All welcome. Fully catered. RSVP to by 23 November 2016.

This symposium, focusing on the multiple connotations of the ‘Body Politic’, brings together expertise in the fields of the history of political thought, the history of medicine, gender studies, and literary criticism to reconsider the boundaries of early modern knowledge-making practices. Taking as its departure point the work and legacy of William Shakespeare, the event aims to open up a cross-disciplinary conversation about the role of art and the humanities in past and present social life, religious and political practices, and distribution of living and dead bodies. Confirmed speakers include Valerie Traub, Peter Holbrook, Laurie Johnson, Leigh Penman, Karin Sellberg, Brandon Chua and Ursula Potter.

Convenors: Karin Sellberg (The University of Queensland) and Cathy Curtis (The University of Queensland)






Keynote lecture: Valerie Traub (The University of Michigan)
“Becoming Converted: Sex, Knowledge, and the Religious Body Politic”

11:00 – 11:30

Tea and coffee

11.30 – 13.00

Early Modern Embodiment and Materiality
Karin Sellberg (The University of Queensland)
Ursula Potter (The University of Sydney)
Laurie Johnson (The University of Southern Queensland)

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Early Modern Politics and Religious Controversy
Peter Holbrook (The University of Queensland)
Brandon Chua (The University of Queensland)
Leigh Penman (The University of Queensland)

15:30 – 16:30



Afternoon tea and drinks

Presented by the UQ Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800) and the UQ Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

This symposium is part of The Delighted Spirit: Shakespeare at UQ 2016, a year-long series of events making the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s legacy.



Image: The anatomical theatre of Leiden University, early 17th century. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.