National Boundaries in Early Modern Literary Studies

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Dr Peter Auger / Queen Mary University of London

Early Career Symposium, supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA), at Queen Mary University of London on Friday 18 September 2015

What are the benefits for researchers in early modern European literary studies (c. 1450-1700) of specializing in a particular national literature? What is gained by working across national boundaries and in more than one language? And how can research agendas respond better to the transnational and multilingual nature of literature at this time?

This one-day symposium, organized in association with the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at Queen Mary University of London, will be held on Friday 18 September 2015. The day will consist of papers and panel discussions, a roundtable, and an opening address given by Prof. Ingrid De Smet FBA (Warwick).

The symposium is especially designed for early career researchers (including advanced postgrads) working in several disciplines (including English, Modern Languages and History) to reflect on challenges and opportunities for research in early modern European literary culture in different languages and that crosses national boundaries. A central aim is to give researchers working in different areas the chance to meet each other, make new contacts and exchange ideas.

Proposals for 15-20 minute papers that address any of the symposium's themes are welcome; please contact the organizer if interested in submitting a proposal by 30 June 2015.

Thanks to generous support from a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA), attendance is free, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. The organizers are able to provide a limited amount of assistance with travel expenses for participants coming from outside London. Places are limited and will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information about the event and how to register please contact the organizers ( or visit