All events are held at the Annmary Brown Memorial (21 Brown Street) at 5:30 PM and free of charge unless otherwise indicated.


  • Monday, September 15, Barbara Fuchs (UCLA,)   “An Andalusian in Rome, or, Translating the Picaresque,” invited by the graduate students
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30: Jeremy Mumford (History), "Inka Sibling Marriage: Language, Kinship, Desire."
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28: Jay Reed (Classics), "Love's Imperium in Garcilaso de la Vega's Third Latin Ode."
  • Thursday, Feb. 26: Karen Newman (Comparative Literature), "Continental Shakespeare."
  • Tuesday, March 17: Neil Safier (John Carter Brown Library and History), "Translating Science at the Blind-Man’s Arch: Conceição Velloso and the Arco do Cego Printhouse."
  • Tuesday, March 31: Emine Fetvaci (History of Art and Architecture, Boston University,) "The Bellini Album: Cultural Exchange and the Occult at the Ottoman Court."
  • Tuesday, April 28: Evelyn Lincoln (History of Art and Architecture), "The View from Here and There."

 CONFERENCE “Globalizing Chinese Medicine in the 17th Century: ‘Translation’ at Work” (Oct. 17-18, 2014) 

Organized by Harold J. Cook, John F. Nickoll Professor of History

In the past decade, many projects have asked important questions about how forms of knowledge become globalized. While examples are often framed by the information economy, universal (sometimes Western) science, and commodity flows, other kinds of knowledge also traveled, such as “Chinese medicine.” Indeed, at the same time as the “rise of modern science,” Chinese medicine became a subject of interest to many people beyond China. Globalization was a process not dependent on “scientific” truth claims alone.

Among the other processes was that of translation, a word that hints at how meanings can be shifted even if they are never identical in different places.  It also suggests that agency lies with recipients as much as transmitters. Thus, many processes were at work in the globalization of Chinese medicine. Does noticing the emergence of Chinese medicine on the world stage help us better understand how some kinds of knowledge became “global”?

How Chinese medicine was being globalized in the 17th century is therefore a subject that raises many questions about the various kinds of people and processes involved in the mobility of knowledge on a world scale. But it is also a subject of importance in its own right. The participants in this international conference consider the subject of Chinese medicine and its relationships to other kinds of study, the forms it took in other places in the 17th century, and the processes that enabled these changes. 

Sponsored by Humanities Initiative, Brown University; Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; Department of HistoryFor further information, please contactMaria Sokolova (, Administrator Renaissance and Early Modern Studies program


 2014-15 STS Lecture Series, Ebbs and Flows: the Culture and Control of Water in Past and Present:

Chandra Mukerji, The Power of Water and the State: Tapping Sources in the Mountains for the Canal du Midi
Monday, October 20, 4pm, in Barus and Holley, Room 190

This event is sponsored by the Program in Science and Technology Studies and the C.M. Colver Lectureship.

MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN HISTORY SEMINAR (with department of History) Schedule





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Call for Papers


Deadline: May 15, 2015

Theme: Renaissance Now!

A New England Renaissance Conference Discussion:  A series of five panels sponsored by the NERC at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting - Boston, to be held March 31-April 2, 2016, comprising five panels:

Panel 1: "Assessing the ‘Cultural Turn’: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Panel 2: “Renaissance and the Public”

Panel 3: Artifacts Pageant - “Renaissance and New Epistemologies”

Panel 4: Graduate student panel - “Global Renaissance”

Panel 5: Roundtable conversation - NERC Stakeholders' discussion

Submissions should:

• Indicate preferred panel (if your presentation fits in more than one panel, please indicate order of preference)

• Include a paper abstract (150 words maximum)

• Include keywords

• Include a curriculum vitae (300 words maximum)

 Please contact Gen Liang ( and Touba Ghadessi ( for more information and to submit a proposal. 




*Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 5:30pm

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard

Visual Representation, Materiality and the Medium Seminar

Chair: Ewa Lajer-Burcharth

Seminar talk, “Grounds for power: royal monuments and the earth in Early Modern France”

Speaker, Étienne Jollet, Université Paris, Panthéon Sorbonne

Plimpton Room (133), Barker Center, Harvard University,  12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138


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Saturday June 20, 2015 - 12noon – 2:00pm.

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Third Annual Gardeners’ Guild Lunch and Talk

Speaker, Ellen Kosmer

Back patio, Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /

Enjoy a lunch on our back patio followed by a presentation given, Renaissance Center Ellen Kosmer Historical Garden Designer.

Members only – Invitation only! Not a member? Pick up a form in our lobby today!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015 – 11:00am – 1:00pm

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Enchanted Circle Theater ~ Acting Shakespeare

Reading Room, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01002

Ph. (413) 577-3600 /

Student actors from Holyoke school system’s summer acting program will present scenes from a Shakespeare play, using the Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s main stage. Stay for a light picnic lunch afterwards!

Free and open to the public.