A two day conference in New York and London:
12 October 2012 - New York - Early Modern Interdisciplinary Group, The City University of New York Graduate Center. Book here for New York
27 October 2012 - London - London Shakespeare Centre, King's College London Book here for London
In the twenty-first century, we continue to be fascinated by the literature and culture of early modern England. A vast amount of work done by scholars today focuses on exploring the ways in which the literature of the period engages with concepts of selfhood and individuality, and how those concepts were shaped by the religious, political and economic conditions of the time. Every year, new academic scholarship examines the literature of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in order to draw conclusions about the ways people thought about their lives and their place in society in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
This conference, hosted over two days in two cities, has a double focus. Firstly, ‘Transforming Early Modern Identities’ examines the ways in which literary scholarship in recent years is transforming our notion of the early modern ‘self’. Secondly, the conference explores the ways in which transformation itself played an important part in forming early modern notions of individuality. How do transitional periods in early modern lives – marriage, illness, conversion – shape notions of selfhood?
This conference brings together scholars working on any aspect of early modern identity formation.
Transforming Early Modern Identities
Saturday 27 October 2012
09.30-10.15 Registration and coffee
10.30-11.50 Panel 1: Religious Transformations
Dr Christina Wald (University of Augsberg)
Dr Isabel Calderon-Lopez (Universidad de Cádiz)
Dr Matthew Dimmock (University of Sussex)
11.50-12.00 Comfort break
12.00-13.00 Panel 2a: Gendered transformations
Emily Sherwood (CUNY)
Dr Lynsey Blandford
Panel 2b: Internal / External Transformations
Dr Faye Tudor
Naya Tsentourou (University of Manchester)
14.00-15.20 Panel 3a: Geographical Transformations
Alison Stanley (King’s College London)
Aleksandra Sakowska (King’s College London)
Prof Bernhard Klein (University of Kent)
Panel 3b: Writing the self
Dr Jenny Sager (Jesus College, University of Oxford)
Sophie Butler (New College, University of Oxford)
Dr Melanie Ord (UWE)
15.50-16.50 Panel 4: Transformative Concepts
Douglas Clark (University of Strathclyde)
Dr Isabel Karreman (LMU Munich)
16.50-17.00 Comfort break
17.00-18.00 Keynote address
Prof Will Fisher (Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center)
18.00 Closing remarks & reception
Booking for the Transforming Early Modern Identities is now open.
This event is part of the Arts & Humanities Festival 2012.
Credit to Folger Shakespeare Library for supplying the image 'Metamorphoses'