EMC Team Meeting

Program: Thursday, 21 August 2014

Thursday, 21 August

A-832 (8th floor), Schulich School of Music, 527 Sherbrooke St. W.


Opening details

Year 1 summary reports from 5 research teams

Moderator: Leigh Yetter

Team leaders will provide 10-minute overview summaries of the year’s work and propose a theory/methodology of early modern conversions. Presentations will be followed by full-team Q&A. Slideshows and other details from the group presentations at CRASSH (Cambridge) in May are available at the links below.  Team members are encouraged to review the materials before the meeting.

José Jouve-Martin: Early Modern Cities as Theatres of Conversion Slideshows and Video

Torrance Kirby: The Soul Slideshow Essay

Ben Schmidt: Spaces of Conversion and the Conversion of Spaces Slideshow 1 Slideshow 2

Valerie Traub and Bronwen Wilson: Mapping Horizons Slideshow Bibliography

Lyn Tribble and Carla Zecher: The Sense of Hearing Slideshow


Theories and Methodologies of Conversion 

Moderator: Leigh Yetter

John Sutton and Paul Yachnin will each reflect on the work of the first year and the progress toward a theory and/or methodology of conversion. Followed by full-team discussion of the potential for the development of a theory/methodology of conversion and the direction of inquiry going forward.


Digital Humanities presentation and discussion

Moderator: Julie Cumming

Stéfan Sinclair, José Jouve-Martín and Stephen Wittek will present an update on the development of the History Visualization Lab and of the application of digital humanities methodologies to team research

Presentations of work by Graduate Student Associates

Moderator: Angela Vanhaelen

Students will speak for ten minutes each, in groups of 3. Each cluster of presentations will be followed by full-team discussion

Group 1

Tomasz Grusiecki, ‘Between Metamorphosis and Conversion: Baltic Amber in Italy’

Heather Muckart, ‘Doubling and Distortion in Henry Holland’s Heroologia Anglica’

Yelda Nasifoglu, ‘Instruments of Conversion: Compass, Rule and Analysis’

Group 2

Marco Piana, ‘Converting Demons: Gianfresco Pico and the Neoplatonic Heresy’

Anna Lewton-Brain, ‘”My heart stands armed in mine ear”: Musical Conversions of Metaphysical Verse and the Penetrating Powers of Sound’

Hannah Smith-Drelich, ‘A New World Order: Sensory Perception as Narrative Representation in Jean de Léry’s History of a Voyage to Brazil

END of DAY 1

Full team reception at the home of Paul Yachnin and Liane Ferguson

Program: Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday, 22 August
A-832 (8th floor), Schulich School of Music, 527 Sherbrooke St. W.


Report of project business and plans going forward with emphasis on the ongoing networks of collaboration and exchange 

Paul Yachnin and Leigh Yetter: Administrative and policy details, website, networks of exchange, partner involvement

Anna Lewton-Brain and Yelda Nasifoglu: Early Modern Conversions Project website

Mark Vessey: University of British Columbia activity past and future

Steven Mullaney: University of Michigan activity past and future

Bronwen Wilson: UK activity past and future

Paul Yachnin on behalf of Sarah Beckwith: planned activity at Duke University

Leigh Yetter: Major upcoming events for 2014-15


Book Projects

Moderator: Torrance Kirby

Bronwen Wilson and Paul Yachnin (eds.) Horizon Lines: Conversional Ecologies in Early Modern Europe and its Worlds

John Sutton and Valerie Traub (eds.) [Mind-Bodies-Spirits-Matter]

José Jouve-Martín and Stephen Wittek (eds.) Performing Conversion: Urbanism, Theatre and Transformation in the Early Modern World


Discussion of pre-circulated papers

Moderator: Carla Zecher

6 team members will share short papers with the full team in advance of the meeting. 6 other team members will each write a 1-page summary of one of the papers, and 6 more will each provide a 10-minute response to one of the papers. Authors will engage with the full team during the Q&A

Summary by: Kathleen Long

Comment by: Peter Marshall

Summary by: Torrance Kirby

Comment by: Justin Smith

Summary by: Rebecca Coughlin

Comment by: Douglas Hedley

Summary by: Ben Schmidt

Comment by: Patsy Badir

Summary by: Paul Yachnin

Comment by: Marguerite Deslauriers

Summary by: Jacob Sagrans

Comment by: Steve Mullaney

Looking Forward

Sidonie Smith with offer a reflection on the first two days of the meeting and lead a discussion of the organization of research over the course of the project and how to enhance active networks among participating institutions and individuals

END of DAY 2

Program: Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saturday, 23 August

Ballroom, Thomson House, 3650 McTavish St.


Workshop: Early Modern Listening

Team members will participate in two related workshops focused on the art and practice of early modern listening.

The first will ask participants to explore and experience listening practice for Renaissance sacred music through part-reading, improvisation, and composed polyphony.
Julie Cumming
Anna Lewton-Brain
Zoey Cochran
Daniel Donnelly
Jacob Sagrans

The second will be a ‘live rehearsal’ of the last scene of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, with a focus on the conversional experiences of actors, characters, and audience.
Paul Hopkins
Leonato, governor of Messina, father of Hero
Torrance Kirby
Benedick, a young lord of Padua
Paul Hopkins
Beatrice, niece to Leonato
Anna Lewton-Brain
Hero, daughter to Leonato
Patsy Badir
Margaret, gentlewoman attending on Hero
Zoey Cochran
Ursula, gentlewoman attending on Hero
Carla Zecher
Antonio, brother to Leonato
Steven Mullaney
Friar Francis
Douglas Hedley
José-Juan Lopez-Portillo
Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon
Peter Marshall

Discussion of public exchange strategies

Moderator: José-Juan López-Portillo

LUNCH and Looking Forward 2

Moderator: Paul Yachnin

What important lines of inquiry are not represented thus far? What are the goals for the next 11 months? Where do we want to be as a team by the next meeting in July 2015?



IPLAI, 3610 McTavish St

Management Committee Meeting

Committee Members: Sarah Beckwith, Julie Cumming, Stéfan Sinclair, John Sutton, Angela Vanhaelen, Mark Vessey, Stephen Wittek, Paul Yachnin, Leigh Yetter


Farewell drinks with full team at Benelux, 245 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Travel and Accommodation

All team members travelling to participate in the team meeting have had rooms booked on their behalf at Chateau Versailles, 1659 Sherbrooke St. W. Breakfast is included. Charges will be paid by the project.

To request reimbursement for other costs related to travel, please see the Project Travel Policy.

Both meeting sites are approximately 15mins from the hotel by foot. For the Schulich School of Music, walk east along Sherbrooke (address numbers will get smaller) to Sherbrooke and Aylmer. We will be on the 8th floor of the modern, glass building on the corner. For Thomson House, walk east along Sherbrooke to McTavish, then head north (turn left). Climb the pedestrian steps at McTavish and Penfield, then continue halfway up the next block.