Welcome to the Early Modern Center

Isaac Oliver, Girl Aged 4
Isaac Oliver, Girl Aged 4

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 Ephemeral, 1500-1800.

 


NEWS

Spring 2017 | 

Join us as we welcome speakers this spring that extend our theme: “The Ephemeral.”

May 18, 2017 | TALK: Anselm Haverkamp
“Chaos, Order and Opacity: Legal Emblems and Shakespeare’s Stage”
Anselm Haverkamp (New York University/ LMU Munich)
HSSB 6020 (McCune Conference Room), 4:00 PM

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 May 24, 2017 | TALK: Alice Dailey
“How to Do Things with Dead People: Photography, Temporality, and the Shakespearean History Play”
Alice Dailey (Villanova)
South Hall 2623, 3:00 PM

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June 12, 2017 | TALK: Pavneet Aulakh
“‘The truer, so as to be false’: ‘alternative facts’ in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline‘”
Pavneet Aulakh (Vanderbilt)
South Hall 2623, 3:00 PM

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THIS YEAR’S EMC EVENTS

William Hogarth, "Gin Lane" from A Harlot's Progress
William Hogarth, “Gin Lane” from A Harlot’s Progress

Conferences

Friday and Saturday, February 17-18, 2017 | Annual Meeting of the Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS): “Eighteenth-Century Science(s).”
Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Kramnick, Maynard Mack Professor of English, Yale University

Conference Website

Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, 2017 | Annual EMC Conference: Transience, Garbage, Excess, Loss: The Epheremal, 1500-1800
Keynote SpeakersElizabeth Heckendorn Cook (UC, Santa Barbara) and Jonathan Goldberg (Emory)
Location: Loma Pelona, University of California, Santa Barbara Main Campus

Conference Details

The Ephemeral, 1500-1800 CFP | “The Ephemeral, 1500-1800” Website

 

Events

October 13, 2016 | TALK: Tom Pettitt
“The Ballad, The Broadside, and the Broadside Ballad: A Biography of ‘The Berkshire Tragedy’”
Tom Pettitt (University of Southern Denmark)
South Hall 2635, 3:00 PM

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October 21, 2016 | TALK: Gina Bloom

“An Apology for Declamatory Acting: Reclaiming a History of Amateur Theater through the Digital Shakespeare Game Play the Knave
Gina Bloom (UC, Davis)
Student Resource Building, MultiPurpose Room, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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November 10, 2016 | TALK: Sophie Gee
“Communion, Communication, Sacrifice in the Eighteenth-Century Novel”
Sophie Gee (Princeton)
Mosher Alumni Hall, 3:00 PM

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December 1, 2016 | TALK: Sally Jane Norman
“Tunings over Space and Time: Live Performance and its Ghosts”
Sally-Jane Norman (University of Sussex)
Mosher Alumni Hall, 4:00 PM

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January 11, 2017 | TALK: Maureen Quilligan
“Solid Gold Ephemera”
Maureen Quilligan (Duke)
South Hall 2635, 1:30 PM

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February 17-18, 2017 | Annual Meeting of the Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS): “Eighteenth-Century Science(s).”

Conference Website


CURRENT PROJECTS AT THE EMC

The English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA)

The English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) makes 17th-century broadside ballads accessible as text, art, music, and cultural records.

The EMC Imprint

The EMC Imprint is an innovative open access venue for scholarly work and communication and a peer-reviewed publishing platform for digital scholarship. See their first peer-reviewed publication, The Making of a Broadside Ballad, here!

The Early Modern British Theater: Access (EMBTA)

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.)