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Renaissance Conversions: Concepts, Contexts, Practices (MEMTS)


17 November 2018

Responsable de l'activité

Kevin Curran


Prof. Kevin Curran


Prof. Paul Yachnin, McGill University


Prof. Paul Yachnin is Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and the author or editor of eight books on English Renaissance drama and culture. He is also the director of the multi-year SSHRC-funded project, 'Early Modern Conversions,' which brings together a number universities, libraries, and other research institutions to investigate 'the first great age of conversions' (project website), a period that stretches from about 1400 to 1700. Project members explore the imaginative, rhetorical, and social mechanisms through which Europeans converted their religious, social, political, and sexual identities-sometimes voluntarily, sometimes by force. Prof. Yachnin's visit to the University of Lausanne will offer an opportunity for doctoral students and early-career researchers at CUSO institutions to learn more about the place of conversion in Renaissance conceptions of identity, literary form, and theatrical practice, and to find ways to connect their own work to the activities of the 'Early Modern Conversions' project. Specifically, Prof. Yachnin's visit will comprise three events: a seminar for doctoral students and post-docs on the topic of early modern conversions; a series of four or five short roundtable presentations by CUSO doctoral and post-doctoral students, each dealing with a medieval or Renaissance 'conversion concept' (i.e. 'manuscript/print,' 'invention/judgment,' 'thinking/doing,' 'Christian/Jew,' 'Woman/Man') to which Prof. Yachnin will respond; and a lecture provisionally titled 'Early Modern Theater and Conversion.' Provisional schedule: 10:00-10:30: Welcome and Coffee 10:30-12:30: Seminar on 'Renaissance Conversions' 12:30-14:00: Lunch 14:00-15:30: Student Roundtable Session: 'Conversion Concepts' 15:45-17:15: Lecture: 'Early Modern Theater and Conversion'


Université de Lausanne



Deadline for registration 16.11.2018
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