Symposium on Early Modern Globalization

Cordiform World Map in Fool's Cap, Novacco MS 2F 6
Cordiform World Map in Fool's Cap, Novacco MS 2F 6
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs
Friday, February 8, 2008

Hybridity, mimickry, negotiation, Orientalism, alterity, and the “middleground,” are only a handful of concepts that have redefined the terrain of cultural studies. Building upon this theoretical legacy, this symposium challenged participants to reassess familiar concepts such as the nation-state and to question existing interpretive models. Ultimately, the workshop’s papers will seek to ask new questions inspired in part by shifting the focus from colonialization to globalization.

Sponsored by the Dean of Arts Development Fund at McGill University.

Welcome and Introduction

Bronwen Wilson, University of British Columbia

Session 1: Progress and failure

Chair: Sonia Del Re, McGill University

The Three Greatest Inventions of Modern Times: an Idea and its International Public 
David Boruchoff, McGill University

A New World Wrought by Fire and Water: The Theory and Practice of Landscape Transformation in the Early Modern Iberian World         
Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, McGill University

Prints, Partisans and Peripheries: Global Politics and Visual Culture in Revolutionary France
Richard Taws, McGill University

Failure
Christopher Heuer, Princeton University

Session 2: Boundaries and Crossings

Chair: Ivana Horacek, University of British Columbia

Globalization through Localization? Trans-Imperial Subjects and Knowledge Production in the Early Modern Mediterranean
E. Natalie Rothman, University of Toronto Scarborough

Globalization and the Gift in the Pre-modern Mediterranean: Byzantine Silk and Sumptuary Laws
Cecily J. Hilsdale, Northwestern University

Globalization and Confessionalization in the Early Modern Mediterranean World
Tijana Krstic, Penn State University (now at Central European University)

Turks in the Church: Calvinist and Muslim Ways of Seeing
Angela Vanhaelen, McGill University

Session 3: Historiography

Chair: Krystel Chehab, University of British Columbia

Early Modern Journeys: Mapping, Inscription and the Horizon
Bronwen Wilson, University of British Columbia

On Baroque Orientalism
Nicholas Dew, McGill University

Remapping Early Modern Art History: Globalizing Our Methodologies
Julie Hochstrasser, University of Iowa

Art History and Disenchantment: Riegl, Warburg, and a Tupinamba Dance
Michael Gaudio, University of Minnesota

Session 4: Workshop and Discussion

Led by Angela Vanhaelen, McGill University

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