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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 2019

February 15–16 | Princeton University
The Thirteenth Annual Harvard-Princeton Graduate Conference in Early Modern History 
Program and further information at https://earlymod.fas.harvard.edu/conferences

Monday, February 25, 5:15 pm | Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room
Co-sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop and Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History
Colin Kidd (University of St. Andrews; CES, Harvard)
"Peculiarities of the English Enlightenment" 

Tuesday, March 5, 4:15 pm | Robinson Hall, Lower Library
Co-sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop and Medieval History Workshop
Mackenzie Cooley (Hamilton College; Cornell University)
"The Fragility of Difference: Animals, Humans, and the Renaissance Invention of Race"

Tuesday, April 23, 5:15 pm | Location TBA
Co-sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop and Harvard Political Theory Colloquium
Gabriele Pedullà (Università degli Studi Roma 3; IAS, Princeton)
"Republicanism and Humanism” (with a response by James Hankins)

Tuesday, April 30, 5:15 pm | Robinson Hall, Lower Library
Sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop
Avinoam Naeh (Hebrew University; Harvard)
"Bible Exegesis, the Ancient Israelites, and the Early Modern Question of Usury” (with comment by Sophus Reinert, HBS)





Fall Semester 2018

Thursday Sept 20, 5:15pm | Barker 133, 12 Quincy St, Harvard
Sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop
Aperitivo featuring short talks by Anja Goeing (History, Harvard), Felipe Pereda (HAA, Harvard), Sophus Reinert (Harvard Business School), and Michelle Sanchez (Harvard Divinity School)

Monday Oct 1, 5:15pm | Robbins Library, Second Floor of Emerson Hall
Sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop
Lodi Nauta (University of Groningen), The Critique of Scholastic Language in Renaissance Humanism and Early-Modern Philosophy
Cosponsored by the History of Philosophy Workshop, Harvard

Monday Nov 12, 5:15pm | CGIS S354, Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge MA
Sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop
Valeria Lopez Fadul (Wesleyan), “The World in the Library” (on knowledge gathering and history writing in early Latin America)

Monday Dec 10, 12-2pm | Robinson Hall Lower Library
Sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop
Daniel Juette (NYU), Sinful Slumbers: Sleeping in Church and the Prehistory of Boredom





Spring Semester 2018


Tues Jan 30, 6pm | Barker 133, 12 Quincy St, Harvard
Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar in Book History
Earle Havens (Curator of Rare Books, John Hopkins University), “Note to Self: How Gabriel Harvey Read His Renaissance Library.”

Feb 9-10 | Robinson Hall, Lower Library, Harvard
Harvard-Princeton conference, starting Friday, Feb 9, at 1:30pm
Program and abstracts: https://earlymod.fas.harvard.edu/conferences
or download here: Program Abstracts

Thurs Feb 22, 5-6:30pm | Boylston Hall 237, Harvard
Co-sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop and the GSAS workshop “Post-Classicisms: Literary Secondariness in Antiquity and Beyond"
Jan Bloemendal (Huyghens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Princeton University), “Multi-lingualism in Early modern Europe: Readings of the Praise of Folly.“

Tues April 10, 4-6pm | Goldman Room, Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge
Silvia Sebastiani (EHESS, Paris) "Apes, Slaves, and Global Markets: Boundaries of Humanity in Enlightenment Debates.”


Cancelled: Monday May 7: A workshop on “Religion and the printed image in the 16th century” Featuring prof Olivier Christin (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris and Université de Neuchâtel). details TBA.





Fall Semester 2017

Wed Sept 6, 4–5:30pm | Robinson Hall Lower library
Welcome Aperitivo
Leah Whittington (English)
James Hankins (History)
Cemal Kafadar (History)
Hannah Marcus (History of Science)
Join us for an evening of discussions with Harvard faculty, followed by a wine and cheese reception.


Tues Sept 19, 12–1:30pm | Robinson Hall Lower library
Joan-Pau Rubiés (Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) 'Comparing cultures in the early modern world: hierarchies, genealogies and the idea of modernity.'
Pizza and salad will be served but please RSVP if possible to maryam_patton (at) g.harvard.edu


Tues Oct 24, 4–6pm | Science Center 469
Edna Bonhomme (Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin) 'Ports, Risk, and Death: Mapping the Rise and Fall of Epidemics in Tunisia, 1705-1820.'
Co-sponsored with the Early Sciences Working Group.


Thurs Oct 26 5–7pm – Fri Oct 27 9–6pm | Barker 110
Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe
Conference Registration, program, and additional information at https://inventionofbyzantium.com/


Thurs Nov 9, 4pm | Barker 133
Elisheva Carlebach (Columbia University) 'Archive Envy: An Early Modern Jewish Community and its Records.'
The formation of archives has become the object of critical historical inquiry. This lecture explores dimensions of Jewish communal archives from the early modern period with particular emphasis on the rich archive of the Hamburg-Altona community and its fate.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, the Jewish Cultures and Societies Seminar, Mahindra Humanities Center and the Early Modern History Workshop


Mon Nov 20, 4–6 pm | Robinson Hall Basement Conference Room
'New Approaches to Early Modern Political Economy,' featuring Sophus Reinert (Harvard Business School) 'Political Economy and the Medici,' and Doohwan Ahn (Seoul National University) 'Bringing International Relations Back In: Anglo-French Relations and the Financial Revolution in Eighteenth-Century Britain.'





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