CEMMS in 2016/17


cropped-cemms-logo.jpgWelcome to the all-new Sussex Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies blog.

We are welcoming a number of new members of the Centre: Drs. Laura Kounine and Joanne Paul, who have joined the School of History, Art History and Philosophy. Joanne is a specialist in sixteenth-century history and culture, and has already published widely in this area, especially on Thomas More. Laura works on the seventeenth century and has a forthcoming book on European witchcraft. We are very excited to have them here which will enable us to forge closer links with history and so develop more interdisciplinary study in the Sussex tradition. We are also delighted to have Ben Fowler as a new lecturer in drama. Ben specialises in modern productions of early modern plays so will bring a new focus to our research. We would also like to welcome Tomasz Kowalczyk, who will be working on an AHRC-funded Ph.D. on the career and writing of Edward Barton, second ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, with Matthew.

We have two new visiting fellows joining the Centre. Eva Johanna Holmberg from the Centre of Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, will be with us for the whole year working on her book on travel writing. Per Sivefors (Linaeus University) will join us in the spring to work on his project on early modern masculinity.

We have some exciting events planned for the year and are delighted to have Emma Smith (Oxford) as our annual Shakespeare lecturer (23 March – all welcome). Previous lecturers have included Catherine Belsey, Jim Shapiro, Bill Sherman, and Tiffany Stern. Shanyn Altman and Nicole Mennell are holding a symposium on the culture of St. Paul’s at St. Paul’s Cathedral (15 July). The celebration of 25 years since the publication of Charles Nicholl’s tremendously influential The Reckoning will be another highlight. We have a long-established relationship with Shakespeare’s Globe, and work closely together on teaching and research. It therefore seems apt that this year we have Will Tosh (Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Globe) opening our seminar series on 4 October.

Our programme:


CEMMS Talks, 2016-7


First Semester

4 October – Will Tosh (Shakespeare’s Globe), ‘That Unhappy Family’: Coping with the Earl of Essex, 1595-1600’.

18 October, Angela Andreani (Sussex), ‘’In and out of archives: The life and adventures of Meredith Hanmer, Anglican divine’.

1 November, Jo Paul (Sussex), ‘Utopia in the Context of More’s Thought’.

8 November, Laura Kounine (Sussex), ‘Emotions and Selfhood in German Lutheran Witch-Trials’.

23 November, Richard Wilson (Kingston) ‘Wheel of Fire: memory, mourning and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre’ [part of the English Colloquium series].

29 November, (with Art History), Mick O’Malley and Francesco Ventrella, ‘Botticelli: Life and Afterlife’ (N. B. A108).

6 December, Charles Nicholl event


Second Semester

2 Feb., Eva Johanna Holmberg (Helsinki), ‘Perceiving Levantines: British Cultural Descriptions of the Ottoman Empire and its Non-Muslim Peoples, 1580-1640’.

14 Feb., Art History event (A108), to be confirmed.

1 March, Helen Moore (Oxford) ‘‘Rich tissue: the materials of death in Webster’ [part of the English Colloquium series].

14 March, Ben Fowler (Sussex), ‘Shakespeare Schaubühne Style: Disinterring Dukes, Danes, and Bunchback’d Toads’

23 March, Emma Smith (Oxford), Annual Shakespeare Lecture, ‘‘Exit pursued by a bear’ (again): reading Shakespeare’s stage direction’.

4 April, Per Sivefors (Linmnaeus), ‘Representing Manhood in Tudor and Stuart Verse Satire’.


Other Events

15 July: Symposium at St. Paul’s Cathedral (details to be advertised later).

All events in B264 (English Social Space), at 6pm unless stated otherwise.


In the coming months we will be gradually filling our redesigned website with new content, including updated profiles, new blogs from CEMMS members and research vignettes. We will also have a social media presence for the first time. All of which contributes to the continuing vibrancy of medieval and early modern studies at Sussex – and we have some exciting things planned for the future, so watch this space. Finally, many congratulations to our recent PhD graduate Dr Katrina Marchant, who is getting married at the Globe on Saturday 24 September!


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