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Division, Dispute and Debate in the Early Modern World, 1500-1750

Monday 26 April 2021, 10.00AM to 27th April 2021

The early modern world saw rapid change and growth which increased communication between peoples, institutions and countries. The Reformation, the emergence of print culture, material consumption, scientific innovations, the financial revolution and globalised exchanges brought values, beliefs and ideas into conflict. As identities and relationships between communities formed, division and dispute were inevitable and significant by-products. Subsequently, negotiation and debate were unavoidable. In today’s increasingly divided world, it is important to reflect on the ways in which division, dispute and debate shaped the broader social and cultural landscape of the early modern period.


Day 1 - Monday 26th April

12:50: Waiting room 

13:00: Welcome 

13:10- 14:30 Panel 1 - Drama and Language 

Horns of Insult: Cuckoldry and the Language of Defamation in Domestic Tragedy - Johnny Ignacio (Durham)

 Audience Participation: Debate on Stage in John Heywood’s Play of the Wether- Caitlin Burge (QMUL)

‘What ish my nation?’: Intranational Tensions in Henry V - Chloe Fairbanks (Oxford)

Latin loanwords versus English neologisms in the early modern period: the inkhorn controversy - Remo Appolloni (Sapienza University of Rome)

14:30-14:40 - Break


14:45-16:05 Panel 2 - Dispute in Print

Levellers, True Levellers and Diggers: disputes in print following the occupation of St. George’s Hill in April 1649 - Lívia Bernardes Roberge (UMFG, Brazil)

Printed Disputes: Roger L’Estrange and the ‘Confederate Stationers’ - Verônica Calsoni Lima (USP, Brazil)

Mastering divisions in the English print-trade c.1600: A case study of the bookseller Thomas Man - Joe Saunders (York)

Doctor Who? Fenchurch Street, Forgeries and the Farewell to Physick (1609) - Grace Murray (York)

16:05-16:15 - Break


16:20-17:25 Panel 3 - Religion and Authority 

De Unica Magdalena Libri Tres: A Polemic Defence of the Singular Mary - Lauren Berghorst (York) 

'the greatest judgment upon the Earth': Excommunication in Post-Revolutionary England, 1689-1714 - Pranav Jain (Yale)

Christian Authority and Jewish Print: the case of the Ferrara Bible (1553) and the Consolação (1553) - Katarzyna Jaroszewicz (Oxford)

17:25-17:30 - Conclusions 


Day 2 - Tuesday 27th April 

12:50 - Waiting room 

13:00-13:10 - Welcome

13:10 - 14:30 Panel 1 - Communities in Conflict

The competing identities of Hanseatic city-councils: managing inter-urban conflicts in 16th century Reval (Tallinn) - Christian Manger (Amsterdam)

Free Election or Riot? Civic Emotions and Political Authority in Sixteenth-Century Beverley - Jamie Graves (Sheffield)

Song and Performance as Popular Protest in English Communities, c.1600-40 - Amy Louise Smith (Lancaster)

Debating the Restoration: Responses to the Great Fire of London (1666) - Avital Lahav (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

14:30-14:40 - Break


14:45-15:30 Panel 2 - Trade and Empire

Debates on contraband and loyalty in the 18th century Portuguese Atlantic - Alana Thaís Basso (UFF, Brazil)

Disputing the Forfeiture of Jacobite Estates in the Leeward Islands - Harry Lewis (Edinburgh)

15:30-15:35 - Break


15:40-16:40 Panel 3 - Politics and Power

'Between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans: The partition of the Kingdom of Hungary, 1526-1570' - Elvira Viktória Tamus (Cambridge)

The tragic government of Viceroy Toledo in 16th century Cuzco: debates on reason of state in Historia general del Perú (1616) by Inca Garcilaso de la Vega - Daniela Oyola Valdez (Pontifical University of Peru)

Beyond Faction: Rivalries and Alliances in the Tudor Privy Council - Connor Huddlestone (Bristol/Southampton)

16:40-16:45 Conclusions


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Location: Zoom