CFP: Moments of Becoming: Transitions and Transformations in Early Modern Europe

Moments of Becoming: Transitions and Transformations in Early Modern Europe  

Conference dates: 20-21 November 2015.

Venue: University of Limerick, Ireland.

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore the theme of ‘becoming’ in early modern European and Irish culture. The early modern period itself is often understood as a time of transition, but how did the people of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries experience periods of transformation/transition in their own lives and work, and how were these processes accomplished and accommodated? Conference papers will explore changes to personal, professional, religious or political identity and identifications, as well as understandings of transformations of state, status and nature more broadly.

Plenary Speakers: Professor Daniel Carey (NUI Galway), Professor Raymond Gillespie (Maynooth University), Professor Alison Rowlands (University of Essex).

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on themes that might include:

Transition in religion and politics

  • Religious conversion
  • Alterations to political sympathies
  • Migration and naturalisation
  • Becoming a soldier, priest, rebel, martyr, hero or villain

Personal transformations

  • Acquiring competencies, skills or professional training
  • Social mobility, upwards or downwards
  • Becoming a parent
  • Rites of passage

Transition and the supernatural

  • Death and movement to the next world
  • Magical and miraculous transformations

Textual and performative transformations

  • Responses to societal transitions in poetry and prose
  • Transforming texts via translation, printing or performance
  • The use of space and material culture in ceremonial/ritual contexts

Please submit an abstract of about 250 words to Richard Kirwan ( or Clodagh Tait ( before 10th July 2015.

This conference will occur under the auspices of the Limerick Early Modern Forum of the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College. The conference is funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme. The organisers plan to publish a volume of essays drawn from the conference papers.

For further information see

Carole Levin at the National University of Ireland – “Raise up the Dead: Queen Elizabeth’s Ghost and the Stuart Monarchs”

On Thursday next, Prof. Carole Levin will deliver a talk entitled “Raise up the Dead: Queen Elizabeth’s Ghost and the Stuart Monarchs” at the National University of Ireland (49 Merrion Square, Dublin).

Prof. Levin is the author of Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); The Reign of Elizabeth I (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002); and The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994).

The event takes place at 4pm on Thursday 14th May 2015 in the National University of Ireland  (49 Merrion Square, Dublin). Admission is free but booking is required. Please contact UCD’s Dr Derval Conroy ( This event is supported by the Society for Renaissance Studies.

Irish Renaissance Seminar – UCC 16th May 2015

Irish Renaissance Seminar – University College Cork – Saturday 16th May 2015

“Mapping Conflict and Power”

1.20pm                Welcome

1.30 – 2.45pm     Plenary: Prof. Philip Schwyzer (University of Exeter), “Marching on the Borders of the Pale”

2.45– 3.15pm      Refreshments 

3.15– 4.30pm     Dr Darragh Greene (University College Dublin), “‘The grace of the contention’: Power and Conflict in Chaucer and Shakespeare’s Tales of Palamon and Arcite”

Dr Danielle Magnusson (University of Washington), “Playing with Loss: Economic Tensions and Domestic Politics in the Wakefield Cycle”

David Roy (University College Cork), “Mapping Edmund Spenser’s Munster Estate”

Kindly supported by UCC’s School of English and the Society for Renaissance Studies.

For further details, please contact Dr Edel Semple (UCC).