Friday, June 24, 2005


Papers are invited for the fourth annual conference of the Centre for Research in Renaissance Studies, Roehampton University, London SW15 5PH on 22 October 2005. The conference theme is 'Renaissance Lives'.

Papers are invited from academic staff, independent researchers and postgraduate students on the following or related topics:
  • classical and Renaissance biography
  • modern biography
  • hidden/invented/exemplary lives
  • constructions of the self
  • astrology
  • popular and formal portrayal in ballads, chapbooks, portraiture, or funerary sculpture
  • literary, historical or artistic figures in film, theatre and fiction
  • or any combination of these topics.

Interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives will be particularly welcome. Conference papers will be published as online conference proceedings with an ISBN under the title 'Renaissance Lives'.

Dr David Starkey will give the Turner Lecture in Renaissance Studies (keynote lecture).
Invited speakers will include Tom Healy (Professor of Renaissance Studies, Birkbeck University of London), Kate McLuskie (Director, The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon- Avon), and Marion Wynne-Davies (Reader in English, Dundee University).

Proposals (250-300 words) for short papers (maximum 2,500 words) should be submitted by 30 June 2005 to Susanne Greenhalgh ( Accepted papers - to be submitted by 15 September - will be circulated by Seminar Chairs before the conference, and participants will be invited to speak briefly to their papers.

For further details including maps and a booking form please go to and follow the link to 'conference'. If you have any queries or would be interested in chairing a session please write to Professor Robin Headlam Wells (, or Susanne Greenhalgh

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