early Age of Print’, which will take place from 25 to 27 August 2021 at Leiden University Library and online.

The participants approach reading as an embodied, material practice that is affected both by texts and their presentation, with a particular interest in the interplay between language, form and content, and between intended and actual readers. With contributions ranging from papers on Dutch, French, German to Hungarian and from prayer texts to romances, chronicles and medical handbooks, the conference covers a variety of languages, regions and genres. Thus, it aims to contribute to the next step towards a comparative study of printing strategies and users’ practices in the first 150 years of printing vernacular books in Europe.

All those interested are welcome to attend online. Attendance is free but registration is required.

Full programme and registration:

Convenors: Dr Anna Dlabačová (Leiden University), Andrea van Leerdam MA (Utrecht University)

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Event: Church Momuments Society Lectures 2021

Church Monuments Society
Lectures online via Zoom

10 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
Fine and Private Places: or, why study funerary monuments?
A general introduction to the study of funerary monuments by Dr Jean Wilson MBE FSA.

17 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
‘Reading’ Damage and Design in British and Irish Cadaver Sculptures
A talk discussing the history of these unusual Church monuments, by Dr Christina Welch, University of Winchester.

24 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
The Cross-Legged Effigy in Context: Myth and Legend
A talk about cross-legged effigies of medieval knights, by Mr Mark Downing, President of the Church Monuments Society.

01 May 2021 – 5pm GMT
A Dead Good Job: Gravedigging in Municipal Cemeteries
An in-depth talk about the role of gravediggers, by Dr Helen Frisby and Dr Stuart Prior.

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Event: Seminar for Ancient & Medieval Studies, UCC, Spring 2021

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Event: Digital Approaches to Early Modern Studies, UL, Spring 2021

Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick

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Event: Medieval Cultures: Conversations and Confrontations, Univ of Reading 30 October 2020

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Event: Catholics and Hebrew Scholarship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Catholics and Hebrew Scholarship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

19 May 2020 

The Institute for Medieval Studies, The University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT 

Held under the auspices of the Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The University of Hull, and the Institute for Medieval Studies, The University of Leeds

The study of Hebrew in sixteenth-century Europe is most often associated with Protestants, who required that the Bible be studied in its original languages. But that is to tell only half the story. This symposium is an opportunity to consider Hebrew scholarship in medieval Europe as well as the work of later Catholic Hebraists such as Johann Reuchlin, John Fisher, and Roberto Bellarmino. How did such scholars understand the relative authority of the Hebrew text and of the Latin Vulgate? How fairly did they deal with the Hebrew text, given the demands of polemic? What value did they put on Jewish interpretations of biblical texts? This is a unique opportunity to shed light on a key — but neglected — aspect of medieval and early-modern Christian Hebraism. The symposium, which is a follow-up to the seminar series that took place in Hull on ‘Peoples of the Book’ (November 2019 to January 2020), will incorporate an Exhibition from the Cecil Roth Collection of Judaica and Hebraica.

Organizing Committee from the Universities of Hull and Leeds: David Bagchi, Philip Crispin, Eva Frojmovic, Alaric Hall, Michael Haughton, and Veronica O’Mara, with Konstanze H. Kunst as Curator of the Exhibition.

Speakers: Jessica Crown (British Library); Eva Frojmovic (University of Leeds); Cecilia Hatt (London); Michael Haughton (University of Hull); Eyal Poleg (Queen Mary University of London); Piet van Boxel (University of Oxford); Julia Walworth (University of Oxford); and Joanna Weinberg (University of Oxford)

Registration: Standard fee: £30; Students, unwaged, and retired: £20

Booking:              Deadline: 5 May 2020

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Event: Medicine in the Medieval North Atlantic World, Maynooth University, Mar 2020

Medicine in the Medieval North Atlantic World,
Maynooth University,
19-21 March 2020

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Event: Kilkenny: Memorial Capital of Ireland , May 2020

Kilkenny: Memorial Capital of Ireland,
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2020 Conference: Hearing and Auditory Perception, TCD 24-25 April


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Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick; Seminar Series, 2019-20


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Events: Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick, autumn seminars & lectures


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Event: Writing Lives in Europe, 1500-1700, UCD, 6-8 September 2018


A conference to be held at University College Dublin 6-8 September 2018 (supported by the College of Arts and Humanities and the Humanities Institute, UCD)


Thursday 6th September 2018, Humanities Institute, UCD

9-9.30                Registration and coffee

9.30-11              Plenary I: Prof Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), Reading The Life Between the Lines: Nashe, Spenser and Others

11-11.30            Coffee

11.30-12.30       Panel 1: The Religious Self

Richard Kirwan (UL) “Trouble Every Day: Experiences of Religious Exile in the Writings of Jacob Reihing”

John McCafferty (UCD)  ‘”O Felix Columba Caeli/ O Happy Dove of Heaven”: a manuscript life shredded by early modern print’

12.30-1.30         Lunch

1.30–3       Panel 2: Unmooring life-writing: method, memory, and genre

Chair: Prof Kate Chedgzoy (Newcastle)

Ramona Wray (QUB), “Reading Life-Writing in the Cary/Tanfield Record”

Elspeth Graham (Liverpool John Moores) “’Lovely Lathom’, the Earls of Derby, and reading the Stanley family encomia”

Kate Hodgkin (U of East London), “Memory, melancholy and the languages of loss in 17th century life writing”

3-3.30          Tea

3.30-4.30     Panel 3: – Life writing and religion

Ann-Maria Walsh (UCD) “Mary (née Boyle) Rich, Countess of Warwick (1624-1678): Writing and Experimenting – A Spiritual Life”

Mark Empey (NUIG) “Life writer and Life writing: the parallel worlds of Sir James Ware”

5        Wine reception – Common Room, Newman Building, UCD

Friday 7th September 2018, K114, Newman Building, UCD

9.30-11             Plenary II: Prof Kate Chedgzoy (Newcastle), Writing Children’s Lives

11-11.30           Coffee

11.30-12.30      Panel 4 – Women in the 17th Century

Carol Baxter (independent scholar) “’Serving God rather than my father’: religious life writing as a rejection of the patriarchal family”

Naomi McAreavey (UCD) – The Countess of Ormonde’s Letters (title tbc)

12.30-2      Lunch (exhibition and archive visit)

2-3      Panel 5 – Travel and formation of the self

Maria Luis Dominguez-Guerrero (Seville) “Rhetoric of the Conquest: Narrations from Castilian Explorers”

Eva Holmberg (Helsinki)  “Visual Self-Description in Seventeenth-Century British Travel Accounts”

4-6   Walking tour of Renaissance Dublin (AM Walsh), followed by pub visit and conference dinner, at Le Pichet, Trinity Street, Dublin 2*

Saturday 8th September 2018, K114, Newman Building

9.30-11              Plenary III: Prof Alan Stewart (Columbia), Writing Lives under Duress

11-11.15            Coffee

11.15-12.45       Panel 6 – Alternative Forms

Nelson Marques (Miami) “War and Self: Soldier’s Petitions in Seventeenth-Century Portugal”

Emma Claussen (Oxford) “Forms of living in Descartes’s Les passions de l’âme

Danielle Clarke (UCD) “Irish women’s recipe books as life writing: form, process, method”

12.45-1.15      Lunch

1.15-2.15       Panel 7 – Life writing and emotion

Liz Oakley-Brown (Lancaster), “Writing Emotional Lives: Thomas Churchyard’s Passionate History”

Raluca Duna (Bucharest) “Writing the self with images, painting identity with texts”

2.15-2.45    Roundtable and close

* Dinner is €40 per head. Wine will be supplied!

Conference information:

  • The conference is free to attend, but for catering purposes we would appreciate it if you could sign up using this link:
  • All sessions will take place on the UCD campus, details of which you can access here:
  • UCD is on many direct bus routes from the city centre (39/39a, 46a, etc); the Aircoach (stops outside T1 and T2 at Dublin airport) also stops outside. Full details are here
  • There are numerous accommodation options nearby, or on direct transport links: the Mespil hotel, Leeson Bridge B&B, Shanahans on the Green, Radisson Blu, St Helen’s – Air BnB will also have a wide range of differently priced options.

If you have any questions, please email us at We look forward to meeting you in September!

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Event: ‘On the Ten-Stringed Psaltery’: Musical instruments as symbols in the Middle Ages, NUIG, 24 May




Musical instruments as symbols in the Middle Ages

Thursday 24 May, 10am–4pm

The Bridge, Hardiman Research Building (NUI, Galway)


Musical instruments abound in medieval iconography and literature, so much so that modern craftsmen were able to build replicas of medieval instruments working from images and texts. But did medieval artists and writers always intend to depict or describe real instruments?  In this colloquium, five speakers will explore a number of medieval iconographic and textual case-studies where musical instruments are not treated at all, or not only, as real objects, but rather as symbols and allegories referring to poetic, scholarly or religious notions…

Speakers:  Jacopo Bisagni (NUI, Galway); Ann Buckley (Trinity College, Dublin); Isabelle Marchesin (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris); Michael Shields (NUI, Galway); Olivier Szerwiniack (Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens).

Further information: 



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Assistant Professor in Shakespeare, Qatar University

Closing date: Open until filled

Assistant Professor in Shakespeare,
Department of English Literature and Linguistics,
Qatar University.

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