EMC Team Meeting (23 – 27 July 2015)


Meeting Location:
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
Cambridge University
Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
see below for travel, accommodation, and location information or download it as a pdf

Meeting Dates:
Thursday July 23 – Monday July 27
see below for details or download the schedule as a pdf

Downloads for participants:

Program: Thursday, 23 July 2015

Thursday, 23 July 2015

7:00 – 9:00pm
Reception at Selwyn College Bar
(Selwyn College, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9DQ)

Program: Friday, 24 July 2015

Friday, 24 July 2015
Room S1 on the first floor
Break out rooms: S3 on the third floor and CRASSH Meeting Room

8:30 – 8:45am
Patricia Badir, Ben Schmidt, Paul Yachnin, Stephen Wittek

8:45 – 9:15am
Presentation on the ‘What’ question
*Bluejeans broadcast
Sarah Beckwith
Chair: Angela Vanhaelen

9:15 – 10:15am
Divide into groups for discussion around the ‘What’ question
Participants will email their responses to stephen.wittek@mcgill.ca for display on Powerpoint.
‘What’ Question: Events and processes of conversion in the early modern period occurred across several domains, ranging from religion to chemistry, from medicine to morals. What kinds of relations are we describing between such events and processes across distinct domains? What are the (epi)phenomena that indicate a case of early modern “conversion”? What is lost or gained by imposing firm conceptual boundaries around the concept of “conversion,” in order to differentiate it from “metamorphosis,” “transformation,” and “adaptation,” for instance?

10:15 – 10:30am

10:30am – 12:00pm
Reports from groups and discussion of the ‘What’ question
Moderator: Angela Vanhaelen

12:00 – 1:00pm
Lunch in the atrium

1:00 – 2:00pm
New Technologies: presentations and discussion
Stephen Wittek and Anna Lewton-Brain

2:30 – 4:30pm
Session at the Fitzwilliam Museum (Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB)
We will start at 2:30pm with a presentation on Treasured Possessions in the Education Seminar Room. Then we will split into 2 groups of 15 for two further sessions (3:00 – 3:45pm and 3:45 – 4:30pm)

Program: Saturday, 25 July 2015

Saturday, 25 July 2015
Room SG1 on the ground floor
Breakout rooms: SG2 on the ground floor and S3 on the third floor

9:00 – 10:30am
Materiality roundtable
Allie Stielau, Tomasz Grusiecki, Ben Schmidt, Helen Smith, Lyn Tribble
Chair: Anna Lewton-Brain

10:30 – 10:45am

10:45am – 12:00pm
Business meeting
Paul Yachnin, Stephen Wittek

12:00 – 1:00pm
Lunch in the atrium
Lunch meeting for Performing Conversions book contributors
Stephen Wittek, José Jouve-Martin, Steven Mullaney, Angela Vanhaelen, Iain Fenlon, José-Juan Lopez-Portillo, Paul Yachnin

1:00 – 2:00pm
Presentation Session A: Theatre, SG1
Moderator: Anna Lewton-Brain
-‘Shakespeare’s Conversional Ecologies: Measure for Measure’
Lyn Tribble and Paul Yachnin
-‘The Dramatic Turn: Theatre and the Conversional Ecology of Early Modern London’
Stephen Wittek
-‘The Merchant of Venice and the Politics of Admission’
Eve Preus

Presentation Session B: Action-Cognition, SG2
Moderator: Patricia Badir
-‘Cognition and Action: Conversion and ‘virtue ethics’ in the Commonplaces of Peter Martyr Vermigli’
Torrance Kirby
-‘Movements of Conversion within Early Modern Ramism: The Ravelling and Unravelling of Logic and Metaphysics’
Simon J. G. Burton

Presentation Session C: Architecture, SG3
Moderator: Julie Cumming
-‘From Drawings to Models and Foundations to Poems: Imagination, Conversion, and Invention of Architectural Images’
Gül Kale
-‘Vitruvius in New Spain: The Presence and Study of a 1552 Edition in the New Spanish Architectural Sphere’
Juan Luis Burke

2:00 – 2:30pm
Presentation on the ‘When’ question
*Bluejeans broadcast
Peter Marshall
Chair: George Hoffman

2:30 – 3:30pm
Divide into groups for discussion around the ‘When’ question.
‘When’ Question: What is the balance between continuity and rupture in the process of conversion? What can we say about the temporalities of conversion, its historical arc(s)? What are the historical contingencies of early modern conversion? Does conversion have a history — in which case, how can early modern moments offer theoretical insights for other periods and instances of conversion?

3:30 – 3:45pm

3:45 – 5:15pm
Reports from groups and discussion of the ‘When’ question
Moderator: George Hoffman

Program: Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sunday, 26 July 2015
Room SG1 on the ground floor
Breakout rooms: SG2 on the ground floor and S3 on the third floor

9:00 – 10:00am
Presentation for the Summer Seminarians
Abdulhamit Arvas, Juan Luis Burke, Miriana Carbonara, Robert Clines, Chris Gaudet, Anuradha Gobin, Tomasz Grusiecki, Ivana Horacek, Gül Kale, Virginia Preston, Isabelle Masse

10:00 – 10:15am

10:15 – 11:45am
‘What difference does music make? William Lawes’s setting of When death shall snatch us from these kids
(Music workshop organized by Julie Cumming)
Anna Lewton-Brain (soprano, and text discussant)
Zoey Cochran (mezzo soprano)
Alexis Risler (theorbo)
Catherine Bahn (viola da gamba)
Catherine Motuz (music discussant)

11:45am – 12:45pm
Lunch in the atrium

12:45 – 1:45pm
Presentation Session A: Ornamentation, SG1
Moderator: Patricia Badir
-‘Performing Silver and Gold in Daniel Rabel’s Ballets of the Americas
VK Preston
-‘Capturing the Ear’
George Hoffmann

Presentation Session B: Mercurial Fluidity, SG2
Moderator: Paul Yachnin
-‘Mapping Angels’
Angela Vanhaelen
-‘Montaigne’s Mercurial Masculinity’
Kathleen Long

Presentation Session C: Missionaries and Intermediaries, SG3
Moderator: Anna Lewton-Brain
-‘Imperial Ambitions and Religious Anxieties in the Jesuits’ Failed Mission to Ethiopia, 1627-1629′
Robert Clines
-‘Must a Philosopher Be a Christian? Some Early Modern Debates about Indigenous Knowledge Traditions’
Justin Smith
-‘Some Parting Thoughts’
José-Juan Lopez-Portillo

1:45 – 3:45pm
Session on the Geography of Conversion: Conversions and Cultural Exchange
Guest presenters: Gabriela Ramos (Cambridge) and Tara Alberts (York)
Moderator: Ben Schmidt

3:45 – 4:00pm

4:00 – 5:00pm
Roundtable on Public Exchange: Taking our work outside the academy
Mark Vessey, Valerie Traub, Iain Fenlon
Chair: VK Preston

Program: Monday, 27 July 2015

Monday, 27 July 2015
Room SG1 on the ground floor

9:00 – 10:30am
Publication program: project books
Paul Yachnin, Bronwen Wilson, Valerie Traub, Stephen Wittek, José Jouve-Martin, John Sutton

10:30 – 11:30am
Summary reflection and wrap-up discussion
*Bluejeans broadcast
Simon Goldhill

11:30am – 12:15pm
Quick lunch in the atrium

12:30 – 2:30pm
Workshop at the Perne Library
(Peterhouse, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RD)

3:00 – 4:00pm
Management committee meeting (for 2014-15 & 2015-16 members)
Valerie Traub, Benjamin Schmidt, Bronwen Wilson, Stephen Wittek, Paul Yachnin, Torrance Kirby, Peter Marshall, José Jouve-Martin, Beckwith, Julie Cumming, and Mark Vessey

4:00 – 5:30pm
Management committee meeting (for 2015-2016 members only)
Valerie Traub, Benjamin Schmidt, Bronwen Wilson, Stephen Wittek, Paul Yachnin, Torrance Kirby, Peter Marshall, José Jouve-Martin

Travel, Accommodation, Contacts

Getting to Cambridge
There are direct coaches run by National Express from all London airports. The central drop-off point in Cambridge is at Parkside.  If flying into Heathrow Airport you can either take the underground to King’s Cross station in London and then one of the fast frequent trains to Cambridge, or a direct coach to Cambridge from the airport. It may be slightly quicker by train but if carrying a lot of luggage the coach may be easier. For train information and tickets please go to National Rail. Whether you come by coach or by train, tickets must be purchased before boarding, either online from the websites (see links above) or at ticket booths and machines at the airport or rail station.

There are taxis for hire at Cambridge train station (about a mile from the city centre) and Parkside, where coaches terminate.


Selwyn College is situated next to CRASSH (where the workshops and project meeting will be held) on the Sidgwick Site. For information about the College please go to http://www.sel.cam.ac.uk/selwyn-college/. You should report to the Porter’s Lodge on arrival. If you look at the map at http://map.cam.ac.uk/?ucam-ref=global-footer#52.202432,0.110797,16 you will see Selwyn College on the left of the Sidgwick Site in the centre of the map. CRASSH is in the Alison Richard Building on West Road at the northern side of the site. Those who are arriving in June to attend the workshops will be in standard rooms with access to kitchens offering a limited range of equipment such as toasters, microwaves, kettles, fridges. Crockery and cutlery may also be available or may have to be purchased, along with any other items guests may feel necessary during their stay. The College has a very good Dining Hall offering breakfast, lunch and dinner at reasonable prices. Please note that purchases can only be made with cash and not bank cards.

The Sidgwick Site is a short walk into the town centre with the usual banks, post offices, supermarkets etc. Ask at the Porter’s Lodge at Selwyn College for maps and directions.

The Cambridge University website, http://www.cam.ac.uk/, offers a wide range of information for visitors, as does the Tourist Office.


Workshops and Team Meeting
These will be held at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) which is situated next to Selwyn College. For exact location go to http://map.cam.ac.uk/Centre+for+Research+in+the+Arts%2C+Social+Sciences+and+Humanities#52.202609,0.108725,18.

As well as CRASSH the Alison Richard Building houses a wide range of other interdisciplinary departments including Politics, African Studies, Latin American Studies etc. There are also art exhibitions in the atrium and other departments within the building. The on-site cafeteria offers fresh, reasonably priced food and drinks, but please note that the opening hours out of term (during your stay) are limited. The Building is open from 8.30am until 5.30pm.


Contact Numbers
Michelle Maciejewska, Fellowships and Programmes Administrator at CRASSH
Email: mm405@cam.ac.uk
Tel. 00 44 01223 765279

Selwyn College Porter’s Lodge
Tel. 00 44 01223 335846