Early Modern Interdisciplinary Graduate Forum

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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 meetings feature two speakers who each deliver a paper (20-25 minutes each), followed by a question and discussion period with the audience, guided by a moderator. Now in its twelfth 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.

We have opted to hold our 2022-2023 meetings in a hybrid model, with in person presentations to a live audience which are also livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person. The CRRS provides coffee, tea, and snacks for in person attendees. All meetings will continue to be scheduled once a month between 4:00-5:30 p.m. on a Tuesday or Thursday. If you would like to attend one of our events online, please request meeting details from Jordana Lobo-Pires at

20 Oct. 2022
4:00-5:30 PM

Jordana Lobo-Pires: Duessa’s Trial and the Rhetoric of Common Law in Book V of Spenser’s Faerie Queene

Catherine R. Power: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations: Jean Bodin’s Plural Order

22 Nov. 2022
4:00-5:30 PM

Gašper Jakovac, PhD: Charity in the English Catholic community

Robert Twiss: Children of Adario: proto-ethnography, utopia, and indigenous Americans in eighteenth-century European satire.

26 Jan. 2023
4:00-5:30 PM

Jacqueline Wylde: Hearing the Metrical Psalms : Digital Imaginings of Past Soundscapes

Alice O’Driscoll: Unwall this Private Tenement: Searching for Sexual Violence During the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1639–1653

28 Feb. 2023
4:00-5:30 PM

Eric Pecile: Generosity Competitions: Bologna’s 16th Century Welfare Market

Rachel Stapleton: Records of Employment: Luisa Sigea and Looking for Work in the 16th Century

23 Mar. 2023
4:00-5:30 PM

Dustin Meyer: “I am the mouth of ’em all” : or, Ben Jonson’s use of Hero and Leander for Bartholomew Fair.

Christopher Patton: Digital Exhibition on the Typography of the Early Modern Page