2017-2018 RSCP Events


Friday, September 15, 2017, 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM (History Department Lounge, Room 5114)

Reception for new and returning students and faculty in Renaissance Studies​

Presentation of Essay Award to Jennie Youssef (Ph.D. Candidate, Theatre) for her essay, “A Querelles of Queens: An Alternate Reading of Antoine de Montchrestien’s La Reine D’Escosse.


Friday, October 13, 2017, 10:30 AM – 5 PM (Room C201/C202)
The Early Modern Cultural Impact of the Lutheran Reformation

Featured speakers:

Debora K Shuger (Distinguished Professor, English, UCLA), Richard McCoy (Distinguished Professor, English, CUNY), Jeffrey Chipps Smith (Kay Foster Chair in European Art, University of Texas, Austin), Sarah Covington (Professor, History, CUNY), Andrew Morrall (Professor, Chair of Academic Programs, Bard Graduate Center), W. David Myers (Professor, History, Fordham)

Reception to follow in Room 5114

Please RSVP here.

Sponsored by the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program and Renaissance Society of America


Friday, November 3, 2017, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM, Room 9204
Collecting Cultures in the Age of Exploration

Featured speaker: Surekha Davies (Assistant Professor, European History, Western Connecticut University)


Friday,  March 9, 2018 , 9:30 AM-6 PM (Elebash Recital Hall)
Affect Theory and the History of Emotions in Early Modern England

Speakers include:

Katharine Craik Mary Floyd-Wilson (Bowman and Gordan Gray Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Amanda Bailey (Professor, English, University of Maryland)
Benedict Robinson (Associate Professor, English, SUNY Stonybrook)
Patricia Cahill (Associate Professor, English, Emory)
Katharine Craik (Reader, Early Modern Literature, Oxford Brookes)​

More information is available on the conference website.  Please RSVP here.

Friday, April 27 2018, 4:00- 5:30 PM (Room C198)
Festive Performance, Theatrical Surrogates: Early Modern Holidays and Commercial Playing

In sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, holidays were often celebrated with dancing, music, athletic combat, unscripted roleplaying, and crossdressing. In the London playhouses, however, these same communal rituals functioned as commodified entertainments. This talk examines several ways in which theatre mobilized the logic of substitution that lay at the heart of seasonal festivity. In surrogating for older popular forms, not by representing holidays but by embodying them, commercial playing transformed performance from a ubiquitous mode of sociality into the institutionalized, aesthetic mode that we think of today as “theatre.”

Featured speaker:  Erika T. Lin (Professor, Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center)

Erika T. Lin is an Associate Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Materiality of Performance, which won the 2013 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies. Her research on seasonal festivities and early modern commercial theatre has been supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Long-Term Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library. In addition, with Gina Bloom and Tom Bishop, she is editing a volume of essays on early modern games and theatre. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Shakespeare Association of America and as the Book Review Editor for Theatre Survey.


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