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17:00 - 19:00 1 March 2017

Writing selfhood in the early modern period


Foster Court 307 | UCL Bloomsbury Theatre (link Map)
15 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AH | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Open

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Jennifer Bishop, Research Fellow, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Jennifer Bishop received her first degree from the University of Leeds before moving to Newnham College, Cambridge, where she studied for MPhil and PhD degrees in early modern history. She works on the intersections between the social, economic, and cultural history of early modern England. Her PhD was on 'Precious metals, coinage, and "commonwealth" in mid-Tudor England'. Her current research looks at the practices and agents of record-keeping in the London craft guilds and livery companies, with a particular focus on company clerks. She is also pursuing a related project on the life and career of Ralph Robynson (1520-1577), the first translator of Thomas More’s 'Utopia' into English.
Eva Johanna Holmberg, Academy Research Fellow, University of Helsinki, Dr Holmberg is a cultural historian of early modern Britain and the wider world but the centre of her interest lies in cross-cultural encounters and the cultural history of travel, including the history of the body, emotions, senses, and early modern travel writing itself as a composite genre.Her first monograph explored contemporary Jews in early modern English experience and imagination ('Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination', Ashgate, 2012). She holds a 5-year research grant from the Academy of Finland for a project on 'Travel and Self-Description in Seventeenth-Century England', and is a Visiting Fellow at the School of History at QMUL and at CEMMS (University of Sussex).

The UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges welcomes two guest speakers:

Jennifer Bishop (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge), ‘Self-narratives in the archives: some autobiographical traces of livery company clerks’. Eva Johanna Holmberg (University of Helsinki), ‘Self-description in seventeenth-century English merchant travel accounts’.


Prof Helen Hackett
+44 (0)20 7679 3127 | h.hackett@ucl.ac.uk


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