2013-2014 Events


Annual EMC Conference | Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia | May 17, 2014
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce our annual conference, “Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia.” This year’s conference will explore readings of the complex and developing connections between ecological and transnational thought in the early modern period. Featuring keynote speakers Daniel Brayton (Middlebury College) and Gordon Sayre (University of Oregon). This year’s conference will be held in conjunction with the Literature and Environment Center’s Symposium on Disaster (May 16, 2014), with keynote speakers Adrian Parr (University of Cincinnati) and Steven Vanderheiden (University of Colorado, Boulder). There will also be two activities linking the conference and symposium: a plenary roundtable on “Temporality and the Anthropocene,” and a series of environmental humanities discussion sessions. Conference attendees and presenters are encouraged to attend both Friday’s and Saturday’s events.

“Transatlantic Ecologies” Flyer | “Transatlantic Ecologies” Website


Arthur Marotti Lecture | November 14, 2013
“The Poetry Nobody Knows: Rare or Unique Poems in Early Modern English Manuscript Collections”
Arthur Marotti (Wayne State University)
HSSB 6056, 4:00 PM

This paper discusses some of the hundreds of (mostly anonymous) poems that survive in various manuscripts from the early modern period in only one or two copies. It examines the various socioliterary uses to which poetry was put and argues for broadening the literary history of the period to include this largely unknown work.

Elisa Tamarkin Lecture | December 5, 2013
“Red Herrings and Other Irrelevancies”
Elisa Tamarkin (UC Berkeley)
South Hall 2635, 3:30 PM

What does it means to read for relevance? This talk provides a history of the fallacy that John Stuart Mill calls the “red herring,” or the problem of the irrelevant thesis. While Mill’s logic insists on making every statement matter toward a final effect or principle, the red herring lures readers to conclusions of no consequence. But when we think about red herrings—a practice I suggest we derive from the nineteenth century—we are committing ourselves to knowing the sources of error, and especially the feelings, passions, and intentions that enhance or restrict the application of our understanding in particular contexts. I look at relevance as a principle of logic in the nineteenth century and at the fallacy of the red herring, and its aesthetic meaning, in the philosophy of Mill and Bentham, in Poe’s poetry, and in the paintings of the Aesthetic Movement.

James Simpson Lecture | April 17, 2014
“Evangelical Absolutism: Breaking the Mind’s Images in the English Reformation”
James Simpson (Harvard University)
Henley Board Room (Mosher Alumni House), 3:30 PM

Robert Gross Lecture | May 20, 2014
“Conversations at the Lyceum: Emerson and His Neighbors”
Robert Gross (University of Connecticut)
South Hall 2635, 3:30 PM

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