Making Knowledge in the Renaissance

 The Northern Renaissance Seminar presents:

Making Knowledge in the Renaissance

University of Liverpool

Thursday 19th March 2015

Old Library, 19 Abercromby Square

9:00am – 9:25am          Registration

9:25am – 9:30am          Welcome

9:30am – 10:45am        Regulated Knowledge 

Beth Cortese (University of Lancaster) ‘The Daughters of Behn’: Female Networks of Knowledge’.

Nick Davis (University of Liverpool) ‘Antiquarianism in Pericles: The authority of a Mouldy Tale’.

Michael Durrant (University of Manchester) ‘Henry Hills and the Tailor’s Wife: Fabricating Biography’.

10:50am – 12:05pm        Performed Knowledge

Eoin Price (Swansea University) ‘Drama in Dark Corners:  Privacy, Knowledge and the Domesticated Disguised Ruler’.

Jen Hough (Liverpool Hope University) ‘“He shall never taste the like / Unless he study law” – An Examination of Legal Knowledge in early Seventeenth Century English Drama’.

Brooke Palmieri (UCL) ‘Apostates & Innovators: Producing Ideas Between Censorship and Consensus’.

12:05pm – 12:45pm        Lunch

12:45pm – 1:45pm          Plenary Lecture   

Catherine Richardson (University of  Kent) ‘Making Household Knowledge in Early Modern England: Text, Performance and Material Culture’.

1:50pm – 2:20pm   

Jenny Higham (University of Liverpool Library) ‘Renaissance Resources in Special Collections, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool’.

2:20pm – 2:40pm          Coffee

2:40pm – 3:55pm          Travel and News

Lubaaba Al-Azami (University of Liverpool) ‘Writing Persia: The Safavid Empire in the Early Modern English Imagination’.

David Jones (University of Liverpool) ‘The Heterotopia and the Afterlife: Portals and the Limitation of Knowledge in Renaissance Travel Writing’.

Rebecca Hasler (University of St Andrews) ‘Making News in Early Modern Pamphlets’.

4:00pm-5:15pm              Mind and Matter

Douglas Clark (University of Strathclyde) ‘Exploring the Mind with Nicholas Breton’.

Alberto Fabris (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon) ‘Intellectus artifex universi: Matter and Knowledge in Giordano Bruno’s De umbris idearum’.

Alberto Frigo (Warburg Institute) ‘Scientia stellarum: Montaigne on Astrological Knowledge’.

5:20pm                             Drinks at the Cambridge Pub

7:00pm                             Dinner at Il Forno (booking required)


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Making Knowledge in the Renaissance is organised by Maria Shmygol ( and Jonathan Day (