The University of Edinburgh Humanities and Social Science

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Centre of Medieval and Rennaissance Studies

Renaissance and Early Modern Discussion Group

The Renaissance and Early Modern Discussion Group is open to all staff and students carrying out research in any discipline.

This informal group meets fortnightly during the semester on Thursdays 1pm-2pm in the common room of IASH, the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities ( Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

Each meeting typically discusses a particular theme with one or two speakers briefly talking about their work, before discussion is opened up to the group.

If you have any enquiries or suggestions for themes for future meetings, please contact Sarah Cockram (


Semester 2, 2013-2014

Semester 2:

30 January: Globalisation

Chair: Stephen McDowall
with John Bintliff (Archaeology)

‘Globalisation in rural Greece in the Early Modern period’

13 February: Religion and Intellectual Change

Chair: Felicity Green
with Alasdair Raffe (History)

‘Scottish intellectual change and its religious contexts, c. 1650-1750’

and Catherine McMillan (Divinity)
‘Religious Change in North-East Scotland, 1560-1640’


6th March: Digital Humanities
Chair: Sarah Cockram
with David Rosenthal (University of Bath)
and Chris Speed (ECA)

'Geolocating history - ideas and applications'


20th March: Performance and Power

Chair: Anna Groundwater
with Victoria Anker (English Literature)

‘The Performance of Rituals and Ceremonies of Power in 1640s England’

and Alexandra Greer (ECA)

‘The Regency of Marie de Medici: the Ritualisation and Performance of a Female in Power’

17th April: Medicine

Chair: Monica Azzolini
with Emily Cock (English, University of Adelaide)

‘The Lost History of Seventeenth-Century Plastic Surgery'

and Marie-Louise Leonard (History, University of Glasgow)

‘Plague and Public Health in Renaissance Mantua’

Please contact Sarah Cockram with any enquiries or suggestions (


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