If you’re coming to Sheffield for the Society for Renaissance Studies conference (3-5 July 2018) here are 6 hot tips from the Linguistic DNA team:

  1. For those staying in Broomhill, Proove does awesome pizza. Highly recommended.
  2. Close to campus, Maveli (maveli.co.uk) serves a range of South Indian food to satisfy all palates. Dishes are rated by spice content (so mild is feasible) and we’ve never known someone make a bad choice. Ask nicely and they’ll happily pack up any leftovers for you take home.
  3. Food to share? Cubana on Leopold Square offer a delicious range of tapas, best experienced with a group of fellow food-lovers. For the optimum deal, head over before 6pm. (Happy hour service includes 2 dishes for £8.50 and a considerable discount on drinks. Alas, the SRS programme is too packed to permit this most days, but it could be a good choice for the distance travellers due to arrive on Monday.)
  4. If you’re the kind of early modernist who also loves vinyl, check out Bear Tree Records (city centre), Boo Wax (Division Street, basement), and Record Collector (Broomhill).
  5. Our resident coffee advisor Seth Mehl recommends all of the following for excellent coffee: Upshot (Broomhall); Cawa (Broomhill); Steamyard; and 200 degrees.
  6. And if you are skipping the conference dinner, you can experience an evening with a difference at the Treehouse Café. £5 cover charge* gets you 4 hours of board-gaming, with table service on food & drinks (fully licensed bar). Their menu includes game suggestions, and the staff are happy to offer personal recommendations too. *Per Person.
Outside of St George’s auditorium, University of Sheffield.

In Sheffield and not signed up for the conference? On Tuesday evening, Professor Lyndal Roper will deliver the SRS Annual Lecture: “Portraits of Luther, Then and Now”. This is a free public event and open to all. Come to St George’s Auditorium (pictured right) for a 5pm start.

We also welcome outsiders at our hands-on workshop on Thursday afternoon, space permitting (Panel 71). We expect to offer two introductions (at 3:30pm & 4:30pm), a chance to play with our tools, and the opportunity to help shape the future of our public interface.  Express your interest over Twitter or by emailing the team.

You can also hear more about our work with Early English Books Onlineand from researchers thinking along similar lines, in two LDNA-hosted panels:

Panel 53:
Knowledge, Truth, and Expertise:
Experiments with EEBO

Thursday, 9:15am, Jessop Building 117
Chair: Susan Fitzmaurice (Linguistic DNA)
Iona Hine (Linguistic DNA) and Susan Fitzmaurice (Linguistic DNA), ‘What is EEBO Anyway? Contextual Study of a Universe in Print’
Seth Mehl (Linguistic DNA), ‘In the Beginning was the Word? EEBO-TCP and Another Universe of Meaning’
John Regan (Cambridge), ‘Beyond Power Steering: Re-constituting Structures of Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century Texts’

Panel 60:
Editorial Power, Lexical Protest, Authorial Resistance:
Studies in Language, Text, and Genre

Thursday, 1:30pm, Jessop Building 117

Chair: Cathy Shrank (Sheffield & Linguistic DNA Advisory board)
Rosie Shute (Sheffield & Linguistic DNA’s YouTube project), ‘William Caxton’s Editing Practices: Insights from Quantitative Methods’
Jose Cree (Sheffield), ‘Neologisms and the English Reformation’
Lucas van der Deijl (Amsterdam), ‘The collaborative Dutch translations of Descartes by Jan Hendrik Glazemaker (1620–1682)’


View the full Society for Renaissance Studies programme here (PDF).

And finally, a disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are those of the two Sheffield postdoctoral research associates, Iona Hine & Seth Mehl. They are our personal opinions and we’re not seeking or receiving any remuneration for them! If you’d like additional thoughts on local specialities, watch out for us at the conference or follow @eyeona on Twitter.

Featured image: Detail from an original photograph of Sheffield Railway Station by Brendan De Souza (2011). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported.

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