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Early Modern Interdisciplinary Graduate Forum I

September 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm



Gaspar Jacovac is in the Department of English at Durham University, UK, and a member of the Records of Early English Drama North-East project. His research focuses on theatre, entertainment, and sociability within Catholic communities in Jacobean North-East England.

Deni Kasa is in the Department of English at the University of Toronto where his research addresses the relationship between religious grace and political agency in early modern literature, particularly in Shakespeare, Spenser and Milton. His research and teaching interests extend into literary theory, the history of the Reformation, political philosophy, and liberal theory.


The Early Modern Interdisciplinary Graduate Forum (EMIGF) is a monthly event hosted by the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) at the University of Toronto. EMIGF is a platform for PhD candidates, post-docs, fellows, and recent graduates to deliver papers in an informal setting. Our mandate is to provide junior and emerging scholars with the opportunity to present work in progress, and to facilitate dialogue on current topics in early modern research across the disciplines.

EMIGF hosts seven annual meetings. Each meeting features two speakers who each deliver a paper, and commentary and discussion guided by a moderator to elaborate the points of contact or departure between the two approaches presented. The EMIGF is an interdisciplinary forum. Each meeting brings two speakers from different departments working on similar topics, or on topics that may seem at first dissimilar. The emphasis of discussion is on connections between different fields, topics and research methods and how one perspective may inform or be informed by another.

EMIGF held its inaugural season in 2011-2012, initiated by former CRRS graduate fellow Tim Harrison. Now in its fifth consecutive year, EMIGF meetings are well attended by graduate students, faculty, and fellows from the early modern community at the University of Toronto and beyond. Please consider joining us at the next meeting!

Our monthly meetings are held Thursday afternoons (4:00-5:30 pm), and are located in the Victoria University Common Room of Burwash Hall (89 Charles St. West). To demonstrate its dedication to early modern graduate research in Toronto, the CRRS supplies coffee and snacks for each meeting. Contact organizer, Leslie Wexler with any questions at:

Join us afterwards for the EMIGF Welcoming Reception from 5:30pm – 7:30pm for light appetizers and refreshments.


September 14, 2017
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Victoria University Common Room (Rear Entrance Burwash Hall)
89 Charles Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S1K7 Canada
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