Early Modern Interdisciplinary Graduate Forum

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 from different disciplines who each deliver a paper (20-25 minutes each), moderated by someone from a third discipline, followed by a question and discussion period with the audience. Now in its eleventh 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 2021-2022 meetings online via Zoom. 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

Tiffany Hoffman
Research Fellow, CRRS, University of Toronto; PhD in English, McGill University
“Hamlet and the Historical Medicalization of Shyness”

Elisa Tersigni
Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Jackman Humanities Institute; PhD in English, University of Toronto
“An Acquired Taste: Early Modern Recipes as Conversion Narratives”

Joel Rodgers
CRRS Fellow, University of Toronto; PhD in English, University of Toronto
“‘Retaile it here abroad’: Corporate Profit and the Pleasure of Poetry in Donne’s Early Verse”

Laina Southgate
PhD Student in English, University of Toronto
“Shakespeare’s Empire of Imagination: Negotiating Nation and Literary Adaptation in Finland”

Eva Plesnik
PhD Student, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Otium and empire in Bohuslaus of Hassenstein’s Ecloga sive Idyllion Budae

Lauren Weindling
CRRS Fellow and PhD, University of Southern California
“‘Infect in Similitude’: Contagion in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Joel Faber
PhD in English, University of Toronto
“Amazons v. Amicitia: Unfriending Emilia in The Two Noble Kinsmen

Alice Martignoni
PhD Candidate in Italian Studies, University of Toronto
“Italian laude in Provence at the Beginning of the Early Modern Period (Béziers, CIRdOC ms. 913): Proposals for a Linguistic Localization”