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AT BROWN 

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

2017-2018 REMS SCHEDULE OF LECTURES

Semester I  (Coming Soon)

 

 

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

 

JOHN CARTER BROWN LIBRARY EVENTS

 

OUTSIDE BROWN

This list announces talks in the greater Boston area pertaining to the study of the early modern period ca. 1450-1750, in any discipline and with any regional specialization. Please forward announcements, in the format requested at the end of this message, and e-mail addresses to:earlymod@fas.harvard.edu.

 * indicates a newly announced event

** indicates an updated or corrected event

 

EARLYMOD THIS WEEK 

 

Tuesday, Sept 19, 6pm

Modern Greek Literature and Culture, Mahindra Humanities Seminar

Natasha Constantinidou-Taylor (University of Cyprus), "Printing Greek Books in Sixteenth-Century Paris"
Room 133, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge

 

**Tues Sept 1912–1:30pm  
Early Modern Workshop, Harvard 

Joan-Pau Rubiés (Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) "Comparing cultures in the early modern world: hierarchies, genealogies and the idea of modernity."

PosterPoster

Robinson Hall Lower library, Harvard Yard  
Pizza and salad will be served but please RSVP if possible to maryam_patton (at) g.harvard.edu

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 *Tuesday, Sept. 26 4:00 p.m.

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 

2017 Normand Berlin Lecture

Sharon Seelig – Smith College Roe/Straut Professor Emerita in the Humanities (English Language & Literature) presenting, "Married in Eden: Lucy Hutchinson & John Milton."

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst,

650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

 

 

*Thursday, Sept 28, 5:15 pm

HDS Dean's Office and Andover-Harvard Theological Library: Dudleian Lecture. 

"Reformation and Racial Taxonomies: An Underexplored Narrative of Modernity." 

Dr. Paul C.H. Lim, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Associate Faculty of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University

Sperry Room, Andover Hall, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge MA

 

*Friday Sept 29, 2017 12 pm–2 pm 

HDS Dean's Office and Andover-Harvard Theological Library 

Workshop: Reformation Dialogue and Identity Workshop 

Panel to include: Michelle Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Theology; David Hall, Bartlett Professor of New England Church History Emeritus; and Paul C.H. Lim, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Associate Faculty of Religious Studies (Vanderbilt University)

Center for the Study of World Religion COMMON ROOM, 42 Francis Ave, Cambridge MA

 

*Friday, September 29 8:30 – 4:00.

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 

Early Modern Iberian Studies Symposium 

A full day event concluding with the Keynote:  Enrique Garcia Santa-Tomas“Colgados de la boca”:   Incest and the Rise of Novel in Early ModernSpain. All day. Refreshments provided.

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst,

650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

 

*Monday, October 2, 2017, 5:15 PM – 7:00 PM.

Sponsors: Center for the Study of World Religions; Center for Jewish Studies, Harry Elson Lecture and Publication Fund; Medieval Studies Seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center, Jewish Societies and Cultures Seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center.

Adam Afterman (University of Tel Aviv): "The Rise of the ‘Holy Spirit’ in 13th–16th c. Kabbalah."

Barker 133, Harvard, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge 

Contact: CSWR: 617.495.4495.

Early Kabbalah revived and reintroduced the rabbinic term “Ruah Ha-Qodesh," possibly translated as “holy spirit," with all its implications for the development of pneumatic mysticism in Judaism. The complex and diverse meanings the term has in rabbinic sources and its later reception and modification into the heart of medieval Jewish Neoplatonic, Neo-Aristotelian and Hermetic systems, all serve as important background for the Kabbalistic interpretations that reintroduced the term as a key term for the dynamic essence of the Godhead that embodies, incarnates, and sanctifies the mystic following and completing a dialectical process of mystical fusion of God and man. Professor Adam Afterman serves as chair of The Department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at Tel Aviv University and as a Senior Research Fellow at The Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. 

 

*Wed Oct 41–2:30 PM 

Harvard Divinity School

David Hall, Bartlett Professor of New England Church History Emeritus (Harvard): Re-Visiting the Origins of the Puritan Movement in EarlyModern Britain and its later life in New England (Lecture)

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Rabinowitz Room, 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge MA 

 

*Thursday, October 5th at 4 pm

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 

Five College Renaissance Seminar

Amanda Henrichs, a new postdoc at Amherst College presents “Visualizing Absence: Broken (hyper)Links between Mary Wroth and Mary Sidney Herbert”

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst,

650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

 

*October 11, 4pm

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series

Jane Bernstein, Tufts University on "The New Way:" Engraving and Music Books in Sixteenth-Century Rome.

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst,

650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

 

*October 13 - 14, 2017, Cambridge
The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces

A symposium hosted by the
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

This symposium explores the spaces of artistic, artisanal and intellectual production. From the artist’s studio to the alchemist’s lab, from the stateroom to the secret chamber, from the brick and mortar hall to the winding corridors of cyberspace, rooms and their contents have long impacted history, and transformed their inhabitants. Held in conjunction with the Museums’ special exhibition The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820 this symposium brings together artists, architects, and historians to consider the spaces where objects and ideas are generated.

Friday, October 13
6-7:30pm
Keynote Lecture

Making Room: Cartography, Collecting, and the Construction of Empire
Louis Nelson, Professor of Architectural History and the Associate Dean, School of Architecture, University of Virginia


Saturday, October 14
10am
ROOMS FOR LOOKING: Parlor / Museum / Studio

“No One Could Prevent Us Making Good Use of Our Eyes”: Enslaved Spectators and Southern Plantation Spaces
Jennifer Van Horn, Assistant Professor of Art History and History, University of Delaware

The Room of Broken Bodies: Civil War Wounds, the Army Medical Museum, and Perceiving Re-Unification
Julia B. Rosenbaum, Associate Professor and Chair, Art History, Bard College; Director of Research and Publications, The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site

The Symposium on Habitability: Robert Irwin, NASA, and the Case of the Artist as a Meta-Scholar
Boris Oicherman, Cindy and Jay Ihlenfeld Curator for Creative Collaborations, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota

Moderated by Laura Turner Igoe, Adjunct Instructor, Temple University and Research Associate, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

11:30am
ROOMS FOR MAKING: Library / Laboratory / Model

“A Scene in a Library”: Inventing and Destroying Enlightenment Photography at Soho House
Matthew Hunter, Associate Professor, Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University

Connected Interiors: Learning Architecture and Observation in Meiji Japan
Matthew Mullane, Ph.D. candidate, School of Architecture, Princeton University

Interior as Microcosm: The Production of Epistemologies, Ethics, and Identities at Biosphere 2, 1991–1994
Meredith Sattler, Assistant Professor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Moderated by Ethan W. Lasser, Head, Division of European and American Art, and Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Curator of American Art, Harvard Art Museums

2pm
VIRTUAL ROOMS: Theater / Period Room / Cockpit

A Machine of Visibility: Paul Nelson’s Surgical Theater at the Cité Hospitalière de Lille
Nicholas Robbins, Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University

Visiting Mrs. M.——-‘s Cabinet: Period Room as Pedagogy
Sarah Anne Carter, Curator and Director of Research, The Chipstone Foundation

Bedroom Aviators—Flight Simulation and the Domestic Realm
Chad Randl, Visiting Lecturer in Architecture, Cornell University

Moderated by María Dolores Sánchez-Jáuregui, In-house curator for The Philosophy Chamber Exhibition at the Hunterian Museum and Co-curator of William Hunter’s Tercentenary Exhibition

3:45pm
Closing Remarks
Follies and Wonder Rooms
Mark Dion, Conceptual Artist
Introduced by Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

This project is supported in part by major grants from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Henry Luce Foundation.

The exhibition and catalogue were also supported in part by the following endowed funds: the Bolton Fund for American Art, Gift of the Payne Fund; the Henry Luce Foundation Fund for the American Art Department; the William Amory Fund; and the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund.

All events will take place at:
Menschel Hall, Lower Level
Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

All symposium events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For details on the programs, including how to register, visit http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar/the-room-where-it-happens-on-the-agency-of-interior-spaces

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: The Room Where It Happens (Cambridge, 13-14 Oct 17). In: ArtHist.net, Sep 20, 2017. <https://arthist.net/archive/16135>


*Wednesday, October 1812:30-1:00 pm

Gallery Talk

Danielle Carrabino, Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

 This talk will explore a selection of prints and drawings from the collection that imitate, copy or are variations of the art of Leonardo da Vinci. 

Website URL –  http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar/gallery-talk-after-leonardo-da-vinci

Free with museums admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk. 

Tues Oct 244–6pm 

Early Modern Workshop, Harvardco-sponsored with the Early Sciences Working Group. 

Edna Bonhomme (Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin) "Ports, Risk, and Death: Mapping the Rise and Fall of Epidemics in Tunisia, 1705-1820."

Science Center 469, Harvard, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge  

 

*October 25, 4 pm

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series 

Karen Cook, University of Hartford presents “Twenty-First-Century Renaissance: Representations of the Past in Modern Media,"

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst,

650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

No reservations. Free and open to the public. Refreshments co-sponsored. 

 

*Thurs Oct 26 5–7pm – Fri Oct 27 9–6pm  

Early Modern Workshop, Harvard

Conference: Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe

110, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge 
Conference Registration, program, and additional information at https://inventionofbyzantium.com/

 

*October 28, 9:00 a.m.

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 

Graduate Conference  

Keynote: Jennifer Waldron - University of Pittsburgh. Director of the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies author of “Reformations of the Body: Idolatry, Sacrifice, and Early Modern Theater" 2013 & 2nd  book project, “Shakespeare and the Senses,” charts Shakespeare’s diverse experiments with cross-modal sensory and linguistic effects in relation to recent developments in historical phenomenology and current research in cognitive neuroscience.

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst,

650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

 

*Tuesday, October 313:00-3:30 pm

Gallery Talk

Danielle Carrabino, Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

On the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses, this talk will feature works from the collection related to the Protestant Reformation.

Website URL - http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar/gallery-talk-the-500th-anniversary-of-martin-luthers-95-theses

Free with museums admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

 

*Wed Nov 1, 4 pm

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series

Rachel Young will present “Paintings of Boticelli”  

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst, 

650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

No reservations. Free and open to the public. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club

 

*Thurs Nov 9, 4pm  
Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, the Jewish Cultures and Societies Seminar, Mahindra Humanities Center and the Early ModernHistory Workshop 

Elisheva Carlebach (Columbia University) "Archive Envy: An Early Modern Jewish Community and its Records."

Room 133, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge


The formation of archives has become the object of critical historical inquiry. This lecture explores dimensions of Jewish communal archives from the early modern period with particular emphasis on the rich archive of the Hamburg-Altona community and its fate.

*Thursday Nov 9, 4 pm

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 

Five College Renaissance Seminar

Steven Mentz, from St Johns University TOPIC: TBD.

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst,

650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

 

*Friday Nov 10, 4 pm

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 

Classical Legacy Lecture 

Jessica Wolfe (UNC- Chapel Hill) presents, “Homer and Milton”.

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst,

650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

No reservations. Free and open to the public. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

 

*Thursday Nov 16, 4:30 pm 

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 

Five College Renaissance Seminar in Book History  

Doctoral Candidate Amy Sopcak-Joseph (UCONN) presents, "Combating Swindlers and Borrowers: Buying and Selling Godey's Lady's Book in the Nineteenth Century"

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst,

650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

Free and open to the public. No reservations.

 

*Saturday, Nov 186-9 pm

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 

Italian Renaissance Harvest Banquet, Tickets are $75 per person, $125 per couple, *Student Discount* $35 per person at the Great Hall on the, 2nd  Floor of the Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Come for an evening of juggling, music, food, theater, door prizes, and more! Call the Renaissance Center Program Director at 577-3603 for more information. Ticket purchase required prior to event.

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst,

650 East Pleasant St., Amherst

 

Mon Nov 204–6 pm 
Early Modern Workshop, Harvard

Conference "New Approaches to Early Modern Political Economy," featuring Sophus Reinert (Harvard Business School) "Political Economy and the Medici," and Doohwan Ahn (Seoul National University) "Bringing International Relations Back In: Anglo-French Relations and the Financial Revolution in Eighteenth-Century Britain."

Robinson Hall Basement Conference Room, Harvard Yard, Cambridge  

 

Mon Nov 276-8 pm

History of Medicine Working Group

"The Utility of Medicine: Medicine and the Printed Book in Early Modern Europe."

Hannah Marcus, Harvard University

Science Center 469, Harvard University, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:30-6:15pm

Wesleyan Renaissance Seminar

Seminar, “What is an author? Rabelaisian avatars”

Virginia Krause, Professor of French Studies, Brown University

Boger Hall 113, Wesleyan University, 41 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06457

The seminars are entirely devoted to discussion of previously circulated papers.  For a copy of this paper please contact Esther Moran by email at emmoran@wesleyan.edu 

http://rensem.site.wesleyan.edu/

 

 

Exhibition:

 

*May 19, 2017–December 31, 2017

The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820

Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

 

Between 1766 and 1820, Harvard College assembled an extraordinary collection of paintings, portraits, and prints; mineral, plant, and animal specimens; scientific instruments; Native American artifacts; and relics from the ancient world.

http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/exhibitions/4916/the-philosophy-chamber-art-and-science-in-harvards-teaching-cabinet-1766-1820 

 

**Sept 6–Dec 15, 2017 

Exhibit: Reformation: Dialogue and Identity, Opening Reception

Andover-Harvard Theological Library (2nd floor), 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA

 

Focusing on the exchange of ideas between Luther, his contemporaries, and subsequent generations of reformers, on display are foundational texts, popular printed images, and objects that reflect the connection between texts and their readers. The exhibit also highlights examples of how books and images influenced and reflected religious and social identity in early Protestant communities. Michelle C. Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Theology, will offer brief introductory remarks at the reception. Watch for other Reformation-themed events in October, sponsored by Andover-Harvard Theological Library as part of Theological Libraries Month.

 

More Information: ncarlson@hds.harvard.edu