"Risk, Crisis, Speculation: 1500-1800"
February 8-9, 2013
McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020
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The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce our twelfth annual conference, "Risk, Crisis, Speculation: 1500-1800," which will take place in the McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Our keynote speakers for this year's conference are Professors Joseph Roach (Yale University) and Wolf Kittler (UCSB). This year's conference is being hosted in conjunction with a one-day UC multi-campus research group ("w/Shakespeare") symposium on "Shakespeare & Risk," which will take place on UCSB’s campus on Friday, February 8th, and feature keynote speaker Professor Richard Halpern (New York University). Conference attendees and presenters are cordially invited to attend both Friday’s and Saturday’s events.

Contemporary discussions of "risk" or "speculation" often identify these concepts as distinguishing features of modern or postmodern societies. In this conference, we seek to explore and investigate early modern English cognates, forebears, and analogues of "risk" (including, but not limited to, "hazard" and "venture"). We hope for a range of presentations investigating religious, economic, political, or environmental aspects of risk in early modern literature and history.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: maritime trade and the rise of insurance; mathematics and the early history of probability; civic and political crises and governmental intervention; environmental and social crises (plague, famine, etc.) and their "management"; gambling, play, and games of chance; erotic and romantic exposure; religious reform and upheaval; conversion and the specter of apostasy; hermeneutics and reading; the stigma of print and publication; violence and the vulnerability of the body.








The EMC would like to thank the following conference co-sponsors:

"w/Shakespeare" UC Multicampus Research Group

UCSB Graduate Division

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center

Graduate Students Association

Departments of Philosophy, History, Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, & Comparative Literature