Early Modern Military Identity Symposium

University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

28th August 2015

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This one-day symposium will provide an interdisciplinary platform focusing on the construction of early modern military identity: how were such identities formed, written about in both print and manuscript, manipulated and subsequently interpreted during the early modern period (c. 1550-1700)? Speakers will engage with this theme from a variety of Irish, Anglo-Irish, English and wider international perspectives. Research areas under consideration in relation to the construction of military identity include, but are not limited to: creative expression (Prose and Poetry); historical documentation (Journals, Diaries, Correspondence, State Records and Wills); new, evolving or translated media (Newspapers, Instruction Manuals, Pamphlets and related ephemera).

A key objective of the symposium is to interrogate the formation, or perhaps fabrication, of soldierly personas by early modern authors, particularly through the relation of real or assumed military experience, and to examine what effect these types of writing had on wider contemporary literary production and our subsequent understanding of the period.

The symposium consists of two panels, beginning after lunch to facilitate travel arrangements (14.00-18.00). Confirmed participants include: Dr David Edwards (UCC), Dr Matthew Woodcock (UEA) and Prof. Andrew Hadfield (Sussex). For interested parties, a follow-up email will provide the full programme, together with accommodation and travel recommendations. Please email any queries to Dr Cian O’ Mahony (

In conjunction with the Cork City Heritage Fund, the symposium will be followed that evening by a public lecture, given by Prof. Andrew Hadfield in the grounds of the recently refurbished Elizabeth Fort near UCC, which will focus on Edmund Spenser’s Cork (Elizabeth Fort, Barrack Street, 19.30pm).