Semester Two Programme

We’re looking forward to welcoming new and returning postgrads this semester! As a cross-disciplinary group, we represent medieval and early modern students from history, archaeology, literature, English, linguistics, music and more. If your research has taken you elsewhere but you’re interested in the period c.400-1700, feel free to come along.

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Monday 9th January 4pm

Westmere Seminar Room

Teaching

Monday 23rd January 4pm

Westmere Seminar Room

Research Presentation Session

Monday 6th February

*Time to be confirmed*

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Monday 20th February 4pm

Westmere Seminar Room

Research Presentation Session

Monday 6th March 4pm

 Westmere Seminar Room

Research Presentation Session

Monday 20th March 4pm

Westmere Seminar Room

Joint Fora Quiz

 

If you would like to present this semester, email us at emremforum@googlemail.com

 

A date for your diary

EMREM Annual Symposium, Powerful Objects 18th/19th May

Deadline for abstracts 1st March

 

 

Monday 5th December

Monday 5th December, 4pm, Westmere Seminar Room

*Please note the change of venue*

Cécile Decaix (University of Montpellier III- Paul Valéry)

From the margin to the centre: the representation of Dido in Caxton’s Eneydos (1490)

 

In 1490, William Caxton, an English printer, translator and merchant, published Eneydos, a translation into English of a 1483 anonymous French text entitled Le Livre des Eneydes, compillé par Virgille, lequel a esté translaté de latin en françois. Although the title of the book implies that it is a direct translation of Virgil’s Aeneid, Le Livre des Eneides and the Eneydos can be described as a patchwork of various extracts from works by Virgil or Boccaccio, or passages drawn from a French chronicle called L’Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César (c. 1210). The representation of the character of Dido best symbolizes the heterogeneous nature of the text.

 

Dido is a marginal character in the Aeneid; she only represents an episode in Aeneas’s epic journey. But in the Eneydos, she becomes a central character. Two contradictory versions of her life are juxtaposed in the Eneydos: first, the reader is given to read a translation of the account of Dido’s life as in Boccacio’s De Casibus virorum illustrium, in which Aeneas plays no part in the death of the Queen of Carthage. The version is directly followed by a translation of the Virgilian account of Dido’s story drawn from the Aeneid, according to which Dido kills herself out of folly and despair. Dido’s portrayal in the Eneydos is also marked by contradictions: she is both depicted as a libidinous figure and as a heroic ruler, who possesses both masculine and feminine attributes. This complex characterization and the tensions which emerge from it as well as the juxtaposition of the two versions influence and transform the early modern reader’s perception of the character. In the context of the European Querelle des Femmes and at the dawn of the book edition, we shall explore the heterogeneous representation of Dido and how she also becomes a central figure in Caxton’s perception of edition.

 

This presentation will be followed by the EMREM Christmas festivities!

EMREM Symposium 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS and IMAGES OF RESEARCH

The EMREM Postgraduate Forum

Annual Symposium and
Images of Research Exhibition

Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May 2017

 

Papers and images of research are invited for the 2017 EMREM two-day interdisciplinary symposium, to be held at the University of Birmingham. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Powerful Objects’. 

Postgraduates from all fields of EMREM (History, Archaeology, Literature, Linguistics, Music, Art History) are welcome to share their research by giving papers and/or entering the exhibition, while also building networks at this friendly and well-established symposium.  You may submit both a paper and an image.

Possible topics for papers and images might include, but are not limited to:

Materiality and Embodiment                 The Sacred and the Numinous

Text as Object                                              Relics and Reliquaries

Life Courses and Biographies                 Digital Humanities

Object-Oriented Ontologies                   Royal Regalia

Human and Non-Human Objects         Mechanical and Musical Instruments

Painting and Sculpture                             Weaponry and Armour

Tombs and Monuments                           Coins and Coinage

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send proposals of approximately 300 words, OR 1000 words if applying as a panel, to emremforum@googlemail.com by 1st March 2017.

For the exhibition send a high resolution image along with a 200 word summary of what it shows and how it links to your research (if accepted, we will organise the printing). These will be exhibited during the conference, and prizes awarded.

emremforum.wordpress.com   facebook.com/emremforum    @EMREM_Forum

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Monday 7th November

Monday 7th November, 4pm, Fage Library (Second Floor, Arts Building)

Matthew Collins (UoB)

Historicising the Digital: on the insights digital technologies can bring to historical texts and practices

This presentation will explore the ways in which linguistics can approach historical, literary texts. Taking its broad approach from Historical Pragmatics, the paper will look at some of the methodological challenges and solutions particular to the study of medieval English texts. Focusing on the two key versions of Thomas Malory’s Arthuriad Morte Darthur (c.1460-70, 1485), Matt will illustrate his own application of digital tools in ways which are sensitive to, and provide insight into, some of the affordances of medieval manuscript and print texts. He will argue that such a methodology bears striking similarities with the reading and editorial practices of the past and may offer the researcher a unique insight into historical textual practices.

Join us for an interesting paper and discussion, refreshments will be served!

Monday 24th October

Monday 24th October

4pm Cadbury Research Library

 (Basement of Muirhead Tower)

EMREM Material in the Cadbury Research Library

Interested in the CRL, the material it holds that might be useful for your research, or how to use archives more generally? Come along for an introduction by the archivists, and the chance to see some of the documents held on site! Space is limited so please send us an email at emremforum@googlemail.com to sign up.

emremforum.wordpress.com

facebook.com/emremforum

@EMREM_Forum

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Autumn Term, 2016-17

We’re looking forward to welcoming new and returning postgrads this semester! As a cross-disciplinary group, we represent medieval and early modern students from history, archaeology, literature, English, linguistics, music and more. If your research has taken you elsewhere but you’re interested in the period c.400-1700, feel free to come along.

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our provisional programme is below, see you soon!

Tuesday 4th October 5pm, joint with other PG Fora

Lecture Room 8, Arts Building

PhD Funding and the First Year

 

 Monday 10th October 5pm, joint with other PG Fora

Lecture Room 4, Arts Building

PhD Q&A; Submission, Corrections, Viva

 

Monday 24th October 4pm

Cadbury Research Library

Libraries, Archives, and Manuscripts

 

 Monday 7th November 4pm

Fage Library (Arts Building, Room 250)

Matt Collins (University of Birmingham), Title TBC

 

 Monday 21st November, 3.30pm

Barber Institute

Coin Session

 

Monday 5th December 4pm

Fage Library (Arts Building, Room 250)

Cécile Decaix (University of Montpellier III – Paul Valéry (France)) From the margin to the centre: the representation of Dido in Caxton’s Eneydos (1490).

 

Tuesday 6th December 5pm, joint with other PG Fora

Room TBC

Christmas Quiz

Guest Blogs

Are you looking for the chance to get writing and disseminate your research? Continuing on from last year’s guest blogs, EMREM would love for you to get involved.

We’d like to publish your reflections on your research, conferences reports, historical sites, or book reviews.

We welcome submissions of around 800 words (and pictures!) at any point throughout the year. In addition to being published on this WordPress site, your blog will be circulated via @EMREM_Forum on Twitter. Send your posts as word documents to emremforum@googlemail.com, and we will format it for the website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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EMREM goes to Ludlow!

For our 2016 summer trip, a group of EMREMers visited Ludlow Castle.

The construction of the castle began in the eleventh century, as the border stronghold of Roger De Lacy, a Marcher Lord. In the fourteenth century Roger Mortimer enlarged the castle into a palace, and the site was later involved in the War of the Roses, under the ownership of Richard, Duke of York. Edward IV sent the ‘Princes in the Tower’ to live in the castle, which was also the seat of government for Wales and the Border Counties. In 1501 Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon honeymooned there, and Mary Tudor spent three winters at Ludlow between 1525 and 1528. The Welsh Fusiliers were founded at the castle in 1689.