Past Lectures in Early Modern History

Past Lectures

Friday, November 8, 2013
Early Modern Studies Program
Eric Dursteler, "A place that very well represents the Tower of Babel": Linguistic Pluralism and the Ecology of Language in the Early Modern Mediterranean

In the modern era one of the primary markers of national identity, the very stuff of blood and belonging, is language. There has been a tendency to project modern readings—or misreadings—of language onto earlier times; however, recent scholarship has suggested that the early modern linguistic world was in fact much more variegated.

Friday, October 12, 2012
Early Modern Studies Program
Lee Palmer Wandel, Telling the Story: The Encounter and the Reformation

Telling the Story: The Encounter and the Reformation

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Early Modern Studies Program
Dean Bell, Re-Narrating Jewish and Christian Relations: Early Modern Germany through the Lens of Environmental History

The lachrymose nature of Jewish history has received a good deal of critical re-evaluation over the past several decades, with important and innovative studies shedding light on a range of Jewish and Christian relations throughout medieval and early modern Europe.

Friday, November 19, 2010
Early Modern Studies Program
Carla Rahn Phillips, A Voyage to the Bottom of the Earth, 1581-84: Spain’s Ill-Fated Attempt to Colonize Patagonia

Francis Drake’s unexpected raids on Spain’s overseas colonies in 1577-80 alarmed the Spanish court and its global bureaucracy. The first official response to those raids was the expedition led by Diego Flores de Valdés and Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa.

Friday, March 12, 2010
Early Modern Studies Program
Ethan Shagan, Richard Hooker and the Authority of Moderation

Richard Hooker’s Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie describes the Church of England as a middle way between dangerous extremes of Catholicism and Presbyterianism.

Saturday, April 18, 2009
Early Modern Studies Program
John Morril, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Cromwellian Ireland, 1641-1660
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Early Modern Studies Program
Trevor Burnard, Time, Space, and the Nation in the Reconsideration of the Contact Period of Early American History, 1550-1680

Learn more about the speaker: Trevor Burnard, University of Warwick (now at University of Melbourne).

Thursday, September 25, 2008
Early Modern Studies Program
David Shields, Everything Old Is New Again: European Discovery and the Projects of the Society of Antiquaries, 1572-1609

England’s first chartered society entertained several political and cultural ambitions: the importance of Italian humanist geography in considerations of national history; the invention of two English national traditions, one Roman, one Anglo-Saxon; the elaboration of a body of legal precedent to counteract monarchical experiments with absolutism; the promotion of empire as an atavistic...

Thursday, February 7, 2008
Early Modern Studies Program
Anthony Grafton, The Culture of Correction: Humanism and the Practices of Publication in Renaissance Rome

Professor Grafton’s talk will focus on printers’ correctors in the fifteenth century, and will offer some unusual illustrations as evidence for examining the evolution of correctors’ practices during the transition from manuscript to print publication.