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Friday, September 15, 2017, 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM, History Department Lounge, Room 5114
Reception for new and returning students and faculty in Renaissance Studies​
Presentation of Essay Award to Jennie Youssef (Ph.D. Candidate, Theatre) for her essay, “A Querelles of Queens: An Alternate Reading of Antoine de Montchrestien’s La Reine D’Escosse.

Friday, October 13, 2017, 10:00 AM – 5 PM, Room C197
The Early Modern Cultural Impact of the Lutheran Reformation

Featured speakers: 
Debora K Shuger (Distinguished Professor, English, UCLA)
Richard McCoy (Disginguished Professor, English, CUNY)
Jeffrey Chipps Smith (Kay Fortson Chair in European Art, University of Texas, Austin)
Sarah Covington (Professor, History, CUNY)
Andrew  Morrall (Professor, Chair of Academic Programs, Bard Graduate Center),
W. David Myers (Professor, History, Fordham)

Reception to follow in Room 5114
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Sponsored by the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program and Renaissance Society of America


Friday, November 3, 2017, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM, Room 9204
Collecting Cultures in the Age of Exploration
Featured speaker: Surekha Davies (Assistant Professor, European History, Western Connecticut University)

Surekha Davies is the author of Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge University Press, 2016), winner of the Morris D. Forkosch Prize from the Journal of the History of Ideas, and the Roland H. Bainton Prize in History from the Sixteenth-Century Studies Society. She will be speaking about her new book project “Collecting Artifacts in the Age of Empire” which, as she writes, “analyzes travel and geographical literature, inventories, artifacts and institutional archives from the early sixteenth to the late nineteenth centuries in order to reconsider what the lives of objects can tell us about empires. “



Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:30 AM-6 PM, Elebash Recital Hall
Affect Theory and the History of Emotions in Early Modern England

Speakers include: Mary Floyd-Wilson (Bowman and Gordan Gray Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill); Amanda Bailey (Professor, English, University of Maryland); Benedict Robinson (Associate Professor, English, SUNY Stony Brook), Patricia Cahill (Associate Professor, English, Emory); Katharine Craik (Reader, Early Modern Literature, Oxford Brookes)​

For more details, see the conference website.  You may also RSVP here.

Friday, April 27 2018, 4:00- 5:30 PM, Room C198
Festive Performance, Theatrical Surrogates: Early Modern Holidays and Commercial Playing

In sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, holidays were often celebrated with dancing, music, athletic combat, unscripted roleplaying, and crossdressing. In the London playhouses, however, these same communal rituals functioned as commodified entertainments. This talk examines several ways in which theatre mobilized the logic of substitution that lay at the heart of seasonal festivity. In surrogating for older popular forms, not by representing holidays but by embodying them, commercial playing transformed performance from a ubiquitous mode of sociality into the institutionalized, aesthetic mode that we think of today as “theatre.”

Featured speaker:  Erika T. Lin (Professor, Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center)
Erika T. Lin is an Associate Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Materiality of Performance, which won the 2013 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies. Her research on seasonal festivities and early modern commercial theatre has been supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Long-Term Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library. In addition, with Gina Bloom and Tom Bishop, she is editing a volume of essays on early modern games and theatre. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Shakespeare Association of America and as the Book Review Editor for Theatre Survey.