Update: Coming Up in Medieval and Early Modern Studies


Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Sydney

Based within the School of Letters, Art and Media , the University of Sydney Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) to undertake research into medieval understandings of sexuality, love, marriage and the nexus between these. For further information, click here.


Public Talk
Shakespeare, Hegel and Modern Freedom

Monday, 20 April 2015 (12-1pm)
Rogers Room, Woolley Building, University of Sydney
Ewan Fernie (University of Birmingham) will revisit and explore Hegel’s proposition about Shakespearean freedom in relation to the insights of materialist criticism. He will argue that Shakespearean drama can’t ultimately be seen as a hymn to purely individual liberty. It’s true that we’re always concerned with character in the plays; but we are never concerned with just one character. Shakespearean freedom is never forged in isolation; it is always made in interaction. In short, it is always political. For further information, download the PDF flyer.

Public Talk
Shakespeare’s Freetown: Why the Plays Matter

Thursday, 23 April 2015 (4pm)
Room 275, Global Change Institute (Building 20), University of Queensland St Lucia Campus
Ewan Fernie will also be at the University of Queensland to talk Shakespeare and freedom, with a specific focus on Antony and Cleopatra. For further information, click here.

Early Modern Literature Forum: Shakespeare and Complete Being

Friday, 24 April 2015 (4-6pm)
Room 202A, Learning & Innovation Building (17), University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus)
Ewan Fernie will also speak at a forum that asks: what happens to ideas of Shakespearean freedom after the violence of the twentieth century? Ernie will turn to the work of Ted Hughes, who proposed that Shakespeare’s plays and poems can help us to suffer through the whole process of barbarism and repression in the hope of coming out the other side and redeeming human culture. For further information, click here.

Public lecture
Art of India: Paintings of composite and other creatures

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 at 12pm
Art Gallery of NSW
A fascinating strand of Indian art concerns the fantastic, mythological and imaginary creatures found in painting and sculpture. Some creatures have ancient and imprecise origins; others entered the Indian artistic repertoire at specific times. The latter is the case of paintings of composite creatures, which became popular from the 1500s with select Muslim and Hindu patrons. Presented by Jackie Menzies, independent curator and writer. For further information, visit the event page on the Art Gallery of NSW’s website.

Coming Soon: Exhibition
The Story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi

22 May – 20 September
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
A tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and the victory of good over evil, the Ramayana is one of the world’s great epics. The story of Rama: Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi illustrates key moments from the narrative through one hundred and one paintings. Spanning the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, the works present a rich diversity of Indian painting. For further information, visit the event page on the NGA’s website.

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