Lead Organisers:

Dr Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon (Brunel University, UK, 2007-2017)

Prof. José Martínez Torrejón (Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, USA)

Our Organising Committee also includes:

Anna Demoux (IHRIM, Clermont Auvergne University, France) – web designer

Dr David Kenyon (Bletchley Park, UK) – optional excursion, plenary and roundtable organiser


Ernesto Oyarbide Magaña (Oxford, UK)

Dr David Amelang (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

Dr Mariana Zinni (Queens College, CUNY, USA)

Lead Organisers

Dr Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon (Brunel University, UK) 

Version 2Dr Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon was most recently a Senior Lecturer in Book History and Early Modern Literature at Brunel University (2007-2017). During September 2012 – March 2016, she was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Outgoing Fellow across the History Department at Harvard University and the Department of Arts and Humanities at Brunel. Her MSCA Fellowship project was entitled ‘Reshaping the Black Legend: Conflict, Coalition and the Press in Early Modern Europe’ and examined the relationship between England, Portugal and Spain (and their territories) during the period c. 1480 – 1680. She has just completed a monograph on Anthony Munday’s translations of Amadís and Palmerin, and is now completing work on two further monographs and four articles as output for the project, as well as a bilingual (English/Portuguese) critical edition of a play performed at the court of Dom Sebastian.

Her research interests are primarily in book history but also the wider history of European relations and their discussion in printed sources of the early modern period. She examines textual production and the dissemination of propaganda during the early modern period – in particular, texts intended to persuade nations to think a certain way about different nations, races, creeds, migrants and refugees. She lectures on Christo-Islamic relations, early modern propaganda literature, Shakespeare & his contemporaries, as well as book history. She has taught in both English and History faculties. (She joined Brunel from the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge in 2007.)

In conjunction with her ongoing research into historical European relations and the press, her MSC IOF position has facilitated exploration of the impact of historical relations on the present day. Her work with the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) has facilitated her work in advocacy for better contemporary understanding of historical relations and collaborations, as well as for a better understanding of the value of the Humanities to contemporary society.

 Prof. José Martínez Torrejón (Queens College, CUNY, USA)

IMG_0003 (2)José Miguel Martínez Torrejón is a Professor in the department of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature and Languages at CUNY. His teaching and research have evolved around three main areas, seen as inexcusably intertwined and belonging to the same context: Peninsular Medieval-Golden Age Literature, Colonial Historiography, and various aspects of the Portuguese Renaissance. He uses philological and rhetorical analysis to study the history of ideas and the political uses of literature.

Anna Demoux (IHRIM, Clermont Auvergne University, France)


Anna Demoux took the two-year “Classes préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles” curriculum and obtained a “double équivalence Lettres Classiques/Anglais” before graduating from Université Jean Monnet (Saint-Etienne) in English Studies in 2003. She then spent a year in Eire as French language assistant. She has been a full-time English secondary school teacher since 2007: she is involved in innovative projects promoting the use of ICT in language teaching and teaches ESL to a whole variety of students, including special needs children (SEGPA, IME and ULIS profiles) at Collège Louis Aragon (Mably). She completed an MA in Early Modern Studies at Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand) in 2010 and is currently reading for a Dphil in English Studies at Université Clermont Auvergne. Her research has always focused on the key concept of dramatic adaptation, first in contemporary Irish drama, then from Plutarch to Shakespearean drama and now from Spanish texts to Elizabethan Drama. For six years (2011-2016) she was “Responsable PAO (publication assistée par ordinateur) et diffusion” for Coup de Theatre, an academic journal edited by RADAC (a French Society working on Contemporary Drama in English).

Dr David Kenyon (Bletchley Park, UK)

17632328_10156101504562818_4950744054992268195_o (1)David Kenyon is the Research Historian at Bletchley Park. He was one of the military advisors on the film War Horse. He is known for his work on presenting and interpreting  World Wars I and II at public events and in the media.


Bletchley Park – Home of the Code Breakers


Ernesto Oyarbide Magaña (Oxford, UK)

rsz_20160806_204129-1Ernesto Oyarbide has a dual “Licenciatura” in Spanish Philology and Journalism from the University of Navarra (Spain) and a Master of Studies in Literature and Arts from the University of Oxford. He is presently a Caixa Scholar reading for a Dphil in History at the University of Oxford. He is interested in early modern Anglo-Iberain relations, the Atlantic World, European communities in foreign lands, Renaissance Libraries and Intellectual History. That, and contemporary issues on cosmopolitanism, human interactions and anything digital.

Dr David Amelang (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

ID Photo 2016David Amelang is a DRS Honors Fellow and lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He received his B.A. in English Philology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and then completed the M.A. in Early Modern English Literature at Kings College London and the British Library. Between 2013 and 216 he undertook his doctoral Studies at the University of Kent and Freie Universität Berlin as a fellow of the Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME) Erasmus Mundus Joint Programme. The title of his PhD thesis is “Playgrounds: The Theatrical Landscape of Shakespeare’s London and Lope de Vega’s Madrid”. As a post-doctoral fellow at the Dahlem Research School, in addition to keep on researching the theatrical cultures of early modern Europe from a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective, he is now preparing his Habilitationsschrift on the poetics of ambiguity in the lyrics of Bob Dylan.

Dr. Mariana C. Zinni (Queens College, CUNY, USA)

zinni foto AIR2017Associate Professor of Spanish with a specialization in Colonial Latin America. Dr. Zinni earned her Ph.D. (2008) and M.A. (2004) from University of Pittsburgh. Her undergraduate education included a Profesorado en Letras (1999) and a Licenciatura en Letras (2001) from Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina where she was a member of the Centro de Teoría y Critica Literaria (UNR). Her research and publications include Colonial Latin American Literature and Culture, and Neo-Baroque Latin American prose in academic journals such as Revista Hispánica Moderna, Estudios de Cultura Náhuatl, Estudios Hispánicos, IA Iberoamericana, Nueva Revista de Filología Hispánica, Calíope, among others, and several book chapters. She was the recipient of the 2013 Isaias Lerner Memorial Award by The CUNY Academy for the Humanities & Sciences. She is interested in problems of mimesis and narration in early American chronicles and Historias de Indias. She is focusing her investigation on the hermeneutical and epistemological core problems surrounding the discovery and conquest of America. Her book, Mimesis, hermeneusis y narración en fray Bernardino de Sahagún (Scripta Humanistica, 2014) pays attention on the dialogues conducted in 1524 between the first twelve Franciscan friars and the tlatoani, a group of wise Nahuas. The study explores rhetorical devices forced by the indigenous peoples upon the friars, and the ideas of a Christian modernity and effectiveness of evangelization. Currently, Dr. Zinni is working on a research project on late seventeenth-century Surandean Paintings from Northern Argentina and Bolivia, and a series of “dry masses” and mass simulacra celebrated in mid-Colonial times in the Central Andes.

The organizing committee are much obliged to José María Moreno, Juan Carlos Rubio Massa, Juan Santos Rincón Morales and María Rincón Moreno for their support in Zafra. They are also very grateful to el Excmo Ayuntamiento de Zafra, el Archivo Histórico Municipal, el Centro de Estudios del Estado de Feria and el Museo Santa Clara.


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