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Early Modern Interdisciplinary Graduate Forum IV

December 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Paul Harrison (English)

Noam Tzvi Lior (Drama)


Paul Harrison (English): “”‘I had rather see a Brathman, or a Gymnosopist yet:’ Ben Jonson’s War on Occult Knowledge Claims””

Noam Tzvi Lior (Drama): “Making Shakespeare at Play. Editing, Dramaturgy, and Design in Multimedia Shakespeare Apps”: Shakespeare at Play is an app which combines the text of Shakespeare’s plays with video of the play in performance (created specifically for the app), as well as glosses, notes, and commentary. In creating these materials, we made choices about content, functionality, and design, with the intent of creating a product which made Shakespeare accessible to modern users, encountering Shakespeare through smartphones and tablets in a multi-mediated format. My talk explores some of these choices, examining assumptions about accessibility, mediation, and design, and the way Shakespeare is considered and constructed in editing, performance, and pedagogy.


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:

To be followed by CRRS Holiday Party from 5:30 to 7pm in the Victoria University Common Room (Rear of Burwash Hall)


December 5, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Victoria University Common Room (Rear Entrance Burwash Hall)
89 Charles Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S1K7 Canada
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