New Worlds, New Publics Conference

Retorica Cristiana, Wing ZP 535.P447
Retorica Cristiana, Wing ZP 535.P447
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Thursday, September 25, 2008 to Saturday, September 27, 2008

Re(con)figuring Association and the Impact of European Expansion, 1500-1700

This conference and the publication to follow from it were funded by the interdisciplinary project on Making Publics: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700. Supported by a Major Collaborative Research Initiative grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, this project examines the various forces that shaped the emergence and evolution of “publics”: open-membership groups that coalesced around practices, interests, ideas, values, and forms of publication or performance in the early modern period.

Accounts of the cultural, intellectual, social, and spiritual transformations of early modern Europe not only expanded the horizons of European thought but more essentially called into question the certainties of classical and religious teachings. This conference examined the effects these various processes had upon publics in Europe and in the new domains of European expansion and influence. How did racial, ethnic and cultural differences impact upon traditional concerns, modes of thought, institutions, practices or forms of association? Did “positionality,” one’s physical location, affect the publics found there? Were the roles of science and the arts the same in European publics at home and abroad? And, more generally, how was the creation and evolution of publics informed by European discoveries in Africa, Asia, America, and elsewhere during the early modern period?

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Thursday, September 25

Introductory Remarks

David A. Boruchoff, McGill University
David Spadafora, President, The Newberry Library
Carla Zecher, Director, Center for Renaissance Studies, The Newberry Library

Session 1

Chair: Edward Muir, Northwestern University

Asia in the Making of Europe: Early Modern Ethnologies and European Sexualities
Carmen Nocentelli, University of New Mexico

Public Conduct and Christian Mission in the Writings of English Religious Societies, c. 1689-1714
David Stephen Manning, Clare College, University of Cambridge

Religious Conversion in a Secular Age
Sarah Rivett, Washington University in St. Louis

The Blessings of Exchange: Commerce and Commonwealth in Richard Hakluyt’s Political Economy
David Harris Sacks, Reed College and Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

Keynote Address

Welcome: David A. Boruchoff, McGill University
Introduction: Eric Slauter, University of Chicago

Everything Old is New Again: European Discovery and the Projects of the Society of Antiquaries, 1572-1609
David S. Shields, University of South Carolina

Reception

Friday, September 26

Session 2

Chair: Lesley Cormack, Simon Fraser University

Collaborative Journeys: Dutch Travel Account Prints in a Humanist Milieu, 1598-1603
Elizabeth A. Sutton, University of Northern Iowa

Making New World Publics: Botanical Studies in Sixteenth-Century Europe
Edward M. Test, Boise State University

Old News From China: Early Modern Audiences for Asian Knowledge Traditions
Florence C. Hsia, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sor Juana and the Jesuits: Gender, Knowledge, and the Public Sphere in Colonial Mexico
Stephanie Kirk, Washington University in St. Louis

The Three Greatest Inventions of Modern Times: An Idea and Its Public
David A. Boruchoff, McGill University

Session 3

Moderator: Cristián Roa de la Carrera, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dead Men Tell No Tales: European Publics and the Myth of New World Mastery
Christine R. Johnson, Washington University in St. Louis

“My Hydras and Cruel Monsters Render Homage”: The Marvelous in Religious and Political Culture in Early Modern France
Brian Sandberg, Northern Illinois University

Aztec History and its Early Seventeenth-Century Publics
Jennifer R. Ottman, Loyola University, New Orleans

The Dance of Moteuczoma in Colonial Mexico City: Urban Audiences and Collective Memory in New Spain
Barbara E. Mundy, Fordham University

Saturday, September 27

Session 4

Chair: Yarí Pérez Marín, Northwestern University

Imperial Celebrations, Local Triumphs: Festive Accounts and their Publics in the Portuguese Empire
Lisa Voigt, University of Chicago and Ohio State University

Nothing Ancient or Modern Seems to Come Near It: Publicizing China in Seventeenth-Century Europe
Eun Kyung Min, Seoul National University

Imagining Gypsies as a Public in Ben Jonson’s “The Gypsies Metamorphosed”
Ellorashree Maitra, Rutgers University

“Un spectacle aux yeux du monde”: Ritual Performance and Colonial Audiences in Early New France, 1632-1668
Timothy G. Pearson, Université de Montréal (now at University of Western Ontario)

Performance Publics in the Atlantic World
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University

Concluding Remarks
David A. Boruchoff, McGill University