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Early Modern Cities in Comparative Perspective

Early Modern Cities in Comparative Perspective

A Conference at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon

27, 28, and 29 September 2012



Thursday, 27 September 2012


5:00 pm          Opening Reception, Great Hall


6:00                 A Case in Point: London


                         Welcome: Kathleen Lynch, Executive Director, Folger Institute


                         Chair: Lena Cowen Orlin, Professor of English, Georgetown University


                         “The Experience of Early Modern London”

                         Deborah E. Harkness, Professor of History, University of Southern California


Friday, 28 September 2012


8:15-8:45 am   Coffee and Pastries


8:50                 Welcome: Owen Williams, Assistant Director, Folger Institute


9:00-10:30     Displaying Power: Public Ceremony and Empire


                         Chair: Benoit Bolduc, Associate Professor of French, New York University



                        “Recreation, Piety, and Performance:  The Alameda Central in 17th-Century Mexico City”

                         Linda A. Curcio-Nagy, Associate Professor of History, University of Nevada, Reno



                        “Roma Sancta: The Pilgrim’s Progress in the New Jerusalem”

                         Barbara Wisch, Professor Emerita of Art History, SUNY Cortland


                        “Urban Rituals in Istanbul: Early Modern Constructions of Self and Landscape”

                         B Deniz Calis-Kural, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture,
Istanbul Bilgi University


10:30-11:00   Coffee Break


11:00-11:45   Discussion

                         Public Ceremony and Empire

                         Moderated by Patricia Fortini Brown, Professor Emeritus of Art and Archaeology,

                         Princeton University


11:45-12:45pm  Lunch (provided in Great Hall)



12:45-2:15     Producing Knowledge: Communities in Formation


                         Chair: Joseph Monteyne, Associate Professor of Art, SUNY Stonybrook



                        “Urban Community and the Printing House: The Case of Basel”

                        Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History,

                        Princeton University



                        “Gendered Books:  Parisian and Lyonnais editions of Pernette du Guillet”

                        Leah Chang, Associate Professor of French, George Washington University


                        “Competition, Cooperation, and Knowledge Production in Early 18th
British America: The Case of Franklin”

                        Matthew Brown, Associate Professor of English, University of Iowa


2:15-2:45       Tea break


2:45-3:30       Discussion

                        Communities in Formation

                        Moderated by Palmira Brummett, Visiting Professor of History, Brown University


7:00 (optional) Pre-Consort discussion on Ballads in early modern London


8:00 (optional) Folger Consort


Saturday, 29 September 2012


8:30-9:00 am   Coffee and Pastries


9:00-10:30     Trading Goods: Networks and the Dynamics of Growth and Decline


                         Chair: Dennis Romano, Dr. Walter Montgomery and Marian Gruber Professor of History,

                         Syracuse University



                         Dynamics of Growth and Decline within the Context of Dutch Urban Networks

                         Jan de Vries, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History and Economics,

                         University of California at Berkeley



                        "The Conquest of Kazan, the Destruction of Astrakhan,

                        and Early English Discourses of Empire"

                        Bernadette Andrea, Professor of English, University of Texas at San Antonio


                        "Disembedding Salvador da Bahia from its Hinterland: Economic and Social Aspects

                        of a Proto-global City in Brazil, 1650-1750”

                        Christopher C. Ebert, Associate Professor of History, Brooklyn College, City University of New York


10:30-11:00  Coffee Break


11:00-11:45  Discussion

                        Networks and the Dynamics of Growth and Decline

                        Moderated by Mariët Westermann, Senior Vice President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


11:45-12:45 pm Lunch (provided in Great Hall)


12:45-2:15     Intermediaries and Go-betweens


                        Chair: Blake de Maria, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Santa Clara University



                         “Translating Empire: Ottomans, Venetians, and Dragomans in Early Modern Istanbul”

                         E. Natalie Rothman, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto



                        “Body Talk: Founding a Jesuit Corpus in Late Imperial Chinaā€¯”

                        Florence C. Hsia, Associate Professor of History of Science,

                        University of Wisconsin, Madison


                        “Enlightening Encounters: The Parisian Salon and the Mughal Seraglio”

                        Faith E. Beasley, Professor of French, Dartmouth College


2:15-2:30       Break


2:30-3:30       Discussion

                         Intermediaries and Go-betweens

                         Moderated by Karen Newman, Owen Walker Professor of Humanities

                         and Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University


4:30                 Closing tea





Apply: 4 September 2012 (for non-consortium applicants only). Support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation extends grants-in-aid to conference participants from U.S. institutions who are not affiliates of the Folger Institute consortium. Please visit the Institute’s website for further information, here. The application deadline for grants-in-aid to Folger Institute consortium affiliates occurred in June.


Register: Those not applying for grants-in-aid may register through 14 September 2012 (assuming space remains.) All conference-goers must pay a hospitality fee of $75.00 ($50.00 for graduate students). This fee helps defray the expenses of lunch, refreshments, and the opening and closing receptions.


Print our conference flyer here.

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