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The Early Modern History Workshop (emework at fas.harvard.edu) is based in the History Department at Harvard and announces events sponsored or co-sponsored by early modern historians at Harvard. These events are also listed below on this page, including our annual graduate conference with Princeton. To join this smaller mailing list, please subscribe below.


Spring Semester 2020

February 14–15 | Harvard University
The Annual Harvard-Princeton Graduate Conference in Early Modern History
"From Extracting Treasure to Creating Knowledge: Early Modernities"
Runs Friday, February 14, 1:30–7:10 pm in the Belfer Case Study Room (CGIS South S-020), and Saturday, February 15, 9 am–3:10 pm in the Robinson Hall History Department Conference Room
Program and Abstracts

Tuesday, February 18, 12 pm | Science Center 252
Sponsored by the Early Sciences Working Group
Maryam Patton (Harvard, History and Middle Eastern Studies), with comment by Valentina Pugliano (MIT, STS)
"The Diffusion of Heliocentrism in the Early Modern World: A View from Istanbul"

Tuesday, March 3, 5:30 pm | Robinson Hall, History Department Conference Room (formerly known as the Lower Library)
Co-sponsored with the Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop and Early Sciences Working Group
Rob Iliffe (Oxford University and Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
"'As if conjured by the force of magic': the emergence of the scientific genius and the celebration of the imagination in natural philosophy, 1750–1820"

Monday, April 13, 4:30 pm | MIT, E51-095
Co-sponsored with the MIT History Faculty
Surekha Davies (Utrecht University)
"Monsters in the Closet: The Biopolitics of the Far North in Early Modern Europe"

Thursday, April 16, 5:15 pm | Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room
Co-sponsored with the Medieval English Colloquium
James Simpson (English, Harvard) and David Hall (Harvard Divinity School, emeritus), moderated by Michelle Sanchez (Harvard Divinity School)
"Predestination and Piety in the Early Modern World"—a debate

Thursday, April 23, 5:15 pm | Robinson Hall, History Department Conference Room (formerly known as the Lower Library)
Co-sponsored with the Renaissance Colloquium and Department of English
Daniel Blank (Harvard Society of Fellows)
"Tense Futures: Shakespeare's Macbeth and Gwinne's Tres Sibyllae"

Tuesday, May 5, 12 pm | Science Center 252
Sponsored by the Early Sciences Working Group
Ashley Gonik (Harvard, History), with comment by Katharina Piechocki (Harvard, Comparative Literature)
"The Deep History of the Spreadsheet"


Fall Semester 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 5:30 pm | Robinson Hall, History Department Conference Room (formerly known as the Lower Library)
Aperitivo featuring flash talks by Kate van Orden (Music), “Metrolingualism in Print”; Adam Beaver (Bok Center), “Some Early Modern Origins of Modern Academic Culture”; Katharina Piechocki (Comparative Literature), "Cartographic Humanism and the Making of Early Modern Europe”; and David Hall (Harvard Divinity School), “Lessons learned from doing comparative and Atlantic history of the Reformation?”

Wednesday, October 2, 5:30 pm | Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room
"Erudition and Algebraic Practice at the End of the Sixteenth Century" (with commentary by Calliope Dourou, Department of the Classics)
Abram Kaplan (Harvard Society of Fellows)
Co-sponsored by the Early Sciences Working Group

Tuesday, October 29, 5:00 pm | Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room 
"Mancipia Indica: Neo-Roman and Non-Western Slave Law in Portuguese Asia”
Stuart McManus (The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University)

Thursday, November 14, 12–2 pm | Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room
Roundtable discussion of James HankinsVirtue Politics, Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy (HUP 2019) featuring comments by David Armitage (History, Harvard), Michelle Clark (Government, Dartmouth), and Eric Nelson (Government, Harvard)
Co-sponsored with the Intellectual History Colloquium and the Political Theory Colloquium

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 pm | Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room
"Why Do We Think There Have Been No Great Women Artists? Reconsidering Linda Nochlin”
Paris Spies-Gans (Harvard Society of Fellows)

Wednesday, November 20, 6 pm | Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room
"Trade and Lawsuits Across the Atlantic: Litigation Involving Sephardic and Converso Traders in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Amsterdam, Porto and Brazil”
Daniel Strum (University of São Paulo and Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)



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