Early Modern Cities in Comparative Perspective
Folger Institute, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC
27-29 September 2012
Schedule (abstracts are being added as they are received)
How does the space of a city function as the figure or ground of scholarship, and what difference does it make? Folger Institute faculty weekend seminars on early modern cities have fostered scholarly investigations of the ways conceptualisations of space are changing the focus in research and teaching. This conference will draw on localized expertise for comparative discussion. Invited speakers will address assertions of exceptionalism and claims to a classical heritage; identify features and causes of notions of ‘organic’ cultures; trace the routes of global commerce and cultural encounter; and account for agents of growth and decline.
Complementing the Folger exhibition on Open City: London, 1500-1700, the conference begins with a case study of London and its scientific communities by Deborah E. Harkness (University of Southern California). A plenary lecture will anchor each of the four fields of investigation: Public ceremony and empire with Linda A. Curcio-Nagy (University of Nevada, Reno); Intellectual communities and the print trade with Anthony Grafton (Princeton University); Trade and the dynamics of growth and decline with Jan de Vries (University of California at Berkeley); and Cultural intermediaries and go-betweens with E. Natalie Rothman (University of Toronto). Consult the website for additional speakers who will provide counterexamples in each of these fields and the schedule that allows for–and depends on–extensive discussion among participants.
Organisers: Patricia Fortini Brown (Princeton University), Palmira Brummett (Brown University), Kathleen Lynch (The Folger Institute), Karen Newman (Brown University), Lena Cowen Orlin (Georgetown University), and Mariët Westermann (The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation).
Schedule: Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon, 27 through 29 September 2012.
Apply: 8 June 2012 for grants-in-aid (for Folger Institute consortium affiliates). Funding is being sought to extend grants-in-aid to non-consortium participants; consult the Institute’s website for updated information.
Register: Those not applying for grants-in-aid may register(pdf) through 14 September 2012 (assuming space remains.) All conference-goers must pay a hospitality fee of $75.00 ($50.00 for graduate students). This fee helps defray the expenses of lunch, refreshments, and the opening and closing receptions.
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