Talks: Jewish books in Marsh’s Library – 5th November 2019

[Text and images from Marsh’s Library website.]

A small library in working-class, south inner-city Dublin is probably the last place you would expect to find a significant collection of Hebrew and Yiddish books dating from 1489 to 1700, but…..

Marsh’s Library does indeed hold some very important early Jewish printed books.

 

 

 

With funding from the Irish Research Council, Dr Brad Anderson of Dublin City University has organised a free public event to explain why these books are so important, and how they ended up in Dublin.

The speakers at this event are:

  1. Professor Emile Schrijver (University of Amsterdam/ Jewish Cultural Quarter): “Hebrew Manuscripts Since the Invention of Printing”
  2. Michelle Chesner (Columbia University, USA/Footprints Project): “Footprints in an Irish Tone: The Marsh’s Library, its Jewish Books, and their Travels to Dublin”
  3. Dr Javier del Barco (Madrid, CSIC / Spanish National Research Council): “The Oxford Period in Marsh’s Collection of Hebrew Books”
  4. Dr Rahel Fronda (Oxford University/Bodleian Library): “Marsh’s Legacy in Oxford: The Bodleian Library as a Home for his Manuscripts”

When: Tuesday 5 November 2019, 10am – 4pm
Where: Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin D08 FK79

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please contact Dr Brad Anderson at brad.anderson@dcu.ie

 

[Text and images from Marsh’s Library website.]

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Screening: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the National Theatre

The NT Live screening of Dream will take place in selected Irish cinemas on 17 October, 22 October, 3 November, and 6 November. For details, see the NT Live website.

[Copied from the NT Live website.]

‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.

Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

For the trailer, see here.

The NT Live screening of Dream will take place in selected Irish cinemas on 17 October, 22 October, 3 November, and 6 November. For details, see the NT Live website.

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Gwendoline Christie as Titania [image credit: NT Live Dream] 


 

Study day: ‘NETWORKS’ Ormond Courtiers and Kilkenny Merchants in the 16th Century – October 2019

[From eventbrite website]

This October, Kilkenny Castle will host a Study Day that seeks to highlight information concerning the extensive network of connections that the earls of Ormond had with their counterparts at the English Court and further afield and to explore the impact of such cultural proximity on their patronage of the arts during the early modern period c.1490–1614. It will also feature information about Kilkenny merchant families and their buildings, their connections with fellow merchants in Bristol, Antwerp and elsewhere.

The event takes place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October 2019.

It is a ticketed event, see the eventbrite website for tickets and more info.

Study Day Programme

Day 1: Friday 11th October

16.00 A walking tour, commencing at Kilkenny Castle, of the late Medieval Houses and Inns of Kilkenny led by Amanda Pitcairn MA (Independent tour guide).

16.45 Visit to Rothe House, Kilkenny (Courtesy Kilkenny Archaeological Society), A tour of the house and garden.

17.30–18.00 Walk back to castle visiting St. Mary’s Church (Renamed The Medieval Mile Museum Courtesy of Kilkenny Civic Trust) on the way.

18.30 Launch of Weekend programme;

ACADEMIC SESSION 1 – The Town. Chair: Mary Heffernan, (Manager, Dublin Castle, National Historic Properties, OPW). Papers will be followed by a Q&A.

18.45 Dr. Maurice Hurley, The Kilkenny Merchant’s House – the Irish Urban context.

19.25 Julian Munby BA FSA (Oxford). From Kilkenny to Bristol and back: new work on the Liber Primus of Kilkenny.

RECEPTION

Day 2: Saturday 12th October

09.30 Registration, The Parade Tower Kilkenny Castle

ACADEMIC SESSION 2 – The Merchants. Chair: Conleth Manning (Independent)

10.00 Dr. Linda Doran (University College Dublin): William Marshall and the establishment of the port of New Ross.

10.30 Dr. Susan Flavin (University of Dublin, Trinity College): Commodities and Commerce: Kilkenny Merchants and the Sixteenth-Century Consumer Boom.

11.15 Coffee

ACADEMIC SESSION 3 – The Earls of Ormond. Chair: Ben Murtagh MA MIAI (Archaeological and Historic Building Consultant)

11.35 Keynote speaker: Dr. David Edwards (University College Cork) The earls of Ormond and the Kilkenny civic elite.

12.15 Dr. Jane Fenlon: Courtiers and Merchants; Display and Magnificence in the waning middle ages.

12.45 Dr. Danielle O’Donovan (Nano Nagle Place, Cork): Petrified Affinity – Architecture, Sculpture and the Ormond Affinity in Late Medieval Kilkenny and Tipperary.

13.30 LUNCH (self catering in town)

ACADEMIC SESSION 4 – Memorials. Chair: Dolores Gaffney (OPW, Kilkenny Castle)

14.30 Dr. Amy Harris (Independent) Merchant tombs in St. Mary’s – the Merchant’s Church, Kilkenny.

15.00 Dr. Oliver D. Harris, University College, London: Lines of Descent: Genealogical imagination and creativity: The Lumley and Carew monuments.

15.45 TEA

16.00 Conleth Manning: overview of papers, summing up and discussion.

[From eventbrite website]

 


 

Free screening of Kaliyattam (based on Othello) – Indian Shakespeares project

As part of the Indian Shakespeares project at Queen’s University Belfast, a free screening of the 1997 Malayalam language film Kaliyattam (based on Shakespeare’s Othello) will be held on Friday 20th September.

The film with English subtitles will be screened at 3pm in QUB’s Lanyon Building, Room 0G/074, and will be followed by a Q&A with National Film Award-winning director Jayaraj.

For more on the Indian Shakespeares project and upcoming conference, see the project website here.

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Irish Renaissance Seminar – Marsh’s Library and UCD

“Early Modern Science and its Boundaries”

The 22nd meeting of the Irish Renaissance Seminar will be held in Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8, and hosted by UCD English on Saturday 12th October 2019.

Schedule

1.30pm Welcome

1.45pm Natural philosophy and human bodies

Dr Sue Hemmens (Marsh’s Library), ‘Some things worth a philosophical pen’: queries and desiderata relating to Ireland, 1650 to 1700

Dr Harriet Knight (independent scholar), Meaningful chaos: Francis Bacon and Robert Boyle’s Indigested Particulars

Mark Ronan (UCD), From Hal to Henry, ‘breaking through the foul and ugly mists’: Addiction and Maturing Out in the Henriad

3.15pm Break

3.45pm Plenary: Prof. Kevin Killeen (University of York), “The symphonic unknowability of the world: early modern poetics, science and the Book of Job”

4.45pm Response to the afternoon’s papers by Prof. Danielle Clarke (UCD)

We are very grateful for the support of the Society for Renaissance Studies, the World Universities Network and Marsh’s Library.

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Shakespeare Sessions with Cyclone Rep, 2019-2020 – theatre for and in schools

[Info from Civic Theatre, Tallaght, website]

Cyclone Rep, Ireland’s Leading Shakespeare Theatre-in-Education Company, presents The Shakespeare Sessions. These are entertaining and engaging student-centred performances of Shakespeare’s texts. This year the company is presenting The King Lear Session, The Hamlet Session, The Romeo & Juliet Session & The Merchant Session (pending demand).

Each performance includes an edited production of the play together with a scholarly review clarifying the main themes as well as discussions with the students and the opportunity to participate. The Shakespeare Sessions will guide Junior and Senior Cycle learners in their understanding of The Bard’s masterpieces.

For further details and for the 2019-2020 tour schedule, see the Cyclone Rep website.

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The Lear Session  (Image source: Cyclone Rep website)

 


 

Funded PhD Studentship on the MACMORRIS Project – IRC and Maynooth University

[Info copied from EURAXESS Ireland – see website for details.

Project outline

The MACMORRIS project (Mapping Actors and Communities: A Model of Research in Renaissance Ireland in the 16th and 17th Centuries) is a four-year digital-humanities project funded by the Irish Research Council that seeks to map the full range of cultural activity in Ireland, across languages and ethnic groups, from roughly 1541 to 1691. It is led by Prof. Pat Palmer of Maynooth University, Department of English. The project aims to offer an inclusive account of creative, scholarly, and intellectual activity in a period of conflict, change and innovation which transformed Ireland. In doing so, it will extend, unify and redefine our understanding of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Ireland, its place in the European Renaissance and in the wider global networks of an emerging modernity.

The project has two objectives. First, it will build a dataset of every figure from or living in or closely associated with Ireland in this period. Secondly, it will use the province of Munster as a case study and, using the biographical and bibliographical data gleaned from the dataset, it will create an interactive map to identify, geo-locate, and provide biographical and bibliographical information for the totality of cultural producers working in Irish, English, and other languages in Munster between 1569 and 1607.

The PhD Researcher

The MACMORRIS Project seeks to recruit a well-qualified applicant interested in undertaking a research degree at PhD level in a way that complements the project’s objective of producing a more inclusive account of early modern Ireland. To that end, we are inviting applications from candidates with research interest in one or more of the following areas: group biography; communities of writers and learned families; patterns of patronage, knowledge exchange, manuscript circulation, and book history; patterns of settlement, conflict, and interactions between communities; translation and cross-cultural exchanges (principally involving Irish, English, Latin, and Spanish). Given the case-study’s focus on the province of Munster, an interest in cultural practices and interactions there would be particularly welcome. The ideal candidate will have with a background in one or more of the following: early modern literature, history, archaeology, library science, information management. (Co-supervision with another department, e.g. History, Gaeilge, Classics is possible.) The candidate should have an interest in applied digital humanities and feel comfortable working on an interdisciplinary team.

For details on the PhD Studentship – the funding, eligibility criteria, application deadline, and how to apply – see EURAXESS Ireland website.

For more on the MACMORRIS Project, see the Dept of English, Maynooth University website.