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Rethinking Early Modern Collegialities

Rethinking Early Modern Collegialities
91 Charles Street West, Old Victoria College
Time: Nov 8th, 9:30 am End: Nov 8th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Philosophy (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Italian Studies (FAS), History (FAS), German (FAS), French (FAS), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Digital Art/Humanities, Comparative Literature (FAS), Book History/Print Culture, Art (FAS), 1500-1800, 1200-1500
A conference in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium

The Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium (TRRC) presents a conference in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its foundation:

Rethinking Early Modern Collegialities

Today, modern scholars depend on collegiality to survive -- what would we do without colleagues ready to share their expertise with us or willing evaluate articles, books, or even promotion files for nothing or next to nothing? Or colleagues ready to respond to the deluge of email messages we send out on a daily basis. Collegiality is the glue that holds us together today. And it did so in the early modern world, too.

Collegiality was everywhere in the early modern world. It helped scientists such as Galileo overcome his troubles with the Church, it helped female medical practitioners gain knowledge when not able to enrol in university medical courses, it helped young "sportsmen" develop a sense of community when playing soccer, and dramatists write plays -- just to mention a few. Collegiality could also be seen imprinted on such everyday objects as cookbooks or even church doors.

The one-day conference on "Rethinking Early Modern Collegialities" on Saturday 8 November, casts an inquiring glance at these and other aspects of community building in the early modern period.

See the attached program for further information (including the paper abstracts) and the attached pre-registration form to reserve your place ahead of the  morning crush at the registration table on Saturday, 8 November.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact me.

Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler
Secretary-Treasurer, Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium

In celebration of fifty years of collegial inquiry and discussion at the TRRC, the conference brings together a roster of scholars from different disciplines and generations – from graduate students to professors emeriti -- to reflect on the many ways that collegialities, communities, confraternities, covens, and private friendships made the early modern world go round. In varied forms these human alliances molded the culture, arts, sciences, religion, politics, and commerce that distinguished the Renaissance, Reformation, and Baroque eras. In those times, technologies, notably the printing press, also reshaped the ways that people communicated and connected, as the computer and the web have transformed the work of modern scholars who study them. To explore these themes in an innovative and energizing way, the conference will offer several forms of inquiry in a single day. It will open with a plenary lecture by the eminent historian of science Paula Findlen, of Stanford University, who will speak about Galileo and his network of friends. There will be two sessions with specialized papers arranged to make connections across disciplines. A panel of Canadian and American practitioners will discuss the impacts of digital technologies for contemporary scholarship about the early modern period. A concluding panel discussion will bring together some of the founders of the TRRC along with younger colleagues to reflect on how Renaissance and Reformation studies have evolved in the past fifty years and where they may be going next. Colleagues in attendance are invited to contribute to the discussion in the sessions and during the breaks.

For further information, contact TRRC Secretary Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler.

Registration is required.  Further information is available HERE.

Download conference registration form [pdf]

Download final conference program [pdf]

TRRC is an independent organization that serves the university communities of south-central Ontario and everyone from the region who shares our interdisciplinary interests in European and global cultures, 1350-1700. Each year we sponsor a series of lectures and sometimes other academic events.



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