The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara supports a community of scholars and students committed to innovative approaches to studies of the early modern period, from 1500 to 1800. Located within the English Department, the EMC fosters interdisciplinary research, hosts colloquia and conferences, and houses groundbreaking digital humanities initiatives. Our theme for this year is The Phenomenology of Playing, 1500-1800.
Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 2016 | Annual EMC Conference: Play’s the Thing: Phenomenology and Play in Early Modern Literature, 1500-1800
Keynote Speakers: Laura Engel (Duquesne University), James A. Knapp (Loyola University Chicago), and Bruce Smith (University of Southern California)
Alumni Hall (Mosher Alumni House) & McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)
October 1, 2015 | TALK: Roze Hentschell
“Church, Playhouse, Market, Home: The Cultural Geography of St. Paul’s Precinct, 1561-1625”
Roze Hentschell (Colorado State University)
South Hall 2635, 4:00 PM
November 13, 2015 | A Playful Conversation with Julie Carlson and Aranye Fradenburg
Julie Carlson (English, UCSB) and Aranye Fradenburg (English, UCSB)
Sankey Room (South Hall 2623), 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
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November 19, 2015 | TALK: Julie Park
“Making Storylines in the Country House Poem: Interiority and the Play of Perspective in Marvell’s Upon Appleton House”
Julie Park (Vassar)
South Hall 2635, 5:00 PM
April 7, 2016 | SYMPOSIUM: “Cognition, Phenomenology, Play” with Jaak Panksepp and Kay Young
Jaak Panksepp (Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Washington State University)
Kay Young (English, UCSB)
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), 3:00 PM
Sponsored by the IHC Series “The Humanities and the Brain”
May 19, 2016 | Bliss-Zimmerman Memorial Lecture with Gail Kern Paster
Gail Kern Paster (Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly and Director Emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library)
Henley Board Room (Mosher Alumni House), 4:00 PM
CURRENT PROJECTS AT THE EMC
The English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) makes 17th-century broadside ballads accessible as text, art, music, and cultural records.
The EMC Imprint is an innovative open access venue for scholarly work and communication.
Examples of early publications under the EMC Imprint:
The Early Modern British Theater: Access assembles and digitizes multimedia resources relating to the history of British theater and dramatic literature during the period 1500-1800.