17th March-5th September, 2021

The MEMOs Seminar Series 2021 is organised by Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMOs) and hosted by The Society for Renaissance Studies (SRS). Join the conversation with MEMOs members, as we explore exciting topics, including Early Modern English negotiations of Islam, Colonialism, Crusading, Commerce, and Christ, and Merchants, Monarchs and Media.

All details of the dates/times of each seminar, as well as the details of the speakers and links to join, are included below. We look forward to having you join us!

“The Turkish Vanities”: Early Modern English negotiations of Islam


17th March, 2021, 5:00pm GMT

Samera Hassan (Deputy Editor, MEMOs), A Sufi Tale in Seventeenth-Century England: Hayy ibn Yaqzan

Hassana Moosa (King’s College London), Lines of Difference: Turks, Moors and the Racialisation of Islam in Early Modern English Drama

Charles Beirouti (University of Oxford), ‘A Church Purified from Errour and Superstition’: Anglican Travellers and the Religious Diversity of the Seventeenth-Century Ottoman World

Peter Good (University of Kent), From Dirtying Carpets to Sharing Cups: Christian impressions of Safavid Shiism

Chaired by: Samera Hassan

Colonialism, Crusading, Commerce, and Christ


30th June, 2021, 5:00pm BST

Charles Beirouti (University of Oxford), Reading the Empires of the East: Intellectual Colonialism on the Early Modern Page and Stage

Aisha Hussain (University of Salford), “Kings must spend Their lives to light up others”: Refashioning Turkish tropes in Thomas Goffe’sThe Raging Turk (1618) andThe Courageous Turk (1619)

Murat Öğütcü (Munzur University), The Three Ladies of London (ca. 1581): Anxieties of Anglo-Ottoman Exchanges

Chaired by: Munire Maksudoglu (University of Sussex)

Merchants, Monarchs and Media


5th September, 2021, 3:00pm BST

Lubaaba Al-Azami (University of Liverpool), “Do ye know what I am, sir, and my prerogative?”:Quisara, Gulbudan and the Authority of the Indian Princess

Amrita Sen (University of Calcutta), Jahangir’s China and other Toys: Mughal collecting and the early East India Company

Nat Cutter (University of Melbourne), Knowing the Maghreb in Stuart Scotland, Ireland and Northern England

Peter Good (University of Kent), The East India Company and Local Intermediaries in the Early Modern Persian Gulf and Red Sea 1600-1750

Chaired by: Lubaaba Al-Azami