11 May 2018

Cities of Strangeness 1350-1700
strangers / estrangement / becoming-strange

Friday 11th May, University of Manchester


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9:30 – 10 Registration Atrium
10 – 11:15 Panel 1: Literary Cities and Strange Locales Conference room
(chair: Laura Swift)

Charles Cathcart (Open University): The City-Dame

Joel Swann: Metaphysical Poetry and the City: ‘A Mass of Strange Delights’?

Callan Davies (Roehampton): Strange Entertainment in the Blackfriars

11:15 – 11:45 Tea & coffee Atrium
11:45 – 12:45 Panel 2: Strange News Out of Europe: Travel and Trade Conference room
(chair: tbc)

Francesco Barbarulo (Trieste and Udine): Records of Strangeness from the ‘Universo Mondo’ (Giovanni Villani)

Elena Escuredo (Seville): A Unicorn Relic and Other Weird Objects in Seville during the XVI Century

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch Atrium
1:45 – 3 Panel 3: Estranged Communities and Social Change Conference room
(chair: tbc)

Sam Bromage (Sheffield): Urban Transformation and the Loss of Social Provision: Society, Poverty, and Decline following the Dissolution in Beverley, Yorkshire

Lena Liapi (Keele): Charity and Strangers: Imagining Neighbourliness in Early Modern London

Katrina Marchant: ‘[T]he finenesse of straungers wits and the grosenes of ours’: The Defence of the Commonwealth in Early Modern English Literature

3 – 3:30 Tea & coffee Atrium
3:30 – 4:30 Panel 4: Drama’s Strange and Familiar Spaces Conference room
(chair: tbc)

Todd Pettigrew (Cape Breton): Shylock and the Jewish ‘Error’

Iman Sheeda (Warwick): ‘In London many alehouse ruffians keep,/ Which, as I hear, will murder men for gold’: Experiencing the City in Arden of Faversham (1592)

4:45 – 6:30 Keynote panel Conference room
(chair: Annie Dickinson)

Anke Bernau (Manchester): Urban Magnificence – Giants at the Heart of National History

Matthew Dimmock (Sussex): Flying to Quinzai

Adam Hansen (Northumbria): Marlowe’s Strange Cities

6:30 – 7:15 Wine reception Atrium