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Early Modern Interdisciplinary Graduate Forum II

October 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm



Roseen Giles (Music) is currently a Fellow of the CRRS.  She taught at Colby College during the 2016–17 academic year, and will begin as Assistant Professor at Duke University in 2018. She completed a doctoral degree in musicology at the University of Toronto in 2016 with a dissertation on the Venetian works of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643). Her research explores the culture of the Italian seventeenth century, particularly the relationship between text and music in secular music of the period. She is currently writing a book about the aesthetics of Giambattista Marino’s poetry and his pervasive influence in the history of Seicento music. She has published articles in Renaissance and Reformation, Early Music, and Cambridge Opera Journal, and she is preparing an edition of Alessandro Grandi’s Madrigali Concertati (1615-1622) for the composer’s Opera Omnia published by the American Institute of Musicology.  She is also an active baroque flautist, performing regularly in both orchestral and chamber settings.

Samantha Chang (Art History) is a PhD student from the Graduate Department of Art at University of Toronto where she holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral Award and Faculty of Arts and Science Top Doctoral Fellowship. A professional flutist and conductor, Samantha graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London (England) and she is a fellow of the Trinity College London and the London College of Music. Samantha’s research explores the conceptual relationships between visual arts and music in the early modern period, specifically those of artistic identity, temporality, synesthesia, and performativity. Her current research project examines the representation of music in the painter’s studio.


Roseen Giles: “‘Rappresentare al vivo’: Style and Representation in Early Modern Italy”

Samantha Chang: “Framing the Scene in the Seventeenth Century: Doors and Doorways in the Painter’s Studio”


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:


October 17, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


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