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Fall 2018

September 21, 2018, 5:00pm-7:00pm, room 4202
“Riveruse: Water, Gender, and Resources in Early Modern France”
Co-sponsored with the Ph.D. programs in French, History, and Comparative Literature

Katherine Ibbett is Professor of French at the University of Oxford, and Caroline de Jager Fellow in French at Trinity College, Oxford; she has previously taught at University College London and the University of Michigan. She is the author of Compassion’s Edge: Fellow-Feeling and its Limits in Early Modern France (Penn, 2017) and The Style of the State in French Theater (Ashgate, 2009), and the co-editor of Walter Benjamin’s Hypothetical French Trauerspiel (Yale French Studies 2013). She is currently working on a book entitled Liquid Empire, about the writing of water in France and the Americas.
This talk explores the relationship between a figurative language about rivers and a new science of hydrology in early modern France and the French Americas. How did the residents of riverbanks - from nymphs to washerwomen - navigate the significance of the river and its multiple resources? 
October 15, 2018, 4:00pm-5:00pm, room TBA
"The Image, the Saint and the Earthquake: Francisco Borja and the Politics of God and Nature in the Spanish Empire"
Featured speaker: Monica Azzolini (Bologna)

In 1627, an image of Francisco Borja fortuitously acquired from an indigenous indian by a rich man from the Andean town of Tunja started to perspire profusely under the eyes of the man’s son. Attempts to dry the picture were futile: the moisture kept resurfacing. If ​this was not wondrous enough, with time passing the expression of the aspiring saint became increasingly sad and doleful, “as if to indicate a forthcoming calamity”. A number of dignitaries visited the site to collect testimonies of the miracle and present them to the archbishop of Santa Fè to promote Borja’s canonization. These events, miraculous as they were, were not connected to earthquakes until the earth started to shake a few months later. It was at this point that a new commission was established to examine the wondrous events: Borja was elected patron saint of earthquakes and invested with intercessory powers against natural disasters. This paper shall investigate how this intercessory cult emerged in the Kingdom of New Granada and how it was later transferred to Rome and Naples. In doing so, the paper explores both the complex relationship between the Jesuits and the Borja dynasty within the vast Iberian Empire and concepts of nature and the divine in the period ca. 1620-1780.

October 19, 2018, 7:30am-9:00am, room TBA
"Teaching, Learning and Researching Early Modern Irish in a Digital Age."
Co-sponsored by the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies and the Queens College Irish Studies Program
Featured speaker: Dr. Brendan Kane of the University of Connecticut (Storrs)
Brendan Kane is an associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and the author of The politics and culture of honour in Britain and Ireland, 1541-1641 (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is also co-editor of Elizabeth I and Ireland (Cambridge University Press (2014) andNobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland (with Thomas Herron), Folger Shakespeare Library (2013). He is also one of the founders of the website Lé, which seeks to promote the dissemination and translation of early modern Irish-language texts.
October 26, 2018, 5:00pm-7:00pm, room 9207
“Shakespeare, Spenser and du Bellay: Translation and Imitation in Shakespeare’s Sonnets.”

Featured speaker: Line Cottegnies (English, Sorbonne)
Line Cottegnies is Professor of early-modern English literature at Sorbonne Université. She works on cultural exchanges between England and France from the late XVIth century to the Restoration and on early-modern authorship. She has recently edited 2 HenryIV for the Norton Shakespeare and coedited Robert Garnier in Elizabethan England, an edition of Mary Sidney Herbert’s Antonius and Thomas Kyd’s Cornelia (MHRA, 2017), with M.-A. Belle. She is currently editing three of Aphra Behn’s translations from the French for the Cambridge Complete Works.


Spring 2019

February 22, 2019, 4:00pm-6:30pm, room 5109
Panel on Hellenism
Featured speakers: Tanya Pollard, Micha Lazarus, Jessica Wolfe
Details TBA
April 5, 2019, 9:00am-6:00pm, Segal Theatre
The Global Ecologies of English Literature in Early Modernity
Details TBA
May 3, 2019, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Shakespeare and Race panel
Featured speakers: Sydnee Wagner, Patricia Akhimie, Jose Esquea
Moderated by Erika Lin
Details TBA