• Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon



Med/Ren Art Forum, University of Melbourne, Monday 9 September

The next meeting of the Med/Ren Art Forum will be on Monday 9 September at the University of Melbourne. The chapter "Birth and death: from swaddling to shroud", from Paul Hills' "Veiled Presence: Body and Drapery from Giotto to Titian" (2018), is attached below. As always, the reading group is quite informal and all are welcome to join. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, or if you have any other queries, please contact Adam Bushby: adambushby@hotmail.com or Professor Anne Dunlop: anne.dunlop@unimelb.edu.au.

Date: Monday 9 September
Time: 6pm
Venue: Room 202, John Medley Building (Building 191), University of Melbourne




Jan Machielsen, Cardiff University

Wednesday 4 December, 6:15pm

The Anatomy of a Witch-Hunt: Fear and Terror in the French Basque Country


The largest French witch-hunt took place in the summer and
autumn of 1609 at the very edge of the kingdom, in a Basque speaking region called the Pays de Labourd. In a short span of time up to 80 women and men were executed or banished,
many of them apparently accused by their own children. The
story of this witch-hunt has often been told, since the first
account of it appeared in 1612, written by one of the judges, but what really happened has remained hidden from view.


Dr Jan Machielsen is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Cardiff University. His first monograph, Martin Delrio: Demonology and Scholarship in the Counter-Reformation (2015), was shortlisted for the Royal Historical
Society Gladstone Prize. He is currently working on a study of the 1609 witch-hunt conducted by the Bordeaux judge Pierre de Lancre in the French Basque country.

Wednesday 4 December, 6:15pm

McMahon Ball Lecture Theatre, Old Arts Building

University of Melbourne

Contact: Dr Jenny Spinks   jspinks@unimelb.edu.au




Marginalia and the Early Modern Woman Writer, 1530-1660.

PhD Scholarship

The research undertaken is part of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and will provide an ambitious new literary history of how early modern women read and wrote in the margins of their books, uncovering new texts, practices, writers and readers across 150 years. It aims to change the ways in which we understand reading and writing practice in the English Renaissance.

The PhD candidate will be trained in archival fieldwork, project management, writing, publication, seminar and conference organisation and other dissemination activities.

This project aims to provide the first literary history of early modern women's marginalia, uncovering a significant new field of textual practice for women in the English Renaissance. It will be the first examination of the scope, content and purpose of early modern women's marginalia, both written by women and annotating their texts, in order to make new discoveries about reading and writing in the period. The project's findings will shift our understanding about the practice of early modern marginal annotation, with implications for scholarship of the history of the book, early modern literary history and studies of women's writing. Its outcomes will be disseminated in print and open-access digital forms to enable further scholarship.




Horizon lines: The ambitions of a print collection

Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne

July 31st-December 8th 2019

Horizon lines: The ambitions of a print collection focuses on Northern and Italian Renaissance printmakers, such as Albrecht Dürer, and Dutch Republic prints, including Rembrandt, as well as the etching revival. The selected woodcuts, engravings and etchings present a variety of perspectives on the ambitions of the artists who created them, as well as their collectors and scholars.

The exhibition is staged as one of several activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Harold Wright and Sarah and William Holmes scholarships. The awards enable print scholars from Australia or New Zealand to examine prints at the British Museum. Taking its cue from the approaches of Harold Wright and the scholarships, the exhibition encourages considered looking, for the acquisition of knowledge and sheer enjoyment of prints.