Early Modern Social Networks, 1500-1800

chart1March 16-17, 2012
Annual EMC Conference
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)

The word “network” is more likely to call to mind computer connection than the “glittering net-work” of a spider-web (E. Darwin, The Botanic Garden, 1781) or a “Mantle of blacke silke” (Book of Robes, 1600). What is the link between such “curious Piece[s] of network” (Addison, Spectator 275, 1712) and contemporary social networking? These older uses of network illuminate the development of early modern techniques of loose connection. By contrast with a chain-of-being model, networks are versatile, allowing for manifold modes of association.

The EMC thanks the following conference sponsors

College of Letters and Sciences, Division of Humanties and Fine Arts

Graduate Division

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center

Graduate Student Association

Comparative Literature Program, Department of English, Department of French and Italian, Department of History, Department of Philosophy

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Conference Schedule

Friday, March 16th

8:30-9:00 | Breakfast

9:00 | Welcome Address: Danielle Davey and Dean David Marshall

9:15-10:30 | Keynote Address: Ann Blair, History, Harvard University, “Book Historical Approaches to Early Modern Authorship”
Introduced by Patricia Fumerton, UCSB

10:30-10:45 | Break

10:45-12:00 | Panel: Sociability and Taste
Moderator: Bethany Wong, UCSB

Nick Hoffman, U. of Buffalo: “‘Endlesse Argument of Speech’: Thomas Nashe and the Crisis of Temperance in New Media”

Susan Spencer, U. of Central Oklahoma: “Climbing ‘Jacob’s Ladder’: Jacob Tonson’s Reinvention of the Patronage System in London’s Publishing Marketplace”

India Mandelkern UC Berkeley: “At the Virtuoso’s Table: Dissecting the Philosophical Bill of Fare 1748-1875”

12:00-1:30 | Lunch
You are invited to join Bill Warner for a reviving constitutional around the lagoon.

1:30-2:45 | Keynote Address: Elizabeth Eger, English, King’s College, London, “Weaving the Social Network: Elizabeth Montagu and the Culture of Connection”
Introduced by E. Heckendorn Cook, UCSB

2:45-3:00 | Break

3:00-4:15 | Panel: Familiar Networks
Moderator: Megan Palmer Browne, UCSB

Michelle DiMeo, Georgia Institute of Technology: “Authorship and Medical Networks: Reading Attributions in Early Modern Manuscript Recipe Books”

Edie Snook, U. of New Brunswick: “Maternal Care and Knowledge in the Memoir (BL Add. MS 341161) and Recipes (Wellcome MS 7113) of Ann, Lady Fanshawe (1625–1680)”

Mike Grafals, UCSB: “Rival Economies of Sentiment: Yorick’s Private Network(s) and the Tradition of Sentimental Commerce”

4:15-5:00 | Theatrical Performance: Irwin Appel, Director of Theater and Dance.
Introduced by Andrew Griffin, UCSB

Saturday, March 17th

8:45 | Breakfast

9:15-10:30 | Keynote Address: James Raven, History, University of Essex, “Forms of Enlightenment: Early Modern Social and Economic Networks and the Perils of Print Culture”
Introduced by James Kearney, UCSB

10:30-10:45 | Break

10:45-12:00 | Panel: Networks and Place
Moderator: Pavneet Aulakh, UCSB

Meghan Andrews, U. of Texas: “Shakespeare at Middle Temple”

Megan Palmer Browne, UCSB: “Masquing Peace: Inns’ Triumph and Prynne’s Disgrace”

Roze Hentschell, Colorado State U.: “The Spatial/Social Networks of Paul’s”

12:00-1:30 | Lunch

1:30-2:45 | Panel: Transnational Networks
Moderator: Chris Foley, UCSB

Mac Test, Boise State: “Cochineal: the Indigenization of European Culture”

Susanne Bayerlipp, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universitat Munchen: “Webs of Cultural Knowledge: William Thomas’s Travels to Tana and Persia and Dudley’s Quest for a New Passage to the Far East”

Jodi Campbell, U. of Guelph: “United Countries, Divided Churches: Scotland, England, and the Pursuit of Toleration, 1690-1712”

2:45-3:00 | Break

3:00-4:00 | Panel of Keynote Speakers
Moderator, Bill Warner, UCSB

4:00-5:00 | Ballad Singing
Led by Eric Nebeker, Charlotte Becker, and Megan Palmer Browne, UCSB

5:00 | Farewell

8:15 | Conference Dinner at Opal restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara