19 June 2017

Paul Yachnin (McGill University), “Caliban and Conversion: Race, Recognition and Modernity” 

This paper was delivered at the ‘Emotions, Materiality and Transformations in the Colonial Contact Zone’ Shaping the Modern Program collaboratory at The University of Western Australia on 7 March 2016. Discussing Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Yachnin suggests that the 1611 play presents the promise of a new world where all people are entitled to respect and recognition, and yet is also a progenitor of modern ideas of racial difference.

20 March 2017

Valerie Traub, “Becoming Converted: Sex, Knowledge and the Religious Body Politic”

Listen to Prof. Valerie Traub on this episode Emotions Make History, a podcast sponsored by The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

“This paper, ‘Becoming Converted: Sex, Knowledge and the Religious Body Politic’ was delivered at a symposium on ‘Shakespeare and the Body Politic’ at The University of Queensland on 28 November 2016. In the paper, [Prof. Traub] advances a queer and intersectional analysis to expand our notion of the body politic from one of state formation to one that is dynamic and takes account of embodiment” (Emotions Make History).

28 September 2016

 New! CRASSH Postdoctoral Fellowship  —  2017-18

Our partner at Cambridge University, CRASSH (Centre For Research In The Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), wishes to appoint two visiting fellows, each for a term, to research the topic of conversion in the Early Modern period. Conversion is to be understood in its broadest possible sense, and not merely as a religious phenomenon. Fellows will be expected to work on a project connected to the theme of conversion, to contribute to the interdisciplinary, collaborative international project Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies by participating in the events of the network sponsored by CRASSH, and to contribute to the interdisciplinary work of CRASSH through participation in its work in progress seminar. CRASSH will provide for the cost of return travel to the Centre, accommodation and a workspace. There is no salary attached to these positions.

For further information and application procedures, please click here.

25 July 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Lieke Stelling who has received a 2016 Veni award from the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) for her project ‘Faith in Jest: Humour and the Literature of the English Reformation’!
Her project description reads: “Humour and religion are often seen as uneasy bedfellows, but the imaginative literature of the English Reformation abounded in jokes about contentious religious issues. This project investigates how humour made people feel strong in the face of religious anxiety and contributed to a more peaceful society.”

18 January 2015

Symposium organized by Prof. Valerie Traub

All are invited to the one-day symposium organized by Prof. Valerie Traub as part of the SSHRC multi-year project on conversion in the early modern world! ‘Metamorphosis, Transformation, and Conversion: A Symposium on Ovid, Lyly, and Benserade’ seeks to broaden the concept of conversion beyond the (undeniably world-historical) import of religious conversion, both voluntary and enforced, to consider how conversion might (or might not) open up new ways of thinking about other forms and discourses of transformation in early modernity.

The symposium focuses on early modern translations and uses of Ovid’s tale of “Iphis and Ianthe” as well as two stageplays that were influenced by it: John Lyly’s Galatea (c. 1585) and Issac de Benserade’s Iphis et Iante (1637). University of Michigan faculty and graduate students as well as several visitors will approach these texts from a wide variety of perspectives, including examinations of gender and transgender, sexuality and gallantry, anatomy and alchemy, pedagogy and service, modernity and climate change. Hailing from departments of French and English and representing medieval, Renaissance and eighteenth-century studies, the speakers will provide an exciting day of conversation. Please feel free to come to whichever portions of the program seem most enticing, and to direct any questions to Valerie.

5 January 2015

Douglas Hedley secures major AHRC grant for project on Cambridge Platonists
Douglas Hedley

Dr Douglas Hedley has been awarded a major AHRC research grant: The Cambridge Platonists at the origins of Enlightenment: texts, debates, and reception (1650-1730).

The research team will be led by Principal Investigator Douglas Hedley, with Co-Investigators Sarah Hutton and David Leech, Technical Adviser Mike Hawkins, and will employ two full-time research assistants. The grant will cover funding for extensive editorial work with both texts and manuscripts.
The project, worth £833,472 and shared between the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol, will start on 1 September 2016 and run for three years. Find out more from the Cambridge Platonist Research Group web site.