MEMORI Seminar @CardiffMemori

Cardiff University’s Medieval and Early-Modern Research Initiative

MEMORI is funded by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

MEMORI now has its own website:






Spring 2012

Thursday (April 26th)

Eric Langley: “A Lucretian Comedy of Errors”

Room 2.03 at 5.15pm


Autumn 2011

The first MEMORI seminar of this semester will be taking place on Thursday (13th Oct), in room 2.03 at 5.15pm, when Dr Carl Phelpstead will be talking on

‘”The Din of Revelry”: Poetry and Song in Anglo-Saxon England’


PROVISIONAL Programme of Seminars: 2011

Thursdays (see below) 5.15pm in Rm 2.03

February 3       Stephen Knight (Cardiff University) :

‘The Artic Arthur’

February 10    Wyn James (Cardiff University)

‘The Welsh Troilus, Brutus and early Welsh drama

February 17   Tobias Döring (Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich):

‘Feasting and Forgetting: Sir Toby Belch and the Lure of Lethe’.

Feb 24              Andy Mousley (De Montfort University)

title to be confirmed

March 17         Roy Eriksen (Agder University, Kristiansand): ‘The Poem as Chapel: The Phoenix and the Turtle and the Shakespearean Baroque’

March 31          Catherine La Farge (Galway University):

‘Launcelot in Compromising Positions: Fabliau in Malory’s Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake

April 7            Stephanie Trigg (University of Melbourne):

‘Ritual Criticism and the Order of the Garter’

April 14            Brean Hammond (Nottingham University):

Cardenio After Arden’

May 12             Ton Hoenselaars (University of Utrecht):   POSTPONED

‘Shakespeare’s Shipwrecks’


Some Previous MEMORI lectures include:

2010 Autumn Semester

October 21        Rob Gossedge (Cardiff University):

‘Thomas Love Peacock and Robin Hood’

November 4     Richard Wilson (Cardiff University):

‘Too Long For a Play – Shakespeare and the Wars of Religion’

November 25 Marilynn Desmond (SUNY, Binghampton, New York):

‘Medieval Troy’

December 9 Helen Phillips (Cardiff University):

‘Chaucer’s Roi Soleil



October 8th ‘Brabantio’s Dream’                                               

John Drakakis (Stirling University)

October 29th ’The Possessed: Edgar and Schreber’                 

Ewan Fernie (Royal Holloway, University of London)

November 19th ‘Shakespeare’s Public Animals’

Paul Yachnin (University of Toronto)

December 10th ‘Virginia Woolf’s Elizabethan Play: A Midsummer Night’s                  Dream and Between The Acts

Claudia Olk (University of Munich)

February 4th ‘Shakespearean Assassination’

Robert Appelbaum (Lancaster University)

February 25th ‘The Myth of Actaeon’

Francois Laroque (Sorbonne Nouvelle, University Paris, III)

March 11th ‘The Places of the Gods on the English Renaissance Stage’

Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University)

April 29th ‘The Art of Degeneration: The Classical and the Oriental in Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale and Squire’s Tale‘.

Andrew J. Johnston (Freie Universität Berlin)


Cardiff Renaissance Seminar

The Cardiff Renaissance seminar series was funded by Cardiff University Graduate Schools and run by research students. Seminars explored aspects of early-modern history and literature, and were given by both visiting speakers, and staff from the schools of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP) and History and Archaeology (HISAR). The series began on 7th February with Professor Richard Wilson (ENCAP) speaking on “Shakespeare in Hate: Performing the Virgin Queen”.

Professor Richard Wilson, Cardiff University
‘Shakespeare in Hate: Performing the Virgin Queen’

Professor J. Gwynfor Jones, Cardiff University
‘The Strange Case of William Parry, Elizabethan Double Agent’

Dr Philip Schwyzer, Exeter University
‘Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III’

Dr Jonathan Durrant, Glamorgan University
‘Soldiers, Religion and Nationality in the Thirty Years’ War’

Professor Catherine Belsey, Swansea University
‘Shakespeare and the Myth of Venus’

Dr Andy Wood, UEA
‘Custom and Conflict in Early Modern England’


Sacred Text – Sacred Space

There was also a Cardiff University Graduate Schools funded seminar series run by research students in 2008:

“Explore the linkage between sacred text and sacred space.

How have cultures represented sacred structures in words, sounds and spaces? How do texts and spaces interrelate to produce an idea of the sacred? What characteristics does a sacred space have when represented in art or literature, and how does that space define or shape creative practices?”

19 Feb Helen Wilcox English Literature (Bangor)
6:00 Main Building Council Chamber
‘Early Modern Sacred Space: Writing and Singing in the Temple’

12 Mar E. Wyn James Welsh (Cardiff)
4:00 Glamorgan Building, Room 1.80
‘Experiencing Song: Welsh Hymn Writers and The Methodist “Seiat”’

22 Apr A Day Conference in the Medieval Church at St Ffagan’s

6 May Patrick Sherry Religious Studies (Lancaster)
6:00 Main Building Council Chamber
‘Disenchantment, Re-enchantment, Enchantment’

13 May Andrew Edgar Philosophy (Cardiff)
6:00 Main Building Council Chamber
‘Samuel Palmer and Spiritual Landscape:The Spiritual in British Landscape Painting’

20 May Susanna Avery-Quash Eastlake Research Fellow (The National Gallery)
6:00 Main Building Council Chamber
‘Collecting Connoisseurs or Spiritual Aesthetes? Early Italian art in 19th-Century Britain’

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