Thursday 26th November

Venue: The Senate Room, Lanyon Building


10.00-11.00                             Registration/tea and coffee

10.45-11.00                             Opening remarks by Matt Williamson

11.00-12.00                             Plenary I

                                                   Chair: Sonja Kleij, QUB

Yolanda Rodríguez Pérez (University of Amsterdam), ‘A call to arms: War and the justification of war in Spanish and Dutch Early Modern theatre,’ sponsored by The Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities.

12.00-13.00                            Panel I: Deconstructing Propaganda

                                                   Chair: Crawford Gribben, QUB

Erzsébet Stróbl (Károli Gáspár University, Budapest), ‘Representations of War and Peace during the Summer Progresses of Queen Elizabeth.’

Cristina Agüero (UNED, Madrid), ‘“Enmudezca la embidia, confessando silogismos que yà negar no puede” Propaganda and Encomiastic Literature After the Battle of Fuenterrabía (1638).’

13.00-14.00                            Lunch

14.00-15.20                            Panel II: Records of War

                                                   Chair: Sarah Cardwell, QUB

Cheryl Butler (University of Winchester), ‘Woad, Elephant Tusks & a Wedge of Gold: Southampton Merchants and the war with Spain.’

Jan Chlíbec – Václav Matoušek (Czech Technical University in Prague, Institute of Art History Czech Academy of Sciences Prague, Charles University, Prague), ‘The Thirty Years’ War in the Czech lands – engravings in the Theatrum Europaeum: Preliminary results of interdisciplinary analyses.’

J. Stuart Keogh (University of Dundee), ‘Read all about it! A very rare edition of the Jacobite Dublin Gazette, 1690.’


15.20-15.30                             Coffee

15.30-16.50                            Panel III: Theatres of War

                                                   Chair: Denise Kelly, QUB

Matthias Heim (Université de Neuchâtel), ‘“These mine eyes saw him in bloody state” (2H4 1.1.107): Looking at Battlefields and Witnessing War in Early Modern Drama.’

David Nicol (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia), ‘Making Love and War with Romans: William Rowley’s A Shoemaker a Gentleman and the Bohemian Crisis.’

Stephen Austin Kelly (University College Dublin), ‘Cry Havock: war and peace on the Irish Restoration stage.’


17.00-19.00                             Wine reception in School of English Social Space


Friday 27th November

Venue: Senate Room, Lanyon Building


11.00-12.30                             Panel IV: War and the Individual

                                                  Chair: Edel Lamb, QUB

Per Sivefors (Linnaeus University), ‘“Maymd Soldiours or poore Schollers”: Warfare and Authorship in Thomas Nashe.’

Matthew Woodcock (University of East Anglia),  ‘Julius Caesar’s Commentaries and the Art of Early Modern Military Life-writing.’

Ann-Maria Walsh (University College Dublin), ‘Countess Alice Barrymore and her relationship with Castlelyons:  builder and defender of a substantive legacy.’


12.30-14.00                             Lunch


13.30-15.00                             Panel V: Remembering the English Civil War

                                                   Chair:             Aislín Kearney, QUB

Christopher Hull (University of East Anglia), ‘“Old English Vigour”: Gender and ideas of war in Restoration theatre and literature.’

Tom Charlton (The Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies), ‘“I cannot see that I was mistaken in the main Cause”: Richard Baxter justifies the Civil Wars in the Restoration.’


15.00-15.15                             Coffee


15.15-16.45                             Panel VI: Travel and War

                                                  Chair: Jennifer Maguire, QUB

Esther M.J. van Raamsdonk (University of Exeter), ‘Milton, Marvell and the First Anglo-Dutch War.’

Joe Lines (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘Richard Head’s The English Rogue (1665) as Postwar Fiction.’

Alan Moss (Radboud University Nijmegen), ‘Comparing Ruins: National Trauma in Dutch Travel Accounts of the Seventeenth Century.’


19.30                                       Conference dinner at Deane’s Restaurant, Howard Street


Saturday 28th November

Venue: The Senate Room, Lanyon Building


10.00-11.00                             Plenary II

                                                   Chair: Romano Mullin, QUB

Jerome De Groot (Manchester University), ‘Imagining Early Modern War’, sponsored by The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.

11.00-12.00                             Panel VII: Challenging Memories of Conflict

                                                   Chair: Mia Hewitt, QUB

James O’Neill (University College Cork), ‘Packaging the primitive and blaming the Brits: appropriating Tyrone’s rebellion, 1593-1603.’

Ruth Abraham (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘Visions of Peace: Rewriting the Peacemaker King in Frank McGuinness’ Speaking like Magpies.’


12.00-12.10                             Coffee


12.10-13.10                             Panel VIII: Appropriating Anglo-French Conflict

                                                  Chair: Cynthia Martin, QUB

Samantha Lin (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘Sounding The Battle of Agincourt in Cinematic Adaptations.’

Sonja Kleij  (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘“Invoke his warlike spirit”: Appropriating Henry V on the Early Modern English stage in times of war.’


13.10                                       Optional lunch at Ulster Museum



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War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture

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War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture is a three-day conference to be held from the 26th-28th of November 2015 in association with the School of English and the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s University Belfast. It will explore both war and peace in the early modern world across literary and historical perspectives. The aim of the conference is to engage with contemporary literary texts, historical analysis and more recent representations and appropriations of the period’s numerous conflicts.



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