Celebrating EBBA’s  20th Anniversary: Back to the Future

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Friday, February 24, 2023 (Loma Pelona 1108, UCSB)

8:30 – 9:15    Registration/Coffee and Pastries

9:15 – 9:30    Welcome (Patricia Fumerton)

9:30 – 10:45   Session 1: Grant Writing, the NEH, and EBBA

Moderator: E. Heckendorn Cook

  • UCSB EVC David Marshall, Patricia Fumerton, NEH EBBA Project Manager Molly Hardy

10:45– 11:00  Break

11:00 – 12:15  Session 2: Mixing Genres

Moderator: Olivia Bievenue

  • Yujin Jang, “The ‘Shirburn’ Ballads and Receptions of Shakespeare’s Plays”
  • Firdevs Idil Kurtulan, “Undone in Little Space: The Early Moderns Across Two Pamphlets and a Ballad”
  • Jenni Hyde, “The ‘Heavie Hande of Heaven’: Providence, Editorial and News in Early Modern Ballads”

12:15 – 1:30   Lunch (on your own; the UCEN—serving different foods—5 min. walk away)

1:30 – 2:45    Session 3: Individuals Making Broadside Ballads

Moderator: Jessica Zisa

  • Angela McShane, “Putting the ‘Popular’ into Political Song: Philip Brooksby, Ballad Maker Extraordinaire”
  • Madison Connaughton, “‘WWMPD?’: What Would Martin Parker Do?”
  • Qingyu Wang, “Earl of Essex’s Posthumous Fame in Seventeenth-Century Ballads”

2:45 – 3:00     Break

3:00 – 4:00     Session 4: The Intermodal Broadside Ballad

Moderator: Andrew Griffin                

  • Erik Bell, “Non-Metric Accent: Further Exploration of the Tune’s Effects upon Text in Seventeenth-Century English Broadside Ballads”
  • Kevin Murphy, “Mary Robinson: A Life in Multi-Media”

4:00 – 4:15     Break

4:15 – 5:30     Keynote 1: Ballad Music

Introducer: Tim Cooley

  • Revell Carr, “‘A Science Peculiarly Productive of Pleasure’: On the Importance of Singing and Listening to Ballads”

6:00 – 7:45    Dinner at Mosher Alumni Hall/Terrace

7:45 – 9:30    Night of Songs at Mosher Alumni Hall/Terrace 

Saturday, February 25, 2023 (Loma Pelona 1108, UCSB)

9:00 – 10:00   Session 5: Race and the Foreign in English Broadside Ballads

Moderator: Bernadette Andrea

  • Katie Sisneros, “Islam, Piracy, and the Politics of Identity in Seventeenth-Century English Broadside Ballads (A Retrospective)”
  • Gitanjali Shahani, “Coffee Ballads, Othello, and the Consumption of Difference” (video)

10:00–11:15    Keynote 2: From the Foreign Perspective: Czech Broadside Ballads

Introducer: Patricia Fumerton

  • Pavel Kosek, “The Materiality of Czech Broadside Ballads”

11:15-11:30    Break

11:30-12:45    Session 6: Gendering Ballads

Moderator: Liv Henderson

  • Kris McAbee, “The Guinea Wins Her: Living by the Body in Ballads”
  • Christina Luckyj, “Rereading Perdita and Ballad Culture”
  • Jessica Murphy, “Reproductive Bodies English Broadside Ballads”

12:45-1:45      Lunch (provided, on Loma Pelona Patio)

1:45–2:45       Session 7: Queering Ballads

Moderator: Shaun Nowicki

  • Mac Test, “Catalina de Erauso: Translating Stories of a Basque Warrior”
  • Simone Chess and Dianne Dugaw, “Queer Findings & Refindings: Generations of Songs & Scholarship”

2:45 – 3:00     Break

3:00 – 4:15      Keynote 3: EBBA as Digital Humanities

Introducer: Alan Liu

  • Carl Stahmer, “Representation Beyond Anecdotal Literary Criticism: Revisiting EBBA through Quantitative Analysis of Semantic Webs of Multimodal Printed Early Modern English Broadside Ballads”

4:15 – 4:30     Break

4:30 – 6:00      Roundtable: “Hear ye, Hear ye; The Old Ballad Team Made Anew” 

Introducer: Stephanie Goldstein                     

Moderator and Organizer: Jessica Murphy

6:00-7:30        Reception