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Below are the descriptions for the programs on offer during the 2019-2020 academic year. Program formats vary, but each program is oriented around a specific topic or scholarly approach. Participants are encouraged to pursue their individual research interests within that topic.
 
  
Before you submit an application, please read the description carefully so that you can tailor your statement of research plans to that description. If you have any questions about these programs, or how to apply, email institute@folger.edu.
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This article lists the programming of the [[Folger Institute]] for the 2020–2021 academic year. For more past programming, please see the article [[Folger Institute scholarly programs archive]].
  
Application deadlines are specific to each program and are listed beneath its description. The application portal opens approximately one month before the deadline. Please visit our application information page for further details about the application process.
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'''[[The Global Atlantic]]'''
  
Teaching Paleography (2019 Intensive Summer Workshop)
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'''Philip Morgan''' and '''François Furstenberg'''
Race and Periodization  (2019 Conference)
 
The Languages of Nature: Science, Literature, and the Imagination (2019 Fall Workshop)
 
Political Personhood in the Early Modern British World before 1800 (2019 Fall Symposium)
 
Researching the Archive (2019-2020 Yearlong Dissertation Seminar)
 
Rethinking Lyric Histories (2019 Fall Semester Seminar)
 
Book Theory (2019 Weekend Seminar)
 
Intersecting the Sexual: Modes of Early Modern Embodiment (2019 Fall Symposium)
 
Eating through the Archives: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Early Modern Foodways (2019 Fall Graduate Student Workshop)
 
The Visual Art of Grammar: Iconographies of Language from Europe to the Americas (2019 Weekend Seminar at Brown University)
 
Early Modern Iroquoia (2020 Spring Semester Seminar at Syracuse University)
 
Reimagining Andrew Marvell: The Poet at 400 (2020 Spring Weekend Colloquium at the Universtiy of St Andrews)
 
An Orientation to Research Methods and Agendas (2020 Summer Intensive Skills Course at Pennsylvania State University)
 
Making Meaning: Hands-on Basic Paleography and Book Production (2020 Summer Intensive Skills Course at Texas A&M University)
 
 
  
Teaching Paleography
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Yearlong Colloquium at the Johns Hopkins University
Heather Wolfe
 
Intensive Summer Workshop
 
  
This three-day workshop explores strategies for teaching paleography at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level. It aims to provide participants with the skills and resources to teach the English secretary hand, whether as a directed study, a single-session practicum in a topical seminar, or a semester-length skills course. It builds on Dr. Wolfe’s Folger Institute skills course, Introduction to Early Modern English Paleography, and her series of Mellon-funded monthlong Summer Institutes. Participants will discuss the challenges they face due to limited manuscript resources on their own campuses and how one extends resources through digital facsimiles. Drawing from digitized materials held at the Folger, they will compile a set of paleographical exercises and pedagogical methods for teaching paleography at their home institutions. Applicants need not have had experience in teaching paleography, but proficiency in reading secretary hand is required and should be addressed in the application materials.
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This monthly colloquium takes stock of the field of Atlantic History in order to assess where the current strengths of the scholarship lie and to map future directions for research. It seeks to critically explore the relationship between the Atlantic and Global frameworks that have structured so much historical research and production. In a world increasingly concerned with the political limits of globalization and its economic and environmental costs, Atlantic history offers an opportunity, as an analytic paradigm, to contend precisely with the historical roots of this sharp increase in modern interconnectedness. The colloquium will meet four times per semester in the 2020-2021 academic year, and it will explore various topics of recent scholarship, including the Atlantic environment, Indigenous confrontations within the Atlantic world, the “Plantationocene,” materialities, cartography and book history, archives, and thinking beyond the Atlantic. In addition to presentations, reading, and discussion, the workshopping of seminar participants’ scholarship will be a central focus of the monthly meetings.
  
Director: Heather Wolfe is Curator of Manuscripts and Associate Librarian of Audience Development at the Folger Shakespeare Library, co-director of the multi-year research project Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, and principal investigator of Early Modern Manuscripts Online. Author of numerous articles on early modern manuscripts, she has edited The Literary Career and Legacy of Elizabeth Cary, 1613–1680 (2007), The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608: A Facsimile Edition of Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.b.232 (2007), Letterwriting in Renaissance England (2004) (with Alan Stewart), and Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland: Life and Letters (2001). Her current research explores the social circulation of writing paper and blank books and Shakespeare’s coat of arms.  
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'''Directors''': '''Philip Morgan''', Harry C. Black Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University, focuses particularly on slavery in North America, but his scholarship also ranges widely across many aspects of the Atlantic World. He is currently at work on a history of the Caribbean and Wider World, c. 1450 to 1850. '''François Furstenberg''' focuses on early American history and the Atlantic World. Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University, he is currently at work on projects related to U.S. expansion in the Early Republic, and on the historical writing of Frederick Jackson Turner. 
  
Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 27 – 29 August 2019.
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'''Invited Speakers''': An opening roundtable will include '''Alison Games''' (Georgetown University) and '''Neil''' '''Safier''' (The John Carter Brown Library). Confirmed speakers include: '''Sam White''' (The Ohio State University) and '''John McNeil''' (Georgetown University) on the Atlantic Environment; '''Barbara Mundy''' (Fordham University) on Indigenous Confrontations with the Atlantic; '''Pablo''' '''Gomez''' (University of Wisconsin) on the “Plantationocene”; '''Marcy Norton''' (University of Pennsylvania) on Materialities; '''Surekha Davies''' (University of Utrecht) and '''Earle Havens''' (the Johns Hopkins University) on Cartography and Book History; '''Byron Hamann''' (The Ohio State University) on Archives; and '''Matt Matsuda''' (Rutgers University) on thinking Beyond the Atlantic.
  
Apply: 10 June 2019 for admission and grants-in-aid. Mellon Foundation support extends eligibility to all North American scholars.  
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'''Schedule''': Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 18 September, 16 October, 13 November, 11 December 2020; 12 February, 12 March, 15 – 16 April, and 14 May 2021
  
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'''Apply''': '''8 July 2020''' for admission and grants-in-aid (extended from 8 June 2020). 
  
Race and Periodization
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'''[[Researching the Archive (seminar)|Researching the Archive]]'''
Fall Conference
 
  
Co-sponsored with the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
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'''Joyce E. Chaplin''' and '''Julie Crawford'''
  
Following upon the inaugural Race Before Race event, a collaboration of medievalists and early modernists held at Arizona State University in January 2019, this conference will foreground the relationship between race and historical periodization. Medievalists and early modernists have long grappled with the meaning and use of their own historical period designations as well as the strictures of periodization itself. This event seeks to explore how critical race theory can enable new insights about, approaches to, and critiques of periodization. Critical race theory situated in both historical and contemporary disciplines necessarily challenges assumptions about historical knowledge, theoretical borders, and scholarly dissemination and impact. This theoretical complex thus holds exciting potential to revolutionize the very terms of academic periodization in medieval and early modern studies. Setting this conference at the Folger Institute and building upon its recent focus on early modern race studies, the conference invites scholars of history, literature, and other disciplines to consider the intersection of critical race studies and historical periodization in terms of the theoretical, methodological, archival, activist, pedagogical, professional, temporal, and spatial implications.
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Dissertation Seminar
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This program focuses on the use of primary materials available for the study of the history, culture, society, and literature of early modern Britain, Europe, and the Atlantic World, broadly conceived. During the two scheduled sessions, participants will explore a variety of printed and manuscript sources relevant to both English and History Ph.D. candidates, and they will learn (with the assistance of staff at the host university libraries) essential research skills. The goal throughout will be to foster interdisciplinary scholarship while considering broad methodological and theoretical problems relevant to current work in early modern studies. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed course work and preliminary exams; they should be preparing a prospectus or beginning to write chapters and be ready to make significant use of archival and special collections as part of their visits. Applicants should consult with their dissertation directors before applying to ensure that their work is at a stage that would benefit from the seminar, and their directors should certify that this is the case in their recommendation letters. Those whose dissertations are substantially complete will not be competitive applicants.
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'''Directors''': '''Joyce E. Chaplin''' is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. A former Fulbright Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, she has published five monographs, one co-authored book, and two Norton Critical Editions. She did research for her second book, ''Subject Matter: Technology, the Body, and Science on the Anglo-American Frontier, 1500-1676'' (2001), at the Folger. '''Julie Crawford''' is the Mark van Doren Professor of Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of ''Marvelous Protestantism'' (2004), ''Mediatrix'' (2014), and numerous essays on authors ranging from Shakespeare to Anne Clifford and on topics ranging from the history of reading to the history of sexuality. In 2016 she taught a Folger Seminar on Cavendish and Hutchinson, and she is currently completing a book manuscript entitled “Margaret Cavendish’s Political Career."
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'''Schedule''': Thursday afternoon, Friday, and Saturday, '''17 – 19 September 2020''' and '''22 – 24 April 2021''' at Columbia University and Harvard University respectively, with several interim meetings to be scheduled virtually.
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'''Apply''': '''8 July 2020''' for admission and grants-in-aid (extended from 8 June 2020). Only Folger Institute consortium affiliates may apply. 
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'''[[Food and the Book: 1300-1800]]'''
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Organized by '''David B. Goldstein''', '''Allen James Grieco''', and''' Sarah Peters Kernan'''
  
Update: Listen to opening lectures from the conference
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Conference at the Newberry Library
  
Organizer: Ayanna Thompson is Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University. Her recent books include, Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars (2018), Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose (2016), and Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (2011). She is editing a collection for Cambridge University Press on Shakespeare and race and is collaborating with Curtis Perry on the Arden4 edition of Titus Andronicus.
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Co-sponsored by the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library and the Folger Institute’s collaborative research project, ''Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures'', funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  
Invited Speakers: Geraldine Heng (University of Texas) and Margo Hendricks (University of California, Santa Cruz) will open the conference on Thursday evening at the Folger Shakespeare Library. On Friday and Saturday at American University Washington College of Law, eight speakers will deliver presentations and lead sessions on the topics outlined above: Dennis Britton (University of New Hampshire), Ruben Espinosa, (University of Texas at El Paso), Michael Gomez (New York University), Wan-Chuan Kao (Washington & Lee University), Carol Mejia LaPerle (Wright State University), Su Fang Ng (Virginia Tech), Mary Rambaran-Olm (Independent Scholar), and Michelle M. Sauer (University of North Dakota). Marisa Fuentes (Rutgers University), Haruko Momma (New York University), and Elisa Oh (Howard University) will serve as the conference’s respondents.
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The growing, preparation, tasting, and eating of food are bodily phenomena. To gain access to them through the distances of history, we must turn to words and images. This interdisciplinary conference examines the book as a primary intersection for foodways throughout the early modern world. The language and imagery of food emerge in all manner of books, including recipe manuscripts, literature, historical documents, religious writings, medical treatises, and engravings, not to mention in marginal stains and other chance material encounters. The convened speakers will explore how food interacts with books as physical objects as well as mental ones. They will examine books as ways of studying food and its representations in historical perspective, especially those of marginalized and underprivileged people; and as instances of metaphorical food and sustenance in themselves. The conference will also host collaborations between scholars, food writers, and chefs, resulting in cooking experiments and discussions of current food issues that will help reinvigorate questions about early modern cuisine for a contemporary world.
 
  
Schedule: Thursday evening through Saturday, 5 – 7 September 2019
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'''Organizers''': '''David B. Goldstein''' is a co-director of the Before Farm to Table project and Associate Professor of English at York University in Toronto. His publications include ''Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England ''(2013), which shared the Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award, and two co-edited essay collections—''Culinary Shakespeare'' (with Amy Tigner, 2016) and ''Shakespeare and Hospitality ''(with Julia Reinhard Lupton, 2016). '''Allen J. Grieco''' is Senior Research Associate Emeritus at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies). He has published extensively on the cultural history of food in Italy from the 14th to the 16th centuries including a recent volume on ''Food, Social Politics and the Order of the World in Renaissance Italy'' (2019). He is both co-editor in chief of the journal ''Food & History ''(Brepols) and Series Editor of ''Food Culture, Food History (13th-19thcenturies) ''(Amsterdam University Press). '''Sarah Peters Kernan '''PhD is an independent culinary historian based in Chicago. Her research focuses on cookbooks and culinary activity in medieval and early modern England. She is an editor of ''The Recipes Project'' and a Corresponding Member of the journal ''Food & History''. She regularly collaborates with The Newberry Library on teaching and digital learning projects and has also worked with organizations including The Met Cloisters and the Culinary Historians of Chicago.
  
Apply: 10 June 2019 for consortium grants-in-aid; registrations will be accepted through 5 August 2019 as space remains. We are seeking external funding for non-consortium affiliates.
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'''Schedule''': Thursday through Saturday, 1 – 3 October 2020.
  
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'''Apply''': '''8 July 2020 '''(extended from 8 June 2020). Graduate students with relevant research projects are encouraged to apply to participate in a lightning-talk session. Those selected and additional conference-goers will receive funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the consortia of the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies and the Folger Institute. Visit the website for more information. 
  
The Languages of Nature: Science, Literature, and the Imagination
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'''[[Neighborhood, Community, and Place in Early Modern London]]'''
Paula Findlen
 
Fall Workshop
 
  
This two-day workshop brings together scholars in different fields—the histories of science, medicine, and technology; literary criticism; and allied disciplines—to explore the entanglements of scientific and literary mentalities and investigate how they mutually informed each other circa 1500 to 1800. During this period, writing about nature evolved rapidly, inspiring many new scientific and literary genres and kinds of publications, including experiments with the written word and the relations between words and images. The emergence of new scientific instruments, practices, and institutions spurred other kinds of writing about science and its discoveries, in prose and poetry. The scientific letter morphed into the scientific article in an expanding variety of publications—learned journals, gazettes, magazines, and newspapers. Writing about scientific practitioners and philosophical thinkers—anatomists, astronomers, natural philosophers, experimenters—captured the changing state of knowledge on a more personal level, transforming leading minds into public figures. In early modern Europe and its overseas colonies, long before modern debates about “two cultures,” how did an encyclopedic understanding of knowledge, new forms of scientific observation, and the emergence of an imaginative vocabulary to describe natural phenomena shape early modern mentalities? 
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'''Christopher Highley''' and '''Alan Farmer'''
  
Director: Paula Findlen is Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History at Stanford University and Director of the Suppes Center for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Her many publications include Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting and Scientific Culture (1994), Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything (2002), and Leonardo’s Library: The World of a Renaissance Reader (2019).
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Online Seminar in partnership with The Ohio State University
  
Invited Speakers: Eileen Reeves (Princeton University) will open the workshop with a plenary lecture. Invited speakers include: Liza Blake (University of Toronto), Tita Chico (University of Maryland, College Park), Dániel Margócsy (Cambridge University), María Portuondo (Johns Hopkins University), Jennifer Rampling (Princeton University), Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin College), David Carroll Simon (University of Maryland, College Park), and Jessica Wolfe (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Claire Preston (Queen Mary University of London) will join Paula Findlen for the closing session.
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This interdisciplinary seminar invites scholars working on the metropolis of London from roughly 1450 through 1750 to reflect on existing scholarship and to explore how new approaches might enrich and deepen our understanding of key concepts like “neighborhood,” “community,” and “place.” Drawing on online resources like the Map of Early Modern London (MoEML), the seminar plans to combine case studies of particular spaces and places—including parishes and streets, as well as bookstores, printing houses, company halls, prisons, and others suggested by participants—with discussions of methodology. The goal is to open up a number of theoretical questions with examples drawn from current research: What do literary and social historians mean by neighborhood and community? Are neighborhoods defined solely by official territorial subdivisions like parishes, precincts, and wards, or are they more elastic, improvised, imagined, and performed? And what is the relation between neighborhood and community in early modern London? Is the latter always tied to a particular place or is it a non-spatialized construct?
  
Schedule: Friday and Saturday, 13 – 14 September 2019.
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'''Directors''': '''Christopher Highley''' teaches in the English department and directs the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Ohio State University.  He is finishing a book called ''Blackfriars: Theater, Church, and Neighborhood in Early Modern London,'' and leading a parish project for 'The Map of Early Modern London.' '''Alan B. Farmer''' is an Associate Professor of English at the Ohio State University. He has published extensively on the publication of early modern playbooks. He is the co-editor, with Adam Zucker, of ''Localizing Caroline Drama: Politics and Economics of the Early Modern English Stage, 1625–1642'' (2006), and the co-creator, with Zachary Lesser, of ''DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks''. His current book project is on popularity in the early modern English book trade and includes an investigation of the cultural geography of bookselling in early modern London.
  
Apply: 10 June 2019 for admission and grants-in-aid.
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'''Schedule''': Friday and Saturday, 2 – 3 October 2020
  
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The seminar will be conducted via Zoom. Participants will be asked to pre-circulate short papers that will form the basis of small group discussions.  We anticipate scheduling four hour-long discussion sessions over two days. The seminar will conclude with a general discussion that will also be open to a wider audience.
  
Political Personhood in the Early Modern British World before 1800
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'''Apply''': '''8 July 2020''' for admission and grants-in-aid (extended from 8 June 2020). 
Fall Symposium
 
  
Sponsored by the Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought
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'''[[Shakespeare in Prisons]]'''
  
How does the complex history of how a person is defined shed light on contemporary conceptions of subjectivity, individuality, and citizenship? This symposium gathers invited speakers to open conversations on test cases involving the political philosophy and lived reality of personhood in early modern Britain, Europe, and the Atlantic World. Sessions will consider political personhood in relation to subjecthood and identity; legal rights and responsibilities; dual allegiances; enslaved people; commonwealths and commerce; petitions and protests; and the relationship between human and non-human beings. Scholars from history, legal studies, literature, philosophy, and art history whose work considers these issues are encouraged to apply.
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'''Peter Holland''', '''Scott Jackson''', and''' Curt Tofteland'''
  
Organizers: The Steering Committee of the Center for the History of British Political Thought: Sharon Achinstein (Johns Hopkins University), David Armitage (Harvard University), Julia Rudolph (North Carolina State University), and Nigel Smith (Princeton University).
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Fall Conference at the University of Notre Dame
  
Program: A plenary presentation with Lauren Benton (Vanderbilt University) and Paul Halliday (University of Virginia) on Thursday evening will be followed by two days of sessions. Invited speakers include Amanda Bailey (University of Maryland), Kathy Brown (University of Pennsylvania), Urvashi Chakravarty (George Mason University), Alison Games (Georgetown University), Kinch Hoekstra (University of California at Berkeley), Daniel Hulsebosch (New York University), Hannah Weiss Muller (Brandeis University), Noémie Ndiaye (University of Chicago), Mary Nyquist (University of Toronto), Geoff Plank (University of East Anglia), Phil Stern (Duke University), Robert Travers (Cornell University), Phil Withington (University of Sheffield), and Sue Wiseman (Birkbeck College, University of London)
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Building on three previous iterations, this conference gathers theatre arts practitioners, researchers, and scholars who are currently engaged with or interested in programs for incarcerated (and post-incarcerated) populations. Designed to stimulate discussion through speakers, performances, and workshop sessions offering case studies and best practices within the Shakespeare Behind Bars movement, this conference considers a number of questions: What is the nature of Shakespeare’s exploration of prisons, prisoners, and the post-incarcerated, and how might Shakespeare speak to the realities of prison life in the United States and the experiences of returning citizens today? What are the possibilities for academic research on this work and its implications for future directions in Shakespeare studies, and how might that research intersect with, for instance, work on gender and sexuality, disability, childhood, and educational practices and pedagogies? Scholars and practitioners who are interested in sharing their experiences or learning how one works with Shakespeare and incarcerated populations are welcome to attend.
  
Schedule: Thursday evening through Saturday 19 – 21 September 2019.
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'''Organizers''': '''Peter Holland''' is McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He was editor of ''Shakespeare Survey'' for 19 years and co-editor of the Oxford Shakespeare Topics and ''Great Shakespeareans ''series''. ''His edition of ''Coriolanus'' for the Arden Shakespeare 3rd series appeared in 2013''.'' He is a General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare 4th series and currently finishing a book on ''Shakespeare and Forgetting''. '''Scott Jackson''' has served as the Mary Irene Ryan Family Executive Director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame since the position was created in 2007. A believer in the power of the theatre arts to effect positive social change, he is a co-founder of the Shakespeare in Prisons Network and teaches a weekly Shakespeare in performance course at the Westville Correctional Facility. '''Curt L. Tofteland''' is the Founder of the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Behind Bars program, now in its 25th year of continuous operation. SBB is the subject of award-winning documentary by Philomath Films. Curt was the Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival from 1989-2008. During his twenty-year tenure, he produced fifty Shakespeare productions, directed twenty-five, and acted in eight. As a professional director and an Equity actor, he has 200+ professional productions to his credit. Additionally, he has presented 400+ performances of his one man show ''Shakespeare’s Clownes: A Foole’s Guide to Shakespeare''.
  
Apply: 10 June 2019 for admission and consortium grants-in-aid.
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'''Schedule''': Following a preconference practicum on 21 – 22 October that is designed to enhance practitioner skills, the conference will convene all day Friday and Saturday, 23 – 24 October 2020.
  
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'''Apply''': '''8 July 2020''' for consortium grants-in-aid to support travel and lodging to attend the conference (extended from 8 June 2020). Those who wish to be considered for funding to participate in the two-day preconference practicum should indicate this in their application materials.
  
Researching the Archive
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'''Register''': Information coming soon. 
Alison Games and Laura L. Knoppers
 
Dissertation Seminar
 
  
This monthly seminar focuses on the wealth of archival material available for the study of the history, culture, society, and literature of early modern Britain and Europe, broadly conceived. Seminar participants will explore a variety of printed and manuscript sources relevant to both English and History Ph.D. candidates and will learn (with the assistance of Folger staff) some essential research skills. Throughout, the goal will be to foster interdisciplinary scholarship while considering broad methodological and theoretical problems relevant to current work in early modern studies. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed course work and preliminary exams; they should be preparing a prospectus or beginning to write chapters and be ready to make significant use of the Folger’s collections as part of their monthly visits. Applicants should consult with their dissertation directors before applying to ensure that their work is at a stage that would benefit from the seminar, and their directors should certify that this is the case in their recommendation letters. Those whose dissertations are substantially complete will not be competitive applicants.
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'''[[Early Modern Intersections in the American South]]'''
  
Directors: Alison Games is the Dorothy M. Brown Distinguished Professor of History at Georgetown University. She writes on different aspects of the English engagement with the seventeenth-century world. Author of The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660 (2008), she is completing a book tentatively titled Inventing the English Massacre: History, Memory, and Amboyna. Laura L. Knoppers is George N. Shuster Professor of English Literature at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on seventeenth-century literature, politics, and religion, especially the work of John Milton. Most recently the author of Politicizing Domesticity from Henrietta Maria to Milton’s Eve (2011), she is completing a study of luxury and the court of Charles II.
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'''Heather M. Kopelson''',''' Jenny Shaw''', and''' Cassander L. Smith'''
  
Schedule: Friday afternoons, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., 27 September, 25 October, 22 November, and 13 December 2019; with several virtual meetings in the spring and a late-spring reunion workshop to be scheduled.
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Spring Symposium at the University of Alabama
  
Apply: 10 June 2019 for admission and grants-in-aid. Only Folger Institute consortium affiliates may apply.
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What is “early modern” about the region we now call the American South? Historically, we point to the rise of plantation cultures and then Indian Removal policies and the American Civil War as formative in the development of this region in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This symposium, however, will offer participants the opportunity to consider the early modern contours of the American South by re-thinking its temporal and geographical boundaries. Specifically, the symposium will explore the multiple meanings of the American South through the prisms of race, slavery, and indigeneity in the centuries surrounding the arrival of Europeans and Africans in the Americas. Invited speakers will ask how the interactions of people from four continents shaped culture and history in this region and beyond. Session topics include: geography, temporality, race, slavery, indigeneity, and migration/displacement. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to tour the award-winning Native American Moundville Archaeological site and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery. A closing reception will be held at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
  
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'''Organizers''': '''Heather M. Kopelson''' is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama and is also affiliated with the Gender and Race Studies Department. She is the author of ''Faithful Bodies: Performing Race and Religion in the Puritan Atlantic'' (2014) and is currently writing a book with the working title, “Speaking Objects: Indigenous Women and the Materials of Dance in the Americas, 1500-1700.” '''Jenny Shaw''' is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama. Her research focuses on race, enslavement, and colonization in the English Atlantic. The author of ''Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean: Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference'', she is completing a serial biography of five women who bore children with the same Barbados planter. '''Cassander L. Smith''' is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama. She is the author of'' Black Africans in the British Imagination: English Narratives of the Early Atlantic World'' (2016).  Currently, she is wrapping up a book about respectability politics and an early modern black Atlantic.
  
Rethinking Lyric Histories
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'''Invited Speakers''': A Thursday keynote presentation by '''Robbie Ethridge''', Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi, will be followed by two days of sessions led by the following speakers: '''Nicole Aljoe''' (Northeastern University), '''Eric Gary Anderson''' (George Mason University), '''Herman Bennett''' (CUNY Graduate Center), '''Allison Bigelow''' (University of Virginia), '''Alejandra Dubcovsky''' (University of California, Riverside), '''Elizabeth Ellis''' (New York University), '''Barbara Fuchs''' (UCLA), '''Miles Grier''' (CUNY Queens College), '''Nicholas Jones''' (Bucknell University), '''Malinda Maynor Lowery''' (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), '''Caroline Wigginton''' (University of Mississippi), and '''Ashley Williard''' (University of South Carolina).
Ayesha Ramachandran
 
Fall Semester Seminar
 
  
Lyric poetry’s engagement of the dialectic between universal and particular, community and self, private and public, suggests why it is a crucial (and difficult) test case for recent trends in early modern studies. This seminar explores how such paradoxes have come to define the lyric, combining an overview of the early modern European lyric with a philosophically-driven treatment of its relationship to history and selfhood. It will focus on the early modern period, from roughly Petrarch to Milton, an arc which sees the emergence of diverse lyric forms in all European vernaculars. Themes will include the material cultures of lyric production and dissemination; the performance and transmission of lyric poetry; structuralist efforts to define the lyric in formal terms; and debates over the (continuing) political-ethical function of lyric poetry. Participants will pay close attention to the construction of literary genealogies, tracing how early modern lyric shapes a network that reaches back to antiquity and forward to romanticism and modernism. Drawing on the Folger’s rich holdings, they will examine the affiliations of lyric with other genres (drama, romance, epic, novel, caption, epigram and epigraph), its textual presence across various media, and its shape-shifting use across lines of gender and class. Depending on participant interests, the seminar might include a comparative component, engaging with the lyric’s cross-cultural presence within and beyond Europe.
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'''Schedule''': Thursday evening through Saturday, 18 – 20 February 2021.
  
Director: Ayesha Ramachandran is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University. Author of The Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe (2015), numerous articles, and co-editor, with Melissa Sanchez, of a special issue of Spenser Studies, she is currently at work on a monograph titled “Lyric Thinking: Poetry, Selfhood, Modernity.
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'''Apply''': '''8 September 2020''' for admission and grants-in-aid. 
  
Schedule: Friday afternoons, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., 4 October through 6 December 2019, excluding 18 October and 29 November.
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'''[[New Research and Performance Directions in Premodern Disability Studies]]'''
  
Apply: 10 June 2019 for admission and grants-in-aid; 3 September 2019 for admission only.
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'''Allison P. Hobgood '''and''' Sheila T. Cavanagh'''
  
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Spring Weekend Seminar at Emory University
  
Book Theory
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Centering intersectional approaches, transnational sensibilities, and radical pedagogies, this seminar will bring together teacher-scholars working on disability studies from both textual and performance-based perspectives. It will build on established work in medieval and early modern disability studies to consider new avenues of inquiry, cultural histories, performative possibilities, and theoretical modalities. What do practitioners learn when premodern disability studies intersects with critical race studies, queer theory, and other minoritarian analytics? What can be discovered about the embodied materiality of these theoretical interventions when exploring how disabled actors and audiences, in the past and present, engage with premodern drama and literature? In collaboration with Emory University and its Stuart Rose Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library, participants in this seminar will have opportunities to hear from leading experts in disability studies, explore new archives, and dynamically dialogue as they investigate how writers, texts, performers, and performances have—then and now—understood, experienced, and responded to bodymind difference.
Juliet Fleming
 
Weekend Seminar
 
  
This seminar will subject the book to intense theoretical scrutiny. While not discounting current knowledge of what books are or may be in their diverse material formats, its primary undertaking will be to bring to light, share, and develop the productive uncertainty that results from a theoretical consideration of the question, what is a book? Behind that ontological crux lie others whose common answers we will also need get beyond: what is writing? what is a surface? what is an archive? Starting from readings of the provocative but clarifying work on these topics by Jacques Derrida, whose entire career was spanned and structured by his interest in book history, seminar participants will be invited to bring their own topics and case histories to the table, especially as these may be illustrated with materials drawn from the Folger and other collections. These will be collectively examined in the strange new light cast by Derrida’s disruptive thought on the ontology of the book. Areas of further discussion might include the recovery of graffiti, the possible futures of book theory, and what early modern writing technologies might teach scholars of the book about the design and practices of contemporary classrooms.  
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'''Directors''': '''Allison P. Hobgood''' is Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Willamette University. Her publications include ''Recovering Disability in Early Modern England ''(2013), a special issue of ''Pedagogy ''(2015) on disability pedagogies, and essays in ''Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare'' (2019), ''The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability ''(2017), and ''Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Body'' (2015). '''Sheila T. Cavanagh''' is Professor of English at Emory University and Director of the World Shakespeare Project. She served as Fulbright Global Shakespeare Centre Distinguished Chair and as Director of Emory’s Year of Shakespeare. Author of books on Spenser and Lady Mary Wroth, she has published widely on international Shakespeare, pedagogy; and accessibility in Shakespearean teaching and performance.
  
Director: Juliet Fleming is Professor of English at New York University. She is the author of Graffiti and the Writing Arts of Early Modern England (2001) and Cultural Graphology: Writing After Derrida (2016); and the editor, with Bill Sherman and Adam Smyth, of The Renaissance Collage: Toward a New History of Reading (2015). She is currently preparing an annotated English translation of three of Derrida's earliest essays which offer early and more concise version of the first half of Derrida's De la Grammatologie
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'''Schedule''': Thursday evening through Saturday, 4 – 6 March 2021.
  
Schedule: Friday and Saturday, 8 – 9 November 2019.
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'''Apply''': '''18 January 2021''' for admission and grants-in-aid. 
  
Apply: 3 September 2019 for admission and grants-in-aid.
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'''[[Reading Scotland before 1707]]'''
  
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'''Margaret Connolly''', '''Rhiannon Purdie''', '''Jane Pettegree''', and''' Harriet Archer'''
  
Intersecting the Sexual: Modes of Early Modern Embodiment
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Spring Symposium at the University of St Andrews
Mario DiGangi
 
Fall Symposium
 
  
Differences of gender, age, and social position informed both the rhetorics and the lived experiences of sexuality in the early modern period. Yet other modes of embodiment—such as those associated with racial identity, physical incapacity, impoverished vagrancy, and conspicuous sartorial display—also impacted sexual practices and meanings in ways that have yet to receive sustained scholarly attention. Rather than simply expanding the category of the sexual, this symposium aims to understand how a focus on these other modes of embodiment might complicate or unsettle current theories and histories of sexuality. While building on insights from early modern sexuality studies, presenters will also draw on theoretical models and methods from adjacent fields such as early modern race studies, disability studies, transgender studies, global Renaissance studies, material culture studies, and posthumanist studies. How might the objects and questions foregrounded by such approaches advance the study of early modern sexuality beyond familiar paradigms? How might such intersections contribute to both historicist and present-day understandings of sex, gender, and embodiment?
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The early modern period in Scotland was a time of extraordinary cultural ferment, creativity, and transformation. This symposium will consider vital questions of Scotland’s history and culture from the late fifteenth century through the unions of the crowns (1603) and parliaments (1707), regarding both Scotland’s relationship with England and its place in relation to Europe and the European Renaissance. How did Scotland negotiate its own complex heritage—its distinctive history, languages, and political institutions—in an era when it was assuming greater prominence on the European stage? The symposium will explore how far issues and themes that have dominated the wider field of early modern studies in recent years are applicable to Scotland. These include: the nature and extent of political power; constructions of nation, identity, race, and gender in early modern society; the social performance of these identities through the spoken word, drama, and music; the transition from manuscript to print; the presence and force of the classics and classical literature; the status of the vernacular as a literary language; and notions of periodization.
  
Organizer: Mario DiGangi is Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of The Homoerotics of Early Modern Drama (1997) and Sexual Types: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character from Shakespeare to Shirley (2011). He has edited three plays by Shakespeare and, with Amanda Bailey, Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts: Politics, Ecologies, Form (2017). His current project explores sexuality and race in English Renaissance literature.
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'''Organizers''': Dr '''Margaret Connolly''' is Senior Lecturer in English and History at the University of St Andrews and Director of the St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies. Her publications include ''Sixteenth-Century Readers, Fifteenth-Century Books: Continuities of Reading in the English Reformation'' (2019), and ''John Shirley: Book Production and the Noble Household in Fifteenth-Century England'' (1998). Professor '''Rhiannon Purdie''' is Professor of English and Older Scots at the University of St Andrews. She is the Editorial Secretary for the Scottish Text Society and a trustee of the Scottish Medievalists. Recent publications include ''Six Scottish Courtly and Chivalric Poems ''(with Emily Wingfield)'', ''an edition of ''Shorter Scottish Medieval Romances, ''and articles on late medieval Scots literature, medieval romance, and Chaucer. Dr''' Jane Pettegree '''is Head of Curriculum at the University of St Andrews Music Centre, where she teaches ethnomusicology and the connections between words, music and drama. Author of'' Foreign and Native on the English Stage, 1588–1611: Metaphor and National Identity'' (2011), her recent activity has included re-enactive use of masques and early opera in public research engagement. Dr '''Harriet Archer''' is Lecturer in Early Modern English Literature at the University of St Andrews. She is currently working on intersections between imaginative historiography, discourses of political advice, and the environmental humanities. She is the author of ''Unperfect Histories: The Mirror for Magistrates, 1559-1610 ''(Oxford UP, 2017), and co-editor with Paul Frazer of Norton and Sackville’s ''Gorboduc'' (Manchester Revels, forthcoming).
  
Invited Speakers: Ian Smith (Lafayette College) and Valerie Traub (University of Michigan) will open the symposium with plenary lectures on Thursday evening. On Friday and Saturday, twelve speakers will open conversation on the areas outlined above: Abdulhamit Arvas (University of California, Santa Barbara), Amanda Bailey (University of Maryland), James Bromley (Miami University), Simone Chess (Wayne State University), Julie Crawford (Columbia University), Ari Friedlander (University of Mississippi), Colby Gordon (Bryn Mawr College), Natasha Korda (Wesleyan University), Vin Nardizzi (University of British Columbia), Carmen Nocentelli (University of New Mexico), Marjorie Rubright (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Christine Varnado (University at Buffalo). Jeffrey Masten (Northwestern University) will serve as the symposium’s respondent.
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'''Invited Speakers''': Plenary presentations from Sally Mapstone (University of St Andrews) and Michael Brown (University of St Andrews) on Friday evening will be followed by two days of sessions. Invited speakers include: '''Sarah Carpenter''' (University of Edinburgh), '''Elizabeth Ewan''' (University of Guelph), '''Lorna Hutson''' (University of Oxford), '''John McGavin''' (University of Southampton), '''Roger Mason''' (University of St Andrews), '''Elaine Moohan''' (Open University), '''David J. Parkinson''' (University of Saskatchewan), '''Alessandra Petrina''' (Università degli Studi di Padova), '''Andrew Pettegree''' (University of St Andrews), '''Beth Quitslund''' (Ohio University), '''Jamie Reid Baxter''' (University of Glasgow), '''Nicola Royan''' (University of Nottingham), '''Helen Vincent''' (National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh), '''Emily Wingfield''' (University of Birmingham), and '''Georgianna Ziegler''' (Folger Shakespeare Library).
  
Schedule: Thursday evening through Saturday, 14 16 November 2019.
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'''Schedule''': Friday evening through Sunday, 27 28 March 2021.
  
Apply: 3 September 2019 for admission and grants-in-aid.
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'''Apply''': '''8 September 2020''' for admission and grants-in-aid. 
  
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'''[[Out of the Archive: Digital Projects as Early Modern Research Objects]]'''
  
Eating through the Archives: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Early Modern Foodways
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'''Margaret Simon''' and '''Christopher Warren''', with '''Christopher Crosbie'''
Fall Graduate Student Workshop
 
  
Sponsored by Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, the inaugural project of the Andrew W. Mellon Initiative in Collaborative Research at the Folger Institute
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Spring Weekend Seminar at North Carolina State University
  
Food permeates every aspect of the early modern world, from the social rituals of the London coffee house to the saltfish eaten by enslaved people in Barbados, from the disappearing banquet in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest to the spare olla of Don Quixote’s rustic table. Food’s omnipresence is both a potential smorgasbord for scholars and an embarrassment of riches, for studying and talking about food is a complex affair that tests the boundaries of traditional disciplines. The program invites up to two dozen graduate students to reconsider the term “foodways” as a framework that maps the convergence of disciplines, including history, literary studies, biology, ecology, philosophy, mathematics, culinary studies, and art history. The Before ‘Farm to Table’ team will lead group discussions as well as focused break-out sessions centered around a core set of primary sources, including our collection of over one hundred early modern English manuscript recipe books—the largest such collection in the world—as well as other texts and images from the Folger collection.
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How do the digital humanities reconfigure our sense of “the archive?” As instantiations of humanistic inquiry during a period of rapid technological change, digital artifacts become research objects in their own right. Digital projects continually reshape our modes of accessing traditional archival objects and the very questions we ask of them. Supported by North Carolina State’s extensive digital technologies infrastructure, this seminar will combine discussion of shared readings with workshop experimentation on digital projects to consider a range of questions. What do digital models reveal about scholarly definitions of historical research? How might digital praxis, the exploration of multimodal research objects, and new forms of scholarly communication change researchers’ thinking about early modern communicative practices? How can digital methodologies accommodate diverse communities and improve the politics of access? What might we learn about the scope of the archive as we consider early modern research in distributed, digital, and often data-driven contexts? Those working in early modern studies, archives, library science, and digital scholarship are welcome to apply.
  
Organizers: This weekend program is organized by four members of the Folger Institute’s Mellon-funded collaborative research project team, Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures. Project co-director David B. Goldstein (Associate Professor of English at York University) publishes on early modern foodways, including Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England, two co-edited essay collections (Culinary Shakespeare and Shakespeare and Hospitality), and two books of poetry. Jack Bouchard (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) is an historian of the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century north Atlantic fisheries, especially Newfoundland. In her research, Elisa Tersigni (Postdoctoral Digital Research Fellow) combines algorithmic analysis and analytical bibliography to study the language and literature of the English Reformation. Michael Walkden (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) explores links between digestion and emotion in early modern medicine and culture. They will be joined by project co-directors Amanda Herbert (Associate Director for Fellowships, Folger Institute) and Heather Wolfe (Curator of Manuscripts and Associate Librarian of Audience Development at the Folger Shakespeare Library).
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'''Organizers''': '''Margaret Simon '''is Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University. Her current book project—“Open Books: Multi-Materiality and the English Renaissance Codex”—demonstrates how the early modern codex collects and represents other text technologies—from scrolls to epigraphy to object-oriented posies—which fundamentally reshape the symbolic authority as well as the physical and conceptual borders of the early modern book. She has contributed to ''Debates in the Digital Humanities 2021: Institutions'', ''Infrastructures at the Interstices''. '''Christopher Warren''' is Associate Professor of English and, by courtesy, History at Carnegie Mellon University. His research spans digital humanities, early modern literature, print culture, and the history of political thought. He is author of the award-winning ''Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680'' and co-founder of Six Degrees of Francis Bacon. He is currently developing computer-assisted methods to identify clandestine early modern printers.
  
Schedule: Thursday afternoon through Saturday, 5 – 7 December 2019. An additional, optional night of lodging on Wednesday, 4 December may be funded for admitted participants.  
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'''Program''': '''Anupam Basu '''(Washington University in St. Louis) will deliver a plenary presentation on Thursday evening. Professor Basu is an assistant professor of English at Washington University in Saint Louis. An early-modernist working on print culture and drama, his work has increasingly succumbed to the seductions of scale as he develops techniques to make the entire EEBO-TCP corpus tractable for search and analysis. Anupam has used the data behind EarlyPrint to explore the standardization of English orthography and Spenser's archaism. He is currently working on a monograph on form and scale that asks how we might rethink literary forms through computational analysis. He has also published on the representation of poverty, vagrancy, and criminality in popular literature.
  
Apply: 3 September 2019 for admission and grants-in-aid. Funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation extends eligibility to graduate students regardless of affiliation. Ph.D. candidates will receive priority in admission.
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'''Schedule''': Thursday evening through Saturday, 22 – 24 April 2021. Following the Thursday evening plenary presentation, two days of seminar will mix discussion with hands-on experimentation with digital tools.
  
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'''Apply''': '''18 January 2021''' for admission and grants-in-aid. 
  
The Visual Art of Grammar: Iconographies of Language from Europe to the Americas
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'''[[John Locke and England’s Empire]]'''
Andrew Laird
 
Weekend Seminar at Brown University
 
  
Grammar was the cornerstone of Renaissance humanism. The design and decoration of manuscripts and books devoted to the discipline signaled its importance, while elaborate diagrams and allegorical illustrations gave a fuller impression of the vital role of grammar in education. Such visualizations could acquire deeper significance, given the connection in ancient Greek between gramma, “drawing” or “letter,” and grammatike, source of the Latin grammatica. Further depictions and emblems were devised by creole and native artists in the Americas, as missionary linguists applied the European art of grammar to the systematization of indigenous languages in the New World. This interdisciplinary seminar will welcome up to sixteen faculty and graduate student participants to consider the early modern iconography of grammar as a basis for exploring broader historical conceptions of the relation between language and the visual field. Participants will also have the opportunity to examine copies of relevant Renaissance texts from the John Hay Library as well as a number of grammars, artes (manuals), and vocabularies of American languages in the John Carter Brown Library.
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'''David Armitage'''
  
Director: Andrew Laird is John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Humanities at Brown University. His books include Powers of Expression, Expressions of Power (1999), The Epic of America (2006) and Antiquities and Classical Traditions in Latin America (2018). His most recent publications treat the relation of Latin to Amerindian languages, and the influence of European humanism on missionaries and native scholars in post-conquest Mexico. The seminar will be joined by Ahuvia Kahane (Trinity College Dublin).
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Weekend Seminar at the John Carter Brown Library
  
Schedule: Friday and Saturday, 1 – 2 November 2019
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''Sponsored by the Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought''
  
Apply: 3 September 2019 for admission and grants-in-aid.
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By the end of his life, John Locke (1632-1704) was one of the two or three best informed observers of England’s Atlantic empire. Early in his career, as a client of the Earl of Shaftesbury, he had been involved with the Bahamas, the Royal African Company, and the Carolina colony; towards its close, as secretary to the newly founded Board of Trade, he gained intimate knowledge of English labor and penal policy, the Irish economy, and the North American colonies from New York to Virginia. Throughout, he was engaged with slavery, property, Indigenous policy, agricultural improvement, gender and family relations, constitutionalism, expropriation, and migration, among other topics. Welcoming up to twelve participants, this seminar will examine the late seventeenth-century English empire through Locke’s eyes, using newly edited texts of his colonial writings alongside contemporary pamphlets, travel literature, and manuscript material drawn from the unique resources of the John Carter Brown Library. Participants will work together to determine what Locke knew and when, and how this knowledge shaped his writings, especially the ''Two Treatises of Government''.
  
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'''Director: David Armitage''' is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University. His books include ''The Ideological Origins of the British Empire'' (2000), ''Foundations of Modern International Thought'' (2013), and ''Civil Wars: A History in Ideas ''(2017). His edition of Locke’s colonial writings will appear in the Oxford University Press ''Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke''; he is now working on a global history of treaty-making and treaty-breaking since the early modern period.
  
Early Modern Iroquoia
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'''The John Carter Brown Library''', an independent research library established in 1846 and located since 1904 on the campus of Brown University, brings together a world-class collection of books, maps and manuscripts focusing on America – North and South – from the earliest decades of print to the middle of the nineteenth century. By preserving, expanding, and providing enhanced access to its world-renowned collection, the JCB inspires scholarship, stimulates innovative and creative engagement with its materials, and connects communities around the world to the history and culture of the early Americas.
Scott Manning Stevens
 
Spring Semester Seminar at Syracuse University
 
  
This seminar examines key areas of cultural difference between Native Americans and Europeans during the early modern period by focusing on their interactions in the Haudenosaunee homelands—sometimes referred to as Iroquoia. The five-nation confederacy—made up of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca peoples—reached the apex of its power during the course of the seventeenth century, simultaneous to its contact with French, Dutch, and English colonial endeavors. In their struggles for hegemony over North America, these same Europeans recorded their observations of the Haudenosaunee peoples with whom they interacted and in doing so produced as unusually rich archive focused on Haudenosaunee culture. During the seminar, participants will also attend to the continuing oral cultures that have preserved an Indigenous perspective on this same history and its legacy among the Haudenosaunee. An analysis of these two archives, written and oral, explores the profound cultural differences around notions of ecology, gender, and politics, not only for Euro-Iroquoian relations, but for those relations with other Indigenous nations encountered throughout the colonization and conquest of North America.
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'''Schedule: '''Friday and Saturday, 30 April – 1 May 2021.
  
Director: Scott Manning Stevens is Associate Professor of English and Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Syracuse University. A citizen of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, he works primarily on Native American cultures of the Northeast from the pre-colonial period to the present. In addition to many articles and book chapters, his recent publications include Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians (2015).
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'''Apply''': '''18 January 2021''' for admission and grants-in-aid. 
  
Schedule: Schedule: Fridays 1:30-5:00pm, 24 January through 17 April 2020, excluding 20 March.
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'''[[An Orientation to Research Methods and Agendas]]'''
  
Apply: 3 September 2019 for consortium grants-in-aid to support travel and lodging.
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'''Marcy North''', '''Claire M. L. Bourne''', and '''Whitney Trettien'''
  
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Summer Intensive Skills Course at Pennsylvania State University
  
Reimagining Andrew Marvell: The Poet at 400
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The best research is based on inquiry and allows for serendipity. A scholar needs to sharpen research questions and search skills simultaneously and with sensitivity to the ways questions and sources affect each other. The available evidence may invite a new thesis, require a revised approach, or even suggest a new field of exploration. This intensive week is not designed to advance participants’ individual research projects. Rather, it aims to cultivate the participants’ curiosity about primary resources by using exercises that engage their research interests. It is offered to help early-stage graduate students develop a set of research-oriented literacies as they explore Penn State’s special collections in ways that will be useful for navigating other collections. With the guidance of visiting faculty and curatorial staff from the Folger and Penn State Libraries, up to two dozen participants will examine bibliographical tools and their logics, hone their early modern book description skills, learn best practices for organizing and working with digital images, and improve their understanding of the cultural and technological histories of texts. Participants will ask reflexive questions about the nature of primary sources, the collections that house them, and the tools whereby one can access them.
Matthew Augustine and Giulio Pertile
 
Spring Weekend Colloquium at the University of St Andrews
 
  
This weekend colloquium brings together an international team of scholars to celebrate the approaching quatercentenary of Andrew Marvell’s birth. Its aims are twofold: to chart the advances in Marvell scholarship since the publication of landmark editions of Marvell’s poetry and prose at the start of the millennium; and to inaugurate a new century of Marvell studies, of fresh approaches and new contexts. Perhaps the most important contribution to the last anniversary conference on Marvell, in 1978, was made by Christopher Hill, who insisted on seeing politics as essential to Marvell’s writing. In this colloquium, we mean to build on the superb historical scholarship that has emerged since then by seeking an even broader, more elastic concept of the political. At the same time, in asking what comes “after” politics, this colloquium also calls for renewed attention to Marvell’s verse in the context of recent work on the relationship between literature and the environment, affect, and cognition. The strong tradition of editing and archival research which surrounds Marvell serves to remind us that all such inquiry is conditioned by the materiality of reading, writing, and reception.
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'''Organizers''': '''Marcy North''' is Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University and author of ''The Anonymous Renaissance ''and numerous articles on early print, manuscript, and women’s writings. She has directed a previous Folger seminar and participated in the Folger's ''Teaching Paleography ''and ''Advanced Paleography ''workshops. She is finishing a book on the intersection of labor and taste in the production of post-print manuscripts. '''Claire M. L. Bourne''' is Assistant Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of ''Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England'' (forthcoming), which was supported by a long-term Folger fellowship, and is currently editing 1 ''Henry the Sixth'' for the Arden Shakespeare (4th series). '''Whitney Trettien''' teaches digital humanities and book history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is Assistant Professor of English. She is the author of ''Cut/Copy/Paste'', a hybrid monograph on digital book history currently being staged on Manifold Scholarship through University of Minnesota Press.
  
Organizers: Matthew Augustine and Giulio Pertile are Senior Lecturer and Lecturer, respectively, in the School of English at the University of St Andrews.
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'''Schedule''': Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 31 May – 54 June 2021.
  
Invited speakers: Martin Dzelzainis (University of Leicester); James Loxley (University of Edinburgh); Nicholas McDowell (University of Exeter); Victoria Moul (University College London); David Norbrook (University of Oxford); Tessie Prakas (Scripps College); Joanna Picciotto (University of California, Berkeley); Diane Purkiss (University of Oxford); Jacqueline Rose (University of St Andrews); Nigel Smith (Princeton University); Noël Sugimura (University of Oxford); Gordon Teskey (Harvard University); Esther van Raamsdonk (Queen Mary University of London); Nicholas von Maltzahn (University of Ottawa); and Steven N. Zwicker (Washington University, St Louis).
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'''Apply''': '''2 March 2021 '''for admission and grants-in-aid. This skills course is intended for students in the early years of graduate work. In addition to following the general application guidelines, applicants for this course should describe a research question, the motivating reason to look to primary sources to answer this question, and any previous experience with early modern materials. If a participant is able to arrange for one graduate credit on the home campus under the direction of an on-campus advisor, the Institute will certify participation. 
  
Schedule: Thursday through Saturday, 7 – 9 May 2020
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'''[[Introduction to English Paleography]]'''
  
Apply: 13 January 2020 for Folger Institute consortium grants-in-aid.
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'''Heather Wolfe'''
  
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Weeklong Skills Course at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  
An Orientation to Research Methods and Agendas
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This weeklong course provides an intensive introduction to handwriting in early modern England, with a particular emphasis on the English secretary hand of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Working from digitized manuscripts in the Folger collection and manuscripts from the Center for Renaissance Studies, up to fifteen participants will be trained in the accurate reading and transcription of secretary, italic, and mixed hands. They will also experiment with contemporary writing materials (quills, iron gall ink, and paper); learn the terminology for describing and comparing letterforms; and become skillful decipherers of abbreviations, numbers, and dates. All transcriptions made by participants will become part of the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) corpus.
Marcy North, Claire M. L. Bourne, and Whitney Trettien
 
Summer Intensive Skills Course at Pennsylvania State University
 
  
The best research is based on inquiry and allows for serendipity. A scholar needs to sharpen research questions and search skills simultaneously and with sensitivity to the ways questions and sources affect each other. The available evidence may invite a new thesis, require a revised approach, or even suggest a new field of exploration. This intensive week is not designed to advance participants’ individual research projects. Rather, it aims to cultivate the participants’ curiosity about primary resources by using exercises that engage their research interests. It is offered to help early-stage graduate students develop a set of research-oriented literacies as they explore Penn State’s special collections in ways that will be useful for navigating other collections. With the guidance of visiting faculty and curatorial staff from the Folger and Penn State Libraries, up to two dozen participants will examine bibliographical tools and their logics, hone their early modern book description skills, learn best practices for organizing and working with digital images, and improve their understanding of the cultural and technological histories of texts. Participants will ask reflexive questions about the nature of primary sources, the collections that house them, and the tools whereby one can access them.
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'''Director''': '''Heather Wolfe''' is Curator of Manuscripts and Associate Librarian of Audience Development at the Folger Shakespeare Library, co-director of the multi-year research project ''Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures'', and principal investigator of [[:File:///C:/Users/owilliams/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary Internet Files/Content.Outlook/H2SSL3LQ/emmo.folger.edu|Early Modern Manuscripts Online]]. Author of numerous articles on early modern manuscripts, she has edited ''The Literary Career and Legacy of Elizabeth Cary, 1613–1680'' (2007), ''The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608: A Facsimile Edition of Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.b.232 ''(2007), ''Letterwriting in Renaissance England ''(2004) (with Alan Stewart), and ''Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland: Life and Letters'' (2001). Her current research explores the social circulation of writing paper and blank books and Shakespeare’s coat of arms. 
  
Organizers: Marcy North is Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University and author of The Anonymous Renaissance and numerous articles on early print, manuscript, and women’s writings. She has directed a previous Folger seminar and participated in the Folger's Teaching Paleography and Advanced Paleography workshops. She is finishing a book on the intersection of labor and taste in the production of post-print manuscripts. Claire M. L. Bourne is Assistant Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England (forthcoming), which was supported by a long-term Folger fellowship, and is currently editing 1 Henry the Sixth for the Arden Shakespeare (4th series). Whitney Trettien teaches digital humanities and book history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is Assistant Professor of English. She is the author of Cut/Copy/Paste, a hybrid monograph on digital book history currently being staged on Manifold Scholarship through University of Minnesota Press.
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'''Schedule''': Monday through Friday, 17-21 May 2021
  
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 1 – 5 June 2020.
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'''Apply''': 18 January 2021 for admission and grants-in-aid. Mellon Foundation support extends eligibility to all North American scholars. 
  
Apply: 2 March 2020 for admission and grants-in-aid. This skills course is intended for students in the early years of graduate work. In addition to following the general application guidelines, applicants for this course should describe a research question, the motivating reason to look to primary sources to answer this question, and any previous experience with early modern materials. If a participant is able to arrange for one graduate credit on the home campus under the direction of an on-campus advisor, the Institute will certify participation.
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'''[[Making Meaning: Hands-on Basic Paleography and Book Production]]'''
  
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'''Margaret J.M. Ezell''' and '''Kevin M. O’Sullivan'''
  
Making Meaning: Hands-on Basic Paleography and Book Production
 
Margaret J.M. Ezell and Kevin M. O’Sullivan
 
 
Summer Intensive Skills Course at Texas A&M University
 
Summer Intensive Skills Course at Texas A&M University
  
 
Integrating traditional seminar-based discussion with experiential inquiry, this course will investigate the physical means of knowledge production during the early modern period. Daily lab sessions concentrating on historical book production will include hands-on exercises in allied trades such as typecasting, papermaking, ink-making, typesetting, and hand-press printing. In addition to this print-oriented praxis, participants will also experience manuscript production through experimentation with contemporary writing materials such as goose quills and iron gall ink as part of their paleography work. Throughout the week, guided discussions of assigned theoretical readings will synthesize issues raised by the hands-on practice within a wider theoretical framework on media intersections. The course will seek to demonstrate the ways technologies of textual production drove meaning-making in the early modern period and foster an understanding of the rich interrelations between the manuscript tradition and renaissance printing. Equipped with these skills, participants will be able not only to read and analyze the texts, but to locate their place in the larger context of early modern written culture.
 
Integrating traditional seminar-based discussion with experiential inquiry, this course will investigate the physical means of knowledge production during the early modern period. Daily lab sessions concentrating on historical book production will include hands-on exercises in allied trades such as typecasting, papermaking, ink-making, typesetting, and hand-press printing. In addition to this print-oriented praxis, participants will also experience manuscript production through experimentation with contemporary writing materials such as goose quills and iron gall ink as part of their paleography work. Throughout the week, guided discussions of assigned theoretical readings will synthesize issues raised by the hands-on practice within a wider theoretical framework on media intersections. The course will seek to demonstrate the ways technologies of textual production drove meaning-making in the early modern period and foster an understanding of the rich interrelations between the manuscript tradition and renaissance printing. Equipped with these skills, participants will be able not only to read and analyze the texts, but to locate their place in the larger context of early modern written culture.
  
Directors: Margaret J.M. Ezell is Distinguished Professor of English and the John and Sara H. Lindsey Chair of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. In her most recent work, the Oxford English Literary History, Volume V: 1645-1714, the Later Seventeenth Century, she offers an alternative model of literary history exploring how oral traditions, handwritten manuscript practices, and print media intersected and influenced each other. Kevin M. O’Sullivan is Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts for the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives at Texas A&M University, where he also serves as the Director of the Book History Workshop. He is a founding partner of the 3Dhotbed Project, a collaborative digital humanities effort that seeks to enhance book history instruction through 3D technologies. They will be joined by Heather Wolfe (Curator of Manuscripts and Associate Librarian of Audience Development at the Folger Shakespeare Library).
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'''Directors: Margaret J.M. Ezell''' is Distinguished Professor of English and the John and Sara H. Lindsey Chair of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. In her most recent work, the ''Oxford English Literary History, Volume V:  1645-1714, the Later Seventeenth Century'', she offers an alternative model of literary history exploring how oral traditions, handwritten manuscript practices, and print media intersected and influenced each other. '''Kevin M. O’Sullivan''' is Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts for the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives at Texas A&M University, where he also serves as the Director of the Book History Workshop. He is a founding partner of the 3Dhotbed Project, a collaborative digital humanities effort that seeks to enhance book history instruction through 3D technologies. They will be joined by '''Heather Wolfe''' (Curator of Manuscripts and Associate Librarian of Audience Development at the Folger Shakespeare Library).
  
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 13 17 July 2020.
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'''Schedule''': Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 12 16 July 2021.
  
Apply: 2 March 2020 for admission and grants-in-aid.
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Revision as of 10:43, 27 May 2020

Revised schedule as of May 27, 2020

This article lists the programming of the Folger Institute for the 2020–2021 academic year. For more past programming, please see the article Folger Institute scholarly programs archive.

The Global Atlantic

Philip Morgan and François Furstenberg

Yearlong Colloquium at the Johns Hopkins University

This monthly colloquium takes stock of the field of Atlantic History in order to assess where the current strengths of the scholarship lie and to map future directions for research. It seeks to critically explore the relationship between the Atlantic and Global frameworks that have structured so much historical research and production. In a world increasingly concerned with the political limits of globalization and its economic and environmental costs, Atlantic history offers an opportunity, as an analytic paradigm, to contend precisely with the historical roots of this sharp increase in modern interconnectedness. The colloquium will meet four times per semester in the 2020-2021 academic year, and it will explore various topics of recent scholarship, including the Atlantic environment, Indigenous confrontations within the Atlantic world, the “Plantationocene,” materialities, cartography and book history, archives, and thinking beyond the Atlantic. In addition to presentations, reading, and discussion, the workshopping of seminar participants’ scholarship will be a central focus of the monthly meetings.

DirectorsPhilip Morgan, Harry C. Black Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University, focuses particularly on slavery in North America, but his scholarship also ranges widely across many aspects of the Atlantic World. He is currently at work on a history of the Caribbean and Wider World, c. 1450 to 1850. François Furstenberg focuses on early American history and the Atlantic World. Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University, he is currently at work on projects related to U.S. expansion in the Early Republic, and on the historical writing of Frederick Jackson Turner. 

Invited Speakers: An opening roundtable will include Alison Games (Georgetown University) and Neil Safier (The John Carter Brown Library). Confirmed speakers include: Sam White (The Ohio State University) and John McNeil (Georgetown University) on the Atlantic Environment; Barbara Mundy (Fordham University) on Indigenous Confrontations with the Atlantic; Pablo Gomez (University of Wisconsin) on the “Plantationocene”; Marcy Norton (University of Pennsylvania) on Materialities; Surekha Davies (University of Utrecht) and Earle Havens (the Johns Hopkins University) on Cartography and Book History; Byron Hamann (The Ohio State University) on Archives; and Matt Matsuda (Rutgers University) on thinking Beyond the Atlantic.

Schedule: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 18 September, 16 October, 13 November, 11 December 2020; 12 February, 12 March, 15 – 16 April, and 14 May 2021

Apply8 July 2020 for admission and grants-in-aid (extended from 8 June 2020). 

Researching the Archive

Joyce E. Chaplin and Julie Crawford

Dissertation Seminar

This program focuses on the use of primary materials available for the study of the history, culture, society, and literature of early modern Britain, Europe, and the Atlantic World, broadly conceived. During the two scheduled sessions, participants will explore a variety of printed and manuscript sources relevant to both English and History Ph.D. candidates, and they will learn (with the assistance of staff at the host university libraries) essential research skills. The goal throughout will be to foster interdisciplinary scholarship while considering broad methodological and theoretical problems relevant to current work in early modern studies. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed course work and preliminary exams; they should be preparing a prospectus or beginning to write chapters and be ready to make significant use of archival and special collections as part of their visits. Applicants should consult with their dissertation directors before applying to ensure that their work is at a stage that would benefit from the seminar, and their directors should certify that this is the case in their recommendation letters. Those whose dissertations are substantially complete will not be competitive applicants.

DirectorsJoyce E. Chaplin is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. A former Fulbright Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, she has published five monographs, one co-authored book, and two Norton Critical Editions. She did research for her second book, Subject Matter: Technology, the Body, and Science on the Anglo-American Frontier, 1500-1676 (2001), at the Folger. Julie Crawford is the Mark van Doren Professor of Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Marvelous Protestantism (2004), Mediatrix (2014), and numerous essays on authors ranging from Shakespeare to Anne Clifford and on topics ranging from the history of reading to the history of sexuality. In 2016 she taught a Folger Seminar on Cavendish and Hutchinson, and she is currently completing a book manuscript entitled “Margaret Cavendish’s Political Career."

Schedule: Thursday afternoon, Friday, and Saturday, 17 – 19 September 2020 and 22 – 24 April 2021 at Columbia University and Harvard University respectively, with several interim meetings to be scheduled virtually.

Apply8 July 2020 for admission and grants-in-aid (extended from 8 June 2020). Only Folger Institute consortium affiliates may apply. 

Food and the Book: 1300-1800

Organized by David B. GoldsteinAllen James Grieco, and Sarah Peters Kernan

Conference at the Newberry Library

Co-sponsored by the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library and the Folger Institute’s collaborative research project, Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The growing, preparation, tasting, and eating of food are bodily phenomena. To gain access to them through the distances of history, we must turn to words and images. This interdisciplinary conference examines the book as a primary intersection for foodways throughout the early modern world. The language and imagery of food emerge in all manner of books, including recipe manuscripts, literature, historical documents, religious writings, medical treatises, and engravings, not to mention in marginal stains and other chance material encounters. The convened speakers will explore how food interacts with books as physical objects as well as mental ones. They will examine books as ways of studying food and its representations in historical perspective, especially those of marginalized and underprivileged people; and as instances of metaphorical food and sustenance in themselves. The conference will also host collaborations between scholars, food writers, and chefs, resulting in cooking experiments and discussions of current food issues that will help reinvigorate questions about early modern cuisine for a contemporary world.

OrganizersDavid B. Goldstein is a co-director of the Before Farm to Table project and Associate Professor of English at York University in Toronto. His publications include Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England (2013), which shared the Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award, and two co-edited essay collections—Culinary Shakespeare (with Amy Tigner, 2016) and Shakespeare and Hospitality (with Julia Reinhard Lupton, 2016). Allen J. Grieco is Senior Research Associate Emeritus at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies). He has published extensively on the cultural history of food in Italy from the 14th to the 16th centuries including a recent volume on Food, Social Politics and the Order of the World in Renaissance Italy (2019). He is both co-editor in chief of the journal Food & History (Brepols) and Series Editor of Food Culture, Food History (13th-19thcenturies) (Amsterdam University Press). Sarah Peters Kernan PhD is an independent culinary historian based in Chicago. Her research focuses on cookbooks and culinary activity in medieval and early modern England. She is an editor of The Recipes Project and a Corresponding Member of the journal Food & History. She regularly collaborates with The Newberry Library on teaching and digital learning projects and has also worked with organizations including The Met Cloisters and the Culinary Historians of Chicago.

Schedule: Thursday through Saturday, 1 – 3 October 2020.

Apply8 July 2020 (extended from 8 June 2020). Graduate students with relevant research projects are encouraged to apply to participate in a lightning-talk session. Those selected and additional conference-goers will receive funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the consortia of the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies and the Folger Institute. Visit the website for more information. 

Neighborhood, Community, and Place in Early Modern London

Christopher Highley and Alan Farmer

Online Seminar in partnership with The Ohio State University

This interdisciplinary seminar invites scholars working on the metropolis of London from roughly 1450 through 1750 to reflect on existing scholarship and to explore how new approaches might enrich and deepen our understanding of key concepts like “neighborhood,” “community,” and “place.” Drawing on online resources like the Map of Early Modern London (MoEML), the seminar plans to combine case studies of particular spaces and places—including parishes and streets, as well as bookstores, printing houses, company halls, prisons, and others suggested by participants—with discussions of methodology. The goal is to open up a number of theoretical questions with examples drawn from current research: What do literary and social historians mean by neighborhood and community? Are neighborhoods defined solely by official territorial subdivisions like parishes, precincts, and wards, or are they more elastic, improvised, imagined, and performed? And what is the relation between neighborhood and community in early modern London? Is the latter always tied to a particular place or is it a non-spatialized construct?

DirectorsChristopher Highley teaches in the English department and directs the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Ohio State University.  He is finishing a book called Blackfriars: Theater, Church, and Neighborhood in Early Modern London, and leading a parish project for 'The Map of Early Modern London.' Alan B. Farmer is an Associate Professor of English at the Ohio State University. He has published extensively on the publication of early modern playbooks. He is the co-editor, with Adam Zucker, of Localizing Caroline Drama: Politics and Economics of the Early Modern English Stage, 1625–1642 (2006), and the co-creator, with Zachary Lesser, of DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks. His current book project is on popularity in the early modern English book trade and includes an investigation of the cultural geography of bookselling in early modern London.

Schedule: Friday and Saturday, 2 – 3 October 2020

The seminar will be conducted via Zoom. Participants will be asked to pre-circulate short papers that will form the basis of small group discussions.  We anticipate scheduling four hour-long discussion sessions over two days. The seminar will conclude with a general discussion that will also be open to a wider audience.

Apply8 July 2020 for admission and grants-in-aid (extended from 8 June 2020). 

Shakespeare in Prisons

Peter HollandScott Jackson, and Curt Tofteland

Fall Conference at the University of Notre Dame

Building on three previous iterations, this conference gathers theatre arts practitioners, researchers, and scholars who are currently engaged with or interested in programs for incarcerated (and post-incarcerated) populations. Designed to stimulate discussion through speakers, performances, and workshop sessions offering case studies and best practices within the Shakespeare Behind Bars movement, this conference considers a number of questions: What is the nature of Shakespeare’s exploration of prisons, prisoners, and the post-incarcerated, and how might Shakespeare speak to the realities of prison life in the United States and the experiences of returning citizens today? What are the possibilities for academic research on this work and its implications for future directions in Shakespeare studies, and how might that research intersect with, for instance, work on gender and sexuality, disability, childhood, and educational practices and pedagogies? Scholars and practitioners who are interested in sharing their experiences or learning how one works with Shakespeare and incarcerated populations are welcome to attend.

OrganizersPeter Holland is McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He was editor of Shakespeare Survey for 19 years and co-editor of the Oxford Shakespeare Topics and Great Shakespeareans seriesHis edition of Coriolanus for the Arden Shakespeare 3rd series appeared in 2013. He is a General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare 4th series and currently finishing a book on Shakespeare and ForgettingScott Jackson has served as the Mary Irene Ryan Family Executive Director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame since the position was created in 2007. A believer in the power of the theatre arts to effect positive social change, he is a co-founder of the Shakespeare in Prisons Network and teaches a weekly Shakespeare in performance course at the Westville Correctional Facility. Curt L. Tofteland is the Founder of the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Behind Bars program, now in its 25th year of continuous operation. SBB is the subject of award-winning documentary by Philomath Films. Curt was the Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival from 1989-2008. During his twenty-year tenure, he produced fifty Shakespeare productions, directed twenty-five, and acted in eight. As a professional director and an Equity actor, he has 200+ professional productions to his credit. Additionally, he has presented 400+ performances of his one man show Shakespeare’s Clownes: A Foole’s Guide to Shakespeare.

Schedule: Following a preconference practicum on 21 – 22 October that is designed to enhance practitioner skills, the conference will convene all day Friday and Saturday, 23 – 24 October 2020.

Apply8 July 2020 for consortium grants-in-aid to support travel and lodging to attend the conference (extended from 8 June 2020). Those who wish to be considered for funding to participate in the two-day preconference practicum should indicate this in their application materials.

Register: Information coming soon. 

Early Modern Intersections in the American South

Heather M. Kopelson, Jenny Shaw, and Cassander L. Smith

Spring Symposium at the University of Alabama

What is “early modern” about the region we now call the American South? Historically, we point to the rise of plantation cultures and then Indian Removal policies and the American Civil War as formative in the development of this region in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This symposium, however, will offer participants the opportunity to consider the early modern contours of the American South by re-thinking its temporal and geographical boundaries. Specifically, the symposium will explore the multiple meanings of the American South through the prisms of race, slavery, and indigeneity in the centuries surrounding the arrival of Europeans and Africans in the Americas. Invited speakers will ask how the interactions of people from four continents shaped culture and history in this region and beyond. Session topics include: geography, temporality, race, slavery, indigeneity, and migration/displacement. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to tour the award-winning Native American Moundville Archaeological site and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery. A closing reception will be held at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

OrganizersHeather M. Kopelson is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama and is also affiliated with the Gender and Race Studies Department. She is the author of Faithful Bodies: Performing Race and Religion in the Puritan Atlantic (2014) and is currently writing a book with the working title, “Speaking Objects: Indigenous Women and the Materials of Dance in the Americas, 1500-1700.” Jenny Shaw is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama. Her research focuses on race, enslavement, and colonization in the English Atlantic. The author of Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean: Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference, she is completing a serial biography of five women who bore children with the same Barbados planter. Cassander L. Smith is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama. She is the author of Black Africans in the British Imagination: English Narratives of the Early Atlantic World (2016).  Currently, she is wrapping up a book about respectability politics and an early modern black Atlantic.

Invited Speakers: A Thursday keynote presentation by Robbie Ethridge, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi, will be followed by two days of sessions led by the following speakers: Nicole Aljoe (Northeastern University), Eric Gary Anderson (George Mason University), Herman Bennett (CUNY Graduate Center), Allison Bigelow (University of Virginia), Alejandra Dubcovsky (University of California, Riverside), Elizabeth Ellis (New York University), Barbara Fuchs (UCLA), Miles Grier (CUNY Queens College), Nicholas Jones (Bucknell University), Malinda Maynor Lowery (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Caroline Wigginton (University of Mississippi), and Ashley Williard (University of South Carolina).

Schedule: Thursday evening through Saturday, 18 – 20 February 2021.

Apply8 September 2020 for admission and grants-in-aid. 

New Research and Performance Directions in Premodern Disability Studies

Allison P. Hobgood and Sheila T. Cavanagh

Spring Weekend Seminar at Emory University

Centering intersectional approaches, transnational sensibilities, and radical pedagogies, this seminar will bring together teacher-scholars working on disability studies from both textual and performance-based perspectives. It will build on established work in medieval and early modern disability studies to consider new avenues of inquiry, cultural histories, performative possibilities, and theoretical modalities. What do practitioners learn when premodern disability studies intersects with critical race studies, queer theory, and other minoritarian analytics? What can be discovered about the embodied materiality of these theoretical interventions when exploring how disabled actors and audiences, in the past and present, engage with premodern drama and literature? In collaboration with Emory University and its Stuart Rose Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library, participants in this seminar will have opportunities to hear from leading experts in disability studies, explore new archives, and dynamically dialogue as they investigate how writers, texts, performers, and performances have—then and now—understood, experienced, and responded to bodymind difference.

DirectorsAllison P. Hobgood is Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Willamette University. Her publications include Recovering Disability in Early Modern England (2013), a special issue of Pedagogy (2015) on disability pedagogies, and essays in Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare (2019), The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability (2017), and Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Body (2015). Sheila T. Cavanagh is Professor of English at Emory University and Director of the World Shakespeare Project. She served as Fulbright Global Shakespeare Centre Distinguished Chair and as Director of Emory’s Year of Shakespeare. Author of books on Spenser and Lady Mary Wroth, she has published widely on international Shakespeare, pedagogy; and accessibility in Shakespearean teaching and performance.

Schedule: Thursday evening through Saturday, 4 – 6 March 2021.

Apply18 January 2021 for admission and grants-in-aid. 

Reading Scotland before 1707

Margaret ConnollyRhiannon PurdieJane Pettegree, and Harriet Archer

Spring Symposium at the University of St Andrews

The early modern period in Scotland was a time of extraordinary cultural ferment, creativity, and transformation. This symposium will consider vital questions of Scotland’s history and culture from the late fifteenth century through the unions of the crowns (1603) and parliaments (1707), regarding both Scotland’s relationship with England and its place in relation to Europe and the European Renaissance. How did Scotland negotiate its own complex heritage—its distinctive history, languages, and political institutions—in an era when it was assuming greater prominence on the European stage? The symposium will explore how far issues and themes that have dominated the wider field of early modern studies in recent years are applicable to Scotland. These include: the nature and extent of political power; constructions of nation, identity, race, and gender in early modern society; the social performance of these identities through the spoken word, drama, and music; the transition from manuscript to print; the presence and force of the classics and classical literature; the status of the vernacular as a literary language; and notions of periodization.

Organizers: Dr Margaret Connolly is Senior Lecturer in English and History at the University of St Andrews and Director of the St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies. Her publications include Sixteenth-Century Readers, Fifteenth-Century Books: Continuities of Reading in the English Reformation (2019), and John Shirley: Book Production and the Noble Household in Fifteenth-Century England (1998). Professor Rhiannon Purdie is Professor of English and Older Scots at the University of St Andrews. She is the Editorial Secretary for the Scottish Text Society and a trustee of the Scottish Medievalists. Recent publications include Six Scottish Courtly and Chivalric Poems (with Emily Wingfield)an edition of Shorter Scottish Medieval Romances, and articles on late medieval Scots literature, medieval romance, and Chaucer. Dr Jane Pettegree is Head of Curriculum at the University of St Andrews Music Centre, where she teaches ethnomusicology and the connections between words, music and drama. Author of Foreign and Native on the English Stage, 1588–1611: Metaphor and National Identity (2011), her recent activity has included re-enactive use of masques and early opera in public research engagement. Dr Harriet Archer is Lecturer in Early Modern English Literature at the University of St Andrews. She is currently working on intersections between imaginative historiography, discourses of political advice, and the environmental humanities. She is the author of Unperfect Histories: The Mirror for Magistrates, 1559-1610 (Oxford UP, 2017), and co-editor with Paul Frazer of Norton and Sackville’s Gorboduc (Manchester Revels, forthcoming).

Invited Speakers: Plenary presentations from Sally Mapstone (University of St Andrews) and Michael Brown (University of St Andrews) on Friday evening will be followed by two days of sessions. Invited speakers include: Sarah Carpenter (University of Edinburgh), Elizabeth Ewan (University of Guelph), Lorna Hutson (University of Oxford), John McGavin (University of Southampton), Roger Mason (University of St Andrews), Elaine Moohan (Open University), David J. Parkinson (University of Saskatchewan), Alessandra Petrina (Università degli Studi di Padova), Andrew Pettegree (University of St Andrews), Beth Quitslund (Ohio University), Jamie Reid Baxter (University of Glasgow), Nicola Royan (University of Nottingham), Helen Vincent (National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh), Emily Wingfield (University of Birmingham), and Georgianna Ziegler (Folger Shakespeare Library).

Schedule: Friday evening through Sunday, 27 – 28 March 2021.

Apply8 September 2020 for admission and grants-in-aid. 

Out of the Archive: Digital Projects as Early Modern Research Objects

Margaret Simon and Christopher Warren, with Christopher Crosbie

Spring Weekend Seminar at North Carolina State University

How do the digital humanities reconfigure our sense of “the archive?” As instantiations of humanistic inquiry during a period of rapid technological change, digital artifacts become research objects in their own right. Digital projects continually reshape our modes of accessing traditional archival objects and the very questions we ask of them. Supported by North Carolina State’s extensive digital technologies infrastructure, this seminar will combine discussion of shared readings with workshop experimentation on digital projects to consider a range of questions. What do digital models reveal about scholarly definitions of historical research? How might digital praxis, the exploration of multimodal research objects, and new forms of scholarly communication change researchers’ thinking about early modern communicative practices? How can digital methodologies accommodate diverse communities and improve the politics of access? What might we learn about the scope of the archive as we consider early modern research in distributed, digital, and often data-driven contexts? Those working in early modern studies, archives, library science, and digital scholarship are welcome to apply.

OrganizersMargaret Simon is Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University. Her current book project—“Open Books: Multi-Materiality and the English Renaissance Codex”—demonstrates how the early modern codex collects and represents other text technologies—from scrolls to epigraphy to object-oriented posies—which fundamentally reshape the symbolic authority as well as the physical and conceptual borders of the early modern book. She has contributed to Debates in the Digital Humanities 2021: InstitutionsInfrastructures at the IntersticesChristopher Warren is Associate Professor of English and, by courtesy, History at Carnegie Mellon University. His research spans digital humanities, early modern literature, print culture, and the history of political thought. He is author of the award-winning Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680 and co-founder of Six Degrees of Francis Bacon. He is currently developing computer-assisted methods to identify clandestine early modern printers.

ProgramAnupam Basu (Washington University in St. Louis) will deliver a plenary presentation on Thursday evening. Professor Basu is an assistant professor of English at Washington University in Saint Louis. An early-modernist working on print culture and drama, his work has increasingly succumbed to the seductions of scale as he develops techniques to make the entire EEBO-TCP corpus tractable for search and analysis. Anupam has used the data behind EarlyPrint to explore the standardization of English orthography and Spenser's archaism. He is currently working on a monograph on form and scale that asks how we might rethink literary forms through computational analysis. He has also published on the representation of poverty, vagrancy, and criminality in popular literature.

Schedule: Thursday evening through Saturday, 22 – 24 April 2021. Following the Thursday evening plenary presentation, two days of seminar will mix discussion with hands-on experimentation with digital tools.

Apply18 January 2021 for admission and grants-in-aid. 

John Locke and England’s Empire

David Armitage

Weekend Seminar at the John Carter Brown Library

Sponsored by the Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought

By the end of his life, John Locke (1632-1704) was one of the two or three best informed observers of England’s Atlantic empire. Early in his career, as a client of the Earl of Shaftesbury, he had been involved with the Bahamas, the Royal African Company, and the Carolina colony; towards its close, as secretary to the newly founded Board of Trade, he gained intimate knowledge of English labor and penal policy, the Irish economy, and the North American colonies from New York to Virginia. Throughout, he was engaged with slavery, property, Indigenous policy, agricultural improvement, gender and family relations, constitutionalism, expropriation, and migration, among other topics. Welcoming up to twelve participants, this seminar will examine the late seventeenth-century English empire through Locke’s eyes, using newly edited texts of his colonial writings alongside contemporary pamphlets, travel literature, and manuscript material drawn from the unique resources of the John Carter Brown Library. Participants will work together to determine what Locke knew and when, and how this knowledge shaped his writings, especially the Two Treatises of Government.

Director: David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University. His books include The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (2000), Foundations of Modern International Thought (2013), and Civil Wars: A History in Ideas (2017). His edition of Locke’s colonial writings will appear in the Oxford University Press Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke; he is now working on a global history of treaty-making and treaty-breaking since the early modern period.

The John Carter Brown Library, an independent research library established in 1846 and located since 1904 on the campus of Brown University, brings together a world-class collection of books, maps and manuscripts focusing on America – North and South – from the earliest decades of print to the middle of the nineteenth century. By preserving, expanding, and providing enhanced access to its world-renowned collection, the JCB inspires scholarship, stimulates innovative and creative engagement with its materials, and connects communities around the world to the history and culture of the early Americas.

Schedule: Friday and Saturday, 30 April – 1 May 2021.

Apply18 January 2021 for admission and grants-in-aid. 

An Orientation to Research Methods and Agendas

Marcy NorthClaire M. L. Bourne, and Whitney Trettien

Summer Intensive Skills Course at Pennsylvania State University

The best research is based on inquiry and allows for serendipity. A scholar needs to sharpen research questions and search skills simultaneously and with sensitivity to the ways questions and sources affect each other. The available evidence may invite a new thesis, require a revised approach, or even suggest a new field of exploration. This intensive week is not designed to advance participants’ individual research projects. Rather, it aims to cultivate the participants’ curiosity about primary resources by using exercises that engage their research interests. It is offered to help early-stage graduate students develop a set of research-oriented literacies as they explore Penn State’s special collections in ways that will be useful for navigating other collections. With the guidance of visiting faculty and curatorial staff from the Folger and Penn State Libraries, up to two dozen participants will examine bibliographical tools and their logics, hone their early modern book description skills, learn best practices for organizing and working with digital images, and improve their understanding of the cultural and technological histories of texts. Participants will ask reflexive questions about the nature of primary sources, the collections that house them, and the tools whereby one can access them.

OrganizersMarcy North is Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University and author of The Anonymous Renaissance and numerous articles on early print, manuscript, and women’s writings. She has directed a previous Folger seminar and participated in the Folger's Teaching Paleography and Advanced Paleography workshops. She is finishing a book on the intersection of labor and taste in the production of post-print manuscripts. Claire M. L. Bourne is Assistant Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England (forthcoming), which was supported by a long-term Folger fellowship, and is currently editing 1 Henry the Sixth for the Arden Shakespeare (4th series). Whitney Trettien teaches digital humanities and book history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is Assistant Professor of English. She is the author of Cut/Copy/Paste, a hybrid monograph on digital book history currently being staged on Manifold Scholarship through University of Minnesota Press.

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 31 May – 54 June 2021.

Apply2 March 2021 for admission and grants-in-aid. This skills course is intended for students in the early years of graduate work. In addition to following the general application guidelines, applicants for this course should describe a research question, the motivating reason to look to primary sources to answer this question, and any previous experience with early modern materials. If a participant is able to arrange for one graduate credit on the home campus under the direction of an on-campus advisor, the Institute will certify participation. 

Introduction to English Paleography

Heather Wolfe

Weeklong Skills Course at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

This weeklong course provides an intensive introduction to handwriting in early modern England, with a particular emphasis on the English secretary hand of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Working from digitized manuscripts in the Folger collection and manuscripts from the Center for Renaissance Studies, up to fifteen participants will be trained in the accurate reading and transcription of secretary, italic, and mixed hands. They will also experiment with contemporary writing materials (quills, iron gall ink, and paper); learn the terminology for describing and comparing letterforms; and become skillful decipherers of abbreviations, numbers, and dates. All transcriptions made by participants will become part of the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) corpus.

DirectorHeather Wolfe is Curator of Manuscripts and Associate Librarian of Audience Development at the Folger Shakespeare Library, co-director of the multi-year research project Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, and principal investigator of Early Modern Manuscripts Online. Author of numerous articles on early modern manuscripts, she has edited The Literary Career and Legacy of Elizabeth Cary, 1613–1680 (2007), The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608: A Facsimile Edition of Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.b.232 (2007), Letterwriting in Renaissance England (2004) (with Alan Stewart), and Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland: Life and Letters (2001). Her current research explores the social circulation of writing paper and blank books and Shakespeare’s coat of arms. 

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 17-21 May 2021

Apply: 18 January 2021 for admission and grants-in-aid. Mellon Foundation support extends eligibility to all North American scholars. 

Making Meaning: Hands-on Basic Paleography and Book Production

Margaret J.M. Ezell and Kevin M. O’Sullivan

Summer Intensive Skills Course at Texas A&M University

Integrating traditional seminar-based discussion with experiential inquiry, this course will investigate the physical means of knowledge production during the early modern period. Daily lab sessions concentrating on historical book production will include hands-on exercises in allied trades such as typecasting, papermaking, ink-making, typesetting, and hand-press printing. In addition to this print-oriented praxis, participants will also experience manuscript production through experimentation with contemporary writing materials such as goose quills and iron gall ink as part of their paleography work. Throughout the week, guided discussions of assigned theoretical readings will synthesize issues raised by the hands-on practice within a wider theoretical framework on media intersections. The course will seek to demonstrate the ways technologies of textual production drove meaning-making in the early modern period and foster an understanding of the rich interrelations between the manuscript tradition and renaissance printing. Equipped with these skills, participants will be able not only to read and analyze the texts, but to locate their place in the larger context of early modern written culture.

Directors: Margaret J.M. Ezell is Distinguished Professor of English and the John and Sara H. Lindsey Chair of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. In her most recent work, the Oxford English Literary History, Volume V:  1645-1714, the Later Seventeenth Century, she offers an alternative model of literary history exploring how oral traditions, handwritten manuscript practices, and print media intersected and influenced each other. Kevin M. O’Sullivan is Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts for the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives at Texas A&M University, where he also serves as the Director of the Book History Workshop. He is a founding partner of the 3Dhotbed Project, a collaborative digital humanities effort that seeks to enhance book history instruction through 3D technologies. They will be joined by Heather Wolfe (Curator of Manuscripts and Associate Librarian of Audience Development at the Folger Shakespeare Library).

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 12 – 16 July 2021.

Apply2 March 2021 for admission and grants-in-aid.