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Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

Victoria University in the University of Toronto

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 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 (4:30-6pm), and are located in the Senior Common Room of Burwash Hall (89 Charles St. West) except for the first meeting which will be in the Goldring Student Centre Room 206 (150 Charles Street West). To demonstrate its dedication to early modern graduate research in Toronto, the CRRS supplies coffee and snacks for each meeting. Contact organizers Lindsay Sidders or Sebastiano Bazzichetto with any questions at:

The 2016-2017 Season of EMIGF Features:

Thursday, September 22, 2016 – 4:00-5:30 pm in the Goldring Student Centre Room 206.

Elizabeth Mattison (Art History): “Composing Stories: Narrative Construction in Bernard van Orley’s Polyptych of Job and Lazarus”

Paul Harrison (English): “‘Can the Heavens Enter into Man’s Imagination?’ John Dee and Total Knowledge”

Moderator: Lindsay Sidders (History)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Samantha Chang (Art History): “Listening to Painting: Music Inside the Painter’s Studio”

Julia Rombough (History): “Noisy Soundscapes and Women’s Institutions in Early Modern Florence”

Moderator: Benji Lukas (History)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Noam Tzvi Lior (Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies): “Multimediating Shakespeare: (Digital) Editing as (Digital) Dramaturgy”

Pamela Arancibia (Italian Studies): “‘Cosi ti compri il cielo’. The Doctrine of Justification in the Spiritual Works of Giovan Maria Cecchi”

Moderator: Julia Rombough (History)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sebastiano Bazzichetto (Italian): “Stabat Virgo Dolorosa: New Symbolism in Baroque Sacred Poems”

Adleen Crapo (Centre for Comparative Literature): “The Healing Word versus the Killing Climate: Wellness and Writing in the Works of Scarron”

Moderator: Leslie Wexler (CRRS; English)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Chris Harry (iSchool): “Tracing the Image: An Examination of the Woodcut Prints of Early Modern Natural Historians”

Myron McShane (French): “Christopher Columbus in Paris: Prophetic Poetry and the Translation of the New World”

Moderator: Leslie Wexler (CRRS; English)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Justine Walden (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, History; DECIMA Project): “Jews in Florence Before the Ghetto: Mapping and Other Evidentiary Perspectives”

Alex Logue (History): “The ‘Metes and Bound’ of Manhood: Trespass in Early Modern England”

Moderator: Samantha Chang (Art History)

Thursday, April 4, 2017

Tatevik Vika Nersisyan (English): “The Real Utopia: Dialogue in Thomas More’s Utopia

Leslie Wexler (English): “Battle of the Botanists: Gesner, Mattioli, and Aconitum”

Moderator: Alex Logue (History)