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Early Modern Cities in Comparative Perspective Schedule

Early Modern Cities in Comparative Perspective

A Folger Institute Conference

Supported by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation


Organized by:

Patricia Fortini Brown (Princeton University)

Palmira Brummett (Brown University)

Kathleen Lynch (The Folger Institute)

Karen Newman (Brown University)

Lena Cowen Orlin (Georgetown University) and

Mariët Westermann (The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)


In the Elizabethan Theater 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



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



Welcome: Owen Williams, Assistant Director, Folger Institute



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


“Istanbul, Construction of Self, and Urban Landscape through Rituals”

B. Deniz Çalis Kural, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Bilgi University



Coffee Break




Public Ceremony and Empire

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



Lunch (provided in Great Hall)



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 -Century British America: The Case of Franklin”

Matthew Brown, Associate Professor of English, University of Iowa



Tea break




Communities in Formation

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


Optional evening events



Pre-Consort discussion

"Ballads, bells and birdsong: music in London, c. 1550-1750"

Christopher Marsh, Reader in Early Modern History, Queen’s University Belfast



London: Music from the City of Shakespeare

Performed by the Folger Consort



Saturday, 29 September 2012


8:30-9:00 am

Coffee and Pastries



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



Coffee Break




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)



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 Language and the Trans-imperial Subject: Some Jesuit Examples”

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







Intermediaries and Go-betweens

Moderated by Karen Newman, Owen Walker Professor of Humanities and Professor of

Comparative Literature, Brown University



Closing tea



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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