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The John Rylands Research Institute supports a full programme of talks, seminars and other events, aimed at both academic and wider public audiences. Here are a few dates for your diary.

Research Forum – Lunchtime Talks

Find out how the exceptional collections of the John Rylands Library are shaping research, in this monthly series of informal lunchtime talks. For more information visit the JRRI website.

1 March 2016 – Ethiopian Magic Scrolls: “Prayers that Loosen charms” , Ethiopian Magic Scrolls

  • Dr Dan Levene, Reader in Jewish History and Culture, University of Southampton.
  • Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 12-1pm.

5 April 2016 – Out of ether: Collecting analogue photography in the 21st century: Through the lens of the photographer and curator

  • Stella Halkyard, Visual Collections and Academic Engagement Manager, The University of Manchester Library, and Tony Richards, Photographer, Heritage Imaging, University of Manchester Library.
  • Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 12-1pm.

3 May 2016 – Theatres of knowledge:Giulio Camillo’s “Theatre of knowledge” in the collection of Richard C Christie

  • Oscar Seip, PhD Candidate, Manchester.
  • Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 12-1pm.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies Seminar Series

The Institute runs this series in partnership with the John Rylands Library and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. Sessions are open to all.  All enquiries should be directed to Dr Anne Kirkham (anne.kirkham@manchester.ac.uk) or Dr Irene O’Daly (irene.odaly@manchester.ac.uk). For more information visit the JRRI website.

25 February 2016 – From memory to written record: royal documents from Arab-Norman Sicily

  • Speaker: Dr Alex Metcalfe, Department of History, Lancaster University
  • Venue: Room A112, Samuel Alexander Building, 5 – 6.15pm.

19 April 2016 – Picturing Music in sixteenth-century Antwerp: Marten de Vos’s motet prints

  • Speaker: Dr Margit Thofner, School of Art History & World Art Studies, University of East Anglia
  • Venue and time TBC

21 April 2016 – Catherine Cadiere’s Body. Stigmata on Trial in Eighteenth-century France

  • Speaker: Dr Cathy McClive, Department of History, Durham University
  • This session will be held at 5.30pm. Venue TBC.

5 May 2016 – Imagining the Self in the Illuminated Passover Haggadah Manuscripts of Fourteenth-century Aragon

  • Speaker: Dr Eva Frojmovic, Centre for Jewish Studies & School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
  • Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 5.15-6.30pm.

Print and Materiality in the Early Modern World Seminar Series

The Institute runs this exciting seminar series in partnership with the John Rylands Library. Sessions are open to all. Convened by Dr Sasha Handley and Dr Jenny Spinks. Enquiries: Sasha Handley. For more information visit the JRRI website. A group will go for drinks afterwards – all welcome!

4 February 2016 – Sound and embodied emotions

  • Dr Penelope Gouk, Manchester, On hearing and harmony: Francis Bacon’s proposal for a new method of interrogating sound and its perception
  • Dr Matthew Laube, Cambridge/Brussels, Objects of Harmony: Music and Material Culture in the Confessional Age
  • Professor Thomas Schmidt, Manchester, On the making of polyphonic music manuscripts and prints in the early 16thcentury: the evolution of standard layouts and formats
  • Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 5.15-7pm.

3 March 2016 – Embodied emotions and the supernatural

  • Dr Stephen Gordon, Manchester, Michael Scot and Necromancy: An Investigation into the Provenance of Latin MS 105
  • Dr Laura Kounine, Max Planck Institute, Berlin, Conscience, Confession and Selfhood in Lutheran Witch-Trials
  • Dr Jenny Spinks, Manchester, Embodied anxieties in the sixteenth century: European print culture and the global supernatural
  • Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 5.15-7pm.

28 April 2016 – Embodied emotions, mind and memory in past and present

  • Dr Sasha Handley, Manchester, Sleep in Early Modern England
  • Dr Penny Lewis, Manchester, Sleep, Cognition and Neuroscience
  • Michael Smith, Manchester, Emotions and Devotions in Early Modern England
  • Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 5.15-7pm.

Research Seminars

Our research seminar series gives you the opportunity to hear insights and important findings of study undertaken at the John Rylands Research Institute.

22 March 2016 – Giulio Camillo’s Theatro della sapientia: Theatres of Knowledge in the Early Modern Period

  • Convenor: Oscar Seip (oscar.seip@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk), PhD Candidate, John Rylands Research Institute
  • Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 4-5 pm.

26 April 2016 – Nathaniel Bland’s Turkish Notebooks

  • Convenor: Dr Nil Palabiyik-Pektas (nil.pektas@manchester.ac.uk), Research Associate, John Rylands Research Institute
  • Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 4-5 pm.

10 May – It’s a small world: reconstructing village life in early Roman Egypt through documentary sources

  • Convenor: Will Mundy (william.mundy@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk), PhD Candidate, John Rylands Research Institute
  • Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 4-5 pm.

24 May – Translating Poetry: Elaine Feinstein and Russian Women Poets

  • Convenor: Dr Florence Impens (florence.impens@manchester.ac.uk), Research Associate, John Rylands Research Institute
  • Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 4-5 pm.