CONFERENCE NEWS: Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | CultureWhereas the Orlando textbase was first published by Cambridge University Press in 2006, the Orlando Project itself began in 1995. This May, the conference Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | Culture will take place in Edmonton to mark the Orlando Project’s 20th birthday and to explore ongoing advances in the fields of digital literary and cultural studies. We look forward to welcoming an international, multidisciplinary group of delegates, who will participate in workshops, panels, and poster and demo sessions. For more information about the conference, including its featured speakers, check out its website at digitaldiversity2015.org and follow its Twitter account @digdiv2015.
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30 March 1533
On Passion Sunday, two weeks before Easter, Thomas Cranmer, a churchman interested in the new ideas of Martin Luther, was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury.
30 March 1638
John Wilkins entered in the Stationers' Register Discovery of a World in the Moone, an early fictional response to features of the moon's surface newly made visible by telescopes; it was printed this year.Aphra Behn's stage show The Emperour of the Moon, 1687, shares the popular fantasy of a habitable moon.
30 March 1643
An altarpiece by Rubens in Henrietta Maria's Roman Catholic chapel in Somerset House, London (his only depiction of Christ on the cross), was destroyed by iconoclasts.The extremists John Clotworthy and Henry Marten battered down the chapel doors: the painting was defaced, ripped up, and thrown into the Thames. Though other contents of the chapel were also destroyed, more than thirty paintings were left unscathed. Rubens had probably made the crucified Christ highly physical and muscular, with a materiality which the Puritans may have seen as pagan. The painter was also personally unacceptable, having worked for both Henrietta Maria and her mother, dabbled in politics, and been knighted by Charles I in 1625.
- 30 March 1533