October 27, 2023
Andrey Ivanov, University of Wisconsin, Plattsville
“A Universal Man of Slavic Enlightenment: Science and Empire in the Works of Feofan Prokopovich (1677–1736)”

November 6, 2023
CHARMing Conversation: Peter Brathwaite
“Black Lives in the Archives”

November 8, 2023
Peter Mancall
Robert C. Ritchie Distinguished Fellow Lecture
“The Poisoning: A War Crime in Early Virginia and the Origins of English America”

February 8, 2024
CHARM Film Screening & Discussion: “Il Moro/The Moor”
30 minute film including Q&A with Black Italian screenwriter, director, producer and actor Daphne Di Cinto

March 20, 2024
Davor Antonucci, Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma
“In the footsteps of Marco Polo: The image of China in the west from antiquity to the 17th century”



January 20 & 21, 2023
The Short Peace Beyond the Line: Europe and the World, 1595–1620
Conference organizer: Noah Millstone, University of Birmingham

Joshua White, University of Virginia
“The Short Peace, the Long War(s), and the Ottoman Time of Troubles, c. 1595–1625”

Carina L. Johnson, Pitzer College
“The Long War’s Shadow over the Short Peace”

Stella Nair, University of California, Los Angeles
“A Short Peace or a Volcano that changed the World? A View from the Andes”

David Wheat, Michigan State University
“Peacetime Slaving: The Early 17th-Century Traffic from Allada to the Spanish Caribbean”

Eberhard Crailsheim, IH-CSIC
“Spanish-Dutch Rivalry in Southeast Asia in Times of the Truce (1609–1621)”

Alison Games, Georgetown
“The Challenges of Alliance beyond Europe: Anglo-Dutch Relations in the East Indies”

Frederic Clark, University of Southern California
“Universal History at the Turn of the Century”

Michiel van Groesen, Leiden University
“War, Truth, and the English Invasion of Havana”

Carla Pestana, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
“The Line between Peace and War in European intrusion into the Iberian Atlantic”

Rubén González Cuerva, IH-CSIC
“Peace Abroad? Spanish-English Rivalry and Cooperation in Muslim Courts (1585–1625)”



October 22 & 23, 2021
Rethinking Language and Eloquence
A Colloquium co-sponsored by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute and the Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, University of Toronto

March 25, 2022
Rethinking Legal Pluralism

June 16-17, 2022

The Climate Crisis: Early Americanists Respond


September 23, 2020
Book Launch: Nathan Perl-Rosenthal and Lauren Benton, USC, A World at Sea: Maritime Practices and Global History

April 26, 2021
Lindsay O’Neill, USC
Tasting History: In a Pickle – The British Empire on a Plate


January 13, 2020
EMSI Open Forum
University of Southern California


October 12 & 13, 2018
Empowering Appetites: The Political Economy & Culture of Food in the Early Atlantic
The Huntington Library

October 20, 2018
Book Launch: Emily Anderson, Shakespeare and the Legacy of Loss

November 29 & 30, 2018
Libertine Botany
University of Southern California

Justin Begley, University of Helsinki
Sarah Benharrech, University of Maryland
Dominique Brancher, University of Basel
Amanda Jo Goldstein, University of California, Berkeley
Pauline Goul, Vassar College
Devin Griffiths, USC
Bianca Missé, San Francisco State University
Vin Nardizzi, University of British Columbia
Jessica Rath, Art Center College of Design
Jessica Rosenberg, University of Miami
Sherry Velasco, USC


December 7 & 8, 2018
Moving Landscapes: Gardens & Gardening in the Transatlantic World, 1670-1830
The Huntington Library

January 11 & 12, 2019
1595-1606: New Perspectives on Regime Change
Huntington Library

Conquering Digital History/ Digitizing Conquest History
Jeremy Mikecz

January 16, 2019
USC Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities
“Conquering Digital History/Digitizing Conquest History”
University of Southern California

January 16, 2019
The Christian Roots of d’Holbach’s Atheism
Ruggero Sciuto, University of Oxford
“The Christian Roots of d’Holbach’s Atheism”
University of Southern California

March 5, 2019
Dornsife Working Group on Intellectual History with Frederic Clark
Frederic Clark, University of Southern California
“Intellectual History in Practice: Oral Histories of a Method”
University of Southern California

March 22, 2019
(Re-) Visualizing Indigenous Pasts, Presents, and Futures
Jeremy Mikecz, University of Southern California
Amy Braden, University of Southern California
Huntington Library

March 28, 2019
Dornsife Working Group on Intellectual History with Alexandre Roberts & Michael Cooperson
“Beyond Untranslatable: From Classical Arabic to Hebrew, Persian, German, Russian, and English”
Alexandre Roberts, University of Southern California
Michael Cooperson, University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southern California

April 3, 2019
Book Celebration: Rebecca Lemon, USC, King Richard III: Language and Writing

April 17, 2019
Dornsife Working Group on Intellectual History with Hector Reyes
Hector Reyes, University of Southern California
“Part/Whole/Operation: Towards an Intellectual History of the Theoretical Turn in the Humanities”
University of Southern California



September 15 & 16, 2017
Early Modern Collections in Use
Huntington Library

October 16, 2017
Wark Lecture at the Huntington Library
Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California
“Seeing and Knowing: Visions of Latin American Nature, ca. 1492-1859”
Huntington Library

October 23, 2017
Dimitris Vardoulakis, Western Sydney University
“The Figure of Moses: Spinoza’s Political Theology and the Baroque”
University of Southern California

October 26-27, 2017
USC Art History Graduate Student Symposium: “Working on It… Preparation in Art”
Keynote lecture: Jenni Sorkin, University of California, Santa Barbara
“One Thousand Hours: Artistic Labor and the Vase that Changed Studio Ceramics”
University of Southern California
Co-sponsored by EMSI, VSRI, and USC Dornsife Department of Art History.

November 6, 2017
Adina Berk, Editor, Yale University Press
“Everything …You’ve Always Wanted to Know about Scholarly Publishing But Were Afraid to Ask”
University of Southern California

December 8 & 9, 2017
Globalizing the Protestant Reformations
Huntington Library

December 10, 2017
Alejandro de Avila Blomberg, Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden and Oaxaca Textile Museum
“Cochineal in the History of Art and Global Trade”

March 14, 2018
Karl Appuhn, New York University
“‘Famous Famous Farriers I Have Known’: Farriery Manuals and Vernacular Expertise in Renaissance Italy”
California Institute of Technology

March 28, 2018
Mary Nyquist, University of Toronto
“Tyrannicide, Sacrifice, and Law in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar”
University of Southern California



August 31, 2016
Nathalie Caron, Université Paris Sorbonne
“Secularization in the United States and in France: Religious Difference/s and Indifference”

October 14 & 15, 2016
Early Modern Literary Geographies
Huntington Library

October 20 & 21, 2016
Theater and Early Modern French Diplomacy from Secret Details to Public View
Antonia Szabari, University of Southern California
Béatrice Mousli Bennett, University of Southern California
University of Southern California

January 27 & 28, 2017
Religious Affections in Colonial North America
Huntington Library

March 21, 2017
Valeria Finucci, Duke University
“The Aphrodisiacal Sting: Looking for Viagra in the New World”
University of Southern California

USC Digital Humanities Symposium
Matthew Sargent, Associate Manager Scientist, RAND Corporation
Frederick S. Pardee, RAND Graduate School, USC Mellon Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2016

Emily Erikson, Yale University

“The English East India Company: Social Networks and Institutional Change”

John Padgett, University of Chicago

“Economic Credit in Renaissance Florence”
University of Southern California



October 8 & 9, 2015
Shapes of Knowledge: Form, Art, and Ideas in Early Modern Europe

Hector Reyes, USC
Melissa Lo, Huntington Library
Erika Naginski, Harvard University

October 10, 2015
Visual Studies Research Institute Grant Writing Workshop
Daniela Bleichmar, USC
Leo Braudy, USC
Jim Herbert, UC Irvine
Priya Jaikumar, USC
Jeff Wasserstrom, UC Irvine
Huntington Library

November 6, 2015
Florence After the Medici
Organizers: Paula Findlen, Stanford University
Jacob Soll, USC
Corey Tazzara, Scripps College

The Politics of Knowledge in Enlightened Tuscany
Session Chair: Matthew Sargent, USC

Rebecca Messbarger, Washington University, St. Louis

“‘With the Greatest Sweetness and Docility:’ Regulating Citizen Bodies in the Florentine Enlightenment State”

Francesca Bregoli, Queens College, CUNY

“‘To Be Useful in Human Society is the Only Happiness for Mortals’: Livornese Jews and Eighteenth Century Tuscan Culture”

Emmanuelle Chapron, Aix-Marseille Université

“The Politics of Libraries Under the Habsburg Lorraine”

Renato Pasta, Università degli Studi Firenze

“The Enlightenment at Work: Ideology, Reform and a Blueprint for a Constitution”

Tuscan Commerce and the State

Session Chair: Margaret Jacobs, UCLA

Corey Tazzara, Scripps College

“‘Poisonous Weeds’: Commercial Crisis in Livorno and the Remaking of the Tuscan Hinterland”

Lavinia Maddaluno, Cambridge University

“Lands, Forests, Woods, Acorns, and Rivers: Agricultural Landscapes as Instruments for the Material
Administration of an Eighteenth-Century Tuscan Periphery”

Sophus Reinert, Harvard Business School

“How Physiocratic was Enlightenment Tuscany?”

Art History, and Enlightenment

Session Chair: Sheryl Reiss, Italian Art Society

Heather Hyde Minor, University of Notre Dame

“Making Renaissance Art Florentine”

Callum Reid, University of Melbourne

“‘Twenty Magnificent Temples of the Arts’: Geographic Schools in the Uffizi Gallery”

Jacob Soll and Paula Findlen, moderators

Huntington Library
Co-sponsored by EMSI, Stanford University, and Scripps College.

November 9, 2015
EMSI Book Proposal Workshop

Robert Lockhart, University of Pennsylvania Press

December 2, 2015
EMSI Holiday Celebration and Book Party: Nathan Perl-Rosenthal’s Citizen Sailors.
USC University Club

January 28, 2016
Heather Miyano Kopelson
“Party like It’s 1709: Riotous Meetings and Disorderly Dancing in Eighteenth-Century Bermuda”

April 21, 2016
John Lavagnino, King’s College, London
“Sums up thousands in a trice: Is the digital world good for Shakespeare?”




October 27, 2014 
Anna Rosenweig, USC
“Personal Attachment, Public Complaint, and the Early Modern Antigone”

November 14 & 15, 2014
Huntington Research Conference: Markets, Law, and Ethics, 1300-1832
Simon Middleton,
University of Sheffield
James Shaw, University of Sheffield
Huntington Library

December 2, 2014
Book Launch: Lindsay O’Neill
The Opened Letter: Networking in the Early Modern British World

January 9, 2015
EMSI Former PhD Fellow Lecture
Justin Clark, USC
“’Cities Give Not The Human Senses Room Enough’: The Paradox of Spectacular Culture in Antebellum Boston”
Huntington Library

January 21, 2015
Anna More, UCLA/University of Brasília
“Sovereignty and the Creole Archive in New Spain”

January 23 & 24, 2015
Huntington Research Conference: Illicit Atlantic Worlds
Mark Hanna, UC San Diego
Kevin McDonald, Loyola Marymount University
Huntington Library

February 10, 2015
Book Launch: Richard Fox
Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History
W.W. Norton & Company

February 11, 2015
13th Annual West Coast Law and Literature Conference
“Speaking, Believing, Incorporating: The History, Literature and Surprising Identity of the Modern Corporation”
Henry Turner, Rutgers University
Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of Pennsylvania
Hilary Schor, USC

February 12, 2015
Bernard Fischer, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany
“Methods of Diplomacy: Lion Feuchtwanger on the Diplomatic Assignment of Benjamin Franklin in Paris”

March 17, 2015
Festschrift in Honor of John E. Wills, Jr.
Tonio Andrade, Emory University
Richard Chu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Bill Deverell, USC and Huntington-USC Institute on California
Charlotte Furth, USC
Xing Hang, Brandeis University
David Kang, USC, USC Korean Studies Institute, USC East Asian Studies Center
Laichen Sun, CSU Fullerton
Kenneth Swope, University of Southern Mississippi
Paul Van Dyke, Sun Yat-sen University

April 6, 2015
María Elena Martínez: A Celebration of Life and Work


April 17 & 18, 2015
Huntington Research Conference: Rethinking Shakespeare in ‘The Social Depth of Politics’
Chris Fitter, Rutgers University
Huntington Library

May 6, 2015
USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute End-of-Year and Publication Celebration


May 15 & 16, 2015
Huntington Research Conference: Revolutionary America: People and Power
T.H. Breen, University of Vermont
Patrick Griffin, University of Notre Dame
Huntington Library

June 12, 2015
Huntington Research Conference: Beyond the Copernican Revolution: New Narratives in Early Modern Science
Jan Golinski, University of New Hampshire 
Huntington Library



October 11 & 12, 2013

Worlds of Learning: Early Modern Debates Over Taxonomies

Kristine Haugen, California Institute of Technology
“From Encyclopedia to Epitome: Poetics as Abridgement in Daniel Heinsius (1580-1655)”

Vera Keller, University of Oregon
“Unknown Worlds: Categorizing the Wish Lists of Georg Hieronymus Welsch (1624-1677)”

Dmitri Levitin, University of Cambridge
“The Structure of Knowledge in English Divinity Faculties, c. 1590-1700”

Mark Meadow, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Beyond Magnificence and Splendor: Material Taxonomies of Value in Early-Modern Collections”

Renee Raphael, University of California, Irvine
“Copernicanism in the Classroom: Jesuit Natural Philosophy and Mathematics after 1633”

Timothy Raylor, Carleton College
“‘When is Rhetoric a Science?’: Making Sense of Hobbes’s Taxonomies of Learning”

Richard Serjeantson, University of Cambridge
“The Intellect and the Organization of Knowledge”

Jacob Soll, USC
“Accounting: The Itinerary of a Merchant Art in the Worlds of Formal Learning 1300-1800”

November 1 & 2, 2013
‘Criminal’ Justice during the Long 18th Century: Theatre, Representation, & Emotion in the Courtroom & Public Sphere

Katie Barclay, University of Adelaide
“Oral Arguments: Speechmaking, Sentimentality, and Manliness in the Irish Court, c. 1800-1845”

Simon Devereaux, University of Victoria
“The Secularization of Truth-Telling in the English Courtroom, 1750-1850”

Hal Gladfelder, University of Manchester
“‘The Dogs of Law’: On the Criminal Trial as Tale of Terror”

David Lemmings, University of Adelaide
“Thomas Erskine and the Performance of Moral Sentiments: The Emotional Reportage of Trials for ‘Criminal Conversation’ and Treason in the 1790s”

Allyson N. May, University of Western Ontario
“Dickensian Sensibilities at the Bar: The Advocacy of Charles Phillips”

Randall McGowen, University of Oregon
“Conflicting Emotions: The Lessons of Forgery for the History of Punishment in Eighteenth-Century England”

Andrea McKenzie, University of Victoria
“‘All the Ill-Usage She Had Met With’: Suffering, Sensibility, and Exculpatory Narratives in Parricide and Petty Treason Cases, c. 1690-1760”

Dana Rabin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“‘It will be expected by you all, to hear something from me’: Emotion, Performance, and Child Murder in England and Scotland in the Eighteenth Century”

Robert Shoemaker, University of Sheffield
“Celebrating Criminality: The Fashioning of Criminal Celebrities and its Consequences in Eighteenth-Century London”

Esther Snell, Southampton Solent University
“Rape: Words and Emotion in Eighteenth-Century Print”


December 13 & 14, 2013
Cosmopolitanism and the Enlightenment

David Armitage, Harvard University
“Cosmopolitanism and Civil War”

Melissa Calaresu, University of Cambridge
“Cosmopolitanism and Patriotism in Naples: The Case of Pietro Napoli-Signorelli (1731-1815)”

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, University of Texas, Austin
“Baroque Cosmopolitanism and Creole Identities”

Daniel Carey, National University of Ireland, Galway
“Locke’s Dilemma: Cosmopolitanism, Rationality, and the Problem of Human Nature”

Jose Maria Hernandez, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain
“A Pattern of Global Decorum? From Imperial Toleration to Cosmopolitan Politics”

Sankar Muthu, University of Chicago
“Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism as a Theory of Interactive and Countervailing Powers”

Anthony Pagden, University of California, Los Angeles
“The Legacy of Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism”

Joan-Pau Rubies, ICREA/Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
“The Cosmopolitan Paradox: Travel, Anthropology, and Cultural Diversity”

Neil Safier, The John Carter Brown Library
“Enlightenment and Natural History as Cosmopolitan Ideal”

Silvia Sebastiani, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
“Gendered Cosmopolitanism? The History of Women and Civilization in the Scottish Enlightenment”

Anoush Terjanian, East Carolina University
“Philosophical History and its Politics”

January 31- February 1, 2014
Graduate Student Symposium
“The Edges of the Body: Extremities and Knowledge in Antiquity and Beyond”

Keynote Lecture: Patricia Simons, University of Michigan
“Heads Up: The Masculine Spectacle of Heads and Tails”

Rachel Boesenberg, Tufts University
“Facing Conversion: Cristoforo Castelli’s Physiognomic Studies of the Georgian Other”

Evan Carlson, University of California, Los Angeles
“Bodies and Bronzes in Ancient China: Investigating the nexus of tattooing, material culture, and the body through Shang Ritual Bronzes”

Caroline Cheung, University of California, Berkeley
“Head(s) of State: Decapitation in Roman Civil Strife”

Sascha Crasnow, University of California, San Diego
“Inscribing Identity: Calligraphy and the Body in the Middle Eastern Women’s Art”

Nolan S. Epstein, Stanford University
“The Semiotics of Hair in Archaic Greece”

Mali Skotheim, Princeton University
“Pantomimic Bodies in Greek Literature and Epigraphy of the Second Century C.E.”

Naomi Slipp, Boston University
“The 16th-c. Fragment and the 19th-c. Body: Vesalius & the Civil War Soldier in the Medical and Surgical History of the War of Rebellion (1861-1865)”

February 1, 2014
Spanish Golden Age Plays Translated for Today

Luis Alfaro, USC
“Painting in Red”

Velina Hasu Houston, USC
“The Dirty Fraud and Widowed Pimp”

Oliver Mayer, USC
“Cause Célèbre”

February 14, 2014
Program in Tudor History in Honor of Mary Robertson

Steven Gunn, Merton College, Oxford
“Work, Leisure, and Accidental Death in Tudor England”

Neil Younger, University of Essex
“The Confessional State and the Political Nation in Elizabethan England”

Alison Wiggins, University of Glasgow
“Bess of Hardwick’s Letters from Script to Screen (Or, the opportunities and implications of editing women’s letters online)”

February 27, 2014
Master Class with Kimberley Skelton
“Sight in Context: Early Modern Modes of Perception”

February 27, 2014
Program on Religious Accommodation: Jack Rakove Public Lecture
“Beyond Belief: The Radical Significance of the Free Exercise of Religion”

March 5, 2014
MFA Acting Spring Repertory
Performance of Molière’s Tartuffe and “Talk Back” with the cast

March 7, 2014 – March 9, 2014
Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies 2014

April 3, 2014
François Rigolot, Princeton University
“Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587): French Poetry and Self-Incrimination”

April 12, 2014
Elizabeth Kuti, University of Essex
Performance of “The Broken Token” with Q & A

May 16, 2014 – May 17, 2014
Revisiting Revisionism: New Directions in Early Modern British Studies

Susan Amussen, University of California, Merced
“The Irrelevance of Revisionism: Gender, Politics, and Society in Early Modern England”

David Cressy, Ohio State University
“The Blindness of Charles I”

Tim Harris, Brown University
“Revisiting the Causes of the English Civil War”

Karen Hearn, University College London
“Never say ‘Never’: The Inclusion of Patches and Beauty Spots in Seventeenth-Century British and Dutch Painted Portraits”

Derek Hirst, Washington University, St. Louis
“Have we got there yet? Or, Revisionism and the Political History of Early Modern England”

Christopher Kyle, Syracuse University
“Revising Proclamations: Past, Present, and Future”

Peter Lake, Vanderbilt University
“From Revisionist to Royalist: Reading and Writing Monarchy”

Anthony Milton, University of Sheffield
“Arminians, Laudians, Anglicans, and Revisionists: Back to Which Drawing-Board?”

John Morrill, University of Cambridge
“Revisionism’s Wounded Legacies”

Nicholas Tyacke, University College London
“Revolutionary Puritanism in Anglo-American Perspective”

John Walter, University of Essex
“Kissing Cousins? Social History, Political History Before and After the Revisionist Movement”

Steven Zwicker, Washington University, St. Louis
“Literary Criticism: Revisionism yet to be Visited”




September 21 & 22, 2012
The American War: Britain’s American Revolution

Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne, and Mark Peterson, University of California, Berkeley
“A Third Way Lost: The City States of Boston and Kingston, the Parameters of Empire, and the American Revolution”

Emma Christopher, University of Sydney
“Black Freedom and White Bondage: British Plans for African Settlement after the American Revolution”

Linda Colley, Princeton University
“America, Britain, and the Re-Writings of Written Constitutions”

Stephen Conway, University College, London
“‘Founded in Lasting Interests’: British Projects for European Imperial Collaboration in the Age of the American Revolution”

Harry T. Dickinson, University of Edinburgh
“Why Did the American Revolution Not Spread to Ireland?”

Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“War Comes to the Gulf Coast”

Eliga H. Gould, University of New Hampshire
“Making Peace: 1783 and the Partition of the British Empire”

Holger Hoock, University of Pittsburgh
“Violence in the American Revolutionary War: The Ethics of Civil War in the British Empire”

Michael Jarvis, University of Rochester
“Big Wars in Small Places: Bermuda in the Age of Revolution, 1775-1812”

Sarah Pearsall, University of Cambridge
“Polygamy and the American Revolution: Marriage and the Nation in the 1780s”

Elena Schneider, Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture
“The Role of Cuba in Britain’s American War”

John Brewer, Cal Tech,
Margaret C. Jacob, University of California, Los Angeles
Alan Taylor, University of California, Davis
Closing Discussion

October 11, 2012
Paula Findlen, Stanford
“Early Modern Metadata: From the Digital Archive to Mapping the Republic of Letters”

October 22, 2012
Gwyneth Lewis, recipient of the 2012 Eisteddfod Crown
“Love’s Attack on Time: Metre in Welsh Poetry”

October 25 & 26, 2012
John Wyver, producer
Julius Caesar Screening & Q & A
“From Stage to Screen: Filming Shakespeare’s Plays”

December 7 & 8, 2012
The Republic of Letters in America, 1500-1800

Daniela Bleichmar, USC
“Images in the Republic of Letters: Prints in the Early Spanish Americas”

Holly Brewer, University of Maryland
“The Mysterious Death of Morgan Godwyn: Rethinking the Limits on the Press and Widening our Historical Vision of the Debates over Slavery in the Early British Empire”

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, University of Texas, Austin
“Biblical Republicans and Black Africans as God’s Elect: The Case of Two Early Seventeenth-Century Franciscan and Jesuit Atlantic Networks”

Kate Carté Engel, Southern Methodist University
“Steering the Protestant International: Ezra Stiles, John Erskine, and the American Revolution”

Alison Games, Georgetown University
“Correspondence and Networks in the Seventeenth-Century East Indies”

David Hancock, University of Michigan
“Constructing a Commonwealth of Commerce”

Daniel Hulseboch, New York University
“Writing Law on the Margins: Chancellor Kent and the Republic of Letters in the Early Republic”

Karen Ordahl Kupperman, New York University
“The Language of Music in Early Modern Encounters”

Margaretta Lovell, Independent Scholar
“Jefferson’s Trophy Heads”

Carol Pal, Bennington College
“Antilia, Macaria, America: Learned Utopias in the Republic of Letters”

Brett Rushforth, College of William & Mary
“Labat’s Desk: Seeing the Quiet Violence of the Early Modern Republic of Letters”

Antoinette Sutto, University of Mississippi
“Transatlantic Rumor and News in Early Modern England”

January 25 & 26, 2013
Oceanic Enterprise: Location, Longitude, and Maritime Cultures, 1770-1830

Huntington Library

Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University
“Captives, European Navigation, and the Epistemologies of Coercion”

Adriana Craciun, University of California, Riverside
“Seeds of Disaster: Relics of La Perouse”

Nick Dew, McGill University
“French Longitude: The Paris Observatoire and its Longitude Problem”

Richard Dunn and Rebekah Higgitt, Royal Museums of Greenwich
“Lists, Letters, and Longitude: Expeditionary Astronomy in Theory and Practice”

John Gascoigne, University of New South Wales
“Navigating the Pacific from D’Entrecasteaux (1791-1793) to Dumont D’Urville (1837-1840): French Approaches to Measuring the Terraqueous Globe in the Period of Revolution and Restoration”

David Philip Miller, University of New South Wales
“Longitude Networks on Land and Sea: The East India Company and Longitude Measurement in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries”

Eoin Phillips, University of Cambridge
“The Economization of Time in the Pacific”

Neil Safier, University of British Columbia
“The Interior Navy of Grão-Pará: Amazonian Navigation, Indigenous Technologies, and the Imperial Meridien”

Ilya Vinkovetsky, Simon Fraser University
“Russia’s Voyages of Discovery in the Pacific”

Simon Werrett, University College London
“‘Perfectly Correct’: Russian Navigators and the Royal Navy”


February 22, 2013
Empires in Context: England, Spain, and the Early Modern Americas

Organizer: Adrian Finucane, USC

Adrian Finucane, USC
“A Scientist and a Traitor: Early Challenges in Britain’s Slave Trade to Spanish America”

Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, USC
“‘Of almost all nations’: Inter-imperial trade and the problem of ‘national character,’ ca. 1600-1775”

Elena Schneider, William and Mary
“The Conquest of Cuba: Imperial Imaginings in the Atlantic World”

April Lee Hatfield, Texas A&M University
“Personal Geopolitics: Negotiating Anglo-Spanish Trade in the Western Caribbean in the 1680s”

Carla Pestana, University of California, Los Angeles
“Competing visions, (largely) shared interpretive schemas: English and Spanish views of the failed invasion of Hispaniola/La Isla Española”

March 15, 2013
Crossing Borders, Drawing Boundaries: Contextualizing Peter Paul Ruben’s Man in Korean Costume
The Getty Center

Liam Brockey, Michigan State University
“Authority, Vanity, and Poverty: The Society of Jesus and the Use of Silk in Early Modern Asia”

Mayu Fujikawa, Middlebury College
“The Quirinal’s Exotic Figures and Rubens’s Man in Korean Costume

Burglind Jungmann, University of California, Los Angeles
“Cultural Translations: The Confrontation of Joseon Painters with European Concepts of Illusionism”

David Kang, USC
“The Arrival of the West and Its Impact on Korea: Nationalism and the Word Corea”

Claudia Swan, Northwestern University
“Lost in Translation: Ornament and Identity in Early Modern Northern Europe”

John Vollmer, Independent Scholar
“Is What You See What You Get?: East Asian Clothing in Seventeenth-Century Europe”

April 15, 2013
EMSI Book Celebration

Luis Corteguera, University of Kansas
Death by Effigy: A Case from the Mexican Inquisition

Sean Roberts, USC
Printing a Mediterranean World: Florence, Constantinople, and the Renaissance of Geography

April 26, 2013
Kenneth Mills, University of Toronto
“The Journey of Diego de Ocaña, Hieronymite Alms-Collector, 1599-1608”



September 9, 2011
Origins of Science as a Visual Pursuit Symposium
Huntington Library

November 6, 2011
Jerome Nemer Lecture
David Sorkin, City University of New York
“Is American Jewry ‘Exceptional’?: Comparing Jewish Emancipation in Europe and America”
Co-sponsored with USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life

November 11, 2011
New Maritime History: A Conference in Honor of Robert C. Ritchie

Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University
“Atlantic Antislavery and Pacific Navigation”

Adriana Craciun, University of California, Riverside
“Exploring Maritime History as Book History”

Adrian Finucane, USC
“British Traders in Spanish American Port Cities”

Alison Games, Georgetown University
“Anglo-Dutch Maritime Interactions in the East Indies during the Early Seventeenth Century”

Jennifer Gaynor, University of Buffalo
“The History and Memory of Maritime People in Archipelagic Southeast Asia”

Richard Hoffman, York University
“A Long Voyage to the Banks of Newfoundland: Consumption Patterns, Economic Organization, Environmental Change, and Medieval European Fisheries”

Michael Jarvis, University of Rochester
“Seafaring Squatters, Caribbean Commons, and Empire Building, 1630-1780”

Margarette Lincoln, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
“Pirates and Family Life, 1680-1730”

Catherine Molineux, Vanderbilt University
“Slavery at a Distance: How the Ocean Shaped the British Empire”

Renaud Morieux, Jesus College, Cambridge
“Fisherman in Troubled Waters: Fishing Disputes and Maritime Boundaries in Europe and North America in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries”

Marcus Vink, SUNY Fredonia
“Court and Company: Embassies and Illusions in the Dutch Indian World”

David Wheat, Michigan State University
“Spanish Caribbean Transit Points and Trans-Imperial Maritime Travel in the Early Modern Iberian World”

February 11, 2012
Presenting Slavery: A Study in Public History

Ann Lindsay, University of Central Florida
“Slavery can be found outside: Race, Memory, and Residential Interpretation”

Michael Quinn, James Madison’s Montpelier
“At Home with James Madison: the Father of the Constitution as Slaveholder”

February 16, 2012
Fortune is A Woman: A Panel Discussion and Performance
Jody David Armour, USC
Angus Fletcher, USC
Thomas Holden, USC
Oliver Mayer, USC

February 19, 2012
Art and the Mind: Neuroaesthetics, Phenomenology, and the Experience of Vision
Art History Graduate Student Symposium
Keynote address: Antonio Damasio, USC & David Freedberg, Columbia University
Co-sponsored by EMSI.

February 25, 2022
The Significance of the Frontier in the Age of Transnational History
Graduate Student Symposium
Keynote lecture: Patrick Wolfe, La Trobe University

Jodi Byrd, University of Illinois
Krista Comer, Rice University
Brian Delay, University of California, Berkeley
Jay Gitlin, Yale University
Melody Graulich, Utah State University
William Handley, USC
David Igler, University of California, Irvine
Margaret Jacobs, University of Nebraska
Kerwin Klein, University of California, Berkeley
Enrique Lima, University of Oregon
Patricia Nelson Limerick, University of Colorado, Boulder
Laura Mitchell, University of California, Irvine
Donald Pease, Dartmouth College
Aziz Rana, Cornell University
Mark Rifkin, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
David Wroebel, University of Oklahoma

March 2 & 3, 2012
Visual Knowledge in the Early Modern Americas 
Huntington Library

Wendy Belion, University of Delaware
“‘Here Trust Your Eyes’: Vision and Knowledge at the Philadelphia Theater”

Daniela Bleichmar, USC
“The Imperial Visual Archive: Science and Visual Evidence in the Early Modern Hispanic World”

Amy Buono, Southern Methodist University
“Turning Chicken into Ibises: The Alchemy of Color in Colonial Brazilian Featherwork”

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, University of Texas, Austin
“The Two Swords and the Two Bodies, in Heaven and Earth: Visual Representations of Power in the Spanish Monarchy”

Thomas Cummins, Harvard University
“‘Many of those who have not been in… the Indes… are apt to doubt’: Proof by Representation in Early Colonial Latin America”

Michael Gaudio, University of Minnesota
“Frans Post’s Silent Landscapes”

K. Dian Kriz, Brown University
“The Military Caricaturist in Jamaica: Abraham James and the Production of Knowledge ‘In-Between’”

Peter C. Mancall, USC
“Thinking with Secota”

Jennifer Roberts, Harvard University
“The Size of Knowledge: Audobon’s Birds of America”

Neil Safier, University of British Columbia
“Amazonia on Display: Observing and Collecting in a Luso-Brazilian Philosophical Voyage (1783-1792)”

Kevin Terraciano, University of California, Los Angeles
“The Many Faces of Moteuczoma in Colonial Mexico”

Michael Wintroub, University of California, Berkeley
“Churching the New World: The Case of Early Modern France and Brazil”

March 8, 2012
Jennifer Tucker, Wesleyan University
“Facing Facts: The Tichborne cause célèbre and the rise of modern visual evidence”

March 9-11, 2012
Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies
Huntington Library

March 21, 2012
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, USC
“Sailors before the Law and the Making of Republican Cosmopolitanism, c. 1776-1795”
Co-sponsored with the Center for Law, History, and Culture.

March 29, 2012
Timothy Hampton, University of California, Berkeley
“La foi des traités”: The Politics of Reading and Early Modern Tragedy”

April 12, 2012
Steven Pincus, Durfee Professor of History at Yale University
“Gulliver’s Travels, anti-slavery, political economy and party politics in the 1720s Atlantic World”
Huntington Library

April 12, 2012
Embodying Race, Sex, and the Archive. A Center for Feminist Research Symposium.
Ann Stoler, Keynote Address
“Reason Aside: Rethinking Empire and the Enlightenment”
Co-sponsored with the Center for Feminist Research. 

April 17, 2012
Ann Jones, Smith College
“Home Girls and Wild Men: Gendered Prints in Renaissance Costume Books (France and Italy, 1560-1600)”

May 11, 2012
Portraits of the Traveler: The Art of Mediating Between East and West
Huntington Library

Faith Beasley, Dartmouth College
“The Worldly Traveler: Salons and Les Indes orientales in 17th-Century France”

Ann R. Jones, Smith College
“Pietro della Valle in the East: Dressing Up for Egypt, Persia, and India”

Amy Landau, The Walters Art Museum
“The Bashi in Breeches: Portrayals of Cosmopolitan Communities in 17th-Century Safavid Oil Painting”

Michele Longino, Duke University
“Jean de Thévenot: Travels, Adventures, and Observations of a Voyager to the Levant”

Margaret Rosenthal, USC
“The Serenissima and Sublime Porte: Cesare Vecellio’s Admiration of the Ottoman Empire”

May 18 & 19, 2012
Genealogies of Genius
Huntington Library

David Bates, University of California, Berkeley
“The Secret Nature of Insight”

Janet Browne, Harvard University
“Inspiration or Perspiration: Francis Galton’s Hereditary Genius in Victorian Context”

John Carson, University of Michigan
“Equality, Inequality, and Difference: Genius as Problem and Possibility in American Political/Scientific Discourse”

Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University
“Genius in Bondage”

Lennard Davis, University of Illinois, Chicago
“Genius and Obsession: Do You Have to be Mad to be Smart?”

Lucy Delap, University of Cambridge
“Genius must do the scullery work of the world: New Women, Feminists, and Genius, c. 1880-1920”

Nathalie Heinich, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
“Genius vs. Democracy: Excellence and Singularity in Post-Revolution France”

Darrin McMahon, Florida State University
“Genius, Exception, and Evil”

Victoria Olwell, University of Virginia
“Varieties of Genius: Forms of Political Consciousness in Capitalist America”

Irina Sirotkina, Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Moscow
“Cultivating Genius in a Bolshevik Country”



September 17, 2010
Alchemy and Economy: Circulations of Value

Lydia Barnett, Stanford University
“The Theology of Improvement: Natural and Sacred Histories of the Earth”

Margaret Garber, Cal State University, Fullerton
“Curious Commodities: Routes of chymical exchange in the Holy Roman Empire (1670-1700)”

Vera Keller, USC
“Perfecting the State: Alchemical Views of Progress in Politics, 1575-1625”

Ted McCormick, Concordia University
“The Economics of Alchemy and the Alchemy of Economics: Two Hartlibian Deployments of Transmutation”

Andre Wakefield, Pitzer University
“Matter, Mechanism and Monads: The Leibnizian Challenge”

Carl Wennerlind, Barnard College
“Alchemy and Credit: The Quest for Infinite Improvement”

October 13, 2010
Christopher Tomlins, University of California, Irvine
“Facies Hippcratics: The Law of Slavery in English America”
Co-sponsored by the Center for Law, History, & Culture

October 20, 2010
Steven Ritz-Barr, University of California, Los Angeles
“The Making of Quixote”

February 8, 2011
National Book Launch: Deborah Harkness, USC
A Discovery of Witches, a novel

March 2, 2011
Ned Blackhawk, Yale University
“Visualizing the Displacement of Violence: Currents in Native American and Indigenous Historiography”

March 2, 2011
Craig Fernandez, writer & Linda McDonough, producer
“From Prada to Nada: Adapting Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility for Contemporary Angelenos”

March 23, 2011
Pedro Lasch, Duke University
“Black Mirror & Naturalizations”

April 5, 2011
Anthony Perron, Loyola Marymount University
“The Problem of Custom in Canon Law”

April 16, 2011
Dibner Seminar

Evelyn Lincoln, Brown University
“The Discourse of Illustrations in Scientific Dialogues”

Alexander Marr, USC
“Science in the Gallery: Astronomy, Disegno, and Picturing Collections”

April 19, 2011
Kenji Yoshino, New York University, School of Law
“Shakespeare and Law”
Co-sponsored by the Center for Law, History & Culture.

April 20, 2011
Luke Roberts, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Politics of the Living Dead: Lords and Inheritance in Tokugawa Japan”

April 28, 2011
Marta V. Vicente, University of Kansas
“Making Sex in Eighteenth-Century Spain”

June 26 & 28, 2011
EMSI-Borchard Conference: Maritime Conference of the Early Modern Atlantic

Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne
“‘A Chaos of Men, Negroes, and Things’: Slavery in Kingston, Jamaica, 1722-1784”

Albane Forestier, Centre Roland Mousnier
“Commerce and Credit in Late Eighteenth-Century French Atlantic Ports”

David Hancock, University of Michigan
“‘A Place for Strangers’: Foreigners and the Integration of the Atlantic World”

Emma Hart, University of St. Andrews
“Oceans of Water and Acres of Land: Authority, Distance, and the Market Culture of Early America, 1670-1720”

Maryanne Kowaleski, Fordham University
“The Demography of Maritime Communities in Late Medieval and Early Modern England”

Peter C. Mancall, USC
“The Raw and the Cold: Five Abandoned Sailors in the Sixteenth-Century Northwest Atlantic”

Mark Peterson, University of California, Berkeley
“From Christian Athens to Christian Sparta: The Militarization of Imperial Relations and the Demise of Boston’s Commonwealth of Trade, 1740-1776”

Keith Pluymers, USC
“Pirates’ and the Problems of Plantation in Seventeenth-Century Ireland”

Louis Sicking, Leiden University
“Maritime Interest Groups and Their Risk Reducing Strategies: The Netherlands in the Sixteenth Century”

Cécile Vidal, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
“Ethnic and Racial Categories in French Colonial Louisiana”



November 6, 2009
Steam Presses and Reading Citizens

Benedict Anderson, Cornell University
Nile Green, University of California, Los Angeles
Daniel Howe, University of California, Los Angeles
Christopher A. Reed, Ohio State University
Adam Shear, University of Pittsburg
Ulrike Stark, University of Chicago

April 30, 2010
Print in the Early Modern World: Integrative and Contemporary Perspectives

Richard Baum, University of California, Los Angeles
“China Today: Media Transformed and Not Quite Controlled”

Cynthia J. Brokaw, Brown University
“Woodblock Printing and the Spread of Book Culture in Late Imperial China”

Margaret C. Jacob, University of California, Los Angeles
“Picart’s Religious Ceremonies and Customs of all the People of the World and the First Global Vision of Religion”

Round table discussion
Michael Gasper, Occidental College
Lynn Hunt, University of California, Los Angeles
Peter Mancall, USC
Lori Meeks, USC
Lindsay O’Neill, USC
Ramzi Rouighi, USC
John Wills, Jr.




September 8, 2007
James at 400: A Conference at the Huntington

Alison Games, Georgetown University
“Virginia’s Global Origins”

James Horn, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
“A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America”

Karen Ordahl Kupperman, New York University
“Why Jamestown Matters”

Peter C. Mancall, USC
“Richard Hakluyt and the Origins of Jamestown”

Camilla Townsend, Rutgers University
“The Mysterious Don Luis: The First Virginia Indian to Travel to Europe”

November 16, 2007
Race and Science in the Atlantic World

Guillaume Aubert, Williams College
“Ovaries, Testicles, and Heredity: Gendered Constructions of Race in the Eighteenth-Century French Atlantic World”

James Delbourgo, McGill University
“The Newtonian Slave Body: Racial Enlightenment in Colonial Virginia”

Ilona Katzew, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
“White or Black? Eighteenth Century Portraits of Spotted Blacks in the Colonial World”

María Elena Martínez, USC
“León y Gama’s Treatise on Skin Color and the Enlightened Creole ‘Science’ of Race in 18th-Century New Spain”

November 1, 2008
Eric Hinderaker, University of Utah
“The Governor and the Indian King”

January 25 & 26, 2008
The Abolitions of 1807-1808 and the Atlantic World

Christopher Brown, Columbia University
“Empire in Africa: Fantasies of Colonial Possession after the Seven Years War”

James Campbell, Brown University
“Reckoning with the Past: History, Memory, and the Campaign to End the Slave Trade in Rhode Island”

Catherine Clinton, Queen’s University, Belfast
“America’s Peculiar Institution: Slavery after 1807”

Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh
“Divergent Paths in the Anglo-American Abolitions of the Atlantic Slave Trade”

David Eltis, Emory University
“Abolition in the Very Long Run”

Joseph Inikori, University of Rochester
“Serving the Cause of Humanity without Hurting the Advance of Global Capitalism: Reflections on the 1807 British Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade”

Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University
“Abolitionist Networks and the Repression in Cuba”

Christer Petley, University of Southampton
“West Indian Planters’ Defense of the Slave System, 1783-1807”

David Richardson, University of Hull
“Abolition as Change Management: The British Case”

James Walvin, independent scholar
“Abolition and Public Memory: Great Britain, 1807-2007”

April 10, 2008
The Spiritual Life of Plants

Natania Meeker, USC
Antonia Szabari, USC

Dominique Brancher, University of Geneva
Tom Conley, Harvard University
François Delaporte, Université de Picardie
Eleanor Kaufman, UCLA
Pierre Saint-Armand, Brown University



September 1, 2006
The History of Collecting & Display: Networks, Trajectories, and Circulation

Claudia Swan, Northwestern University
“Objects at Work: Diplomatic Connections in the Early Dutch Republic”

January 26 & 27, 2007
The Politics of Space: Courts in Europe and the Mediterranean, c. 1500-1750

Monique Chatenet, Centre André Chastel, Paris
“The Space of the King: The Ceremonial of Entry to the Court of France in the Sixteenth Century”

John Robert Christianson, Luther College
“Terrestrial and Celestial Spaces of the Danish Court, 1500-1650”

Nicola Courtright, Amherst College
“A New Place for Queens in Early Modern France”

Linda A. Curcio-Nagy, University of Nevada, Reno
“Performing the Conquest: Memory, Local Politics, and Festival Statecraft in Early Colonial Mexico City”

Jeroen Duindam, Utrecht University
“Palace, City, Dominions: The Spatial Dimension of Hapsburg Rule”

Tracey Ehrlich, independent scholar
Otium cum negotium: Villa Life at the Court of Paul V Borghese”

Jesús Escobar, Fairfield University
“A Forum for the Court of Philip IV: Madrid, c. 1650”

Anna Keay, English Heritage
“King Charles II of Great Britain and the Reconstruction of Monarchy”

Magdalena Sanchez, Gettysburg College
“Privacy, Family, and Devotion at the Court of Philip II”

John Beldon Scott, University of Iowa
“Fashioning a Capital: Ducal Urbanism and Ritual Space in Early Modern Turin”

Simon Thurley, English Heritage
“The Politics of Urban Display: The London Palaces of the Stuart Queens, 1500-1750”

Patricia Waddy, Syracuse University
“Many Courts, Many Spaces”

February 21 & 24, 2007
The Economic Performance of Civilizations: Roles of Culture, Religion, and Law

Said Arjomand, State University of New York, Stony Brook
“The Legal and Administrative Framework of Civic and Economic Activity: A Comparison of the Safavid and Ottoman Empires in the 17th and 18th Centuries”

Metin Coşgel, University of Connecticut
“Law and State Power: The Institutional Roots of the Strong State in Islamic History”

Molly Greene, Princeton University
“Merchant of Venice, Merchant of Istanbul: What’s the Difference”

Ron Harris, Tel Aviv University
“The Institutional Dynamics of Early Modern Eurasian Trade: The Corporation and the Commenda”

Kivanç Karaman, Bogaziçi University
“Low Tax Rate in the Countryside, Strong Administration at the Center: The Ottoman Classical Age”

Timur Kuran, Duke University
“Explaining the Economic Trajectories of Civilizations: Musings on the Systematic Approach”

Ghislaine Lydon, University of California, Los Angeles
“A Paper Economy of Faith without Faith in Paper: A Contribution to Understanding the Roots of Islamic Institutional Stagnation”

Jean-Philippe Platteau, University of Namur, Belgium
“Is Culture an Obstacle to African Economic Development”

Richard Swedberg, Cornell University
“Civilizations, Economies, and Social Mechanisms: Some Central Themes”

April 29, 2007
Morgan Pitelka, Occidental College
“Tokugawa Ieyasu as Warlord, Shogun, Deity: Thoughts on Biography, Material Culture, and Japan’s Long Sixteenth Century”



October 8, 2005
The Body’s Secrets Unlocked: Early Modern Anatomy and Anatomies

Mary Fissell, Johns Hopkins University

Anita Guerrini, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Violence and Violation: Anatomy in Late-Seventeeth-Century Paris”

Cindy Klestinec, Georgia Institute of Technology

Katherine Park, Harvard University

December 1, 2005
Giancarlo Casale, University of Minnesota
“A Caliph, a Canal, and Twenty Thousand Cannibals: Global Politics and Islam in the 1580s”

January 23, 2006
Claire Fontijn, Wellesley College
“A Venetian in Paris: Tracing the Life and Music of Antonia Bembo (c. 1640-c. 1720)”

January 26, 2006
Molly Greene, Princeton University
“Chasing the Mirage of Religion in the Mediterranean Marketplace”

February 10, 2006
Different Natures: Hermaphrodites & Pregnant Men in the Early Modern World

Leah M. Devun, Texas A&M University
“‘Jesus as Hermaphrodite’: Alchemy & Sex Difference in Pre-Modern Europe”

Tamer El-Leithy, Harvard Society of Fellows
“Transgender, transgeure: Anomalous Sexuality in the Medieval Middle East”

Kathleen Perry Long, Cornell University
“The Hermaphrodite & the Sexual Politics of Alchemy in Early Modern France”

Sherry Velasco, University of Kentucky
“The Politics of Male Pregnancy in Early Modern Spain”

February 24, 2006
Veronica Franco’s Renaissance: From Honest Courtesan to Dangerous Beauty

Suzi Dietz, musical producer
“Dangerous Beauty: The Musical”

Jeannine Dominy, screenwriter
“From Book to Film to Musical: Re-inventing a Renaissance Life”

Jeannine Dominy and Marshall Herskovitz, screenwriter and director
“Visualizing the Renaissance: On the Transformation of Book to Film”

Margaret Rosenthal, USC & Randolph Starn, University of California, Berkeley
“Inside the Studiolo: A Conversation”

April 4, 2006
Ussama Makdisi, Rice University
“The Two Stories of the Syrian Protestant College: The Mythology of American Missionary Liberalism in the Middle East”



March 19, 2005
Beasts of Land and Sea in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Virginia DeJohn Anderson, University of Colorado
“Animals and Empire in Seventeenth-Century English America”

Graham D. Burnett, Princeton University
“Is a Whale a Fish? Cetaceans and the Order of Nature”

Jon T. Coleman, University of Notre Dame
“Angry Farmers and Cringing Wolves: Brutality, Biology, and the American Conquest of the Northeastern Woods”

Peter C. Mancall, USC
“Monsters of the Atlantic World”
Huntington Library

March 31, 2005
Anne Goldgar, King’s College, London
“Tulipmania: Collecting, Tulips, and the Concept of Expertise”

April 2, 2005
Anne Goldgar, King’s College, London
“Bad Faith: Tulipmania and Social Anxiety”

May 28, 2005
Family Matters: Genealogy & History in the Early Modern World

Deborah Harkness, USC
“Scientific Dynasties in Early Modern England”

Andres Resendez, University of California, Davis
“Genetics, Population Movements, and Family Matters in Mexico and the American Southwest”

Michael Szonyi, University of Toronto
“The Multiple Uses of the Chinese Genealogy, or, How to Dodge the Draft, Cheat on Your Taxes, and Forge a New Identity in Sixteenth-Century South China”

Karin Wulf, College of William and Mary
“The Practice of Identity in Eighteenth-Century Anglo-America”



October 4, 2003
Anthony Parr, University of the Western Cape
“Idle Wanderings upon the Sea”

May 8, 2004
David Goldstein, Stanford University
“The Cook and the Carib: Cannibal Travel Narratives in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus