Making Publics: Media, Market and Association in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800

mapslogoMarch 9-10, 2007
Annual EMC Conference
University Center, Harbor Room

The Early Modern Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and its affiliates invite scholars to attend the 2007 EMC Winter Conference, “Making Publics: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800.” This two-day interdisciplinary event is being organized in conjunction with the collaborative “Making Publics” project centered at McGill University and funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council ( This conference provides a space to investigate the following questions: What were early modern publics? How were they formed? What needs did they serve for those who participated in them? And how did they relate to the emergence of a cultural formation that we recognize as distinctly early modern? How did the publics for playgoing, for natural history, for madrigal singing, for antiquarian scholarship, for amateur drawing, for geographical learning, and for dozens of other voluntary activities come into being? And what does it mean for a society when such groups grow and proliferate?

Keynote speakers include:

David Harris Sacks, History, Reed College, author of The Widening Gate: Bristol and the Atlantic Economy, 1450-1700 (The University of California Press, 1991).
Ann Bermingham, History of Art and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara, author of Learning to Draw: Studies in the History of a Polite and Useful Art (Yale University Press, 2000).
Lesley Cormack, History and Classics, University of Alberta, author of A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility (With Andrew Ede. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2004).
Brian Cowan, History, McGill University, author of The Social Life of Coffee (Yale University Press, 2005).

Call for Papers

Conference Schedule

Friday, March 9, 2007

8:30-9:00 | Registration and Coffee

9:00-9:15 | Opening Remarks: Professor Richard Helgerson (English, UCSB)

9:15-10:15 | Keynote Speaker: Brian Cowan (History, McGill), “Publicity and Privacy in the History of the British Coffeehouse”

10:15-10:30 | Break

10:30-11:45 | Panel #1
Moderated by Dr. Giles Bergel (English, UCSB)

Alexandre Dubé, PhD candidate, Department of History, McGill University, “Selling the Public Goods: Supplying the French Navy and Colonies in the 18th century”
Kirstin Wilcox, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “The Nightingale’s Market”
David A. Brewer, Associate Professor, Department of English, Ohio State University, “Attribution and Its Publics in the Late Stuart Atlantic”

11:45-1:00 | Lunch

1:00-2:15 | Keynote Speaker: Lesley Cormack (History and Classics, U. Alberta), “The Molyneux Globes: Making Geographical Space and Making Publics in Early Modern England”

2:15-3:30 | Panel #2
Moderated by Professor Anita Guerrini (History and Environmental Studies, UCSB)

Laura York, PhD candidate, Department of History, UCLA, “A curious and worldly public: the geographical atlas market in London and Paris, 1627-1750”
Tobias Menely, Assistant Professor of English, Willamette University, “Sentimental Poetics and the Humanitarian Public”
Jen E. Boyle, Carol G. Lederer Fellow, Pembroke Center, Brown University, Assistant Professor of English, Hollins University, “Perspective Media, Perceptual Publics, and Theological Affect in Restoration London”

3:30-3:45 | Break

3:45-5:00 | Keynote Speaker: Ann Bermingham (History of Art and Architecture, UCSB), “Making Publics: Art, Technology and Illusion”

Saturday, March 10, 2007

9:00-9:30 | Coffee and Breakfast

9:30-10:45 | Keynote Speaker: David Sacks (History and Humanities, Reed), “Richard Hakluyt and His Publics, c. 1580-1620”

10:45-12:00 | Panel #3
Moderated by Professor Ronald Tobin (French and Italian, UCSB)

Alice Crawford Berghof, PhD, Department of English, UC Irvine, “Personifications of the Public Good in Milton, his Precursors and his Contemporaries”
Erik Goldner, PhD candidate, Department of History, Columbia University, “Theater of Corruption: The Chamber of Justice and its Publics”
Junko Takeda, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Syracuse University, “’The Public Tribunal, a Natural Judge’: French Catholicism, Classical Republicanism, and the Invention of a Pre-Enlightenment Public Sphere, 1720-1723”

12:00-1:15 | Lunch

1:15-2:30 | Panel #4    
Moderated by Professor Ann Jensen Adams (History of Art and Architecture, UCSB)

Joseph R. Puterbaugh, Lecturer, Department of English, Loyola Marymount University, “The Polemical Dialogues of Henoch Clapham: A `puritan public sphere’?”
Angela Vanhaelen, Associate Professor, Art History, McGill University, “Public Art and the Formation of Publics: The Monument to William I in Delft’s New Church”
Meredith Evans, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Concordia University, “Areopagitica: Milton’s Public House”

2:30-3:15 | Closing Thoughts and Discussion: Professors Patricia Fumerton & William Warner (English, UCSB)

3:15-4:30 | Reception – South Hall 2635


Rooms have been reserved for conference participants at the South Coast Inn in Goleta, CA. Visit their website or you can call 805-967-3200. The rooms are reserved under MAPs Conference, and will be held at a discounted rate until Friday, February 16.

Extra Conference Events

Please join us for dinner at Opal’s in downtown Santa Barbara

Saturday, March 10 at 8:00

$25 per person

(Please make checks out to UC Regents, and give them to Cat Zusky at conference registration)

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