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All our seminars are online. Please email Jackie Watson at MappingInns@gmail.com for the link if you are not already on our circulation list.

Our next seminar will be on Wednesday 8 March at 17.30 (GMT), and contributors will discuss their work in progress for our forthcoming edited collection, Mapping the Early Modern Inns of Court: Law, Literature, and Identity, which has been contracted by Palgrave. Confirmed speakers so far include: Jessica Apolloni, Joshua Eckhardt, Penelope Geng, Sharon Harris, Julian Neuhauser, Emma Rhatigan, and Jessica Winston.


We are delighted to announce that our edited collection, Mapping the Early Modern Inns of Court: Law, Literature, and Identity, has been contracted by Palgrave for their Early Modern Literature in History series. Thanks to all those in the network contributing to this. Come along to our seminar on 8 March (see above) and find out more about this work in progress…


Finally, thank you to those speaking at, or planning to audit, our seminar at SAA in Minneapolis in 2023.

Seminar: Performance Cultures in and around the Inns of Court

Emma Rhatigan (University of Sheffield)
Michelle O’Callaghan (University of Reading)
Jackie Watson (Oxford, UK)

Performance cultures at the Inns of Court took a variety of forms, from Christmas revels and masques to mooting and sermons. The four Inns of Court were not homogenous or discrete spaces but open and traversed. This workshop will explore performance cultures at the Inns and how they move across and intersect with other playing spaces in London and cross borders to engage with European festive cultures and the wider world, via the movement of people, texts, performances, and objects.