Early Modern Conversions 2017 Team Meeting

The Early Modern Conversions project is very pleased to announce our fourth team meeting, which will take place in Montreal from August 23 to 26, 2017.

Kent Monkman - Triumph of Mischief

Triumph of Mischief, Kent Monkman (click on image to enlarge)

Please click here for a downloadable version of the EMC 2017 Team Meeting program.



Noon-4pm Birks Building Lounge, 3520 University

Lunch + Management Committee meeting for incoming and outgoing members of the Management Committee (Torrance Kirby, Peter Marshall, José Jouve-Martin, Steven Mullaney, Iain Fenlon, Patricia Badir, Stéfan Sinclair, Evelyn Tribble, John Sutton, Paul Yachnin, Marie-Claude Felton).

6pm-7pm Clara Lichtenstein Hall, Strathcona Music Building C 209, 555 Sherbrooke W

Scenes from the Summer Research Seminar “Theatre, Masque, and Opera in England and Italy, 1580 to 1650: Performance Practices and Cognitive Ecologies”

(Leaders : Julie E. Cumming and Evelyn B. Tribble & Seminarians : Michael Eisenberg, Florence Hazrat, Katherina Lindekens, Andrew Loeb, Elizabeth Lutteman, Elizabeth Tavares, Nastasia Tietze, Daniel Zuluaga)





Thomson House ballroom, 3650 McTavish


Turns and Returns of the Past in the Worlds of Pre-Revolutionary Europe

Lead respondents: Mark Phillips and James Wetzel


Suggested readings, speakers’ abstracts and think-pieces, and a full description of the workshop will be available at http://earlymodernconversions.com/periodization/

8:15am-8:45am Continental breakfast
8:45am-9:00am Introductions
9:00am-10:30am Before and After Augustine
Periodizing Conversion with and after A.D. Nock Matteo Soranzo
Career – Conversion – Period: Revolving Augustine’s Confessions over the longue durée Mark Vessey
10:30am-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:30pm Versions of Early Modernity
The Ambiguity of “Modernity” in Late Medieval and Renaissance Intellectual Culture” Torrance Kirby
“Religious Conversion” in Reformation England” Peter Marshall
12:30pm-1:00pm Inter-Session
Ever-after Endings and the Paradox of Pastness James Wetzel
1:00pm-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-3:15pm Theatre Time and Conversion Time
Shakespeare and the Conversions of Time Paul Yachnin
3:15pm-3:45pm Inter-Session
Conversation and Historical Representation: Questions of Distance and Re-distancing Mark Phillips
3:45pm-4:15pm Break
4:15pm-5:45pm Reframing Conversion In Time
Conversion’s Horizons Bronwen Wilson
Conversion, Time, Narrative Simon Goldhill
5:45pm-6:30pm Reflections




FRI. AUG. 25

  • Morning sessions at Thomson House ballroom, 3650 McTavish
  • Afternoon sessions and Reception at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Sherbrooke St W
8:30am-9:00am Continental breakfast
9:00am-10:30am Presentations from the summer seminarians


Michael Eisenberg, Florence Hazrat, Katherina Lindekens, Andrew Loeb, Elizabeth Lutteman, Elizabeth Tavares, Nastasia Tietze, Daniel Zuluaga
10:30am-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:30pm Project and Public Exchange updates; Edinburgh UP Conversions book series; Collaboration with Geist Magazine Paul Yachnin, Marie-Claude Felton, Bronwen Wilson
12:30pm-2:00pm Lunch + collective stroll to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
2:00pm-3:30pm Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Focus on Kent Monkman

Geneviève Goyer-Ouimette
3:30pm-5:00pm Free time in the museum (complementary tickets will be available for the Musée’s new exhibition, “REVOLUTION”)
5:00pm-7:30pm Hydro-Québec Room, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Reception (cash bar & canapés)




SAT. AUG. 26

Thomson House ballroom, 3650 McTavish
8:30am-9:00am Continental breakfast
9:00am-10:30am Session on Visual Culture: “Transitional Time, Liminal Space”
Bringing History to Life: Amsterdam’s Automata Angela Vanhaelen
Time Flies: Directions of Conversion at Varallo’s Way to Calvary Carla Benzan
Conversion, Rebirth, Death : The Temporality of the Instant in Caravaggio’s painting Itay Sapir
10:30am-11:30am Keywords session Marjorie Rubright, Joseph Gamble
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm-2:00pm Works-in-Progress A Moderator: Marie-Claude Felton
Shakespeare Border Crossing: Transnational Tours and Contested Conversions in Nineteenth-Century Spectator Narratives. Lauren Eriks Cline
Affective Usury and Conversion in Early Modern Theatre Sheila Coursey
The ‘Cosmographic Mystery’: Johannes Kepler’s conversion of astronomy Torrance Kirby
Works-in-Progress B Moderator: Paul Yachnin
Donne and Cartographic Conversions Diana Little
Gabrielle Suchon’s “Middle Way”: Towards a Feminist Catholicism? Charlotte Sabourin
Interpreting the Event: Baptism, Conversion and Community in Commonwealth England Alison Searle
2:00pm-2:30pm Break
2:30pm-4:00pm Works-in-Progress C Moderator: Mark Vessey
Forced Conversion in Thomas Middleton’s Tragedies Gretchen E. Minton
Conversion and the Rejection of Life: Ignatius, Port-Royal, Flaubert Burcht Pranger
An Ontology of Conversion: From Terra Cruda to Terra Cotta Ivana Vranic
Works-in-Progress D Moderator: Stephen Wittek
Converting Moriscos in sixteenth-century Castile Stephanie Cavanaugh
Self-publishing in Early Modern Europe and Conversion : a first look Marie-Claude Felton
Trauma, Narrative, Conversion: A Pedagogical Reflection Jane Degenhardt
4:00pm-5:00pm Summary reflections Gail Kern Paster