The 8th Annual Conference of the Early Modern

University of King’s College, K’jipuktuk (Halifax), NS
January 17-18, 2020

Students in the Early Modern Studies Program will present a conference on their work.

Friday, Jan 17

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Keynote Lecture

Dr. Jannette Vusich – “Painting at the threshold: women artists in 16th-century Italy”

Location: KTS Lecture Hall
Reception to follow in the Senior Common Room.

Saturday, Jan. 18

10 a.m. | Opening Remarks

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. | Panel #1: Structures: Political, Social and Literal:

  • The Rhetoric of Mary: Early Modern Italian Convents and the Architecture of Virginity
  • Kant’s Perpetual Peace
  • “This thing of darkness I / acknowledge mine”: Colonial Anxiety in The Tempest

Panellists: Isabel Teramura, Graham O’Brien, Lucy Boyd
Location: KTS Lecture Hall

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. | Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Panel #2: Losing My Religion… Unless?

  • “My heart is hardened, I cannot repent”: Doctor Faustus
  • The Wisdom of Folly: Erasmus

Panellists: Sophie Lawall, Michaela Pennie
Location: KTS Lecture Hall

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. | Panel #3: Art: A Spectator’s Sport

  • The Responsibility of the Viewer: Regarding works of Art that Depict Sexualized Violence
  • Exploring the Mediating Forces Between the Artwork and the Art Observer: an Analysis of the Spectacle of Mona Lisa

Panellists: Taryn Neufeld, Caroline DeFrias
Location: KTS Lecture Hall

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. | Break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Panel #4: Bodies: Big, Small, and Suffering

  • Anne Conway, Margaret Cavendish, and Early Modern Atoms
  • Can a Body Live Forever? On Duration and Eternity in Spinoza’s Ethics
  • Justifying Pain Through Philosophy in Anne Conway and the Lurianic Kabbalah

Panellists: Katy Weatherly, Caleb Sher, Jacob Hermant
Location: KTS Lecture Hall

3:45 – 5:15 p.m. | Alumni Panel

Panellists: Mike Sampson, Georgia Carley, Yolana Wassersug, Hugo Kitching, Evany Rosen, Moira Donovan, Sarah Toye.
Location: KTS Lecture Hall

7:30 p.m. | Reception

Location: Senior Common Room

About the Alumni Panellists

  • Mike Sampson, BA(Hons)’01: the first graduate of the EMSP and now a Classics Professor at the University of Manitoba.
  • Georgia Carley, BA(Hons)’08: PhD in early modern indigenous-European encounters in North America, now working as a consultant in corporate training and development in Toronto.
  • Yolana Wassersug, BA(Hons)’08: PhD in early modern literature at the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham, and now Assistant Registrar – Student Recruitment at King’s.
  • Hugo Kitching, BA(Hons)’09: naturalist and wildlife filmmaker; he’s worked on many nature documentaries, and starred in a documentary tracking a moose and her calves for an entire year.
  • Evany Rosen, BA(Hons)’10: founding member of Picnicface, writer on shows such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Baronness von Sketch Show, as well as author of a recent comedic book on history (What I Think Happened) and writer/star of the Crave TV show New Eden.
  • Moira Donovan, BA(Hons)’10: MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy at the London School of Economics & Political Science, now a freelance journalist as well as CBC radio producer and contributor to The Coast, Vice Canada, The Halifax Examiner. moira-donovan.com
  • Sarah Toye, BA(Hons)’15: MA in History at Dalhousie, now a historian at Pier 21 and expert on the so-called Golden Age of Piracy in the early 18th century.