2015 Conference, 25-26 September, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS



PROGRAM (revised September 21)

Location: Hall of Clans, Angus L. MacDonald Library 

Friday, September 25

Registration fee: $30, includes lunch and nutrition/coffee breaks. Registration at the welcome reception and on the morning of September 26th (8:30 -9:00am).

6:30 – 7:30 pm Welcome Reception 

7:30 – 9:00 pm The Devil: A Panel of Devilists

  • Keynote: Richard Raiswell (UPEI) – “Black Cats with Roasted and Boiled Babies: The Errores Gazariorum and the Synagogue of Satan”
  • Kathryn Morris (UKC)
  • Karim Baccouche (UNBF)
  • Stephanie Pettigrew (UNBF)
  • Gary Waite (UNBF)

Saturday, September 26

All speakers are asked to keep their presentations to 15 minutes.

8:45 – Opening Remarks

8:50 – 10:00 am Session 1: New World and Old Worlds Collide

Chair: Simon Kow

  • Lauren Beck (Mt A), “Indigenous Travels to Spain in the Early Modern Period: The Journey of Calisto Tupac”
  • Stephanie Pettigrew (UNB) – “Early European Expansion: Re-Imagining the Imperial Narrative”
  • Gregory Kennedy and Vincent Auffrey (U de M) – “Alexandre Bourg, la vie frontalière et l’émergence d’une élite communautaire en Acadie, 1671 à 1760”

10:00 – 10:10 Nutrition Break

10:10 – 11:20 Session 2: Early Modern Marriage and its Transgression

Chair: Edith Snook

  • Julie Sutherland (Athabasca University/CBU) – “A little refreshing adultery?: Chapman’s Bussy d’Ambois and the Sexual Woman”
  • Krista Kesselring (Dal) – “Licensed or Licentious? Divorce with Remarriage in the English Reformation”
  • Tim Stretton (SMU) – “Marriage and Contract in Early Modern England”

11:20 – 12:30 Session 3: Changing Worldviews in the Enlightenment

Chair: Richard Raiswell

  • Simon Kow (UKC) – “The Tolerant Emperor: Bayle on Religious Toleration and China”
  • Neil G. Robertson (UKC) – “Constitutional Liberty in the Eighteenth Century”
  • Gary Waite (UNBF) – “The Religious Roots of Disbelief in the Enlightenment”

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:40 Session 4: The Body: in Sickness, Health, and Death

Chair: Krista Kesselring

  • Adriana Benzaquén (MSVU) – “The Quicksilver in the Weatherglass: John Locke and Mary Clarke on Health, Illness and Medicine”
  • Edith Snook (UNBF) – “Health, Hygiene, and Hair in Early Modern England”
  • Kathryn Morris (UKC) – “Demons & Bodies: The Devil in 18th-Century Vampire Debates”

2:40 – 3:50 Session 5: New Light on Old Sources

Chair: Adriana Benzaquén

  • Ronald Huebert (Dal) – “‘Sacred Lust’: The Private Devotions of John Saltmarsh”
  • Janine Rogers (Mt A) – “Compiling and Collaboration: On an Interdisciplinary Research Project”
  • Ranke de Vries (St FX) – “Scribal Attitudes and Editing in Medieval Irish Manuscripts”

3:50 – 4:20 Guided Tour of Celtic Collection

4:20 – 5:30 Session 6: Religion, Authority, Witchcraft

Chair: Gary Waite

  • William Lundell (Mt A) – “New Evidence of the Durability of Carthusian Support for the Council of Basel in the Wake of the Basel Schism (1437)”
  • Karim Baccouche (UNBF) – “Preaching Against the Witches’ Sabbbath: Demonological Debates in the Fifteenth Century and the Case of Guillaume Adeline”
  • Todd Pettigrew (CBU) – “‘The Devil is a Juggler’: Pythagoras as Witch in the English Renaissance”

5:30 – 5:50 Tour of Rare Books Room

5:50-6:20 AMEMG Business Meeting: The Future Continued

  • Election of Executive Members
  • Other Matters
    • Next Year’s Conference (MtA)
    • Palaeography Training
    • Other Collaborations

6:20 – Closing Reception

Conference accommodation is available at Homeward Inns of Canada,  41 James Street.

1-902-863-4212 (Local)
1-902-863-1700 (Fax)
1-800-251-0008 (Toll Free)

Mention the Department of English conference to receive the group rate discount (79.95$/night).  Rooms are reserved for Friday and Saturday night. The motel is walking distance to St. FX.

Photo credit: Photo by “mrbanjo1138” on Flickr. Licensed by Creative Commons License. No changes were made to the photo.