The Afterlives of Eve


Keynotes: Sandra M. Gilbert (UC Davis)

         Wendy Furman-Adams (Whittier)

John Bothwell (Durham)

From Genesis to mitochondrial Eve, the idea of a single common foremother has occupied a crucial space in the Western cultural imaginary. Eve, whether as bringer of sin, as life-giver, as burden, curse or saviour, functions as a commentary on maternity, sexuality, creativity and power.

This cross-period and interdisciplinary conference will be an opportunity to explore the impact of her varied representations through the centuries and across different genres and media. How has this archetypal figure been revised and revisited by conservative and radical thought? What personal, polemical and/or creative uses have been made of the figure of Eve? What persists and what changes in her depictions across time and geographical space?  How have women and men negotiated their shared and different relationships to Eve? How has Eve been appropriated, neglected or rejected as a foremother? How does she speak to fantasies of masculine or feminine self-sufficiency? What cultural, political, literary and/or theological spaces does she occupy now?

Topics might include, but need not be limited to:

Origins of/Sources for Eve

Other Eves

The absence of Eve

Representations and Transformations of Eve

Eve as Over-reacher

We welcome papers from all disciplines in arts, humanities and sciences and covering any historical period. We also welcome panel proposals including PGR panel proposals.

Titles and abstracts of no more than 250 words per speaker should be sent to Ruth Connolly ( and Mandy Green ( by 12 March 2016. Panel proposals should also include a title for the panel's programme. Speakers will be notified by March 21st

We gratefully acknowledge support from MEMS at Newcastle and Newcastle University's Academic Conference Fund. A limited number of PGR bursaries may be available. Please indicate when sending your abstract whether you would like to be considered for a bursary.


Job: Research Associate on The Thomas Nashe Project (3 yr post)

Job opportunity: Research Associate (3 years) for The Thomas Nashe Project, at Newcastle University

 Salary: £28,395 - £29,552

 Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate to work at Newcastle University on The Thomas Nashe Project, funded by the AHRC. This is an ambitious programme of scholarly editing, contracted by Oxford University Press. A unique feature of the project is the importance we attach to the performance potential of Nashe's writing, both his prose fiction and his sole-authored play 'Summers Last Will and Testament', and thus to the relationship between performed prose and drama.

 You will be expected to prepare texts for the editorial team with Professor Jennifer Richards and Professor Joseph Black, and also to edit one of Nashe’s prose writings, which will be published by OUP. You will be expected to maintain the project website, and to support dissemination activities. The successful applicant will be part of a nine-strong editorial team and will also work alongside our partners: The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, The Globe Theatre, London, Norfolk Museums, The Old Palace School, Croydon and King Edward VI School, Stratford.

 You will work under the direction of Professor Jennifer Richards, based at Newcastle University in the School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, and liaise with the general editors: Professor Joseph Black, Professor Andrew Hadfield, and Professor Cathy Shrank.

 You will have completed a PhD in English Literature (1500-1700), and be able to demonstrate expertise in prose writing and/or the history of print. It is also essential that you have expertise in textual and bibliographical studies as well as a proven ability to work to a high level of accuracy. You will be expected to have a record of relevant academic publication and experience of working with archives. A working knowledge of Latin is desirable. Experience of liaising, engaging and communicating with both academic and non-academic audiences are also desirable.

 The position is full time and is tenable for 36 months from 1 October 2015

 The deadline for applications is July 10th.

 Informal enquiries can be made to the Professor Jennifer Richards, tel: 0191 222 7754, e-mail: Further information, including on how to apply, can be found on the university website:

VOICES AND BOOKS, 1500-1800: Newcastle Conference

July 16th-18th 2015

Newcastle University and City Library, Newcastle

Organiser: Jennifer Richards, Newcastle University with Helen Stark, Newcastle University and Richard Wistreich (Royal College of Music)


Keynote Speakers

Heidi Brayman Hackel (University of California, Riverside)

Anne Karpf (London Metropolitan University)

Christopher Marsh (Queen’s University, Belfast) with The Carnival Band

Perry Mills, Director of Edward’s Boys (King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon)


More information at:

Call for Contributions

Special Issue of postmedieval on Medievalism and the Medical Humanities

Contributions are invited for a special issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies entitled ‘Medievalism and the Medical Humanities’. The issue will be published in the summer of 2017 and will be edited by Dr Jamie McKinstry and Professor Corinne Saunders.

The editors invite essays that explore, through specific examples, how the interdisciplinary approach of medical humanities can be beneficial to medieval studies and/or the ways in which medieval studies can illuminate medical humanities research. As designated in the general aims of the journal, the editors are especially interested in research that ‘brings the medieval and modern into productive critical relation’.

Essays are welcome from a variety of disciplines including literary studies, history, theology, archaeology, manuscript studies, medieval medicine, and the medieval sciences. Contributions are also welcome from early modern and modern specialists whose work includes reference to medieval studies and the medical humanities. For suggested areas of discussion please see the journal website at

Essays can be short pieces (maximum 3,000 words) that could discuss specific areas of interest or new possibilities for future research, or longer pieces of extended discussion (maximum 7,000 words). For all style and submission instructions please see the author guidelines at (but please note the specific word limits for this particular issue). Word counts include all notes and references, abstracts, and author biographies. Please send all contributions and direct any questions to Dr Jamie McKinstry at

The deadline for all essays is 12th December 2014. Deadline Extended to 23rd of January ( Update added 29 October 2014)

WWI documentary premiere

10 July 2014


Whilst neither medieval or early modern, we would like to advertise an invitation to see these films about WWI which draw on holdings at Northumberland Archives.

You are invited to a unique premiere at the Tyneside Cinema – the showing of two short films, created by Newcastle and Durham University postgraduates and sixthformers from Heworth Grange and Ponteland High School, about North-East experiences of World War One.

Postgraduates visited the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn to gather private diaries, letters and photographs.  These personal accounts and current sixthformers’ responses to them are at the heart of both films.

These films show the war through the eyes of the generation that experienced it and explore what it means for modern students to read those experiences.

The film-showing will take place in the Roxy at the Tyneside Cinema on 28th July at 6.30pm. The event is free and all guests will receive a glass of wine on arrival. Once the films have been shown there will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers, the sixth-formers who took part and archivists from the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn.  This will be chaired by the Project Co-Ordinator, Dr Katherine Cooper.

To attend please email Faye Keegan on by 20th July 2014.

This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as part of their Collaborative Skills Development programme.

Research Associates required for 100 hrs work

The Medieval and Early Modern Research Group (MEMS) and the Gender Research Group (GRG) wish to appoint two PTHP research assistants to contribute to the continuing development of the Archive Subject Guide (  

The Archives Subject Guide is an ongoing interdisciplinary project which identifies key areas of potential research development and funding applications for HSS students and staff, based on the archival holdings of the North-East's cultural institutions.  

Continuing the GRG, MEMS and NISR-supported work of the past year, the post-doctoral research assistants will develop and expand the existing Archives Subject Guide.  The RAs will be working with such institutions as the City Library, the Gateshead Library, the Literary and Philosophical Society and Northumberland Archives. 

Each research assistant will have 100 hours (at £13.92 p.h.) of work between October 2014 and March 2015.  Each RA will ideally be of doctoral or post-doctoral standing within Newcastle University.  S/he will have experience of working in archives, will possess excellent IT skills (including use of databases), and will be able to manage their own time. Experience of working with pre-1800 material may be an advantage for one of the posts.

To apply, please email and with an academic C.V, and a letter detailing relevant experience and skills.  Applications must be received by 31 July 2014.  Please note that payment will be in three tranches (and not monthly).   

Any questions concerning the RAships may be directed to Dr Gillis or Dr Connolly via the above emails.

Call for papers from current PGRs

1 July 2014

Call for Papers:

10th Issue of the Historical Studies Postgraduate Forum E-Journal

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

                 Newcastle University              


Discovery, Invention and Reinvention


The theme of this year's issue of our E-Journal seeks to reflect on the continuous (re)discovery and (re)invention processes which historical disciplines and our understanding of the past go through over time.

 Through the course of history individuals, countries and cultures have discovered and rediscovered their pasts; inventing and reinventing personalities, identities, social structures, conventions and ideologies. An iconic figure or artefact may be discovered, forgotten and rediscovered by the same or different peoples and cultures, bearing different meanings and connotations for each given context. An identity or concept may be invented and reinvented at different times. This conference intends to explore these processes and humanity's connection to and continuous engagement with the past.

 We are seeking abstracts for papers of 4000 words (although we can be flexible).


Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Intellectual history and reception
  • Material culture
  • Family and gender
  • Religion and ritual
  • Comparative history
  • Politics and national identity
  • Class and race
  • Memory and commemoration
  • Historiography
  • Interdisciplinary history

 Please send abstracts of 250-300 words along with a CV to Emily Mitchelson ( by the 22nd of August, 2014. If your paper is selected, the deadline for the entire paper is the 19th of September, 2014



Please see

Salary:    £32,590, with progression to £36,661

Closing Date:  7 May 2014

 You will have a PhD in a relevant subject area and proven experience in teaching mid-14th century to early/mid-16th century literature to undergraduate students across a range of modules, with experience of teaching Chaucer highly desirable.  You should also have a record of high quality publications in late medieval literature commensurate with your career stage and outstanding plans for future research projects and grant capture. Knowledge of and demonstrable expertise in digital scholarly editing and/or digital humanities is highly desirable and we would like you to have the potential to contribute to the development of the School’s work in the Digital Humanities.

 Informal enquiries can be made to the Acting Head of School, Dr James Annesley, tel: 0191 208 6617,  and the Director of Research, Professor Matthew Grenby, tel: 0191 208 6182, e-mail:

 The position is available from 1 September 2014

Newcastle Mystery Play performance

SML and SELLL staff and students to revive medieval tradition

Location: Castle Keep 
Time/Date: 28th March 2014, 17:00 - 19:00

SML and SELLL staff and students revive the medieval tradition of 'Mystery Plays' in Newcastle. The mystery play of the 'Building of the Ark', was originally performed by the Shipwrights' Guild on Corpus Christi in an open air production during the procession through the markets of Newcastle. Today's performance is staged in the best preserved medieval part of Newcastle, the Great Hall of the Castle Keep. Come and join us for an introduction to medieval drama, drinks on the roof top and a participatory performance of Newcastle's signature play!

11 August 2013

Dr. Barbara Ravelhofer (Durham) is seeking contributors to an edited collection on James Shirley and Caroline music, poetry and drama. There will also be a strand focussed on editing Caroline works.

Essays may focus on Shirley, his works and literary contemporaries, and his impact on Caroline literature and culture. Topics may include editorial and bibliographic issues, Caroline music, poetry and theatre, early modern historical and cultural contexts, and book/manuscript studies.

Essay length: 4000-7000 words

Deadline for provisional title and abstract: 1 October 2013

Deadline for full essay: 1 Sept 2014

For any queries, please contact Barbara at


Early Modern Memory Practices and the Making of Community.

 Speakers from disciplines including English, History, Archaeology and Music and the heritage sector include: Mary Brooks (Durham), Chris Burgess (Flodden Community Eco-Museum),  Jon Finch (York), Vic Gammon (Newcastle), Andrew Gordon (Aberdeen), Jon Gurney (Newcastle), Tara Hamling (Birmingham), Philip Schwyzer (Exeter).

 This symposium forms part of the AHRC-funded Research Network, Memory and Community in Early Modern Britain,(  which asks how memory can sustain but also divide communities, in a period of rapid transformation and conflict; how memory is shaped, articulated and transmitted through texts and objects; and how we represent and imagine this past in the present.

 Time: Friday 7 June 1pm - Saturday 8 June 2 pm. Place: Newcastle University, Armstrong Building, Room 1.06. In addition there will be a PGR/ECR session on Friday morning, and an optional field-trip to Flodden Eco-Museum on Saturday afternoon.

 All welcome: for catering purposes, please confirm attendance with Laurie McKee <> by Monday 3 June, indicating also if you would like to go to Flodden on Saturday (returning to Newcastle c. 8pm).

Additional support from MEMS and NISR means that we can offer travel and accommodation bursaries for participants in the PGR/ECR session; please contact Laurie as soon as possible if you wish to apply for a bursary.

10 May, 2013

Cross-period symposium on childhood

‘What, are they children?’ Childhood and Culture, Early Modern to Postmodern.

Speakers: Edel Lamb (Queen's University Belfast), Claire Canavan (York), and from Newcastle, Helen Berry, Kate Chedgzoy, Matthew Grenby, and Shehzana Mamujee.

This symposium offers colleagues and students with a research interest in children in the period 1500-1800 and beyond to explore current issues in the field. It is co-supported by the Gender Research Group and Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal.

Time: Tuesday 21 May, 1 pm for lunch, symposium sessions 2-5 pm. Place: Armstrong Building, Newcastle U., Room 1.06

All welcome: for catering purposes, please confirm attendance with Katie Cooper <> by Friday 17 May.

 8 May 2013

Call for Papers

'A little sprig of laurel': women writing history in the long eighteenth century, Thursday 26 September 2013, Chawton House Library, Hampshire.

A one day workshop to commemorate 250 years of Catherine Macaulay's History of England 1763-2013, at the prestigious Chawton House Library in the beautiful Hampshire village of Chawton.

Keynote Speaker: Prof Karen O'Brien, University of Birmingham.

Papers will be of 15 minutes duration, which can relate to Macaulay, her works and circle, or other eighteenth-century women writers within the general field of history.

Please send abstracts to Wendy Robins, or Stephen Bygrave,  by 16 June 2013.

 8 May 2013

Telling Lives: James Boswell and the Art of Life-Writing (Thursday 16 May 2013) at Maughan Library, Chancery Lane, London 

 A one-day symposium on Boswell’s Life of Johnson on the 250th anniversary of their first meeting

 Organised by Centre for Life Writing Research, King’s College London,

King’s English Department and Dr Johnson’s House.

 Download the Boswell programme

Organiser Contact:

Book here:

April 22nd 2013

Call for Papers (Deadline: May 31st)

Conference for PGRs and ECRS

Precedent and Progress:  'Change and Continuity in the Medieval and Early Modern World'

A one-day conference to be held at Newcastle University in the Armstrong Building, Lecture Theatre 2.16 on July 26th, 2013.

Organised by Brianne Preston and Jennifer Scammell 

Precedent and Progress

April 9, 2013

‎Dr. Rachel Hammersley (Newcastle) and Dr. Gaby Mahlberg (Northumbria) are seeking to employ two Research Assistants in History (one fluent in French, the other fluent in German) to undertake some initial research on the translation, distribution and reception of English republican works in Europe, c.1640-1871 to help them prepare a grant application to the AHRC.

The work is likely to involve: 

  • searches in catalogues and online databases
  • searching eighteenth- and nineteenth-century periodicals for relevant reviews
  • the compilation of a sources database
  • some translation work
  • travel to libraries and archives in the UK and Europe
  • other basic administrative duties

In addition to the linguistic abilities noted above the candidates should have at least a Master’s degree in History, French, German Studies or a related subject area and a background in early modern intellectual history/ political history/ history of the book. Knowledge of other languages, especially Dutch and/or Latin would be an added bonus. The position might suit a final-year or recently completed PhD student.

One candidate will be employed by Newcastle University and the other by Northumbria University. Both will work under the supervision of Dr Hammersley and Dr Mahlberg.

Starting date: 3 June 2013

Expressions of interest including a covering letter and CV should be emailed to or by 7 May 2013. Interviews will be held on the morning of Wednesday 29 May 2013, either in person or via Skype.

For additional information please click here: Further particulars 

‎ April 16, 2013

A festshrift for Professor Keith Wrightson (Yale), Remaking English Society: Social Relations and Social Change in Early Modern England, will be published by Boydell and Brewer in May. Professor Wrightson is Visiting Professor at the School of Classics, History and Archaeology at Newcastle. The collection is edited by Steve Hindle (Huntington Library), Alexandra Shepard (Glasgow), and John Walter (Essex) and 're-examines the relationship between enduring structures and social change in early modern England' from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.  His festschrift and the papers comprising it will be presented to him before an invited audience at the Mining Institute on May 25th.  The event is supported by Newcastle University, Durham University, Cambridge University and the Huntington Library.