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 2023-2024 meetings in a hybrid model. All meetings will continue to be scheduled once a month between 4:00-5:30 pm on a Tuesday or Wednesday. If you would like to attend one of our events online, please visit the events page for each session and register using the link.

27 Sept. 2023
4:00-5:30 PM

Camila Collins Araiza: “Jews, Gender, and Slave Law in Colonial Barbados: Clause XVII of ‘the Act'”

Yixin Alfred Wang: “In Search of Prester John and His Ethiopia: Italian Navigators in West Africa, 1455-1456.”

24 Oct. 2023
4:00-5:30 PM

Lucas Simpson, “Hobbes’s Leviathan and the Squaring of the Circle: A Hermetic Solution to a Geometrico-Political Problem.”

Chiara Campagnaro, “A Risky Business For a Woman?: Margherita Marescotti and the Print Trade in Early Seventeenth Century Florence.”

21 Nov. 2023
4:00-5:30 PM

Wenyi Qian, “Paper, Scissors, Stone: Modular Imagination and the Ornament in Motion in Late Sixteenth-Century Inlaid Table Designs.”

Kimberley Chow, “‘The Poet, a Painter in his way’: Painting an Aesthetics of Intimacy Through Exoticism and Orientalism in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko.”

23 Jan. 2024
4:00-5:30 PM

Hong Liu, “Richard, Interrupted: Richard II (1597) as Trauerspiel”

James Dunnigan, “Modernism: The Re-Renaissance?”

19 Mar. 2024
4:00-5:30 PM

Rose Grant, “Reigning or Giving Her Tongue ‘the Reine’? Queens Articulating Sexual Consent in William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam

Sim Ong, “‘Ever content to be ruled by me’: Diego in Francis Godwin’s The Man in the Moone

26 Mar. 2024
4:00-5:30 PM

Heather Smith, “Digital Soundscapes of Politics and Parmesan in Ducal Tuscany (1732)”

Jillian Husband,“‘Quadri di notte e di fuochi’: Girolamo Savoldo and Painting (with) Metal”