Symposium on Early Modern Globalization

Cordiform World Map in Fool's Cap, Novacco MS 2F 6

Cordiform World Map in Fool’s Cap, Novacco MS 2F 6

Friday, February 8, 2008
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Early Modern Studies Program

Hybridity, mimickry, negotiation, Orientalism, alterity, and the “middleground,” are only a handful of concepts that have redefined the terrain of cultural studies. Building upon this theoretical legacy, this symposium challenged participants to reassess familiar concepts such as the nation-state and to question existing interpretive models. Ultimately, the workshop’s papers will seek to ask new questions inspired in part by shifting the focus from colonialization to globalization.


Sponsored by the Dean of Arts Development Fund at McGill University.


Welcome and Introduction


Bronwen Wilson, University of British Columbia


Session 1: Progress and failure


Chair: Sonia Del Re, McGill University


The Three Greatest Inventions of Modern Times: an Idea and its International Public
David Boruchoff, McGill University


A New World Wrought by Fire and Water: The Theory and Practice of Landscape Transformation in the Early Modern Iberian World
Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, McGill University


Prints, Partisans and Peripheries: Global Politics and Visual Culture in Revolutionary France
Richard Taws, McGill University


Failure
Christopher Heuer, Princeton University


Session 2: Boundaries and Crossings


Chair: Ivana Horacek, University of British Columbia


Globalization through Localization? Trans-Imperial Subjects and Knowledge Production in the Early Modern Mediterranean
E. Natalie Rothman, University of Toronto Scarborough


Globalization and the Gift in the Pre-modern Mediterranean: Byzantine Silk and Sumptuary Laws
Cecily J. Hilsdale, Northwestern University


Globalization and Confessionalization in the Early Modern Mediterranean World
Tijana Krstic, Penn State University (now at Central European University)


Turks in the Church: Calvinist and Muslim Ways of Seeing
Angela Vanhaelen, McGill University


Session 3: Historiography


Chair: Krystel Chehab, University of British Columbia


Early Modern Journeys: Mapping, Inscription and the Horizon
Bronwen Wilson, University of British Columbia


On Baroque Orientalism
Nicholas Dew, McGill University


Remapping Early Modern Art History: Globalizing Our Methodologies
Julie Hochstrasser, University of Iowa


Art History and Disenchantment: Riegl, Warburg, and a Tupinamba Dance
Michael Gaudio, University of Minnesota


Session 4: Workshop and Discussion


Led by Angela Vanhaelen, McGill University


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