17 Oct 2015 All day Trust Room, Fitzwilliam College



Interdisciplines: Drama, Economics and Law in Early Modern England was a one-day colloquium which examined the intersections between literature, law and economics in early modern England. As part of the broader, European Research Council-funded interdisciplinary project, Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: the Place of Literature, our speakers were attentive to the epistemic intersections between drama and economy, drama and law: how did legal, social and economic practices of the time condition Renaissance drama? How did the early modern theatre respond to, and, in turn, shape the legal and economic life of the period? 

The programme from the event is available here.


Rachel E. Holmes, Subha Mukherji, Tim Stuart-Buttle, Elizabeth L. SwannKoji Yamamoto 


Maria Fusaro (University of Exeter)
Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London)
Rebecca Tomlin (Birkbeck, University of London),
Andy Wood (University of Durham)

Final Panel Discussion:

Adrian Leonard (University of Cambridge),  Craig Muldrew (University of Cambridge), and Julie Sanders (University of Newcastle).

For practical information please contact the Crossroads Research Project Administrator .


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This project, KNOWING, has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-2007-2013). Grant agreement No. 617849.

For further information please contact crossroads@crassh.cam.ac.uk, but be aware that this project has closed and emails are not monitored frequently – we apologise for any delay in replying to you. 


10.15 - 10.45


10.45 - 11.00


11.00 - 13.30

Panel 1 – Poverty, Piety and Charity  

  1. Rebecca Tomlin (Birkbeck, University of London) The place of charity in 1590s drama: Edward IV and Aldgate
  2. Andy Wood (University of Durham) Work, drama and social relations in the hungry 1590s

Respondents: Jennifer Bishop (University of Cambridge), Jason Scott-Warren (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Koji Yamamoto (University of Cambridge)

13.30 - 14.15


14.15 - 16.45

Panel 2 – Venice and Law 

  1. Quentin Skinner (QMUL)  Why Shylock loses his case: judicial rhetoric in The Merchant of Venice
  2. Maria Fusaro (University of Exeter) Merchants of Venice, between drama and history

Respondents: Mary Laven (University of Cambridge), Subha Mukherji (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Andrew Zurcher (University of Cambridge)

16.45 - 17.15

Break – tea and coffee

17.15 - 18.00

Concluding Panel

Chair: Craig Muldrew (University of Cambridge)

Discussants: Adrian Leonard (University of Cambridge), Julie Sanders (University of Newcastle)

18.00 - 19.00

Drinks Reception in The Grove, Fitzwilliam College

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