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2017 Conference Schedule

October 28, 2017

REGISTRATION 8:15-9:00

Coffee and Pastries

OPENING REMARKS 9:00-9:05

Prof. Joseph Black, University of Massachusetts Amherst

SESSION ONE 9:05-10:35

Panel A: The Body, (Em)bodiment, and Sexuality in Early Modern Drama 

Chair: Prof. Marjorie Rubright, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Rome’s Body Politick: Examining the Animal in Julius Caesar”
Emily L. Sharrett, Loyola University Chicago

“An Actor in a Mist: Bosola, Melancholy and Metatheatricality in John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi
Emiliano Gutierrez, Brandeis University

“Early Modern Femme Fatales: Monstrous Women in Macbeth
Chaney Hill, Boise State University

“Infertile Pleasur(ers): Exploring the Bodies of Falstaff and Moll”
Lauren Van Atta, Lehigh University

SESSION TWO 10:45-12:00

Panel B: Materiality and Identity in the Italian Renaissance  

Chair: Hayley Cotter, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Tracking Forms in Leonardo’s Oeuvre: Material and Digital Juxtapositions in Early Modern Visual Analysis”
Giuditta Cirnigliaro, Rutgers University

“Seeing Sounds: Addressing Music in Lavinia Fontana’s Self-Portrait at the Clavichord
Jillianne Laceste, Southern Methodist University

“Meanings Beyond Objects; Islamic Middle Eastern Objects and Designs in Italian Renaissance Paintings”
Negar Rokhgar, Rutgers University

Panel C: Understandings of Empire, History, and Historiography in the Renaissance 

Chair: Prof. Jane Degenhardt, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Catalina de Erauso: The Cross-Dressing Basquero”
Karla Gaitan, Northeastern University

“Empire’s Convulsions and the Credibility of Historical Knowledge: On Antony and Cleopatra
John Yargo, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“A Place I’the Story’: Choral Commentary and Historical Memory in Antony and Cleopatra
Chelsea Spata, Columbia University

LUNCH 12:00-1:00

KEYNOTE ADDRESS 1:00-2:00

Prof. Jennifer Waldron, University of Pittsburgh
“Are Our Eyes Our Own? Conversion and Perception in Shakespeare”

SESSION THREE 2:15-3:30

Panel D: Form, Theory, and Renaissance Variations 

Chair: Prof. Joseph Black, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Bringing a Commoner to the Throne through Cultural Capital and the Construction of Kingship in Shakespeare’s Second Henriad”
Aaron Proudfoot, University of Connecticut

“More Than A Shadow: The Story of How Shakespeare’s First Folio Became A Thing”
Stephanie Albrecht, Georgetown University

“’In Vallombrosa’: John Milton, D. H. Lawrence, and Modernist Early Modernism”
Paul Franz, Yale University

Panel E: Early Modern Formations and Conflicts of Authority and the State 

Chair: Prof. Adam Zucker, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“’Their Bourgeois Revolution’: Liberty and/or Property in the English Civil War”
Bernard Krumm, Stony Brook University

“The People’s Officer: Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, the Tribunes, and the Origins of Popular Representation’
Andrew Brown, Yale University

“The Politics of Legitimacy, Authority, and ‘crimes against the sanctity of geniture’ in Macbeth and The Tempest
Laura Rice, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

SESSION FOUR 3:45 – 5:00

Panel F: Reconsiderations of Early Modern Europe  

Chair: Prof. Monika Schmitter, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Instability and Subversion in Agrippa d’Aubigné’s Les Tragiques: the figure of Prometheus”
Therese Banks, Harvard University

“The Painting as Object, the Object as Sign: Performative Mediation in Botticelli’s Bardi Altarpiece
Rachel Young, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Giotto’s Navicella in the Renaissance Atrium of Old St. Peter’s”
Eston Adams, University of Louisville

2017 Call for Papers

The Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will host its fifteenth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 28th, 2017. We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Waldron of the University of Pittsburgh as our keynote speaker.

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a ten to fifteen minute paper on any range of topics or approaches to early modern literature, art, and history, including textual studies, performance history, philosophy, print culture, religious studies, gender studies, post-colonial interpretations, and other new theoretical perspectives. The purpose of the conference is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to share their work and place it in a greater context of interests and concerns. The conference is designed to foster conversation among students who share similar challenges and construct a space where participants may expect serious feedback on their work.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by email or email attachments to conference organizer Hayley Cotter at marenaissanceconference@gmail.com by Friday, September 22nd, 2017.

 

2016 Call For Papers

 

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its fourteenth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. We are delighted to welcome Diana Henderson of MIT as our keynote speaker.

 

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a ten to fifteen minute paper on any range of topics or approaches to early modern literature and history, including textual studies, performance history, philosophy, print culture, religious studies, gender studies, post-colonial interpretations, and other new theoretical perspectives. The purpose of the conference is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to share their work and place it in a greater context of interests and concerns. The conference is designed to foster conversation among students who share similar challenges and construct a space where participants may expect serious feedback on their work.

 

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by email or email attachment to the conference organizer Catherine Elliott at MArenaissanceconference@gmail.com by Sunday, September 4th, 2016.

 

Thank you,

Catherine Elliott

 

University of Massachusetts Amherst Renaissance Department

2015 Call for Papers

Following the hugely successful 2014 conference, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its thirteenth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

We are delighted to welcome Anne Lake Prescott of Barnard College as our keynote speaker.

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a ten to fifteen minute paper on any range of topics or approaches to early modern literature and history, including textual studies, performance history, philosophy, print culture, religious studies, gender studies, post-colonial interpretations, and other new theoretical perspectives. The purpose of the conference is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to share their work and place it in a greater context of interests and concerns. The conference is designed to foster conversation among students who share similar challenges and construct a space where participants may expect serious feedback on their work.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by email or email attachment to the conference organizers, Bil Hrusovsky, Jessie Gillooly, and Catherine Elliott  at MArenaissanceconference@gmail.com by Friday, September 4, 2014.

2014 Call for Papers

Planning for the Graduate Conference is in full swing!

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its twelfth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

We are delighted to welcome Coppelia Kahn of Brown University as our keynote speaker.

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a ten to fifteen minute paper on any range of topics or approaches to early modern literature and history, including textual studies, performance history, philosophy, print culture, religious studies, gender studies, post-colonial interpretations, and other new theoretical perspectives. The purpose of the conference is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to share their work and place it in a greater context of interests and concerns. The conference is designed to foster conversation among students who share similar challenges and construct a space where participants may expect serious feedback on their work.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by email or email attachment to the conference organizers, Thomas Hopper, Bil Hrusovsky, and April Genung  at MArenaissanceconference@gmail.com by Friday, September 5, 2014.

 

Another Wonderful Conference!

Thank you to our presenters and to our keynote speaker, Susan Cerasano of Colgate University, for making this year’s conference such a resounding success.

We hope to see you next year!