EMREM Symposium 2013: Programme & Registration Form

Birth, Sex and Death: Rites of Passage in the Medieval and Early Modern World

EMREM Postgraduate Forum Annual Symposium 2013

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May 2013
Lecture Room 3, Arts Building, Main Campus, University of Birmingham

Please note that registration for this event has now closed.


To view our conference poster, please click here.

Day One – Thursday 23rd May 2013

10.00 – 11.00 Registration & Refreshments
11.00 – 11.15 Welcome Address
11.15 – 12.45 Panel 1: An Adaptable Institution? Marital Traditions & Innovations
  Chair: Professor Wendy Scase

Rosa Goodman (University of Oxford) – Sex and the City: Understanding Quattrocento Cassoni through a Civic Lens

Chloë Hancox (University of Birmingham) – The marriages of Baroque castrati: normal or abnormal?

Anne Thompson (University of Warwick) – ‘A woman fitte & meete for that callinge’: an investigation of letters testimonial written on behalf of prospective clergy wives in the reign of Elizabeth

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Panel 2: Perilous Beginnings: Negotiating Nativities
  Chair: Dr Tara Hamling

Elizabeth Sharrett (University of Birmingham) – ‘Without idolatry or superstition’: Re-forming childbed rituals in post-Reformation drama

Sarah Fox (University of Manchester) – Continuity and Tradition: the ‘peculiar rites and customs’ of childbirth in the Long Eighteenth Century

Elaine Hoysted (University College Cork) – Death in Childbirth: A Privileged Status for the Renaissance Florentine Woman? A Case Study of Giovanna degli Albizzi Tornabuoni

15.00 – 15.30 Refreshments
15.30 – 17.00 Panel 3: Living With Death: Anticipation & Narration
  Chair: Professor Naomi Standen

Beth Spacey (University of Birmingham) – Interfacing with the dead in Latin narrative histories of the First Crusade

Geoffrey Humble (University of Birmingham) – Dying in the ‘Outer Darkness’? Reading Elements of Cultural Identities in Death Narratives from the Yuanshi (元史, History of the Yuan Dynasty)

Sarah Dickinson (University of Gloucestershire) – Preparation and Performance: Puritan Experiences of Dying in Early Modern England

17.00 – 19.00 Wine Reception

Day Two – Friday 24th May 2013

10.30 – 11.00 Registration & Refreshments
11.00 – 12.30 Panel 4: Pleasures of the Flesh: Sexual (Ir)regularities
  Chair: Chris Linsley

Martin Laidlaw (University of Dundee) – ‘If gold ruste’: The medieval theological quandary of lascivious priests and avaricious clergy

Claire Harrill (University of York) – ‘he wald have fukkit’: The realities of sex in courtly love in the poetry of William Dunbar

Raymond Carlson (Clare College, University of Cambridge) – Tullia d’Aragona and the regulation of Florentine homosocial network

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Panel 5: Liminality & Immorality
  Chair: Stephanie Appleton

Maria Cannon (University of Northumbria) – Rite of Passage or gradual renegotiation? Parenting adult children in early modern English society

Helen Drew (Nottingham Trent University) – Community, Morality and Reality in Nottinghamshire: Preliminary evidence from the Presentment Bills submitted before the church courts of the Deanery of Bingham, 1580-1640

Rhian McLaughlin (University of York) – Moral murders and callous courtship: attitudes towards homicide and raptus in late-medieval England

15.00 – 15.30 Refreshments
15.30 – 17.00 Panel 6: Immortalised or Utilised? Memory & Manipulation
  Chair: Helen Hunter

Rebecca Holdorph (University of Southampton) – Managing Memory: The Many Memorials to Blanche of Lancaster

Gail Mobley (University of Birmingham) – Preservation and Regeneration in Seventeenth-century Commemoration: Literary Inheritance

Laura Torrado (Universidade de Vigo/Queen’s University Belfast) – Songs to Remember the Dearly Departed: The Old English elegies as a memorial practice

17.00 – 17.30 Closing Address
We look forward to seeing you there!

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