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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 Tuesday/Thursday afternoons (4-5:30pm), and are located in the Senior Common Room of Burwash Hall (89 Charles St. West), unless otherwise specified. 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:

The 2017-2018 Season of EMIGF Features:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Gaspar Jakovac (English): “Reconciling Virtue with Pleasure: Catholic Loyalism in The Love-sick King

Deni Kasa (English): “Faith, Sovereignty and Human Sacrifice in Early Modern Literature”

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roseen Giles (Music): “‘Rappresentare al vivo’: Style and Representation in Early Modern Italy”

Samantha Chang (Art History): “Framing the Scene in the Seventeenth Century: Doors and Doorways in the Painter’s Studio”

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Noa Yaari (History): “Visual Literacy in History: Multiform Arguments in the Historiography of Early Modern Individualism”

David Robinson (History): “Disputations a la maison: Religious Controversy and Public Opinion in Seventeenth Century Europe”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Paul Harrison (English): “I had rather see a Brathman, or 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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Kristina Francescutti (History): “Inheritance, Widowhood, and Class Conflict: What We Can Learn from Sumptuary Law”

Benjamin Woodford (English):  “Satanic Freedom in Milton’s Paradise Lost.”

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Stefan Brown (History, Queen’s University): “How did Thomas Hobbes become a Moralist? Hobbism, Mandeville, and Hutcheson in the 1720s.”

Tim Olinksi (History): “From Bruni to Hobbes: The Influence of Thucydides.”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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

Bernice Mittertreiner Neal (English): “Stage Props Take Their Places: Testing a Methodology.”

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ariella Minden (Art History): TBD

Leslie Wexler (English): TBD