Conference Program (8-9 July 2019)

The Court of Star Chamber and Its Records – Schedule

Institute of Advanced Studies Seminar Room, Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green, Durham

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Monday, 8 July

Welcome                             9:15

Session 1:                            9:20-11:00

The Problem with STAC 5

Helen Good, The Star Chamber Project

Disobedient Archives: Using Star Chamber Records in Researching Historical Geographies of Property, Enclosure, and the Landscape

Briony McDonagh, University of Hull

The Geography of Enclosure Riot in East Anglia, 1509-1625: The Records of Star Chamber

Andy Wood, Durham University

+Brief Comments on New Plans for Cataloguing STAC Files

Amanda Bevan and Dan Gosling, The National Archives

Refreshment Break         11:00-11:30

Session 2:                            11:30-1:00

Was Star Chamber ‘Popular’? (And Does it Matter?)

Krista Kesselring, Dalhousie University

Corrupt Commissioners and Clerks? The Politics of Compiling Depositions in Early Modern England

Hillary Taylor, University of Cambridge

Contemporary Knowledge of the Star Chamber

Ian Williams, University College London

Lunch                    1:15-2:15

Session 3:            2:30-4:00

‘In Maner as hit Wer a Garyson of Women’: Female Defendants and Disorder in Early Tudor Star Chamber

Deborah Youngs, University of Swansea

Keeping ‘That Matter Secrete to Themselves and From the Knowledge of All Other’: Female Violence in the Elizabethan Star Chamber

Chloe Ingersent, University of Oxford

‘By Reason of Her Sex and Widowhood’: A Welsh Gentlewoman in the Court of Star Chamber

Sadie Jarrett, Bangor University


Refreshment Break         4:00-4:15


Session 4:                            4:15-5:45

Sir Edward Coke and the Star Chamber: The Prosecution of Rapes at Snargate, 1598-1602

Louis A. Knafla, University of Calgary

The Curious Case of the Cross-Dressing Catholic

Jonathan Healey, University of Oxford

The Preparation of a Star Chamber Brief: Newdigate vs. Lloyd et al (May 1608)

Steve Hindle, The Huntington Library


Wine Reception                6:00-7:00              *Sponsored by the Huntington Library


Optional Dinner              


Day 2 Tuesday, July 9


Session 1:                            9:00-10:30 

The Star Chamber and Welsh Identity

Robin Grove-White & Gwilym Owen, Bangor University

Jacobean Star Chamber Records and the Performance of Provincial Libel

Clare Egan, Lancaster University 

Commercial History in the Star Chamber Archives

Emily Kadens, Northwestern University

Refreshment Break         10:30-11:00

Session 2:                            11:00-12:00

Schrödinger’s Cat in the Archive: Alternative Realities in the Court of Star Chamber

Lotte Fikkers, Leiden University 

Star Chamber, the Bullion Trade, and the Veracity of Judicial Records, 1618-20

Simon Healy, History of Parliament Trust




We gratefully acknowledge the support provided by Durham University, Durham’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Huntington Library, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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