Medieval and Renaissance Research Review 2010-11

Katie Lowe was awarded a grant of £33608 by the Andrew Mellon foundation for a trans-continental collaborative research initiative, working with colleagues at the University of Toronto and Stanford University Libraries on a new project: Making Medieval English Manuscripts: New Knowledge, New Technologies.  Plenary addresses this session included SELIM (Spanish Society for Mediaeval English Language and Literature), Huelva, Spain, 2011.  Beth Robertson gave a series of keynote lectures this session, including plenaries at the International Piers Plowman Society, and at the London conference on New Directions in Medieval Manuscripts Studies held in honour of Derek Pearsall.  With Bettina Bildauer (St Andrews), she founded the new inter-university research network, Medievalists in ScotlandAlison Wiggins is PI of the AHRC-funded (£351k) Letters of Bess of Hardwick Project.  This session, she was awarded a grant by The National Trust to support the exhibition Unsealed: The Letters of Bess of Hardwick (April-October 2011 at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire’ to transfer to The National Archives, Kew, in 2012); she also continued her collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library.  She co-curated an exhibition of manuscripts of medieval romances at the Bodleian Library Oxford (to open in 2012). Rob Maslen contributed to two prize winning collections: Collected Works of Thomas Middleton (6th annual Elizabeth Dietz Award, 2011) and Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature 1485-1603 (16th Century Society’s 2010 Roland H. Bainton Prize for the best reference book 1450-1660). Willy Maley co-edited a double special issue of the Sidney Journal on Sir Henry Sidney in Ireland and Wales. Theo van Heijnsbergen was BA-funded to attend and contribute to the Thirteenth International Scottish Medieval and Renaissance Literature Conference in Padua in July 2011. At this conference he secured the organisation of the 15th triennial International Scottish Medieval and Renaissance Literature for Glasgow in 2017. This conference has been previously held in the universities of Strasbourg (France), Mainz (Germany), Columbia SC, Oxford, Groningen (Netherlands), Brock (Canada) and Padua (Italy). Theo has been actively involved in Jeremy Smith’s RSE ‘Textual Afterlives’ network. He was also contributed to the BBC’s radio series ‘The Scottish Intellect’ which was broadcast and pod-cast across October and November 2011. And he was invited to give a 'Response' paper at a conference in Bergen (Norway) on 'The Writing and Representation of War in Medieval Europe', 6-8 September 2011.