Conference hashtag: #EMCNL17
The third meeting under the general rubric of Politics of Conversion, this three-day conference at the Newberry is sponsored by Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive, Ecologies, a multi-year SSHRC-funded project. The overall goal of the Politics of Conversion series is to develop new understandings within the following three areas of inquiry:
- the interrelationship among transformation, freedom, and power
- the centrality of multiple forms of conversion, sacred and secular, in the political world
- the lines of conversional thinking and practice that connect us with our early modern predecessor
This conference takes place in the penultimate year of the Conversions Project, following two earlier meetings held at the University of Warwick in July 2015 and at McGill University in June 2016. The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies is sponsoring this conference jointly with the Early Modern Conversions project.
This program is part of Religious Change, 1450 - 1700, a yearlong multidisciplinary project.
Thursday, September 14
3:30 PM Opening roundtable: "Conversion through History" (by invitation only)
5:30 PM Keynote: "Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation"
Peter Marshall, University of Warwick
6:30 PM Reception and Exhibition tour of "Religious Change, 1450-1700"
Friday, September 15
9 AM Coffee and continental breakfast
9:30 to 10:30 AM Keynote: "Ethical Conversion: 'I have ta'en too little care of this'"
Regina Schwartz, Northwestern University
11 AM to 12:30 PM Session 1
Judith H. Anderson, Indiana University
Rachel Lacy Boersma, University of British Columbia
Amrita Dhar, University of Michigan
Maria Vittoria Spissu, University of Bologna
Chair: Stephanie Cavanaugh, McGill University
Alejandro Cañeque, University of Maryland, College Park
Randall Martin, University of New Brunswick
Walter S. Melion, Emory University
Brian Sandberg, Northern Illinois University
Chair: Lee Palmer Wandel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
12:30 to 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 to 3 PM Session 2
Stephanie Cavanaugh, McGill University
Catherine O'Donnell, Arizona State University
Rebecca L. Davis, University of Delaware
Michael Sauter, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
Chair: Timothy Harrison, University of Chicago
M. Cooper Harriss, Indiana University
Sean O'Neill, Grand Valley State University
David M. Posner, Loyola University Chicago
Matthew Sautman, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Chair: Marie-Claude Felton, McGill University
3:30 to 5 PM Session 3
Robert Clines, Western Carolina University
Kristopher Driggers, University of Chicago
Jose-Juan Lopez-Portillo, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
Elizabeth Weckhurst, Harvard University
Chair: Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvania
5:15 and 5:45 PM Exhibition tour of "Religious Change, 1450-1700"
6:15 PM Keynote: "Conversion or Cross-Fertilization? Third and Fourth World Solidarity and the Cultural Politics of Decolonization"
Glen Coulthard, University of British Columbia
Saturday, September 16
9:45 AM Introductory remarks
Peter Garino, The Shakespeare Project of Chicago