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Early Modern Words

Conference Programme Now Available!

It’s been a long time coming (two years, no less), but the programme for the July 2022 conference, celebrating all things both Early Modern and Word-y, is now available.

Our conference will take place 14th-16th July 2022 at Loughborough University, and we look forward to welcoming speakers from across literature, linguistics, history and digital humanities who share a passion and expertise in the period c.1500-1700.

We have plenaries from Prof Ruth Ahnert, Prof Martin Dzelzainis, Prof Tim Harris and Prof Terttu Nevalainen, plus specialist panels, workshops and plenty of time for conversations and discussion.

Conference Programme (available as a PDF)

Full list of papers by title and author

If you wish to register for the conference, use the link below which will take you to the Loughborough University store: Register for the conference

A is for Aphra Statue Campaign: Shortlist Announced

The A is the Aphra campaign team (which includes our very own Prof Elaine Hobby), continue to work towards the creation of a statue of Behn in her birth city of Canterbury, Kent.

This week they have reached an exciting stage in the process: a shortlist of four sculptors: Victoria Atkinson, Meredith Bergmann, Maurice Blik and Christine Charlesworth.

The artists are now tasked with creating 50cm bronze maquettes. The winning design will be voted for by the public later this year.

You can read more about the campaign and the shortlisted designers here

If you wish to support the campaign, please see the official website: www.aisforaphra.org

Early Modern Words 2022: Call for Papers

New Conference Date: 14-16 July 2022, Loughborough University UK

Like so many events and occasions, the planned end-of-project conference ‘Early Modern Words’ had to be postponed back in April 2020. However, given the national and international developments in the pandemic, the project team now hope the event can go ahead next year with the new dates of 14-16 July 2022.

Our objectives for the conference, taking place at Loughborough University, remain the same: to foster interdisciplinary exchanges between those working on early modern texts, society and culture in literature, linguistics, history and other fields; to provide a potential spark for future collaborations and research projects; and to shamelessly promote Aphra Behn’s life and works alongside recent, innovative and cutting-edge research in early modern studies.

We look forward to welcoming our four plenary speakers who represent the range of disciplinary expertise in early modern studies:

  • Professor Terttu Nevalainen, University of Helsinki
  • Professor Martin Dzelzainis, University of Leicester
  • Professor Ruth Ahnert, QMUL
  • Professor Tim Harris, Brown University

We are also pleased that so many of our original speakers have confirmed their intention to participate in the rescheduled event.

Given that more than two years will have passed between the original conference date and the rescheduled event, we are also issuing a further Call for Papers to allow others working on relevant areas to join the conversation and share their research.

Download the Call for Papers here.

~~ Deadline for abstracts: 31st January 2022 ~~

If you have any queries about the conference, please contact: earlymodernwords2022@gmail.com

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