The Program in Early Modern Studies
- Category: Affiliated Groups
Since the intellectual work of the PEMS is fundamentally collaborative, its projects take a number of different forms, in particular:
- Colloquia and conferences on major problems currently driving research in the area. Examples include Historicisms and Its Discontents, a one-day conference featuring Jean E. Howard (Columbia University), Aranye Fradenburg (University of California, Santa Barbara), Madhavi Menon (American University), and Kathryn Schwarz (Vanderbilt University) and a colloquium on New Horizons in Early Modern Studies featuring new faculty at Rutgers from the departments of Art History, English, French, and Philosophy.
- Sponsoring individual distinguished visitors, who deliver lectures and conduct brief seminars with faculty and graduate students on their current research. In November 2007, the PEMS sponsored the visit of Bruce Thomas Boehrer, the Bertram H. Davis Professor in the Department of English at Florida State University and a specialist in early modern animal studies, the history of sexuality, food studies, Milton, Shakespeare, Jonson, and the early modern drama, and sixteenth- and seventeenth-century neo-Latin verse.
- Year-long workshops and seminars among faculty and graduate students on an annual theme. Possible future topics include:
“Defining a Transatlantic Early Modernity”
“Imagining Science in Early Modern Europe”
“Early Modern Genealogies of the Political”
“The History of the Book in the Age of New Media”
“Early Modern Drama: Performance, Form, Internationalism”
“Early Modern Studies and the Question of Theory”
- Co-sponsored events with related research groups on campus. Examples include a talk by Zachary Lesser (University of Pennsylvania) to the Rutgers Seminar in the History of the Book and a one-day conference on Formalisms New and Old sponsored by the English Department’s Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium featuring Maura Nolan (University of California, Berkeley), Scott Trudell (Rutgers University), Larry Scanlon (Rutgers University), Colleen Rosenfeld (Rutgers University), Christopher Warley (University of Toronto), Ellen Rooney (Brown University), and Susan Wolfson (Princeton University).
- Providing funds for graduate student travel to major national conferences, in any field related to PEMS projects.
- Acting as a network of information and a link to resources in Early Modern Studies in the New York area and beyond, through the consortium of local universities and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Housed at the Center for Cultural Analysis at 8 Bishop Place, New Brunswick, NJ, the Program in Early Modern Studies is generously supported by the CCA, the English Department, the Dean of Humanities, the Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Vice President of Undergraduate Education, and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Henry S. Turner
Department of English, Rutgers University