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Sharing Space in the Early Modern World

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Friday, June 24, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, June 25, 2016 (All day)
Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2RL


Space has established itself as a useful analytical category for understanding early modern mentalities. ‘Space’ can be real or imagined.  It can denote a physical location, such as a church or a home, or embody an abstract geographical or political understanding, such as the nation or the empire.  In all these guises, ‘space’ is not just a geographical phenomenon, but a reflection of social, political, and cultural relationships that are historically contingent. Geographical notions of space were defined by cartographers or explorers. In local contexts space was given meaning by those who used it, its meanings actively constructed and manipulated.

This conference adds to current research by focusing specifically on spaces that were shared and formed sites of exchange between different groups. It welcomes papers that consider different types of spaces – sacred and profane, urban and rural, public and private, as well as the different groups that encountered each other within these spaces - different religious groups, ethnicities, genders. Examples of such shared spaces include sacred spaces shared by multiple confessions, inns and taverns, where men and women interacted with one another, courts where foreign ambassadors were received or border towns which were frequented by different nationalities and ethnicities.

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Friday 24th June 

12:30 – 13:00 Registration

13:00 – 13:15 Welcome

Róisín Watson, Martin Christ, Lucy Rayfield

13:15 – 14:45 Panel 1: Sharing Sacred Space

Chair: Benjamin Kaplan (University College London)

‘Sharing space, dividing dogmas: the Franciscans in the Holy Land and Eastern Christianity (1450-1530)’ Michele Campopiano (University of York/University of Amsterdam)

‘Pews and Parish Politics in 1630s England’ John Reeks (University of Bristol)

‘Competing sacred spaces in the Dutch Republic, c. 1580-1700’ Jaap Geraerts (Centre for Editing Lives and Letters)
14:45 – 15:00 Tea & Coffee

15:00 – 16:30 Panel 2: Morality, Gender and Space

Chair: Lyndal Roper (University of Oxford)

‘Concealing and revealing space in early modern London: Moral judgements from Strype’s Survey to Pope’s Dunciad' Jade Riddle (ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, University of Adelaide)

‘Sharing Beds: Encounters in Early Modern French Sodomy Trials’ Tom Hamilton (University of Cambridge)

‘Monica and the ‘Mantellate’: A vestige of shared religious space in the pre-Tridentine era’ Laura Llewellyn (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

16:30 – 17:00 Tea & Coffee

17:00 – 18:15 Plenary

‘Sharing Sacred Spaces in Early Modern Germany: Reflections on the Westphalian Experience’ David Luebke (University of Oregon)

19:00  Conference Dinner (venue tbc)

Saturday 25th June 

09:00 – 10:30 Panel 3A: Travelling through Space

Chair: Lucy Donkin (University of Bristol)

‘Encounters on the face of the wide ocean: Ottoman and North African notions of shared maritime space in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’ Michael Talbot (University of Greenwich)

The Ship Resolution as a Shared Space of Knowledge during Cook’s Second Voyage (1772 –1775)’ Anne Mariss (University of Tübingen)

‘The Procession and its Discontents. Sharing Thoroughfares in the Holy Roman Empire’ Luca Scholz (European University Institute)

Panel 3B: Sensory Constructions of Space

Chair: Róisín Watson (Society for Renaissance Studies)

The morning devotions of London's priests or John Pynchbeck gets out of bed’ David Harrap (Queen Mary University of London)

The mutual transformation of sound and space in Chester’s Whitsun drama’ Simon Bate (King’s College London)

‘“The Tongues of the Singing and Sounding Echoed to the Heavens”: Sound and Marian Space in Counter-Reformation Germany’ Alex Fisher (University of British Columbia)

10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Panel 4A: Confessional Shared Spaces

Chair: David Luebke  (University of Oregon)

‘Jews, Orthodox and Protestants in the multireligious town of Sluck’ Maria Cieśla (German Historical Institute, Warsaw)

‘The End of Neighborliness: Confessionalizing Shared Space in Augsburg’ Emily Fisher Gray (Norwich University)

‘Creating and sharing religious spaces under persecution. Dominicans in Japan (c.1600-1630)’ Igor Sosa Mayor (University of Erfurt)

Panel 4B: Sharing Courtly Spaces

Chair: Lucy Rayfield (University of Oxford)

Artistic Invisibility: The role of court employees in 17th- and 18th-Century Garden Entertainment’ Julia Burbulla (University of Bern)

Hermetically sealed but open. The magical underground at the royal court of Rudolf II. (1576–1612)’ Guido Nerger (Freie Universität Berlin)

‘Shared devotional space in the English Chapel Royal, c. 1685-1714’ Ralph Stevens (University College Dublin)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Panel 5A: Cultural Spaces in the New World

Chair: Eugenia Russell (St. Mary’s University, Twickenham)

‘‘One can scarce distinguish New-England from Old’: The shared spaces of England and the New World in Seventeenth-Century Literature’ Sarah O’Malley (University of Nottingham)

‘Sharing the Beach: understanding the mutual space of Indigenous-European encounter in the New World (1492-c.1530)’ Claudia Rogers  (University of Leeds)

‘Multiple Sharing of Space: Humans and Non-Humans in New Spain’s Towns (15-16th c.)’ Isabelle Schürch (University of Konstanz)

Panel 5B: Shared Urban Spaces

Chair: Nik Funke (University of Birmingham)

Hidden Cultural Landscapes and their Political Significance’ Laura Patrick (Queen’s University Belfast)

‘Gender and the organisation of sacred space in English parish churches: 1630-1640’ Amanda Flather (University of Essex)

‘Taverns as Spaces for (il)licit Sharing and Communication’ Stephen Lazer (University of Nevada)

15:00 – 15:15 Tea & Coffee

15:15 – 16:45 Panel 6A: Between Sacred and Profane Spaces

Chair: Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes University)

Managing the sacred. Burial practices and religious ambiguity in Early Modern Ireland’ Matthias Bähr (University of Dresden)

‘The Politics of Burial Space:  Augustinian Interment of English Traitors’ Anik Laferrière (University of Oxford)          

Un jour hermaphrodite. Secular art exhibition and the Corpus Christi Procession in Early Modern Paris’ Birgit Münch (University of Trier/ University of Dresden)

Panel 6B: Sharing Literary Space

Chair: Richard Cooper (University of Oxford) (tbc)

‘François Maynard and libertine poetry in the public and private spheres’, Adam Horsley (University of Nottingham)

‘Memory and Genericity in the Early Modern English Idea of the City’, Ananya Dutta Gupta (Visva-Bharati University)

‘The Use of Witty Repartee to Gain Power within Gendered Spaces in Restoration London’ Bonnie Soper (University of North Carolina)

16:45 – 17:15 Roundtable and concluding remarks

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Martin Christ
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