News and events

  • Historian Colin Rose talks plague, famine, and climate change in seventeenth-century Bologna, Italy

     Click here for a new eplisode of Forward featuring Historian Colin Rose talk about plague, famine, and climate change in seventeenth-century Bologna, Italy.

  • MARS 2P95 Conference – The Origins of Sports and Games in the Middle Ages from East to West

    March 18 at 6:35 p.m. and March 25 at 5:15 p.m.
    Click here for conference poster and program
    Contact Professor Teresa Russo at for access to Event on Teams
  • Landspeak – A gathering of Indigenous and Irish Voices – Free online event running March 17-20

    Landspeak – A gathering of Indigenous and Irish Voices, an online event which we are organising in partnership with Ireland Canada University Foundation, and the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture in the University of Manitoba.

    Running from 17th-20th March, Landspeak is a series of free online talks, workshops, events, and activities, which seeks to build connections, opportunities and friendship between Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island in Canada, and people of Ireland.

    Landspeak brings together artists, academics and leaders for explorations in culture, sport, creativity, language, and the environment. We hope you will be inspired by the lineup of participants, which includes Manchán Magan, Pura Fé, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Jeanette Armstrong, Oein DeBhairduin, Louise Halfe, Nuala Hayes, Kontiwennenhawi — Akwesasne Women Singers, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Richard Van Camp and Liam Ó Maonlaí, with more still to be confirmed.

    All events are free to attend. More information including how to register can be found on the Landspeak website here

  • The Poetry of Hester Pulter: Revolution and Remediation

    Announcing a special issue of Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, co-edited by Leah Knight and Wendy Wall, on Hester Pulter’s poetry. The title of the issues is “The Poetry of Hester Pulter: Revolution and Remediation.”  The volume features essays by seven wonderful contributors plus an afterword and an introduction clarifying why Pulter’s verse warrants this kind of close attention—not least after several centuries of total neglect.

    Leah Knight is a member of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Faculty Advisory Committee and a professor of English at Brock University.  She teaches a couple of popular MARS courses every year.

    Definitely worth checking out!

  • “A 17th-Century Poet’s Digital Renaissance”  – Free Event

    January 26th, 7 p.m.: Brock Talks

    Leah Knight, Department of English Language & Literature, Brock University

    When a poet named Hester Pulter died in 1678, her verse survived in a single leather-bound manuscript. That book was barely remembered until scholars reopened it in the very last years of the twentieth century and were astounded to read Pulter’s 120 original poems. These remarkable texts respond to the political and scientific revolutions of the seventeenth century as well as the personal tumult of living through those civil and intellectual wars, birthing fifteen children, and burying most of them. Professor Leah Knight will provide an account of harnessing the digital revolution of our own time in order to transform this important addition to our store of early modern women’s writing by making it freely available through The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making.

    This event is co-hosted by the St. Catharines Public Library and will take place online. The event is free, but advance registration is required. To register, visit:

  • Christmas Wishes from MARS!

  • The Virtual Brigata – Free Online Lecture Series

    The American Boccaccio Association, founded in 1974, is a non-profit scholarly organization dedicated to the promotion of the study and teaching of Giovanni Boccaccio’s life and works.  They are offering a free online lecture series – The Virtual Brigata.  For more info, click here.

  • 2020 Medievalism Transformed Conference – virtual and free to attend

    Medievalism Transformed is an annual event hosted by Bangor University, School of English Literature that aims to explore the medieval world and its sustained impact on subsequent culture and thought. It brings together postgraduates and early career researchers from across the United Kingdom and worldwide. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Movement through Arthurian Legend’.

    The conference will be held over two days: 18-19 September 2020. 

    This virtual conference is free to attend and open to all who are interested in all things medieval. The registration link is available here:

    The keynote speaker will be Dr Aisling Byrne from the University of Reading. She will be giving a paper entitled “Medieval Arthurian Texts in Motion”.

    Follow on Twitter @BangorMTC2020 and like our Facebook page “Bangor English Medievalism Transformed 2020”.

    Click here for conference poster

    Click here for final conference schedule

  • The Medieval & Early Modern Classroom in the Time of COVID-19

    Some great reading!  The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies has put together some web resources linking the medieval and early modern periods to our modern-day Pandemic.


  • Early Modern Bookscapes – featuring Professor Leah Knight

    You’ve heard of landscapes and seascapes, but have you ever head of bookscapes? Today’s researcher investigates the history of reading and attempts to unravel the complex relationship between women and written text in Early Modern Britain. Dr. Leah Knight from the Department of English Language and Literature spoke with us about textual culture and her digital project featuring the unpublished manuscript of 17th century poet Hester Pulter.

    Dr. Knight studies early modern English poetry, prose, and the culture they emerge from. She’s authored two books, Of Books and Botany in Early Modern England and Reading Green in Early Modern England, which were both awarded the annual book prize of the British Society for Literature and Science.
    More recently, Dr. Knight has been investigating the history of reading, examining the evidence of reading materials, habits, and experiences associated with Anne Clifford (1590-1676).

    She has also turned to the long-neglected manuscripts of the poet Hester Pulter (1605-1678) and has launched a digital project with Dr. Wendy Wall of Northwestern University that was selected as the year’s best project in digital scholarship by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender in 2018.

    Find a full transcript at