Upcoming Events

  • David Scott, the Ruth and William Lubic Professor of Anthropology in the Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University, will give a research lecture that asks what story of the history of New World slavery ought to command our critical attention in the present. He offers the provisional answer that the story of New World slavery ought to be reoriented by a moral, and more specifically a reparatory, history that embraces the idea that New World slavery was not only an historical catastrophe but a moral evil, a wrong which may in fact be irreparable. Free and open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

  • Professor Anne Dunlop is the Herald Chair of Fine Arts in the Department of Art History, Curatorship, Arts & Culture at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Andrea del Castagno and the Limits of Painting (2015), Painted Palaces: The Rise of Secular Art in Early Renaissance Italy (2009) and several edited volumes, among them Antipodean Early Modern: European Art in Australian Collections, c. 1200-1600, (2018), and with Christy Anderson and Pamela H. Smith, co-editor of The Matter of Art: Materials, Technologies, Cultural Logics, 1250-1650 (2014). Her current research focuses on artistic contact and trade in materials between Italy and Mongol Eurasia. Her lecture is part of the year-long series called On Speculation.

    The series is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture’s Margerie Cutler, Joseph Edinburgh, and Kenneth List funds. Additional support comes from the C.V. Starr Foundation Lectureship Fund.

    HIAA Annual Lecture Series, History, Cultural Studies, Languages, Humanities
  • Hoy en día se sabe muy poco de la rica historia intelectual y cultural de Charcas colonial, que formó parte del Virreinato del Perú y cuyo territorio corresponde aproximadamente a la moderna Bolivia. Desde hace mucho tiempo, Andrés Eichmann está desenterrando e interpretando la literatura en español (además de algunas obras en latín) de la región, producida en los siglos XVI y XVII. En esta charla proporcionará una visión general informada de sus hallazgos y explicará el estado actual de la investigación de este campo.

    Very little is known of the rich intellectual and cultural history of colonial Charcas, a part of the Viceroyalty of Peru now roughly constituting the area of modern Bolivia. For several years Andrés Eichmann has been unearthing and interpreting Spanish literature and some works in Latin from the region, which were produced in the 16th and 17th centuries. In this talk he will provide a uniquely informed overview of his findings and explain the current state of investigation in this field.

    This lecture will be given in Spanish.

    Andrés Eichmann Oerhli, Professor (Catedrático) of Latin American Literature in UMSA in La Paz, Bolivia, has had visiting lectureships at the universities of Versailles in France and Navarra in Spain and is founding editor of the journal Classics Boliviana. His book publications includeDe Boliviana latinitate: Pensamiento y latín en Bolivia(2002); Letras humanas y divinas en la muy noble ciudad de La Plata (2005), Cancionero mariano de Charcas (2009), and a volume co-authored with Ignacio Arellano, Entremeses, loas y coloquios de Potosí (2005).

    This event, presented by the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World, is free and open to the public.

    Writing History in the Sixteenth Century: Remarking the Boundaries of a Discipline in the New Spain

    After their conquest and colonization of Mexico in the 1500s, the Spaniards needed to understand the customs and the past of the native peoples in order to impose their own law and authority. But European ideas of time and history are not universal: how did Mesoamerican cosmology make sense in terms of Christian European chronology? And how did indigenous people retain or understand memory of the pre-Hispanic past? This lecture will show how both Spaniards and Indians began to produce a new form of world history.

    Serge Gruzinski has taught at the Écoles des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, as well as in Brazil (Bélem) and the United States (Princeton). His work has been translated into numerous languages and he has authored more than twenty books including The Mestizo Mind: The Intellectual Dynamics of Colonization and Globalization (Routledge, 2002), What Time is it There? America and Islam at the Dawn of Modern Times (Polity Press, 2011) and The Eagle and the Dragon: Globalization and European Dreams of Conquest in China and America in the Sixteenth Century (Polity Press, 2014). He has received several honorary doctorates and awards, including the Howard F. Cline Memorial Prize 1991, Médaille d’argent of the CNRS 1996, Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur 2000, and the First International Prize in History at the 22nd Congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS) in Jinan, China in 2015.

    This is the first of a series of prestigious public lectures instituted at Brown by the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World. The lectures will be held each year in the Spring semester.

    This event is presented by the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World  and co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Department of Anthropology. It is free and open to the public.

    Early Modern Annual Lecture, Early Modern World, History, Cultural Studies, Languages, Humanities, Identity, Culture, Inclusion
  • It has been argued that heroic poetry on martial themes disappeared in the seventeenth century because it could not accommodate technological changes in warfare. This lecture explores the history of European epic in both in Latin and in vernacular languages, in order to show that focus on one at the expense of the other can lead to perilous historical and literary-historical distortions.

    Keith Sidwell, Emeritus Professor, University College Cork and Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, Canada, has also taught at in Cambridge and Lancaster in the UK, and in the Republic of Ireland at NUI Maynooth and University College, Cork where he was the Professor of Latin and Greek and Head of Department. His research interests range from Greek tragedy and comedy to the influence of Lucian on Renaissance Latin literature, and Irish early modern Latin. He has published widely and his books include: Lucian: Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketches, Penguin 2004;Aristophanes the Democrat, Cambridge University Press 2009; Making Ireland Roman: Irish Latin Writers and the Republic of Letters, Cork 2009 (with Jason Harris); The Tipperary Hero: Dermot O’Meara’s Ormonius (1615), Brepols, Belgium 2011 (with David Edwards); and (with P. Lenihan) Poema de Hibernia: A Jacobite Epic on the Williamite War (1689-91), Dublin: Irish MSS Commission, 2018.

    This event, presented by the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World, is free and open to the public.

    Academic Calendar, University Dates & Events, Humanities
  • Themes, imagery and ideas from Seneca’s moral philosophy infuse the writing of Petrarch and Boccaccio, helping to shape not only their moral views, but also their attitude towards the literature of the past and sense of their own role. Syrithe Pugh will trace Senecan ideas about literature as transcending geographical and temporal boundaries in the two trecento writers, and see how tensions between such transcendence and more mundane concerns and political realities play out in each. The journey will reveal telling differences between the two Italians, and destabilize some dichotomies— master/disciple, Classical/Christian, Mediaeval/Renaissance—which tend to inform scholarly treatments of them and of the period.

    Syrithe Pugh is a Reader in English at the University of Aberdeen, specializing in classical reception in Renaissance literature. She has published three monographs, Spenser and Ovid (2005), Herrick, Fanshawe and the Politics of Intertextuality (2010), and Spenser and Virgil: The Pastoral Poems (2016), which was awarded the Isabel MacCaffrey Award in 2017. Other publications include two forthcoming edited volumes: Conversations: Classical and Renaissance Intertextuality (Manchester University Press) and Euhemerism and its Uses: The Mortal Gods (Routledge).

    This event, presented by the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World, is free and open to the public.