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Early Modern Cities in Comparative Perspective
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A Conference at the Folger Shakespeare Library Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon 27, 28, and 29 September 2012

9/27/2012 to 9/29/2012
When: 27-29 September 2012

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Delmas Foundation Supports Conference on Early Modern Cities

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation has generously agreed to sponsor "Early Modern Cities in Comparative Perspective," the Folger Institute's late-September conference. Faculty and graduate student participants from non-consortium U.S. institutions are eligible for travel funding at the September deadline. Plenary conference speakers include Deborah E. Harkness (University of Southern California) on "Experiencing London"; Linda A. Curcio-Nagy (University of Nevada, Reno) in a session on "Displaying Power: Public Ceremony and Empire"; Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) in a session on "Producing Knowledge: Communities in Formation"; Jan de Vries (University of California at Berkeley) in a session on "Trading Goods: Networks and the Dynamics of Growth and Decline"; and E. Natalie Rothman (University of Toronto) in a session on "Intermediaries and Go-betweens." Please consult the Institute's website for further information, including a conference registration form for those not applying for travel support. This conference is offered in conjunction with the Folger summer exhibition "Open City: London, 1500-1700."


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 pmOpening 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

9:00-10:30Displaying 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

10:30-11:00Coffee 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)

12:45-2:15Producing 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

2:15-2:45Tea break


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

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


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

10:30-11:00Coffee 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)

12:45-2:15Intermediaries 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 China””

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

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 mayregisterthrough 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.

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